Homeschooling ADHD child without meds... In tears!!
I have a 7 year old that I am homeschooling. He has ADHD and I havent wanted to medicate him because I watched my 2 brothers and cousin on the medicine and by highschool they were just turning around and selling the medicine to anyone who would buy it. I live in the south and prescription drug abuse is one of our main issues here. So I wanted to teach my son he didnt need medicine unless he was sick. Anyway, last year in first grade at Christmas the teacher called me in for a conference and suggested he be put on meds. I told her no, because he was 6. She then went on to stick him out in the hallway 3 to 4 times a week there after. After one conference after another with teachers, the couselor and principle nothing got better and it was always my fault for not giving my child the advantage of medications. This year I decided to homeschool and now I feel like I am caving. He doesnt sit in his seat, throws horrible fits about having to do work, flat out refuses to do it unless I am sitting right next to him basically saying do your work, nothing is ever fair. I have tried yelling, grounding, positive reinforcement, giving him coffee in the morning ( calms him down for about 45 mins) and I am running out of options. I being ADD myself am feeling like I am stotally losing control and what I wanted to be such a positive thing is not so positive. I have thought about putting him back in public school but they will not allow him to go to the second grade even though we had him tested over the summer twice and paid 3000 dollars for a reading tudor. By the end of the summer he was at second grade level. Does anyone have any advice????