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8 year old with adhd on vyvanse

My 8 year old has been on Vyvanse now for almost two years with having to increase his dose just once. We held him back last year and it worked out great for his learning abilties and letting him mature a bit more as well.
We recently had a big move and obvious school change with that. Even before we moved we have always had trouble with him acting like a baby. He cries and wHines with just about everything when he doesn't get his way and throws tantrums just like a 2 year old would. We've taken away privileges such as video games and TV, grounded him, and have rewarding him for when he does well. He has a hard time following rules mostly when he is at home. At school when he takes his meds he does just fine. When he gets home and it's time to do homework it's a whole other story.
Dealing with him and our two babies that are both under two makes my stress level and anxiety go up. It makes me just want to give up and I don't know what else to do with him or techniques to use.
We recently put him in karate to see if that discipline and confidence builder would help but it's too early to see a change.
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189897 tn?1441130118
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vyvanse should last 10 to 12 hours.  If it doesn't it might be a sign he is slightly underdosed - so you should ask your doc about that.   Its very easy to titrate V up or down by small amounts.
   Next, a child with ADHD is typically 2 to 3 years emotionally behind his peers - so his behavior is not that unusual for a child with ADHD.   Essentially, his overall behavior is not all that different from many kids his age with ADHD.  The secret is knowing how to deal with it (once the meds are correct).
    I am going to give you several very good links on parenting a child with ADHD.  As you have discovered, it is different then parenting a child who does not have ADHD.
     http://www.helpguide.org/articles/add-adhd/attention-deficit-disorder-adhd-parenting-tips.htm
    http://www.additudemag.com/slideshow/100/slide-1.html?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=July  
    http://www.additudemag.com/slideshow/88/slide-1.html?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=June
  And, this is a link to many good helpful hints from additudemag.
    http://www.additudemag.com/topic/parenting-adhd-children/parenting-tips.html

    Hope this helps.  If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask.  Best wishes.
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