The ADHD Smarter Parenting‘s Podcast

Ep #160: Why an ADHD diagnosis affects everyone in the family

November 3, 2021

It's no secret that when one child is diagnosed with ADHD, it impacts everyone in the family.

Children without a diagnosis may start to act out, become resentful of the time and attention that one child may be receiving, or question why what they do right goes unnoticed.

Using the skill of Effective Praise can change the dynamic of the family. Effective Praise shifts the focus from what is going wrong to what is going right, which is powerful. 

Effective Praise promotes repeat positive behavior, and it also encourages a child to change their behavior as kids like receiving praise.

Effective Praise changes behavior because it does two things. First, it is specific in what your child did well, and second, it gives your child a reason that matters to them why they should continue the behavior.

When parents combine those things, magic happens. Children not only want to be acknowledged for what they are doing right, but they also want a reason to continue that behavior. The motivation for behaving well can be additional time on the computer or tablet, more time with friends, the ability to make more decisions independently, etc. The list is truly endless, and it will depend on your child and their personality.


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