Is there any parent out there that has a child with ADD or ADHD that has actually been about to teach them to behave? I ask, not because my kids have it, but because I know many parents whos children have it, but it just seems like any time they act up their reason is because they have ADD or ADHD. I do understand that it can make it more difficult to handle them or get them to understand things, but the parents just go into damage control. Picking up what they knock over, making sure another child is O.K. after the one with ADD pushed them down or things like that.
Like last week, I was somewhere and a boy was acting up real bad, he was swinging his little brother around, kicking his mother and pulling her hair and the whole time he was laughing. Even when she had him restrained he just kept hitting and kicking and laughing. I made a comment about toddlers growing out of it, nothing to be rude, just trying to give her some support. She told me he wasn't a toddler, he was older but he had ADHD. I don't know what to say to that. I would like to offer support but since mine don't have ADHD I'm at a loss, but I don't think that just doing damage control, letting them act how they act and just blaming it on ADHD is all that there is to do, there has to be some way to teach them to behave other than just giving them medicine.
Don't look at me as someone that doesn't know what it's like and that I'm being judgmental. I babysat a boy with ADHD for a long while, but I treated him, punished him and taught him like I do my own and eventually things got better. He got to the point of being helpful and a pleasure to be around. I just am asking because I would like to offer support and suggestions that may actually help parents that are going thru a hard time with their child who has ADHD.