Get-hooked December 16, 2020
Some expert tips to manage ADHD for happier holidays
Holiday season is here, but the pandemic isn’t over yet. So when you have a child with ADHD, there are certain things that must be followed in order to make sure that they have a happy and festive holiday season without hassles. Read on to know how.
Holiday season means spending quality time with family and friends. But for parents who have a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), these times can be challenging. Adding to their woes, Covid pandemic is not over yet.
For most children who have been staying inside their homes throughout the year owing to the pandemic, holiday seasons are not going to be any different this time. But parents must make they make best out of this time, yet make sure the child stays healthy. If you are wondering how to make the season fun for your child who has ADHD, there are ways to do it.
Rinku Poojara, whose 16-year-old son has ADHD says that the family is hitting a nearby farm for holidays. “We have opted for a safer and quiter place, away from bustle of the city. So I have been telling that to my son to prepare him for the journey. His diet and physical exercises are something I always ensure is done without fail. It won’t change during the holiday season either”, she says.
Here are some tips to do so
- Spend time outdoors– Yes, it is still not safe to step outdoors because Covid pandemic is at its peak. But you can always opt for places that are not crowded. People are stepping out by taking precautions like wearing a mask, washing hands and sanitizing them. Over past months, if your child has been spending more time checking out the screen, you need to shift that. So outdoors are the best. Let your child run, play and explore.
- Limit junk food– This is the festive season, so you tend to eat a lot of unhealthy foods. But make sure that along with that, your child has a regular balanced diet including fruits and vegetables. Limit sugary foods because that would make them more hyperactive. But also make sure that they have a stress-free, fuss-free holiday.
- Routine matters– During holidays, people want to do things off their routine. But not for a child with ADHD. They need to stick to their routine of waking up, having meals and doing things. Though holidays are unstructured, make sure your child doesn’t deviate from his/her routine.
- Get active– The benefits of exercise for children with ADHD are many. Not only will it help to relive stress, but the child will be more focused too. In fact, it can keep their hyperactivity under control. From indulging in some sports or going for a daily stroll, any physical activity matters.
Do not stop your child from exploring new things or meeting people. Make sure to follow all safety precautions without fail.
Watch in Sign Language
Support us to make NewzHook Sustainable – Make a Contribution Today
We need your continued support to enable us work towards Changing Attitudes towards Disability. Help us in our attempt to share the voices of people with disabilities that enable them to participate in the society on an equal footing!