Before I get started with this post, I just want to thank everyone for their kind comments (here and on facebook) regarding my last post. It means a lot to me. And I’m feeling tons better. It’s so nice to have the energy I need to keep up around here. It’s awesome. No more dragging out of bed in the morning and I don’t need to sit and recoup as much anymore. Love it! Alright, down to business 😉
Last post, I talked about the disorders that we face and touched a little on how they affect daily life. Well, we also pick up a few tricks along the way or get a bit creative to bound over the hurdles that present themselves. One such hurdle is resistance to starting. ADHD kids look at the big picture and get overwhelmed. And then they refuse to even start. It’s like dragging a donkey down a path. So the trick is getting them to realize that they don’t have to ‘eat the whole elephant’ at once, so to speak, lol.
So we are trying a new thing here. Instead of asking my ADHD kiddos to “clean up their room” or “clean the playroom” or “pick all of that mess up”, I’ve been asking them at random points to “Stop and give me 10”. It means they stop what they are doing at that particular moment and each one picks up 10 things. I don’t care what they pick up, it just has to be 10 things and they need to go in the right places. It’s working pretty well. It cuts down on them feeling overwhelmed and saying “It’s too hard” or “There’s too much”. And it actually makes an impact. That’s 4 kids x 10 things put away = 40 things in their places. Plus I help right along with them so we can really make an impact even when they’ve created bigtime clutter. Because let’s face it, 4 kiddos may be able to clean pretty quick when they get down to it, but they can also make a house look like a tornado hit in the blink of an eye 😉 If you find your little ones have a serious case of ‘startitis’, give this a try. Have a great weekend!