Parenting A Teenage Boy With ADD/ADHD
Parents of teenage boys will agree that, despite their often loud and rowdy disposition, teenage boys surprise us by their flashes of brilliance, perhaps giving deeper insight into the man they potentially will become years down the road. Needless to say, teenage males can be hard to keep up with. But what happens when a teenage boy suffers from ADD/ADHD? How do parents of a child suffering from ADD/ADHD meet the added challenge of raising a teenage boy with such an affliction?
ADD/ADHD Experts Chime in...
Judith Levy Cohen, M.E.d. is a certified learning specialist from a private practice in New York state. She explains, “Adolescent boys with ADD are their own worst enemies.” She says, “They refuse to ask for the help they need; instead, their mantra is, ‘I want to do it all my myself!’ This is not a misprint. Two boys in my class, both with ADD, were so distracted that they reversed their words and never noticed!”
“They refuse to ask for the help they need; instead, their mantra is, ‘I want to do it all my myself!’
For parents of a teenage boy struggling with ADD, it may feel overwhelming at times. However, parents need to understand that, while attention deficit disorder is a difficult issue to manage, it is very treatable. Moreover, with the proper guidance, love, understanding and care, parents can assist their child who has ADD/ADHD.
Below are just some of the ways a parent can encourage a teenage boy suffering from ADD/ADHD:
Being There for a Teenage Boy With ADD/ADHD
It's Crucial to Build Up His Strengths: As a parent, acknowledge your son's triumphs more than you point out his failures. In other words, let him know that you recognize all of his positive attributes.