I need ideas, advice, and encouragement please. Our oldest son is 7.5 and we’ve been dealing with him “being different” since he was 3. He was diagnosed with ADHD 10 months ago and has been on medication since because it was effecting his school day. It’s always effected our home life. He is currently on catapres .1 mg 2 times a day. I am also taking care of my husband who is struggling with mental health issues and our 3.5 year old son while working full time. I am just plain worn out. My biggest issue is that I am having trouble responding instead of reacting with our oldest. He knows exactly what buttons to push and I’m really struggling to keep my cool day in and day out.
What do you say to yourself in the heat of the moment? What have you found that helps you keep your cool in the moment? What form of discipline seems to work best? How do you stay calm, repeat yourself, maintain boundaries, and be consistent every single day day in and day out without loosing your mind?
Thanks in advance for and encouragement, ideas, and or suggestions.