14 Tips for Parenting ADHD Teens

ADHD teens often need more parenting. The problem is that parents of attention deficit teens often overreact to their sons' and daughters' behaviors. Here's what to do -- and what to avoid -- when dealing with your ADHD teen.

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Parenting Behaviors to Avoid

University of Massachusetts researchers have identified four strategies that parents generally rely on that actually fuel ADHD behavior problems.

All talk, no action. Parents yell, scream, argue, and threaten, but do not follow through with consequences.

Letting teens set the tone. If the ADHD teen is calm and respectful, so is the parent. If the teen complains or acts up, the parent follows suit.

Adopting a "whatever" attitude. If a parent is tired of getting into snarls, she disengages. Born from letting teens set the tone, this is a poor way to deal with important issues.

Using inconsistent discipline. Parents use harsh or extreme disciplinary measures erratically, mainly when they’ve had enough.

Next: Effective Parenting Strategies

This article comes from the Winter 2009 issue of ADDitude.

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