The ADHD Parent's Soul Shine Kit

Low self esteem is a common problem among children with ADHD who are corrected, punished, and teased on a daily basis. This five-step plan for parents helps to reverse that damage by exposing your child's natural talents, creating strong emotional connections, and rewarding effort.

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Encourage Play

Connection leads to step two in the cycle of excellence — play.

Play is any activity that engages an ADHD child’s imagination and makes his mind light up. You can 'play' while making your bed, imagining the sheets to be ghosts or the walls of billowy caverns. You can 'play' at solving a geometry problem, as you tinker with one proof after another until the most elegant one pops out. You can even 'play' picking up dog poop in the backyard, as my son, Tucker, does. He races with our Jack Russell terrier, plastic bag in hand, picking up one pile after the next.

When children play, they discover the world and what kind of mind they have, what they love, and what they want to do more of. They grow. They develop feelings of “I can do it” and “I want to do it,” the feelings of looking forward to tomorrow. Such feelings are strong predictors of a happy life, far more significant than top grades or trophies won on sporting fields.

Step Three: Encourage Practice

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