How Do You Balance Time Between Your ADHD and Neurotypical Children?

ADDitude asked: As a parent, how do you balance your time between your ADHD child and his non-ADD sibling? How do you plan inclusive family activities for ADDers and neurotypical children?

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For many adults, parenting a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and balancing family life is the biggest challenge they've encountered. Here, real-life parents and grandparents of ADD/ADHD children share some of the inspiring ways they prioritize activities that include the entire family, help forge bonds between ADHD and non-ADD siblings, as well as spending alone time with their neurotypical children.

"I put my younger, ADD/ADHD child to bed, and I spend quality time watching baseball with my other son." -Chiarina, New York

"Look for activities that the two kids can share. And find something that each child can do to entertain himself while you spend time with the other." -Johanna, New Mexico

"I make separate visits to each of my grandchildren. This way, I can give each the attention he deserves. I also make sure to tailor the gifts I buy to their specific interests." -Ellen, New Jersey

"I set aside an hour every week to spend time with each of them, and let them choose what to do -- dinner out, bowling, basketball, or just hot chocolate at the kitchen table." -Cheryl, New Jersey

This article comes from the Winter 2010 issue of ADDitude. To read this issue of ADDitude in full, buy the back issue.

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