I know…I know…it’s Wednesday. I choose to focus on the fact that I finished this post, and not on the fact that I am a day late. 🙂

So, what do I have for my loyal readers today? (Side note…I HAVE READERS!!! I actually looked at my stats yesterday and saw that there are 25-30 of you that seem to be checking in regularly to read my posts. I knew I had a few supporters out there because some of you send me such lovely messages or link your blogs to mine. Thank you so much for that support! But 25-30 readers?! I had no idea! A big hug to each of you. 🙂

Anyhow, now that I realize I have actual readers, I will do my best to be a better blogger. You can’t see me right now, but my hand is on my chest. I’d lay my other hand on the bible to make it an official oath, but I’m not religious enough to know where my bible is. Or if I even own a bible. 😛 )

Anywho…back to my tip of the week….

Check out the link for a Family Barometer Satisfaction tool I found, from the website www.ADHDSupport.com. I really like this tool for a few reasons.

1 – If you have a child on medication, you should really try to measure their progress and success, at home and at school, on a regular basis. This is the only way to objectively get a reading on whether the medication is helping over a longer term. (I haven’t been doing this, but I will be starting after our next appointment with Dr. M as we’ll likely be trying a slightly higher dose of D’s Vyvanse.

2-This document can be used, as is, by simply printing off several copies (4 for you, and 4 for your child’s teacher) and placing them in a binder to keep them organized. Easy!

3-You can also use this document to create a list of expectations for your child. Grab some big paper (newsprint, flip chart paper or bristol board) and write out the items you and your partner feel are important for your child to work on. This needs to be written in a way that is age appropriate for your child, supportive and with a little creativity and colour! 🙂  You can use the document as inspiration.

For example: In my house, my son has daily chores and weekly chores. He’s 12 so I took some colourful paper and wrote up what is expected of him each day (tidying his room, taking out the compost and emptying the dishwasher) and each week (cleaning his room, sweeping upstairs and folding some laundry). I used washable markers to make it more colourful and interesting and then posted them on the wall, where he can see them.

This makes it easier for him to remember what is expected of him. I still have to remind him that it’s time to do his chores, and I still have to check to make sure he is completing them properly but I don’t have to keep repeating what he needs to do.

Trust me, that’s something. It’s one less broken record playing at him all day. 😛

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A new school year will soon be upon us and to get things off on the right foot, check out the link below. While I may have worded this resource a little differently, I do believe it can be used as a great conversation starter with your child’s new teacher.

Teaching Tips

Something that works for us is getting in there early and often with the teachers.

Set the tone with a positive first meeting where you share a little about your child, their strengths and challenges, what they’re interested in and any tips you can provide for what has worked well in the past. If you’re working with them at home on organizational skills or reading, make sure to tell the teacher that too.

This is also a great opportunity to ask the teacher a few basic questions like…

1 – What are your expectations in the classroom?

2 – Can I have an overview of what my child will be learning this year? (Something printed, that you can take home, is best. Allow the teacher a few days to get it to you.)

3 – Are there ways I can help out? School trips? Photocopying worksheets? Volunteering in some way? (Teachers who see you as a contributing member of the school community will appreciate your efforts.)

Remember to thank them for their time, give them your email in case anything comes up and wish them the best as the school year kicks off.

Regardless of how that first meeting goes, walk away knowing you did your best, as a parent. You gave it your all. That’s all we ever expect of our children and we need to appreciate the same from ourselves.

Good luck to each of you, and to your children! 🙂

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