ADHD and the Christmas Holidays

Having a child with ADD or ADHD can be a challenge throughout the year. But it can be even more of a challenge during the holiday season.

While the holidays can be very rewarding and fulfilling for many families, the stress level tends to rise as it is hard to get all of the tasks done in time. The stress level can go even higher for families who have a child or teen with ADD or ADHD.

I am teaching a free teleseminar on how to deal with your child’s ADD or ADHD during the holiday season. I am requesting that you visit: ADHD and the Holidays, and please submit a question about your biggest challenge with your ADD or ADHD child or teen during the holiday season.

During this live, 60 minute call, I will answer the most commonly asked questions. I will also be sure to cover the following topics:

  • How to complete a shopping trip with your ADD or ADHD child
  • How to keep your child’s behavior on track during the Christmas break
  • How to decide if you child should continue ADHD medication during the Christmas break
  • How to create special holiday moments that you will cherish
  • How to use the holidays to improve your relationship with your ADD/ADHD child so that your relationship will be better throughout the year

The free call is tonight. So head on over to right now while it’s still fresh in your mind, and submit your question.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the call live – I am recording it, and will share the recording with everyone who registers.

Most importantly, I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Make sure to take the time to enjoy yourself and each other.

Wishing you a great holiday season, and a happy new year!

Dr. Kenny Handelman


  1. Hi,
    Thanks for the opportunity to listen to your talk.

    I was onced started talking to a teacher about consequences when we stopped me in my tracks and asked – what about chinuch= education ?

    I welcomed your section on being proactive , anticipating problems, planning , creating a user friendly environment , creative ideas of for eg opening presents but it was all very top-down , the kids were not invited to participate in decision making , problem solving, role play and going through a scenario and coming to mutually satisfying solutions, letting kids think and reflect and coming up with a plan or how thing s could be better. Helping kids take perspectives , think in the plural , as a family , than operate in what’s in it for me mode – what will I get or what will be done to me. The introduction described ADHD kids as having quite a lot of cognitive skills deficits. The talk concentrated on creating the right environment , meds and consequences . Thomas Gordon – PET, has said that if you use power to get what you want , you have lost a learning opportunity. You spoke of bonding , connecting – IMHO it means connecting to the kid , giving him a voice , understanding who he is , how he feels. Parents may have a lot of fun with parents , there may be plenty of warmth, praise but if there is no real dialog , there is no connection. A relationship is one where you can talk things through. Eli Newberger
    says ‘ The method of withdrawing privileges is essentially negative: I can’t communicate with you, and so I’ll hurt you if you don’t mind me. The positive counterpoint is: We all make mistakes, and you can trust me to help you do better in the future.’

    The traffic policeman example – what happens after you get the fine – most people curse -under their breathe – the cop or go ‘ laughing off to the ban’. What punishments do , consequences is just a nicer word, is just reinforce the feeling that the care giver/ policeman is unfair and there is no real commitment to values of a caring (driving )community. The parent may have succeeded in imposing the consequence and may have won the battle , but really has lost the war .
    We have had this discussion on rewards and punishments before , my question is really whether your approach precludes kid’s participating in decisions , giving them a voice , working with etc. ?


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