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Miss Independence: ADHD in Teens and Parental Support

Miss Independence: ADHD in Teens and Parental Support

Miss Independence: ADHD in Teens and Parental Support 800 467 Solstice RTC

Now that your child has reached their teenage years, she’s most likely craving independence. She’s beginning to distance herself from you and your family and spending most of their time out with their friends. When your child has ADHD, this may become an issue. ADHD in teens often makes it more likely for teens to be more impulsive, making their time alone with friends late at night pretty risky. Parenting teens with ADHD is difficult, but it’s important to remember that your teen needs you, no matter how much they may push you away.

Providing support

While other parents of teens may be slackening the reins on their teens, ADHD in teens can cause parents to hold onto them for dear life. Teens with ADHD still need the support you’ve been giving them for most of their life. It’s still important to monitor their school work, as well as their behavior around others. Without your support, your teen might not be able to do as well as their peers.

Creating strict rules

Your continued support will most likely frustrate your teen, making them want to rebel. It’s important to set a few very strict rules for your child to follow. ADHD in teens makes it more likely for your teen to engage in risky behavior like drug and alcohol use, speeding, and unsafe sex. Because of this, your child needs to know what the consequences of their impulsivity would be. Setting clear rules and consequences is important in helping your teen understand what behaviors are completely unacceptable and what will happen if they engage in them.

Encourage their talents

Helping your child explore their talents and passions is important in overcoming the shortcomings that come with ADHD. Does your child love sports? Theater? Band? Get their to try their hand at extracurriculars. Once something sticks, she’ll enjoy school a lot more than if they wasn’t engaged in an after school activity.

Quality Time with her

Creating a close bond with your child can help their work through their difficulties. They needs to know that you’re there for their when they needs you most. Make time in both of your busy schedules to go to the movies or make dinner together. On the flip side of that, if you’re arguing with your teen all the time, make sure you’re getting enough time for yourself. If you can, spend a weekend or two every year away with your friends and away from the kids. This will help you come back to your teen ready to work on their behavior!

Solstice can help

Solstice, a residential treatment center for teen girls and assigned female at birth ages 14-18 struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties can help your teen with ADHD find success.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.