Issue: Parenting a child who has ADD can be an exhausting and, at times, frustrating experience. Parents play a key role in managing the disability. They usually need specialized training in behavior management and benefit greatly from parent support groups. Background:
Parents often find that approaches to parenting that work well with children who do not have ADD, do not work as well — or at all — with children who have ADD.
Parents often feel helpless, frustrated and exhausted. Too often, family members become angry and withdraw from each other. If untreated, the situation only worsens.
Children with ADD often need their parents to identify their areas of strength. By focusing on these areas, children can develop the confidence and skills to tackle other, difficult situations.
Parents of children who have ADD must work on the task of not overreacting to their children’s mistakes.
Parents of children with ADD often find parent support groups, such as those offered by local CH.A.D.D. chapters, an invaluable aid.