Quick Tip

Brain Breaks!

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Have you ever been in a situation where your kid took 3 hours to do 10 minutes of homework? Our tendency is to try to push them through the work, to focus on getting it done. But what they might really need more than that is to stop. Jack’s brain can’t really work effectively if it’s always in overdrive.

Although the ADHD brain seems to run a million miles an hour, it gets easily fatigued (probably because it’s running a million miles an hour!). Frequent breaks are a must to refresh and re-engage — and avoid the boredom that comes from working on the same thing for hours. Even if your kid isn’t struggling, frequent breaks can keep things moving forward at a steady pace and is a good practice for brain health.

They can do some jumping jacks, have a tickle fight, eat a snack, sing a song. Maybe they can read the comics after finishing their math, or if you think your child can do it without getting sucked in, watch a silly 3-minute YouTube video. Keep the brain fresh and engaged so it can more easily get the work done. BTW: this tip will work for you as well, whether your challenge is an ADHD brain, or just tired, worn-out parent!

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