A Parent’s Guide to Getting Along With Your ADHD Teen

Readers share their best parenting strategies for keeping the peace (and maintaining your sanity) while raising ADHD teens.

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Discipline Don'ts for Parents of ADD/ADHD Teenagers

If your teen has a special talent or interest, such as playing the guitar, don't forbid it as punishment. A teen who is pursuing a passion is more apt to feel positive about himself.

If your teen has a part-time job she enjoys, do not force her to quit if she's working too late or falling behind on homework. Have her reduce her work hours instead. A job lets a teen gain valuable skills and learn to manage money, while boosting her self-esteem.

If you have the urge to argue, nag, lecture, or preach, leave the room immediately. He'll tune you out anyway. Address the problem later, when you and your teen have settled down.

Adapted from The ADHD Parenting Handbook (Taylor Trade), by Colleen Alexander-Roberts.

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