10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child

Parents aren't perfect, and we all wish we could take back some things we've said to our kids in the heat of the moment. But there are some things you should absolutely NOT say to a child with ADHD — no matter how angry you get.

'I Love You, But...'

"Never, ever say '...but...' it should be 'I love you AND I can't let you...,' or, 'You made a bad choice AND I love you enough to...'" – Elyzabeth

"I always pause at the 'but' because I know the second I let it out, he takes all the negative to heart. AND is a great, practical alternative!" –Jennifer

"When a child with ADHD receives a drop or two of praise, it's like rain in the desert. He drinks it in, revels in it," says Dr. Ned Hallowell. Here are his tips for using positive reinforcement more effectively.
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