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Penny Williams

At 8 years old, don’t worry about if his current behavior will continue as an adult — that’s too far off. Plus, ADHD is a developmental disorder, so he’s 2-3 years behind his age in skills and development. That means you’re parenting a 5-6 year old.

I would set up a reward system for this one goal of going to classes every day and not skipping Mondays. We have dealt with some serious school refusal with our son and writing up a behavior contract that includes a reward every time he attends school for 10 days straight without fussing or leaving early (a bonus amount on his allowance). It has helped.

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