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When I was a teenager, I couldn’t decide what career path I wanted to pursue after my high school graduation. While I wanted to earn a comfortable living, money wasn’t the only factor guiding my decision. I also desired to have a job that would allow me to help others in some way. If you’re searching for a rewarding career, consider counseling. Counselors have the opportunity to help people solve complicated problems on a daily basis. For instance, as a counselor, you might help a couple resolve marriage issues, aid a teenager battling an eating disorder, or assist an adult dealing with depression. I didn't end up becoming a counselor, but on this blog, I hope you will discover some of the most interesting aspects of being a counselor.

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How To Help Your ADHD Child: What You Can Do

by Marie Reid

As a parent, you may feel helpless that your child has ADHD. You can't be with them all the time to help, which can be frustrating, especially with school-aged children. They are out of your care for 8 hours of the day at school in the care of others, which may make you feel anxious or worried. There are things you can do to help your child both at home and when they are away from you. Read on for some helpful tips.

Keep A Schedule

Try to keep a structured schedule for your child. Of course things will have to change here and there, but for the most part, try to keep a schedule. Have your child empty their backpack as soon as they get home, give them a healthy snack, then start homework. Try to keep this same routine after school each day. This will help make homework time a little easier on you both if you keep this routine the same. Keeping the same schedule in the morning before school can also help keep your child on task as well.

Provide A Healthy Diet

Diets that are too high in sugar are not going to help your ADHD child, especially if your child has a lot of inattentiveness and hyperactivity. Limit sugary snacks and drinks such as candy, fruit snacks, juice and soda. Provide your child with nutritional snacks that are higher in protein and vitamins and minerals, rather than over-processed and sugary goods. Eating a healthier diet can do a lot for your child, not just with helping with focus. 

Monitor Behavior Changes

If you begin to notice differences in your child's behavior, you need to bring this up to your child's physician. The medication may need to be adjusted (higher or lower). Anytime you begin to notice behavioral changes, it's important to bring this up to your child's physician so you can schedule an ADHD evaluation. Stay on top of how your child's behavior is at school, as well as at home.

Advocate For Your Child

You are your child's advocate and voice when necessary. Stay on top of what is going on at your child's school. If your child needs extra attention at school, or needs extra help, it's important to fight for this for your child. Talk to your child's teacher, principle and school board whenever necessary to get your child what they need. If your child's grades are suffering because of a lack of tutoring, or your child needs extra work in order to prevent boredom, you need to advocate for your child to get these things done.

If your child has ADHD, it can be stressful on you the parent, as well as your child. Talk to your child's physician about other ways to help your child both at home and at school to ensure the success of your child.

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