The holidays are all about being with your loved ones, celebrating the important things in life, and creating fond memories that will last forever. But with holiday cheer comes holiday madness – meeting relatives, buying presents, making food, decorating, traveling – and that can be particularly hard for people with ADHD. This holiday season, don’t let ADHD slow you or your loved ones down. We’ve put together some holiday resources to help you make the most out of this special time.
Children with ADHD often become overstimulated or overexcited by holiday events, making them more prone to ADHD symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It can be easy to get angry or caught up in the moment when your child makes a “mistake” during a holiday event, but don’t forget what the holidays are all about: being with the people you love. This article shows you how to prevent accidents and mistakes through guided holiday activities, praise, and teachable moments.
Children will love this video guide to making beautiful and simple Christmas ornaments to decorate the tree this year. Not only will making ornaments help children with ADHD learn to focus and responsibility, it’s also a quick-and-easy project perfect for short attention spans. Spend quality time with your child this holiday season with this fun and inexpensive activity, and watch as their creativity, imagination, and confidence grows.
Getting children through family holiday gatherings is a challenge all parents face, but when you have a child with ADHD this challenge is more pronounced. This five-minute drill will help you prevent any disasters this holiday season with three pillars of ADHD parenting: preparation, encouragement, and structure. Whether they need to sit still, take a break, or join in on family activities, you’ll be ready to step in if the holiday excitement is too much for them.
Children, family, and friends with ADHD can always use a little extra love. Maybe you’re looking for the perfect gift to help them with their mindfulness and relaxation. Or, maybe you’re trying to plan the perfect trip with just the right amount of fun and structure. No matter what your plan is for the holidays, simply recognizing the added challenge the season has in store for those with ADHD can help you and your loved ones enjoy the holidays to the fullest. The holidays are hectic, but a little love goes a long way.
The holiday season is in full swing, but you or your child’s ADHD doesn’t have to be. With the help of these articles, you can relish the holidays with a positive and worry-free outlook.