Mom’s Action Plan: Going Back to School

When moms with ADD decide to go back to school, they need help from the entire family to ensure everyone's needs are met during school and study hours.

Help ADHD children learn basic skills like routine and organization ADDitude Magazine

Are you an adult with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) heading back to school? Life at home may get a little chaotic when you’re not around as much. And you should expect home life to intrude on your study time.

Here are ways to minimize the stress on everyone.

For all:

1. Post your schedule, including study time, on a family calendar, so everyone knows when you’re free—and when you’re not.

2. Discuss changing roles and expectations with family members, especially your significant other. Redistribute household chores, such as laundry, meal prep, and cleaning.

3. Arrange for carpools and after-school child care, if needed.

For you:

1. Remove yourself from the home environment to study.

2. Sleep eight hours each night, if possible, and exercise regularly to decrease stress.

3. Consider seeing a therapist for support outside the family. Stepping back from your role as caretaker may be more challenging than schoolwork. A therapist can help you make the transition.


This article comes from the August/September issue of ADDitude.

To read this issue of ADDitude in full, purchase the back issue and SUBSCRIBE NOW to ensure you don't miss a single issue.


 

What do you think of this article? Share your comments on www.ADDConnect.com, ADDitude's community site. Check out the new ADHD Medication User Reviews and the ADHD Adults Support Group. Your fellow ADDers want to hear from you!

 
Copyright © 1998 - 2013 New Hope Media LLC. All rights reserved. Your use of this site is governed by our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
ADDitude does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only. See additional information.
New Hope Media, 39 W. 37th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018