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Talk Therapy: Getting Through to Your ADHD Teen

Q: "How do I show my teen how wonderful he is without him thinking that I am saying it because I’m his mom? How do I give him advice without making him feel like he’s stupid or that I’m criticizing him?"

by Peg Dawson, Ed.D.

A: Teens tend to discount the positive things their parents say about them — "You're my mom. You have to think I’m wonderful, but that doesn’t mean I am” — and look to friends and peers for affirmation.

Nonetheless, here are some tips for letting your son know how great he is and to pass along constructive advice that he will listen to:

Peg Dawson is the co-author of Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

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