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Free Resource: What Not to Say to a Child with ADHD

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. Here, our readers share some phrases you should absolutely NOT say to a child with ADHD — no matter how angry you get.

 People say some pretty insensitive things, and the multitude of ADHD myths and misinformation out there don’t help. People blame us (or our kids) for behaviors controlled by the condition, even when we try to educate them on the realities of brain chemistry.

Sometimes, however, even the most loving parents sometimes say things they regret after a long day of challenging behaviors.

“You’re lazy.” “You’re not even trying!” “Why can’t you just be normal??” These remarks — along with 7 other hurtful phrases — should be avoided at all costs if you want to promote your child’s self-esteem, social skills, and sense of security in your family.

Here, our readers share some the words they believe should never be used to discipline a child with ADHD — no matter what.

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