Many parents of ADD kids know a lot about crisis management. We are very good at doing what needs to be done — now. Managing our kids' day-to-day routines often leaves little time to do anything else.
Take a quiet moment when the kids are sleeping to consider the bigger picture. Answer the following questions: What are you doing with the limited time, energy, and resources you have? Why? And, most important, are you headed in the right direction?
From that discussion, write a family mission statement that will help you determine what should stay and what should go in your lives. If it is important to you to have a close family whose members love and respect each other, you must allocate time for activities that move you in that direction. Perhaps a family night that includes playing cards or going bowling would make better use of your time than cooking a four-course dinner.
Take a quiet moment to reassess your family's values, then post your family mission statement in the comments section, below, to share it with fellow parents of ADHD children.