Interrupt, Don't Ignore
DO: Quickly move people or objects to prevent bad behavior.
If your children start quarreling over a toy, you might say, “Alex, sit over there. Maria, stand here. I’ll take this and put it up here.” Similarly, if your ADHD teen comes home for supper with dirty hands, immediately take his plate off the table and silently point to his hands.
DON’T: Ignore your child’s misbehavior.
He may read your silence as “I won’t give you my attention or concern” or even “I reject you.” He might also assume that your silence means you approve of what he is doing.