Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often suffer from low self-esteem, according to the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities. Here are some ways to help.

  • Catch your child being good. All kids thrive on praise and encouragement. Children with ADHD are no exception. Look for ways to praise and give positive attention to your child.
  • Don’t Overreact. Emotional responses, especially anger and blame, can often be headed off if you stop, look, listen . . . and then respond.
  • Assign special jobs to your child. It is important to help your child develop a feeling of competence.
  • Help your child with special interests. Nurturing a child’s interests is a great way to boost self-esteem.
  • Play with your child. Let your child choose and direct the activity. If not too obvious, let the child win.
  • Nurture yourself. You’ll be more able to give your child what she needs if you make sure your own needs are met. Set aside regular time with your spouse. Take up a hobby. Establish a regular exercise program.

Children with ADHD are not children who can’t, or won’t. They can, and do. It’s just that ‘can’ and ‘do’ come harder for them.

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