How to Help your ADHD-I Child Greet the Dawn…or at least the School Bus

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If your idea of a good morning is one where you don’t have to get your children up, you must be a parent. The same erratic sleep patterns that can wreak havoc with an established bedtime also make wake-up calls a repeated, frustrating exercise. Some folks take mornings better than others, but unless everyone in your family has agreed to take night jobs and night classes, getting up in the morning remains a necessity of life. Take a look at these tips to keep mornings more civil for all involved: 1. Pay attention to alarming details. First of all, you shouldn’t be the token alarm … [Read more...]

Good Night, Sweet Prince! How to Encourage Good Sleep Habits for Your ADHD-inattentive Child…without Losing Sleep Yourself

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Remember the days when a bedtime story and a loving lullaby lulled your little one to sleep? Me neither. My very active children fought sleep every step of the way. As proof, I have pictures of toddlers and pre-schoolers asleep with faces down on: a high chair tray, the arm of our sofa, the dining room table and the floor. That's Kayla's Joe in the picture. Unfortunately their resistance to a reasonable bedtime didn’t change much as teens. They just slept later when they could. It's a double problem for our kids. As you know, one of the symptoms of ADHD-I is erratic sleep patterns. … [Read more...]