ADHD parenting can be extra challenging when the weather turns cold and snow starts to fall. Kids have to stay indoors, and the four walls of the house might not be enough to contain their excess energy. Here are four tips that will make your hyperactive child more manageable until spring arrives.
Channel physical energy into creative energy
Kids with ADHD tend to have colorful imaginations that crackle with ideas. Channel your child’s physical energy into creative outlets to keep him or her occupied during long winter hours. Get your child involved in decorating the home for the holidays with Christmas-themed crafts. Or stock up on colored pens, paints, modeling clay, and other art supplies and plan out creative projects your child can work on.
Plan several energy-burning activities
Kids with ADHD lose interest in one hobby or pastime too quickly. When thinking of ways to keep your child stimulated, always plan more than one activity. Some great activities include:
Enroll your child in indoor sports
Sports will not only burn off the excess energy your child might have; they will also harness your child’s attention span, impulse control, and focus. Consider signing your child up for ADHD-friendly indoor sports like gymnastics, kung fu, figure skating, or indoor wall climbing. Dance classes are another great way to stay fit and active indoors.
Accomplish winter chores
The snow might be fun to play in but they can also block driveways, doorways, and bury the car. Ask your child to help you shovel the snow and ice. The physical activity involved in doing winter chores have a calming effect on hyperactive kids and keeps them busy.
Create a homemade gym
Convert your garage or guest room into a homemade gym for the winter. You don’t have to buy expensive gym equipment for this; great additions to your homemade gym include exercise balls, a hula hoop, a tension band, and a yoga mat. Just make sure you place breakables and hazardous materials away from your child’s reach.