ADHD Parenting: Build From Within For Self-Reliance & Cooperation
Discipline is a matter of helping a child learn self-reliance and cooperation - for balanced self-management and informed independence.
- Craig Wiener
Parenting Without A Balanced Approach For Conflict Resolution - Emotions Rule the Day
Dr. Wiener is a deep, thoughtful, and highly respected professional in the ADHD community, and we appreciate his taking the time to personally share his encouraging, parent-skills insights for children with challenges. He makes his points rather emphatically: if we simply rely on structure and discipline, if our only tools for management are negative consequences or medications, we/they are lost from the outset.
After writing two books for academicians that outlined the limitations of psychological determinism as it applies to the management and development of children, Dr. Wiener soon recognized that parents needed a personalized, utilitarian translation with specific recommendations for daily experience with their own ADHD children. His landmark parenting book spells out specific strategies to encourage more thoughtful, more useful, more developmentally helpful coping options for working with ADHD children.
Dr. Wiener specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and families. With over thirty years in private practice, he is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at the Family Health Center of Worcester, MA. As you listen to this episode he makes excellent points about working with children with an eye to finding their coping capacities, what they do well, and how they can learn to effectively negotiate beyond emotions and demands.
Craig makes it clear that counterproductive parenting patterns significantly contribute to arrested childhood development and emotional dysregulation. No, it's not the parent's fault, it is a matter of truly understanding how to use basic conflict resolution and mediation strategies for the long haul. His strategies are built on a foundation of respect, understanding and metacognition. Think: it's a family plan.
Jump on Dr. Wiener's Book Drawing opportunity below before it closes June 2, 2016.
His Message In A Sentence:
Search for, and reward, responsible efforts, effective outcomes, and evolving interpersonal skills - beyond simply using medications for management.
Epigenetic Changes In Childhood Can Last A Lifetime - 3:52 min
Counterproductive behaviors included in the ADHD diagnosis can become more frequent due to parental reinforcement. He shows parents how to stop those reinforcements and alternatively develop their child’s self-reliance and cooperation.
014: Pullavi Kumar is a San Francisco based health coach and founder of Health Redux, a resource for nutritional coaching and specific personalized recommendations. She is a certified Health Coach who graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she "learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories; everything from Ayurveda, gluten-free, and Paleo, to raw, vegan, and macrobiotics, and everything in between." Pullavi believes we must start focusing on nutritional patterns early with children, and discusses her multiple nutritional insights in our interesting CBJ discussion.
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