Advocating for ADHD

For kids with ADHD, you are your child’s best advocate. To be a good advocate for your child, learn as much as you can about ADHD and how it affects your child at home, in school, and in social situations.

Getting gum out of clothes

To get gum out of clothes, put clothing in the freezer or freeze the spot with an ice cube. Then scrape off the gum once it’s hard.

Hanukkah Safety Tip

Make sure to keep your Hanukkah menorah on a high surface, and not too close to the edge of a table. Never leave a child alone in a room with lit candles.

Hanukkah Tip

Frying latkes on the stove? Turn pan handles in, and don’t let your toddler get too close — hot oil can spatter.

The Hanukah Tradition

Traditionally the Hanukkiah (menorah for Hanukkah) was lit with oil, not candles, and the tradition of eating fried foods like latkes and sufganiyot comes from this celebration of oil. Lead your toddlers into their study of Hanukkah by talking about these familiar foods and the symbol of the Hanukkah.

Hanukkah Safety Tip

Don’t leave dreidles where children under age three can find them and choke on them. And make sure that any “gelt” you offer is safe for your children to eat.

Sleeping

From ages 1 to 3, most toddlers sleep about 10 to 13 hours.

Healthy Snack Tip

Make a variety of healthy foods available. Keep plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks and healthful beverages around and easily accessible so kids become used to reaching for them when they’re hungry.

Removing Band-Aids

Heating a band-aid a little with a hair dryer will soften the adhesive so the bandage comes off painlessly.

Building hand/eye coordination

Build hand/eye coordinations and have fun in the tub. Fill a small tub with water and give your toddler several containers of different sizes.

Feeding Tip

When baby begins using spoon, offer sticky foods such as thick rice cereal, mashed potatoes, which will not slide off spoon.

Teaching for ADHD

When teaching ADHD/ADD Children, allow them to respond orally unless the exersise is a writing exercise.

Moving to a toddler bed

Once your child is able to climb out of his crib, it is time to move him into a toddler bed.

Discreet Breastfeeding Tip

Being modest doesn’t have to keep you and your baby at home (or hidden in the restrooms). It’s easy to breastfeed discreetly in public if you wear the right clothes. A loose-fitting shirt or top that lifts or can be unbuttoned from the waist will let you feed your baby without exposing your breast.
From: La Leche League

Safety Tip

Encourage your toddler not to put pencils or crayons in his mouth when coloring or drawing.

Building self esteem

Build self esteem, compliment your child’s character. Tell them you think he or she is a great kid.

Hungry Toddlers

If your child is well-rested but is beginning to act up more than usual, make sure it hasn’t been too long since his or her last meal or snack. Your toddler may be hungry without realizing it, and if this is the case, a healthy snack may be all that is needed.

Keeping your cool

To feel strong and calm you may need to work at managing your own stress levels. Make sure you give yourself time to take a break and relax sometimes: taking a nice pampering bath or sitting down with a cup of tea to watch your favorite TV show will give you a chance to recharge batteries.

Washing Hands

To teach kids how to wash their hands more thoroughly, encourage them to count to 10 once they have 2 squirts of liquid soap on their hands.

Toddler Play

Toddlers participate in ‘parallel play’, meaning they may begin to play around other children, but not necessarly with other children.