Children are not the only ones who can have ADHD. Lots of adults live with the symptoms and never get an “official” diagnosis. One of the biggest issues adults (even those without ADHD) have is disorganization. Disorganization stresses people out, makes them feel frustrated and often feel scattered. If you’re an adult and think you might be ADHD this article has some very helpful ways of helping yourself stay focused and organized. Hummmmm, now where did I put those boxes???
You know I’m a big advocate of play. I ran across this today when looking for things parents can do with kids over the summer. I know lots of this isn’t new to most parents but sometimes reminders help to get the creativity going. Maybe you have something else you’ll come up with. Spending the time together and enjoying it is the key. And remember that things don’t have to be “perfect” . Creativity fosters mental grown in children and offers opportunities for us to show our individuality. Your child will love doing an activity with you and hey, you’ll have fun too. Everyone needs to play!
This article written by a very good colleague of mine and excellent counselor, helps to understand that the knowledge that ALL behavior both from children and adults is totally goal directed and the most crucial aspect for changing negative behavior. The key to understanding the goal lies in the way you, as a parent or teacher react. Read the article to see if you can identify your child’s goal the last time they acted out in some negative way and how you can change the behavior.
Parents be a role model for online safety. Here are 5 short steps to helping your child stay safe online. Re posted from http://www.kidsmatter.edu
Originally posted on Mark Taylor Psychology:
Keeping children safe online – 5 Steps
– start discussions with children about cyber-safety early, & ongoing
– make dialogue about cyber-safety part of daily life
– education: in particular about privacy settings & reporting mechanisms
1. Talk about cyber safety and keep cyber safety dialogue going throughout their life
2. Monitor time online, particularly for younger children
3. Set house rules – What is okay; What is not okay; Time limits; Privacy & what information is okay to share online
4. Consider use of filters for potentially harmful materials that are available online
5. Model positive online behaviour to your children
Ah, summer. It’s getting closer and the kids are getting excited and you’re trying to figure out what to do with them for those months. You probably have a lot you want to accomplish this summer yourself. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you all have plans on simply relaxing all summer. But what does “relaxing” mean to you? Before you let you children (and yourself) be a summer “couch potato” you should read about the benefits of day light and getting outside. Google it. You’ll find lots of information. In a “nut shell”, in addition to the health benefits: exercise, increase in vitamin D, lower depression, increase quality of sleep, less weight gain, etc., etc., it can also improve creativity, and cognitive functioning. Research has shown that spending time outdoors can also increase attention span in children.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard or read about all the studies of the benefits of family time and its positive effects. But let’s recap in case you have forgot, spending quality time with family can help…..….improve communications skills, improve family cohesion, improve relations, improve academic performance and creates happy memories. So why not plan the summer making some happy memories with your children and while helping them stay physically and emotionally healthy. So let’s go outside and play.
A college of mine who is also an excellent writer shares his experiences and thoughts to help others achieve happiness and live your own “Thrive Life”. From humorous to insightful look on life, goals and achieving your own happiness. Check out his blog for some insightful and warming thoughts on life.