With an emense amount of patience and a really good sense of humor. Really, you will need both. You have to have a schedule and stick to it. My son is almost 13 and does much better with a full schedule--that includes physical activity and downtime. Figure out how they learn best, what methods. My son needs background noise when doing his homework, if it is too quiet he can't concentrate. (same with me). If you are willing to use meds, that is an option that can make all the difference in the world. My son went from D's and F's to A's and B's after starting his meds. He paid atttention more. Keeping your child active helps. My son has trouble interacting with kids his age and his doc recommended team sports (helps with release of energy too).
If you ever want more info or have any questions, feel free to PM me and I can tell you what my experiences are, as a parent and daycare teacher.
at 9:57 PM on Apr. 8, 2009