and my Son
Hello, I am a mom of a wonderful little boy who is three years old and 9 months. He just started preschool and certain issues regarding his lack of attention is really breaking my heart. I am in the process right now of having him evaluated and maybe by the grace of God he will get some free and private training, one on one type of work right in his classroom.
No one has mentioned ADHD to me exactly but I am having a feeling that if I really don't narrow in on this and help my son eventually this is what the diagnosis maybe. I know my son needs to exercise, I have felt this always. The problem is that I also need exercise, have suffered from depression my entire life and for some strange reason cannot seem to push myself.
I know this would benefit my son and myself. Maybe I should start taking him for walks around a track, although I have a strange feeling he would spend the whole time running away from me but maybe we could manage this over time. What are your thoughts?
Exercise is great for children who have attention difficulties and exercise will be great for you. It's a 'natural' medicine for depression. Just make little goals for yourself and your son, then start having a little fun. If you take him for a walk around the track, he'll want to run a little. Let him. He'll run and walk.
Goal ideas could include:
-Getting to the track twice a week, then more often
-Walking Twice around the track by the end of the week (1/2 mile)
-Buying some good walking shoes
-Realizing you are looking forward to your exercise
-Teaching your son to stay near you as you walk the track
-Snacking for the track (eating healthy food the day you are exercising)
If this turns into a routine for you, you may want to bring someone along who can watch your child. He can do the track with you and then play a little (under supervision) as you keep walking!
Getting a child evaluated will help decide if your son needs services.
Let us know how you are doing.
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