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TOPIC: Is Your Teen Ready to Take the Lead?

Is Your Teen Ready to Take the Lead? 07 Jun 2013 16:02 #190

Is Your Teen Ready to Take the Lead?
Posted by Richard Guare, Peg Dawson, Ed.D., Colin Guare


Parents walk a tightrope trying to help their ADHD teens get ready to take responsibilities on their own. Perhaps you are a micromanager and you've been acting as your teen's "surrogate frontal lobe." Now that he's older, you're getting some pushback from him, and you wonder if there's a way to step back without seeing him flounder.

Perhaps your daughter gladly accepts your assistance in getting organized and attending to everyday chores, but you're unsure about how much to help her. You don't want her to become dependent on you, but you don’t want her to fail. Maybe your son has dug in and refuses to acknowledge that he has any challenges at school or his job, but you feel that if you don't push him to act, he won't be able to overcome his problems. What's a parent to do? Follow these guidelines, many of which allow your teen to take the lead in solving a problem.

Provide Only the Help Your Teen Needs

1. Whenever possible, communicate indirectly — using a note or text message. The idea is to create distance between you and your teen, so that the cue can work without both of you being in the same place at the same time.

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