‘Tis the season to be jolly, but for children with ADD/ADHD and their families, the holiday season may spell havoc rather than happiness. So what can you do to help your ADHD child cope with the disruption in established routines, the visits to relatives’ homes, and the excitement which can be overwhelming? If you are apprehensive about the holidays and are looking for ways to help your child maintain calm in the midst of all the chaos, you’ve come to the right place! As parents of ADHD children, we know exactly what you’re going through. To help the whole family enjoy the festivities without symptom flare-ups, we have put together a list of real-time strategies to keep everyone feeling good and help make this holiday season a time to remember.
There is no doubt about it: Holiday periods mean an excess of free time for children at home, lack of structure, collapse of day-to-day routines, and ADHD children feeling out of control. To reduce stress this holiday season, follow these simple guidelines to success:
To medicate or not to medicate during the holiday season – that is the question. While the experts have long debated the pros and cons of giving ADHD kids a break from their meds on weekends, the summer, and holiday periods, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It boils down to what works best for you, your child, and your family. Here are some rules of thumb to help you determine whether or not a drug holiday is in order:
The greatest gifts you can give your ADHD child are those which don’t need to be wrapped or placed under a tree. This year, give your children the gift of your undivided time, attention, understanding, support, and encouragement – and enjoy wrapping up the holidays on a high note!