How to Design a Healthy Home for Kids with ADHD

Having a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) means how you design your home is extremely important to achieve a calm and tranquil environment. In order to minimize distractions, it really does matter how (and where) things in the home are placed to inspire positive organization. Children are not purposefully defiant by not tidying up after themselves but rather they can become too focused on what they’re doing and may not even realize they are making a mess. As a parent, it’s often challenging to keep up with conflicting emotions and broken boundaries through energetic outbursts but by boosting child safety through different methods, you can also encourage their creativity and self-expression.

House Rules

According to experts, children can thrive more productively in environments which provide structures and routines so it is essential to be consistent at setting out clear rules for daily timetables, such as homework, mealtimes and bedtimes. Design posters with visible lists and reward or sticker charts around the house so your child understands about schedules and over time, learn how to use these tools on their own. Spend time explaining these rules so your child is involved in the process and feels like they have a sense of purpose.

Declutter your home 

The most obvious place to start is in your child’s bedroom which should be free of too many distractions. Keep toys, books and other items to a minimum and organize them on shelving and labeled bins or baskets so they learn to find things in one place. Organize each room in your home so it has little clutter and breakable items, and introduce other positive ways you can create a calm environment for your child whereby they can achieve a sense of harmony within the home.

Provide security

Giving your child a secure home environment can mean putting practical safety measures in place, such as sturdy home furnishings, and the removal of any hazards which are vital for eliminating dangers that could prove to be a threat to any child's well being. It can also mean encouraging them to feel secure within themselves by discussing changes or routines with them so that they gain a sense of independent responsibility.

The small differences you make around your household will have a positive influence on your child's behavior and help to produce soothing atmosphere which, in turn, will have a healthlier impact for your family and the enivronment they're growing up in.

Coaches Corner: Is it Challenging Behavior or Lack of Sleep?

Sometimes what may seem like challenging behavior may really be the expression of an overtired child. Sleep has a powerful impact on child behavior – even as it does on adult behavior (we have just to consider how we feel after a poor night’s sleep and how we move through the following day, particularly without a cup of coffee to boost our engines). Over-tired children have a more challenging time weathering life’s “challenges” and “storms”. They may engage in more tantrums, have more conflicts with teachers and peers, be more accident prone, get sick more often, and have difficulty settling into play. Click here to read the full article.

Fun October Snack: Banana Ghosts & Orange Pumpkins

Boo! Turn bananas into spooky ghosts with chocolate chip eyes and mouths made from chocolate covered raisins. Make a pumpkin patch out of peeled clementine or tangerines. Just use a sprig of celery in the center for the stem!

CACFP Meal Pattern Updates

Centers and day care homes offering meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) play a critical role in supporting the wellness, health, and development of children through the provision of nutritious foods. Child care providers, in particular, have a powerful opportunity to instill healthy habits in young children that serve as a foundation for healthy choices in life.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, USDA made the first major changes in the CACFP meals and snacks since the Program’s inception in 1968, which will help ensure children have access to healthy, balanced meals and snacks throughout the day. The updated CACFP nutrition standards will help safeguard the health of children early in their lives. 

These improvements are expected to enhance the quality of meals served in CACFP to help young children learn healthy eating habits early on in their lives and improve the wellness of adult participants. CACFP centers and day care homes may continue to comply with the current meal standards as they transition to the updated meal standards. However, all aspects of meals served through the CACFP must meet the updated standards no later than October 1, 2017.

Under the updated CACFP nutrition standards, meals and snacks served will include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat. In addition, the standards encourage breastfeeding and better align the CACFP with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and with other Child Nutrition Programs. 

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