As a parent of three children, I learned very quickly that parenting could be exhausting – physically, emotionally and intellectually. And when experiencing defiance or challenging behaviors from our children, parenting is even more difficult. It isn’t unusual that we get into a punishment cycle, assuming that punishment is the only way we can control their behavior. Research clearly shows, however, that before punishment can be effective in stopping a behavior, focused attention and positive reinforcement must be a staple in the relationship.
What are your favorite childhood memories? Many are likely those traditions or rituals that have emotional significance to you, such as Saturday morning pancakes that your dad made or special traditions for your birthday. Having rituals and traditions in a family improves the bond within your family, as well as the quality of family life.
Effective treatment for ADHD varies from child to child depending on the severity and symptoms. Some children can be effectively treated with behavioral and academic interventions. For others, these approaches are insufficient and may be combined with medication. Regardless of the treatment plan, it must be coordinated with parents, physicians and school personnel.
So, what is dyslexia? “Dys” means difficulty and “lexia” means “with words.” A child with dyslexia has difficulty reading words accurately and fluently.
I know my child is smart, but it takes him hours to complete even simple tasks. Just getting dressed in the morning can take triple the time of his little brother. Homework is also a huge problem. The teacher says he should be able to complete an assignment in 15 minutes, and it will often take him an hour to complete it.