This book The ADD and ADHD Cure: the natural way to treat hyperactivity and refocus your child by Jay Gordon, M.D., with Jennifer Chang was a good reminder how much a sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, food dye-free clean eating plan can help a child with focus and attention. It also gave practical tips on how to make exercise a priority as a family to calm down the brain and recommended less electronic time.
Several years ago when my oldest was in 2nd grade, I read a different book about how a child with ADHD’s brain does better with no electronic time on school days. With this in mind, my husband and I decided six years ago to only do screen time for our kids during the school year on Friday afternoons and specific times on Saturdays and Sundays.
In addition to limiting screen time, this book was a healthy reminder of just how much outdoor activity and exercise was necessary to keep the ADHD brain balanced. Since being outside is such a great way to make memories together, we are always seeking as a family new ways to be active and have fun. Our latest favorite family backyard activity is a four square volleyball game called CrossNet, which you can buy at the sporting good store called Scheels or at Amazon.