Many teens today feel extremely overwhelmed and anxious, especially those who are out-of-the-box thinkers. Life seems constantly demanding and stressful. With the executive functioning challenges that are typical of ADHD brains, it’s even harder for them to regulate intense feelings. Routine concerns can quickly balloon … Continue reading Got an anxious high schooler with ADHD? Help is here.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about all of the negative messages kids with ADHD say to themselves, especially girls. Girls are socialized to please others and take care of them–emotionally, physically and psychologically. Their self-worth is often tied to what people think about them and how … Continue reading “I’m a mess!” How girls with ADHD knock themselves down and what you can do to help
Do you ever say something to your son or daughter with ADHD and wish you could take it back? Most parents feel this way at one time or another. Sometimes, especially when raising teens, I’ve imagined a cartoon bubble of my words and wish I … Continue reading Want better conversations with your child or teen with ADHD? Use the WAIT-Now Method
As you crawl into bed after another long day struggling about school, chores and technology with your child or teen with ADHD, do you ever feel like throwing in the towel? You’re not alone. Many parents of kids with ADHD feel frustrated and dejected. In … Continue reading How You can Avoid the 3 Most Common Mistakes Parents Make with Kids with ADHD
Recently, I was in my office with Sal, an eighth grade boy who was complaining about being bored after school to his mom, Darlene, and me. “There’s nothing to do except gaming and you only let me do that for an hour. What else am … Continue reading More than being oppositional: The different shades of “NO!”