The last year has been interesting, complicated, and/or stressful for all. In my household we add the diagnosis of ADHD to all of my immediate family members except me. One way that quarantine worked for my family is that we were all working or schooling from home. There was not the desperate search in the morning for keys, wallets, backpacks and anything else that we would need for the day but not placed in its “right” place.
Being all in the same house hasn’t been all easy though. Some of the ADHD behaviors have just transferred to other things. Like right now I am “reminding” my teenage son for the third time to clean the kitchen and do laundry. He is hyper-focused on his screen, whether it is his game system or YouTube. My husband, who is hyper-focused on work, is forgetting to “remind” him to do the chores. So it falls on me to remember what needs to be done and when.
I have gathered together a few books for me and hopefully for the men in my life to read/listen too. Hopefully it will make all of our lives easier and it could help your family, too.
This book is coming out this year. I was able to get a sneak peak at it. The nice thing about this book is that it helps people and parents who are dealing with ADHD to look for what they or their loved ones are really good at. It is kind of a nice change because usually the focus of these books is what is wrong with people and how to fix it.
This book isn’t geared towards people who have ADHD, but it changed my and my husband’s lives when he read it. It helped him organize the things he needed to accomplish, including his Honey Do List.
If I was able to get my son to read, this is the book I would push my son to read. It breaks down how to succeed with ADHD in sports plays. This is huge because my son can get easily overwhelmed if too much is thrown at him. If they are broken down in short little plays it doesn’t feel like as much to him. Maybe I will throw the plays suggested to him without telling him it comes from a book.
After I had my first child, I thought I was the perfect parent because she was so easy. Then I had my son. He had so much energy and called for so much attention. This book has been revised and updated from the version I read, but it is so helpful in giving suggestions and making you feel like you aren’t a terrible parent no matter what route you go to help your child.
~posted by Pam H.