Parenting is the most important job you will ever have. Set goals for yourself and your children and continually review your performance with these steps.
- FACT: Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, show characteristics of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The disorder affects 3 to 5 percent of all children.
- Step 1: Takes notes on a daily basis. Jot down when you were a positive role model and how often you praised your child.
- Step 2: Review your performance every week by evaluating your child's behavior. If you keep focused on your goals and stay positive your child's unacceptable behavior will begin making a turnaround before you know it.
- Step 3: Accentuate repeatedly how good behavior leads to better things. Give examples. For instance, tell them that they were allowed to play with toys in the bathtub a few minutes longer because they came inside from play when told the first time.
- Step 4: Praise your child when they catch themselves acting inappropriately and also when they correct their actions.
- Step 5: Help your child notice their behavior. Calmly point out to your child when they are behaving in an unacceptable manner.
- Step 6: Look at your own behavior. Chances are your child is copying what you have inadvertently taught. Children learn by example -- model positive behavior.
- TIP: Take ownership of your poor behavior by telling your child why you acted the way you did and why you shouldn't. Remind your child that everyone makes mistakes.
- Step 7: Decide what behavior your child exhibits that needs improvement. Make a list.