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By David Spohn

Existence with a baby with recognition deficit illness (ADD) or realization deficit hyperactivity ailment (ADHD) will be difficult, yet take it from one who is been there: it may well even be choked with the entire love, humor, and lightweight father or mother could desire for. during this mild, lighthearted, down-to-earth e-book, David Spohn makes use of his personal reviews to assist others make it in the course of the stresses and chaos and heartbreak that elevating a baby with ADD/ADHD can entail-and to aid them come via complete and satisfied and sane. From the hot vocabulary and pals who come besides a prognosis of ADD/ADHD, to questions bearing on every little thing from Ritalin to sibling contention to education to going out in public, existence at the area deals sincere, useful, worrying support-and a hearty dose of fine humor-for mom and dad of kids with ADD/ADHD. artwork director of Hazelden info and academic prone and the writer and illustrator of 4 kid's books, David Spohn is the daddy of a kid with cognizance deficit sickness.

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There really isn't a perfect solution. As we've discovered before, however, some imperfect ones will do. For better or for worse, in many cases, medication is an important part of the effective treatment of ADD. And for better or for worse, the child must bear at least part of the responsibility for the treatment. As parents, we can create many mechanisms to see that the child remembers to take it. We can make lists and notes and leave them in strategic places. We can buy inexpensive plastic weekly medication management kits for organizing and more expensive electronic organizers for remembering.

This proper equipment includes Page 3 knowledge, energy, patience, and adaptability. Also needed is the willingness to be a disciplinarian and an informed advocate. It's also helpful to be able to laugh in the face of chaos. This is equipment that can be acquired along the way, with a little help and lots of practice. Be assured that help is available, and the practice is daily! By binding these elements together with love, we can guide our children through the maze that is their childhood. This may not be the parenting experience we asked for, but for some of us, it's the one we got.

And, at any given time, there may be no more powerful hold than that of a child's hands around his brother's throat. Growing up with siblings prepares us for a social world. We learn how to share, how to negotiate, and yes, we learn how to fight. Above all, though, we learn about unconditional love. Most brothers and sisters consider their siblings both a blessing and a curse, depending upon the moment. A child with an ADHD sibling will naturally see the curse, and must be shown how to see the blessings.

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