Parenting is quite the rollercoaster ride, right? And for mothers with ADHD, it can feel like an even wilder adventure. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Here are some tips to help you rock motherhood with confidence, ADHD style.
By Ava Wilde
1. Own Your Superpowers
You’ve got some awesome ADHD traits like creativity, resourcefulness, and spontaneity! Embrace your inner superhero and use these powers to create a fun and dynamic environment for your kiddos.
2. Set the Stage with Structure
Routines can be a game changer! Having a predictable schedule can make life a lot less stressful for both you and your little ones. So, whip up some daily routines for mornings, after-school, and bedtime, and watch the magic happen.
3. Treat Yo’ Self
Mama, you’ve got to take care of yourself too! Get enough sleep [as much as you can as a mama IYKYK], exercise, eat well, and don’t forget to make time for fun and relaxation. And hey, seeking professional help or ADHD coaching is a fab way to manage your ADHD symptoms.
4. Get Visual, Baby!
Visual aids can make a huge difference in staying organised. Calendars, to-do lists, and colour-coded systems are your new BFFs. Plus, don’t forget the trusty phone reminders and timers to keep you on track.
5. Go with the Flow
Be prepared to ride the waves and adjust your expectations. Some days might not go as planned, but that’s ok! Remember, it’s all about progress, not perfection.
6. Squad Goals
Find your tribe of fellow ADHD parents. Join local or online support groups where you can share experiences and cheer each other on. And remember, it’s ok to ask for help from friends, family, or professionals.
7. Heart-to-Heart Talks
Chat with your kids about ADHD and how it affects you. This openness helps build understanding and empathy. Plus, it creates a safe space for them to share their thoughts and feelings too.
8. Be Your Own [and Your Child’s] Advocate
Knowledge is power. Learn about ADHD and your rights, and then stand up for yourself and your child. Get those accommodations and resources that can help your family flourish.
9. Hug Yourself
Be kind and compassionate to yourself. You might face challenges as an ADHD mom, but that doesn’t define you. Forgive yourself when things don’t go perfectly, and remember, you’re doing your absolute best.
So there you have it! Mothers with ADHD, we want you to embrace your unique strengths, show yourself some love, and remember that you’re not alone on this wild ride called motherhood.