Symptoms of ADHD can create stress in any family, but for a family with two parents, there is an additional layer of support that may be missing in a single-parent home. Unfortunately, sometimes single parents can begin to feel isolated and alone as stress around parenting issues increases. As a result, parents may end up feeling drained both emotionally and physically. Below are some tips to help you head off and prevent these burnt-out feelings.
Having a brother or sister with ADHD can also be quite a challenge. Children may experience all sorts of emotions living with a sibling with ADHD. Days at home may seem exhausting and unpredictable. There may be jealousy about all the attention their sibling receives. The ADHD behaviors can be provoking and aggravating. Battles, arguments, and fighting can quickly ensue as the non-ADHD sibling finds it more and more difficult to maintain self-control and resist reacting in negative ways him or herself. The non-ADHD sibling may resent that he is expected to behave and not engage in inappropriate behavior.
When my son received his GED this year, I put together a small scrapbook for him with photos, quotes, and cards from his friends. When you come right down to it, the five main skills above provide the foundation to be an engaged, compassionate and well-rounded adult. The first one is something that takes some kids a long time, while others seem to be almost born with the ability. He had a short fuse and would lash out at anyone he thought was judging him. He was well-known but not well-liked.