Advertisement

How can I teach self-protection skills to my child with ADHD?

While you want to honor the tenderness of your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and at times cater to it, you also want to help her build skills of self-protection. A mama bear is an animal that is emblematic of the instinct to fiercely protect one's young. Think of stories you have heard or seen on TV of a mama bear acting decisively if she feels her young are threatened. Not only do you want to adopt this passionate kind of response, but you want to teach your child to find this feeling within herself so she can defend herself when attacked.

If you have any personal anecdotes to share with your child about a time when you became fiercely protective, she would love to hear it. As an example, I remember when my son was first born, and I was overcome with how powerful this force can be. I was in a parking lot with my son in a stroller and someone raced past me too closely for comfort and pulled into a parking space. I followed her and forcefully reminded her to drive more slowly and carefully. This behavior was totally new for me, but it represented a primitive force for protecting my young. Share a similar story with your own child as a template for how she needs to speak up to create a positive and safe reality for herself at school, on her sports team, and other places.
The Gift of ADHD Activity Book: 101 Ways to Turn Your Child's Problems into Strengths (Companion)

More About this Book

The Gift of ADHD Activity Book: 101 Ways to Turn Your Child's Problems into Strengths (Companion)

So much depends on how you look at things: Are you a glass-half-empty person, or do you discover advantages where other people find only weaknesses? When it comes to raising healthy, happy kids,...

Continue Learning about ADHD

Causes of ADHD
Causes of ADHD
How do you get attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD)? Some assign blame to poor parenting, incompetent t...
Read More
What is limbic attention deficit disorder (ADD)?
Amen Clinics, Inc.Amen Clinics, Inc.
In limbic attention deficit disorder (ADD), the prefrontal cortex is underactive during concentratio...
More Answers
What is the role of desire for an adult with attention deficit disorder?
Lara Honos-Webb, PhDLara Honos-Webb, PhD
Whereas adults without attention deficit disorder (ADD) can ignore their desires in order to get thr...
More Answers
How Does Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Affect Adults?
How Does Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Affect Adults?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.