Updated 17 July 2017

Practical ADHD tips for parents

Parenting a child with ADHD can be very challenging for parents. Here are some practical tips to help you cope.

  • If dietary adjustments and supplements don't work and the specialist prescribes medicine, make sure your child takes it as prescribed so you will be able to report accurately on improvement and side effect.
  • Arrange with your child's teachers that he sits in the front row in class.
  • Teach him to make lists of things to do, pack or take with him.
  • Make sure there is a specific routine at home.
  • Eat at regular times and teach your child his homework must be done at specific times.
  • Give him an alarm clock and put up a year planner and calendar against his wall so he can learn to plan his day and see sport days and music lessons at a glance.
  • Check if and how he did his homework and make sure all tasks are done.
  • Don't help him. Allow him to do it himself, even if it takes a long time.

This article is an excerpt of an article compiled with the assistance of Professor André Venter, Dr Adri van der Walt and many scientific papers. It is an edited version of an article that originally appeared in Pulse magazine in September 2007. Buy the latest copy, on newsstand now, for more fascinating stories in the world of health and wellness.


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Dr Renata Schoeman has been in full-time private practice as a general psychiatrist (child, adolescent and adult psychiatry) since 2008, currently based in Oude Westhof (Bellville). Renata also holds appointments as senior lecturer in Leadership (USB) and as a virtual faculty member of USB Executive Development’s Neuroleadership programme. She serves on the advisory boards of various pharmaceutical companies, as a director of the Psychiatric Management Group (PsychMG) and is the co-convenor of the South African Society of Psychiatrist (SASOP) special interest group for adult ADHD, and co-founder of the Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation ( She is passionate about corporate mental health awareness and uses her neuroscience background to assist leaders in equipping them to become balanced, healthy and dynamic leaders that take their own and their team’s emotional, intellectual, social health and physical needs into account. Renata is academically active and enjoys research and collaborative work, has published in many peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at local and international congresses. She is regularly invited to present at conferences and to engage with the media. During her post-graduate studies, she trained at Harvard, Boston in neurocognition and neuroimaging. Her awards include, amongst others, the Young Minds in Psychiatry award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Discovery Foundation Fellowship award, a Thuthuka award from the NRF, and a MRC Fellowship. She also received the Top MBA student award and the Director’s award from USB for 2015. She was a finalist for the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa’s Businesswoman of the Year Award for 2016, and received the Excellence in Media Work award from SASOP during 2016.

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