It’s a typical night for a family with an ADHD child. You plan to have your child in bed by 8:00, but when 8:00 comes around so soon, you wonder where the evening has gone. Your child is bouncing off the walls, or zoned out in front of the TV, and you have a million things to do before bedtime. You call out to them from the other room, telling them to stop what they’re doing and get ready for bed. But when you go to check on her 15 minutes later, she hasn’t made any progress! Feeling frustrated, you hover, you nag, and you do things for her that you think she should be able to do on her own. When she’s finally in bed, she’s complaining that she’s not tired and can’t sleep, and you’re both irritated. Yet again, you’re ending the day on a sour note. Sound familiar?
Bedtime can be challenging, especially when your child has ADHD. Try these tips to break the bad bedtime cycle:
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