4. Give your child concrete jobs to do.
Don't yell, "Stop it now, Jordan! Cut it out!"
Instead of telling your child to stop, tell him what to do. Giving him a specific job, and an opportunity to be helpful, alleviates his anxiety.
"Jordan, do me a favor and save us a table by a window." "Jordan and Sarah, could you get seven packets of ketchup, eight napkins, and four straws?"
Then give praise for a job well done. ADHD kids like to help. Enlist them.
Next: Focus On the Solution
This article appears in the Winter 2011 issue of ADDitude.
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