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Parents of ADHD Children

Tips on keeping your child safe

I’m sure I’m not the only parent who worries about your child’s safety, especially when ADHD is in place because of the adrenaline rushes she likes on her motorized scooter and moped, also because she doesn’t think things through and is very impulsive.  I’m trying to keep her very busy this summer with lots of sports camps (which she loves) but on days when we don’t have anything planned she wants to ride her bike or scooter, and she wants to go around the block, sometimes two blocks, but I have watched her numerous times not watch for cars until she is half way into the street, anyone walking a dog she will stop and talk to. She climbs trees so high it makes me nervous, I know alot of this is just being 9 and an extremely active little girl, but how can I instill caution in her without making her anxious about things, is there a line somewhere that I can talk to her to try to get her to understand that she can’t take the corners at full speed….sigh!


Great question! ADDitude actually has an article that addresses this specific concern—how to keep ADHD kids safe (but active!) during the summer months, when bumps, bruises and big bites are not all that us parents have to worry about. I would highly recommend it as a good starting point:

This post, by Dr. Larry Silver, also offers some age-specific advice:

I hope this helps!

Posted by Anni Rodgers on Jun 19, 2014 at 8:24pm

Before I allow my daughter to do things like that on her own, I model them for her and with her. I do them for several weeks, then I slowly allow her to go on her own. Maybe the first few times, she is allowed to go half way. I think it’s important to speak to your daughter constantly even when not going through the motions of a new activity. My daughter and I talk about strangers and we play act situations. I did similar activities with my other child who is more typical. They each catch on-but the younger child requires more guidance and instruction.

Posted by Speduc8r on Jun 20, 2014 at 12:25am

No Summer medicine holidays!  If your child had diabetes would you give them a break for the Summer from their insulting and let them eat all the chocolate cake they wanted!?  No way!  Why do we parents of ADHD children think it’s a good idea to let our kids go around with a less than as good as possible functioning brain? Considering all the danger, as exhibited by the post above, there exists in our world?  Not assuming you are giving a medicine holiday because impulsiveness can happen even with meds. Just saying it is just as dangerous as a so called medical condition.

Depending on how old your child is, you will need to reiterate the rules every so often which means supervision. And remember he rule of 30% - your child off meds is 30% younger than their chronological age in responsibility and maturity and on meds still need to consider them at least 10-20% younger. And supervise accordingly.

Posted by YellaRyan on Jun 20, 2014 at 12:31pm

Thanks for sharing some tips, I do supervise very well, and we tak about these things multiple times a day, and yes, I actually am giving her a summer break on her medicine.  I don’t like giving her meds at all, she is to under weight and her sleeping is so disturbed on the meds.  I just feel as long as I’m a stay at home mom, I can monitor everything she does and let her enjoy her summer without all the side effects from the stimulants, I know some of you don’t agree with that. 

Thank you for the links, great information there!

Posted by klsmidwestmom on Jun 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

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