Tips for Parenting ADHD Teens

Explore strategies for managing the challenges of parenting an ADHD teen

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The teenage years can be a difficult time for any child. It is a time of great change as an individual begins the transition from childhood to adulthood and independence. Responsibilities, expectations, social and school pressures increase. Hormones peak. Boundaries may be tested. Risky behaviors may be taken. Insecurities, feelings of self-consciousness, moodiness, and irritability all multiply during the teen years.

Add ADHD to these normal teenage issues, and life can be very challenging. 

Strategies for Safety: ADHD and Driving

All parents worry when their teen reaches driving age ... and for good reason. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 16 to 20-year-olds. The problem is worst among 16-year-olds who have the most limited driving experience and an immaturity that often results in risk-taking behind the wheel. For a teen with ADHD, these risks may be even greater. Driving requires maturity, concentration, focus, good decision making and judgment, and the ability to stop and think without impulsive responses. It is important for parents to talk with their teens about how ADHD can impact their driving ability and together develop strategies to help limit distractions, focus attention and make driving a safe experience.

Addressing the Risk of Alcohol and Drug Use

We all want our children to be responsible and make good decisions, but for a child with ADHD, impulsive reactions can sometimes lead to poor choices.

As parents, we can make a difference. We can help our children face these challenges with a sense of responsibility, healthy self-confidence and stronger decision-making skills. Learn ways parents can help their children safely navigate alcohol and drug temptations.

Improving Homework Strategies

The homework process involves numerous steps.

One missed step can create loads of problems. The middle and high school years can be an especially hard time as students receive less supervision. They have multiple teachers with various teaching styles. Expectations and responsibilities are much greater. Self-esteem is more fragile and feelings of self-consciousness skyrocket. Check out the links below to learn tips for making homework time more productive for your teen. Here are homework strategies to Improve homework focus.

Planning for College

The transition to college can be stressful for any child, but it can be an especially challenging time for a child with ADHD. Learn more about classroom accommodations that can make the move a little academically smoother.

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