Hi All - I am curious as to what everyone's opinion is on this: how much responsibility do you expect of your children when it comes to taking their medication?
My stepson is 11 and he has just started taking a stimulant two weeks for his ADHD. It's very new to him and he's super forgetful in general because well, he's distracted. It's pretty textbook and makes sense. I am of the opinion that we as adults need to be the ones to give him his medication and make it part of our routine as a household. We got him a pill box with the days of the week and put his stimulant and vitamins in the box. We put it in front of his breakfast and each morning he takes it when he's eating. This way it's part of the morning and it's just something you do. We put it on the table, not him. We also make his breakfast each morning while he gets ready (makes his bed, gets dressed, feeds the cat- he's busy too.)
His mother is of the opinion that it his responsibility to remember to take it. He needs to remember to take it before he does anything in the morning and he has to set an alarm on his iPad so he can remember to ask her for it. If he does not ask her for it, he does not get it that day because she will not remember.
While I am 100% all about teaching kids to be responsible and helps them grow into great adults, I can't seem to get behind the second method for a few reasons. First off, I don't think any kid needs to be that dependent on their device to take a medication (whole other issue.) Second off - I won't go into that because no one needs me on a soapbox on this platform.
I would love to hear everyone else's thoughts. I am trying to get behind both sides of this to be more open minded, but he has missed way too many doses or taken it too late in the day and not been able to sleep over at mom's.
What works best in your house and what are you values around this?