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Monday Minute: I have ADHD. Can I be a successful homeschool parent?

Yes! Absolutely! Here are some tips to approach homeschooling if you are the one with ADHD:

1.The first step is recognizing this about yourself and understanding the ways it impacts your day to day. The great (and daunting) thing about homeschooling is that we get to lead by example, but it is in these moments of finding strategies and working to find a solution for our challenges we set the best example of all. That’s right, our challenges (which by the way are often also our strengths) can be the best opportunity to showing our children how to be successful in our day to day life.

2. Reflect on solutions to address the challenges, then try them for a week. Flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to homeschool and there are as many ways to homeschool as there are fingerprints. No one way looks alike…nor should it. If you thrive off of structure find the balance that works for you without it becoming overwhelming. If your child needs flexible space, meet them in the middle on it.

3. Set small goals and write them down! The journey to the goal is what it is all about and that journey will invariably have twists and turns. If you find yourself off-track one week (or several weeks) operate with grace for yourself. This self-compassion is a wonderful thing to exemplify for our children. Also, when we don’t expect perfection from ourselves, we are more likely to pick ourselves back up when we get off track. And that also is worth a thousand academic lessons!

If you are ready for more information and want to learn more about strategies for learning in the home, sign up for a consult right here on my website deannawestedt.com. Go to the parents tab and click on my oncehub link! Or send me an email at deanna@deannawestedt.com