Photo Credit: Rifka Schonfeld

Sometimes less is more. It’s not always about cramming in everything you can do in one day everyday during vacation. Sometimes, after a very full day, your child might need some time to relax. Beware, though, of expecting your child with ADHD to entertain himself on the quiet day. Instead, provide him with an activity that he enjoys that is not done at a frenetic pace.

Create a “chores checklists.” Often, children with ADHD just want to be engaged – even helping clean and tidy the house will keep the house happier and quieter. If you develop a list of things that can be done around the house and give small rewards for completing those tasks, your children will stay out of your hair and your house might also be more organized. This one sounds like it will never work – but believe me – I’ve seen it happen!

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Parenting a child with ADHD can be a trying experience for any parent – especially when there is limitless free time to fill. However, with a bit of organization and planning – family life can be manageable – and maybe even fun!

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An acclaimed educator and social skills ​specialist​, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she has given dynamic workshops and has set up reading labs in many schools. In addition, she offers evaluations G.E.D. preparation, social skills training and shidduch coaching, focusing on building self-esteem and self-awareness. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at rifkaschonfeld@gmail.com.