Devise ADD-Friendly Homework Rituals
"Learn your child’s rhythms -- when he needs to relax, when he needs to work. We have a structured homework time, and work for short periods. Always check your child’s work -- he is more interested in getting it done than getting it right." -Kathy Zimovan, South Carolina
"I let my son sit on an exercise ball. Being able to move about while doing homework helps kids with ADHD concentrate better. I don’t have to nag him to do his homework, and he does not complain about needing to get up and move around." -Diane Spriggs, Virginia
"I offer my daughter a piece of carrot or cucumber every 10 minutes or so. She loves the treats, and they motivate her to keep working." -Eve, New York
"I issue lots of warnings. An hour before my son is supposed to start his homework, I say, 'Time to adjust your brain for homework!' I issue the same warning a half-hour before. I found that it really helps smooth the transition." -Kimberly Forness Wilson, North Dakota
This article appears in the Spring 2010 issue of ADDitude.
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