Marci - posted on 09/02/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )
Hi All. I'm new to the group. I have two boys, ages 6 and 3. My six year old was diagnosed with ADHD, last April, near the end of his kindergarten year. He definitely has the hyperactivity and impulsivity that goes along with it. He has been on 30mg of Vyvanse since that time and is now behaving quite nicely at school. My big problem is getting him up and out of the house on school mornings. A morning does not go by without us all getting angry. We wake him and then help him get dressed as he still has some night time accidents. We want to make sure he is clean before getting dressed. Even though we help him with this, he is constantly complaining and moaning and groaning loud enough to wake his little brother. Once that is done, we get to the breakfast battle. I give him three breakfast choices and let him choose what he wants, which sometimes brings on more complaints. I make his breakfast while he turns on the tv. Then I continuously have to remind him to keep eating. I really encourage the eating of breakfast as he is not hungry during the day due to his medication. He drags his breakfast out to the last minute and sometimes has to take the last of it with him. Then, without fail, he always has to use the bathroom when it is time to be out the door. Lastly, as he gets his teeth brushed, he makes all sorts of verbal sounds to try to anger his dad and I and wake his brother. We end up yelling or speaking harshly and we are all upset by the time he gets out the door, just minutes before the bus arrives. So, I'm really at a loss here. I realize that he is not on his medication first thing in the morning, but how much of this behavior can be controlled? Is there a better way of dealing with our morning routine or a better routine out there? I feel bad that we are getting upset with him but we want him to know that his behavior is not acceptable. Any suggestions for improvement would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.