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It's more effective to reward your child for being "good" (appropriate) than to punish him for being "bad" (inappropriate).

Setting limits teaches your children valuable skills they will use the rest of their lives. One day, they will report to a job where their ability to follow rules will dictate their success.

The best inheritance  parents can give their children is a few minutes of their time each day.

If it  was going to be easy to raise kids, it never would have started with something called "labour".

Being a parent of a teenager can cure a person of narcissism.

Relationships matter:  change comes through forming trusting relationships. People, not programs change people.

"The thing that impresses me most about North America is the way parents obey their children"    (King Edward VII , 1841-1910)

Don't wait for him to turn 10 before you reveal that you are not in fact the hired help whose job it is to clean up after him.

"Parents aren't the cause of ADHD, but they are part of the solution." (Kenny Handleman, M.D.)

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

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School Starts in 1 Month – 10 things to do to be ready if you child has ADHD

1. Review his I.E.P (Individual Educational Plan)

– consider which educational goals have been met and which ones still require accommodation

– meet with school team before school starts – bring last year’s report card, samples of work, discuss what worked last year, discuss goals for this

year and the accommodations required

2. If the child is going to a new school schedule a visit before the first day

– locate his/her classroom, washroom, gym, library, office

– scout out the playground and which door to enter

3. Establish an organizational system

– colour coded binders for each subject. pocket folders for letters to home, homework sheets, completed work, etc.

– day planner

4. Create a home staging area

– near the door, equip it with a table, shelves, cubbies, baskets, whiteboard, etc.

– there should be a place for everything the child needs for school (backpack, homework, notices, lunch, running shoes, etc.)

5. Buy school supplies

6. Plan your child’s after school activities – sports, dance, music, clubs, etc.

7. Homework helper

– decide if your child needs additional academic help and make arrangements now

8. Establish a calendar in a central location that highlights special activities, extra curricular activities, sports schedules, birthday parties,etc

9. Review your child’s medications

– make an appointment with your doctor to discuss med changes that may be needed given the child’s age, size, increasing academic demands

10. Help your child set some learning goals

– ” What do you want to achieve this year?”

– “What are you good at ?”

– “What are your weak areas?”

Preplanning can go a long way to helping your child have a successful school year.

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