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Epi #97. My Journey Parenting With ADHD. 3 Key Gentle Parenting Strategies

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Epi #97. My Journey Parenting With ADHD. 3 Key Gentle Parenting Strategies

My Journey Parenting With ADHD. 3 Key Gentle Parenting Strategies

If you suspect you have ADHD or are diagnosed, you'll find these 3 key strategies for gentle parenting especially helpful. 

I'm a parent of twins and I've learned a lot about managing ADHD while raising my children. 

 Section 1: My ADHD Parenting Experience

Firstly, it's important to note that I'm not a medical professional. My insights come from my own experiences as a mother with ADHD. 

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition characterized by challenges with attention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsivity. 

My ADHD mainly affects my ability to follow routines without getting distracted or forgetting tasks. When my twins were younger, it was harder to stay focused, as I often had to stop what I was doing to attend to their immediate needs. 

Over time, I developed systems to help me remember things, like keeping logs for feeding and diaper changes. 

I also struggled with feeling adequate as a parent, a common issue among parents with neurodiverse conditions.

I've learned that being a resilient and strong parent is possible, and I want to assure you that you are doing a great job. 

Section 2: Managing Impulsivity

Though I don't personally struggle with impulsivity, many parents with ADHD do. In my role as a parenting coach, I've worked with parents who find it hard to control impulsive yelling or reactions. 

Through coaching at HIC Parenting, they learn about their nervous system and acquire emotional intelligence tools to better manage their emotions. 

This process isn't quick; it typically takes about six months, but the results are transformative. 

For instance, one of our clients, Arnell, overcame his cycle of yelling through our coaching and significantly improved his relationship with his children. CLICK HERE TO WATCH HIS TESTIMONIAL

If you're interested in learning more, we offer a free class at HIC Parenting on transforming parenting from chaotic to calm. Click Here to sign up. 

Section 3: The Power of Mindfulness

Even without hyperactivity, my ADHD can lead to sensory overload and a lack of focus, making parenting overwhelming at times. 

I practice mindfulness to help manage these challenges. Mindfulness involves being aware of your emotional and physical state. Regularly checking in with your body can prevent feeling overwhelmed. 

For example, right now, notice how your shoulders, jaw, and hips feel. Are they tense or relaxed? This awareness can help you take care of yourself before ADHD-related stress escalates. 

Remember, you are an incredible parent, even with ADHD. By understanding your needs and developing effective systems, you can parent respectfully and effectively. For more insights, tune into the rest of this episode on the Parenting With Understanding podcast.

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