"The best reward for my kid is constant feedback that is positive, or encouraging, or supportive or constructive." –J. Inglis
"I send positive text messages to my son that help him stay motivated throughout the day." –Michelle J.
"Sometimes, something really simple such as telling them they did a great job and really, really helped Mommy goes a long way." –Kimberly
"Praise good behavior immediately and often," says ADDitude writer Royce Flippin. "Positive reinforcement is the best behavioral tool, especially when it comes from a parent."
Children with ADHD spend a lot of time being reprimanded and told what they are doing wrong. "Praise is especially important for children who have ADHD because they typically get so little of it," says Dr. Edward M. Hallowell, "They get correction, remediation at school, and complaints about their behavior. They undergo testing, and are expected to feel grateful for constructive criticism."
Well-timed encouragement from a loved one can give your child a boost of determination to live up to the vision of a successful, well-behaved child they see through your eyes. Compliments can help draw out more persistence than your child realized she had.