Don't Freak Out! And 13 More Rules for Navigating Teen Behavior Challenges

Too strict. Or, too wishy-washy. Lecturing constantly. Or hardly communicating. Inconsistent parenting strategies can exacerbate unwanted behaviors, especially among teens with ADHD. How to create the right pattern at home.

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Effective Parenting Strategies


These simple, effective principles will help you control your emotions when parenting your ADHD teen.

Test different discipline approaches. Walk the line between being too strict and too lenient. Use problem-solving and negotiation to give your attention deficit teen input and responsibility. Try a strategy, evaluate, and redesign as needed.

Don't talk too much. Let emotions calm down before speaking with your teen. Always listen more than you speak. Be brief and be gone.

Communicate with your partner. Both parents should be on the same discipline page, and each should support the other. This stops the teen from manipulation and from pitting parents against each other.

Plan ahead. Know which issues matter most and are non-negotiable. Discuss them and your expectations -- and have preset consequences.

"I’ll think about it." These four little words move the discussion from the “have to have an answer right away” mode.

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