The Weight of ADHD On Your Marriage

If raising a child with ADHD can strain even the sturdiest marriage, imagine what it does to the rest of us. Follow these seven steps to save your relationship when parenting problems threaten to split it apart.

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The Teachable Moments in Disagreements

Studies show that couples who have children with ADHD are quicker to yell at each other than those without ADHD kids. Here’s how to find teachable moments in disagreements:

-- Clear conflicts in the open. "Kids can learn to resolve problems by watching you do it," says Brian Wymbs, Ph.D. "Arguments that aren't resolved in front of your child may make him think he is the cause of the fight."

-- Show respect. No name-calling, no raised voices, no stomping out of the house.

-- Love means saying you're sorry. Apologize when you're wrong or when you lose your temper. Kids often have to apologize for their impulsive behavior, so you'll be teaching them how to do it.

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