ADD/ADHD Parenting Tips From an ADHD Coach

Tips from an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) coach about how parents can help their ADD/ADHD child thrive in school and at home.

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Accountability Plan for ADD/ADHD Children

Explain to your ADD/ADHD child that “accountability” is a way to help him stay on track. Be supportive without judging, blaming, or scolding him. Your child can check in daily to give you an account of what he agreed to do.

  • Sit down with your child and make a list of daily and weekly action steps he’ll take to reach specific goals.
  • Always be reasonable and set goals that are attainable and clear.
  • Help your child stick with the plan and reach his target goals.
  • Start with small, specific goals, such as, “I will complete my homework by 7 o’clock on weeknights” or “I will review my school planner with Mom or Dad every day at 5 p.m.”
  • Provide reasonable rewards for progress.
  • Each week, get together and review the results: what worked, and what didn’t? What could he do differently next time? How might you help out?

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