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    ADHD Our Perspective
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    If you have been reading ADD ADHD Advances for any length of time you know that I don't recommend resources freely. In fact, this is the third thing I have recommended in the past two years. In my opinion, it is also the most valuable resource, touching upon the essence parenting.

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    Our Perspective

    Go to any formal event where there are speeches given, such as a political dinner or some other gathering. Wait until the third speech, and then look at any group of twenty-five people. You will observe three types of people.

    Most people will be sitting there politely, trying to hide the fact they are bored. Then there will be two or three people who will be fiddling with a pen, doodling on a napkin, or tapping their fingers. They will look restless and very uneasy sitting there.

    Finally, there will be one person who looks like he is climbing out of his skin. He gets up. He sits down. He plays with his mobile phone. He looks at his watch. He won't be able to keep his legs still. If you investigate this person, you will most likely find a number of things about him. Probably that person is a CEO of some corporation or some other high-powered executive. He likely is the busiest, most successful person at that table. If you look further into that person's life you also may find that he did not do very well in school. Why? That person has ADHD.

    If you have been reading about ADHD and learning disabilities for a while, I am sure you have come across all the stories written by the optimists. You know by now that Thomas Edison had ADHD, that Leonardo Da Vinci was severely dyslexic, and that Albert Einstein failed math and couldn't get a teaching position after he graduated university. You may have heard of the personal recounts of modern celebrities like Robin Williams or John Irving. These optimists then try to reassure you. They tell you that the world is full of such people who, in spite of their handicaps, rose to greatness.

    You should know that this is entirely false. No one ever rose to greatness in spite of a handicap. These people rose to greatness because of their handicaps.

    Take for example, Helen Keller. She was a person who at a very young age became blind and deaf. As she strove to overcome her deficits, she achieved greatness and influenced the world around her in a way that few in her generation were able to do. It was her handicap that brought out her greatness. If she had never become blind or deaf, she probably would have led a very inconspicuous life.

    If your child has ADHD, then there are three things that can happen. He can let it break him, and it will be his downfall. He can live with it and try to compensate for the trouble it causes him. Or he can incorporate it into his future and use it to catapult him to a level that he would never be able to achieve if he did not have ADHD.

    Does this mean he will be famous? Probably not, but greatness has nothing to do with fame. A person is great when he takes all the characteristics and abilities given to him, both good and bad, and directs them and uses them to benefit himself, his family, and his society.

    A warm loving parent, a sensitive spouse, a good neighbor, an ethical person. You will never hear about these people, but these are the true heroes our generation. Any child, even a child with ADHD, can become this type of hero.

    Your child has three paths before him. Which path he chooses will be a result in a large part of how you raise him. Will you allow his ADHD to destroy him? Or will you instill in him a sense of self worth that will carry him through this and all other obstacles in his life?

    The statistics regarding the long-term prognosis of ADHD are not pretty. But, your child is not a statistic. And, he has one asset that most children with ADHD do not have. He has a parent that cares enough about him and who wants to help him; enough to read a journal like this one. This already gives him an advantage way above most children with ADHD.

    I was told I should be optimistic. I should be encouraging and enthusiastic and hopeful about the future. I really cannot do that. First of all, I am not an optimist. More importantly, however, what happens now has nothing to do with me. It really depends upon you.

    I am prepared to give you all the information at my disposal, through my website, my books, my courses, and the articles I publish. I am available for your questions and am ready to help. However, your child's future is in your hands. It is your job to mold and shape your child until he reaches an age in which he has the understanding to mold and shape himself.

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    Anthony Kane, MD

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    Ten Ways to Have More Responsible Children

    We'd all like our kids to develop into responsible people. How can we help to ensure that our kids learn the lessons of responsibility? Here are some ideas:

    1. Start them with tasks when they're young.

    Young kids have a strong desire to help out, even as young as age 2. They can do a lot more than you think if you're patient and creative. This helps build confidence and enthusiasm for later tasks in their life.

