Dealing with an ADHD Child, When You Have Multiple Other Children
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Dealing with an ADHD Child, When You Have Multiple Other Children

Tips for dealing with an ADHD child. Especially when it comes to discipline and rewards.

We all know that having an ADHD child isn't easy, even when they're the only child, but when you add three other children to the mix, that's when things start really getting tough... You have to learn how to balance your time between them all so no one feels neglected, and you have to make sure that at the same time, you aren't getting taken advantage of when it comes to discipline.

If you know how to set boundaries, and follow through on threats of discipline and rewards, you and your child will be much happier. When you tell them to do something or you ask them to stop doing something, allow them enough time to switch gears and do what you say. If they don't follow through on your request, offer up a warning, that will be your second time telling them. If they still fail to follow though, offer up one last and final warning, and explain the discipline they will get if they continue to disobey. (i.e. "Three strikes, and you're out!") Make sure you follow through with your planned discipline. Don't let them offer up an apology or deter you from disciplining them. Explain why they are being disciplined, and that you had to tell them multiple times, and then disburse the punishment. If you go the route of time-out, bear in mind that they should only be placed in time-out for one minute, per year of age, so if your child is four, you place them in  time-out for four minutes. 

When it comes to rewards, make sure you can instantly gratify them. Children with ADHD strive for instant gratification, even if it's something as simple as a quarter or a sticker. You can let them build up smaller rewards for a larger reward at the end of the week, such as a movie or special time with you.

You also have to keep in mind, that they will have extra energy. Make sure you can see the difference between simple play, and bad behavior. Ask yourself, "If they do this are they really doing anything wrong or hurting anything?" If the answer to that question is "No", do you really need to discipline them? No.

If you follow the ideas proposed here, you will be on the road to a happier home and happier children.

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