You’ve done back-to-school night, met the teachers, helped with first projects, and gotten a feel for this year’s homework. Now it’s time for progress reports and conferences…
Are you beaming when you open that letter or email, or are you bracing for a blow? When you sit down with the teacher are you preparing to deliver an apology for your child and promise a turnaround? This is the struggle of many parents of children with ADHD from quarter to quarter and from year to year, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Dealing with the grades of ADHD kids when things are rough takes a lot, but you can do it. It helps for you to focus on your words and responses, rather than on your child. Try to avoid telling them that you are disappointedsince it can be highly demotivating, and focuses the attention on your feelings rather than on the child. Try asking them how they feel about the grades and give them the chance to really think about it and respond before getting mad and starting to yell. Finally, think before punishing and perhaps consider rewards instead; for instance, “you can watch TV or play with your iPad after you are done studying for your test.”
It takes a lot of effort to parent effectively when our kids are not performing as well as we’d like. It also takes an integrated health care approach to manage a complex condition like ADHD, including medicines, behavioral therapy and balanced nutrition. Vayarin® and Vayarin® Plus help to manage the lipid imbalances known to be present in ADHD and can improve attention and emotional regulation.
Vayarin® (for children) and Vayarin® Plus (for adults and adolescents) contain EPA-enriched PS-Omega-3 that is specially formulated with nutritional ingredients that are naturally sourced and have virtually no difference in side effects when compared to placebo. Although individual results may vary, give Vayarin® 30-90 days and Vayarin® Plus 30-60 days for the healthy lipids to reach optimal levels. Once they have reached their optimal level both products provide 24/7 coverage, unlike many stimulants which can wear off after each dose.
Talk to your healthcare provider about Vayarin® or Vayarin® Plus today and remember that your child needs your support and encouragement, especially during the tough times.