Although there are things to love about your child’s ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), there are also common struggles that come with it. Research shows that children with ADHD are more likely to deal with depression, anxiety, and low-self esteem. This can often stem from the child not feeling in control of the symptoms they are experiencing on a daily basis. We want to help you, as a parent, instill confidence in your child despite the struggles they may encounter due to their symptoms. Here are 5 ways to boost your ADHD child’s confidence:
Positivity & Praise
Children with ADHD will often hear a lot of negativity. As a parent it is important for you to create a safe space for your child at home for them to be themselves. Part of creating this space is praise and positivity! When you see your child doing something well, big or small, be sure to show them praise! This action will go a long way in helping your child build up their confidence. When you equip them with a ‘yes you can’ attitude at home, your child will carry that with them into their other surroundings. Be sure to show your child that what they struggle with is valid, but there are so many things that make them wonderful just the way they are. Checkout our blog post 5 Reasons to Love ADHD for a few examples!
Communicate with School
Walking through the journey of ADHD with your child can be extremely stressful and at times it can feel lonely without the right support. We highly suggest building a relationship with your child’s teachers and school system in order to give your child the best possible educational support. These relationships will be highly beneficial as those at school will be able to give you insight into your child’s day when you are unable to be with them. Together you can create a plan for your ADHD child that allows them to flourish.
Focus on Strengths
A huge way to build your ADHD child’s confidence is to build upon their strengths. Find what your child succeeds in and encourage/incorporate that strength into their daily tasks. For example, if your child loves art, try to incorporate that talent into their education and at-home activities. This will help their confidence sky rocket!
Listen to Needs
When we feel heard, we feel confident This is no different with your ADHD child. Be sure that you are not only encouraging your child on a daily basis, but also listening to their needs. Set aside time before your child goes to bed to talk about their day — this will allow you to be aware of how they are feeling throughout the week and will ultimately grow your relationship with them. Your ADHD child will feel confident in knowing they can confide in you.
Lead by Example
Whether you think your daily tasks are big or small, your child is watching. They will want to put the same amount of effort that you put into your tasks, into their homework or sports. Leading by example and displaying confidence in yourself can inspire your child to have the same attitude about life. Keep showing up, encouraging, and loving on your ADHD child. You’re doing an awesome job!