ADHD Parenting | Homework Struggles?

by Yafa Crane Luria



Lots of kids with ADD have trouble getting their homework done. Here are a few tips to help you turn things around. Obviously it’s best to get a routine going at a young age. Even if your child doesn’t have homework yet, you might use this as reading or writing or workbook time. The time you put in now to smooth things out will become time you save in the future.

  1. Watch your child study/read without interrupting him or her. Watch what helps focus your children and what distracts them. See how long they can study without interruption. When interrupted, what interrupts them? Take notes. Every child is different.
  2. Create a studying plan with a bit of input from your children. This plan would include homework hours, homework location, setting up the study area so that there are minimal distractions (including moving furniture or purchasing things like storage cubbies or bookends), and planned (and timed) study breaks.
  3. Monitor the success of your plan. See what is working and what isn’t. Notice whether the conditions work some days and not others, and what factors might be involved to prevent success on a given day. Emotional distress as well as physical distress and illness can all negatively affect concentration.

I always tell parents that it doesn’t matter where or how kids get their studying done, as long as it gets done.

Of course, if your child’s issues are more extreme, you may need to take a class or get some professional help.

xo, Yafa

Copyright 2011 Yafa Luria/Margit Crane All Rights Reserved


What troubles you about parenting an ADHD child or teen?

Let’s talk! No judgment, no salesy come-on. However you WILL receive a good deal of TLC and a slew of strategies. You can say anything. You can cry. You can swear. Your confidentiality is guaranteed, and I promise to listen and give you hope and relief. (You might even find yourself spontaneously doing a happy dance).

“Thank you Yafa. You’ve given me incredibly helpful tools! It was really a pleasure to speak with you. I’ll be back in touch in the coming weeks.” Stella R, Portland, OR.

“I really appreciate that I could be vulnerable and you didn’t shoot me down. I feel comfortable with you and your humor brightened the call.” Danielle A, Bellingham, WA.

“I talked with you a year ago, Yafa, and your voice is always in my head, guiding me. I just wanted to email and thank you.” April W, Queensland, Australia

“Thank you for your encouraging, enlightening suggestions.” Jill E, Seattle, WA.

Thank you for ‘being there’ to share your wealth of knowledge and personal experience with us who are ‘floundering’ and ‘lost in the forest’ when it comes to ‘dealing with special and difficult circumstances’. Gratefully yours, Rochelle H, Alberta, Canada xox ((((BIG HUGS)))

Just confirm your time zone and then click on the date/time that works for you:

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: