Category Archives: Parent involvement

Tips for Parenting Children Living with ADHD

adhdA recent article from the NAMI Website, Parenting Children Living with ADHD: Tips for Parents, offers ways to deal with some of the challenges kids with ADHD have from experiencing difficulty with peer relationships to not listening or following through with instructions. A summary of the article’s recommendations for supporting children living with ADHD follows.

 

  • Maintain a positive attitude. Focus on your child’s successes and victories in overcoming ADHD and less on the challenges or obstacles of the condition.

 

  • Create and maintain structure. Children living with ADHD are more likely to succeed when they have a regular schedule of tasks each day.

 

  • Communicate rules and expectations. Children living with ADHD do well with clear and simple rules and expectations that they can easily understand and follow. Write down any rules and expectations and post them in a place where your child can easily read them. Explain the consequences when rules are broken and praise your child when they are obeyed.

 

  • Encourage movement and sleep. Children who live with ADHD have energy to burn. Organized sports and other physical activities can help them increase their self-esteem and unleash their energy in healthy and productive ways.

 

  • Focus on social skills. Children living with ADHD often have difficulty with peer relationships and making friends. They may have trouble with reading social cues, talking too much, interrupting frequently or coming off as inappropriately aggressive. Model social skills for your child, hire a life coach or work with your child’s therapist to address this important issue.

 

  • Work with your child’s school. Openly communicate with your child’s teacher and other school personnel about their observations of your child in the classroom and your child’s behavior at home.

Getting Up and Running With Greenwood Google Parent Accounts

google appsGreenwood provides all parents with a Greenwood Google Account so that they may access their  student’s Progress Report in a private and secure online setting. Additionally,  Greenwood Google Accounts are a convenient way to  communicate with teachers. It is simple to use Greenwood Google  but first time users may want some instruction for setting up and accessing accounts.  If so please call 726-5000 and ask for Mrs. Thomas or email Mrs. Thomas  mthomas@greenwoodjax.org to arrange for a  personal tutorial- it can be done in person or over the phone, usually  in 15 minutes or less.

If you want to give it a go

  1. Sign into the Greenwood Domain at www.google.com

  2. Click  on sign-in button on the upper right hand side of the screen

  3. Enter username and password issued by Greenwood School

  4. Click on the App Menu on the upper right corner (it looks like a square made up of 9 tiny black squares)

  5. Select Mail-  this will open your mailbox

  6. Select Drive from the App Menu-  this will open the Drive App where documents are stored.  In Drive look on the left side for the “Shared with Me” option.  Click on that and look for a document titled with your student’s “name” and “Progress Report”.  This is your student’s progress report.

All of your student’s teachers will update this progress report  in real time.  Greenwood recommends that you  check your student’s Progress Report at least every other day. In order to maintain a private and secure environment all users must be logged into Greenwood Google Accounts to access Progress Reports. If you have any questions about accessing your student’s Progress Report or you Greenwood Google Parent Account please call or email Mrs. Thomas mthomas@greenwoodjax.org.

Chores Can Teach Common Virtues to Children

choresWe all know that assigning chores to children is a smart and effective way to instill virtuous behavior. Virtues such as consideration, sacrifice, and humility come to mind. In fact, there are numerous virtues to be learned by being responsible for chores. For example, children learn that they are part of something bigger than themselves, that they have important contributions to make, or perhaps they’ll learn the art of cooperation as they work with other family members for a common goal. Chores can teach children self sufficiency and responsibility and instill in them that others rely on them.

This has special significance for children with ADHD. According to ADDititude website, “chores teach responsibility and self-discipline, develop skills for independent living, counteract ADHD behavior problems, and make the child with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) a contributing member of the family.”

A couple of rules for using a household chore strategy with your ADHD child
keep it age appropriate
keep your expectations in check
keep giving positive feedback and encouragement

One golden rule to follow is to resist the urge to do the chore yourself, even if you can do it better and faster. Also, don’t be too exacting and definitely don’t redo the finished chore. The primary point is the learning experience for your child, secondary is getting the job done exactly as if you did it yourself.

In sum, each instance of a child actively participating in family life holds many teachable moments, some may be obvious and some may not be readily apparent, but all of these moments are meaningful.The fact that children with responsibilities are learning through first hand experience makes it more likely these lessons will take root and develop into real life skills for independent living. Children responsible for household chores are well on their way to becoming the virtuous, well adjusted and productive adults that their parents hope they will become. And along the way you may be pleasantly surprised at your child’s cheerfulness, accountability, appreciation, and confidence, especially as they become more and more self sufficient.

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