Parenting teens is tricky business in any circumstance. Parenting a teen with ADHD can be even more challenging due to a number of ADD-related characteristics, such as:
- emotional reactivity
And while all parents worry about drinking, drugs, and driving, as Dr. Peter Jaska, director of ADD Centers of America, emphasizes that:
“Teens with ADHD are at higher risk for substance abuse and addictions, driving violations, and car accidents than are non-ADDers.”
Some particularly useful resources include:
Parenting Teens with Love and Logic by Cline and Fay
Ready or Not, Here Life Comes by Levine
Smart but Scattered Teens by Guare, Dawson and Guare
Ready for Take-Off by Maitland and Quinn
For a quick read, Dr. Jaska offers “9 secrets to Surviving Your ADHD Teen” in an article in ADDitude magazine: here
Finally, working with a coach familiar with parenting teens with ADD can help you develop skills, strategies and systems that meet your particular needs as you parent your particular teen.
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