    2. Don't use rewards with your kids

    If you want your kids to develop an intrinsic sense of responsibility, they need to learn the "big picture" value of the things they do. They won't learn that if they're focused on what they're going to "get."

    3. Use natural consequences when they make mistakes.

    If they keep losing their baseball glove somewhere, let them deal with the consequences. Maybe they have to ask to borrow one for the game. Maybe they have to buy a new one it's lost. If you rescue them every time they screw up, never learn responsibility.

    4. Let them know when you see them being responsible.

    Specifically point out what you like about their behavior. This will make it more likely to continue to happen.

    5. Talk often about responsibility with your kids.

    Make responsibility a family value, let them know it's important.

    6. Model responsible behavior for your kids.

    This is where they'll learn it from. Take care of your stuff. Try to be on time. They're watching you very closely.

    7. Give them an allowance early in their life.

    Let them make their own money decisions from an early age. They'll learn their lessons in a hurry. Don't bail them out if they run out of money.

    8. Have a strong, unfailing belief that your kids are responsible.

    They'll pick up on this belief and they'll tend to rise to the level of expectation. And keep believing this even when they mess up!

    9. Train them to be responsible.

    Use role play and talk to them about exactly what kind of behavior you expect from them. It's hard for kids to be responsible when they don't know what it looks like.

    10. Get some help and support for your parenting.

    It's hard to know sometimes whether you're being too controlling or too permissive as a parent. Talk to other parents, read books, join parent support groups, whatever will help you feel like you're not alone.

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      Article Index

    The following is a list of articles that are available to you at ADD ADHD Advances:

    General Articles

    Our Perspective

    My Story

    How to Read A Scientific Article

    ADD ADHD and Drug Abuse

    Some Common Mental Health Terms

    God's Perfection: The Story of a Special Need's Child

    Independent Educational Evaluations


    5 Steps to Raising Optimistic Children

    Your Child’s ADHD Advantage

    What to do When Your Child Lies

    Back to School Basics

    What to Do When Your Child Hits You?

    Proper Nutrition Can Make Your Kid a Top Student

    What to Do When Your Child is Stealing

    The Seven Keys to Child Obedience

    What to Do When Your Teen Chooses Bad Friends

    How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry

    How to Create an Emotional Bond with Your Child

    Your Job as a Role Model

    Why Other Children are Rejecting Your Child

    How to Help Your Child Make Friends

    The Importance of Having a Few Good Friends

    How to Give Constructive Criticism

    Ten Ways to Have More Responsible Children
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    Fighting the TV Culture

    Parenting Quiz

    Adult ADHD

    Adult ADHD Advantages

    The 8 Essential Skills for Managing Adult ADD

    Tips on ADD in Couples

    10 Benefits of Having Attention Deficit Disorder

    The Management of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder

    Adult ADHD: Coping Strategies after Diagnosis

    Related Disorders

    Non-Medical Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

    Central Auditory Processing Disorders

    Pervasive Developmental Disorders

    Does Your Child Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

    Oppositional Defiant Disorder

    ODD Screening Test

    Conduct Disorder Screening Test

    Bipolar Disorder

    Is Your Child Touch Sensitive?

    Teaching Children with Sensory Motor Integration Deficits

    Treatment of ADHD: Conventional

    Television and ADHD

    Nutritional and Vitamin Supplemental Needs of Children

    Melatonin, Sleep Enhancement, and ADHD

    The Use of Brain SPECT Imaging in ADHD


    Ritalin's Better Side

    Death from Ritalin

    Mood Stabilizers



    Treatment of ADHD: Alternative

    The Listening Program

    Auditory Integration Training

    Music that is Appropriate for AIT

    ADHD and Iron Deficiency

    ADHD and Food Allergies

    The Role of Essential Fatty Acids in ADHD

    The Role of Sugar in ADHD

    The Feingold Program

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Depression

    Hair Mineral Analysis

    Mineral Supplements

    The Role of Neurofeedback in ADHD Treatment


    Ginkgo Biloba



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