The ADHD Smarter Parenting‘s Podcast
Ep #200: Using Effective Communication

Ep #200: Using Effective Communication

August 31, 2022

Continuing our mini-series of breaking down the Smarter Parenting skills is skill number 4: Effective Communication. Communicating with your child or even your partner can be improved by practicing this simple skill. Often we hear parents AND children report that the other person just doesn't listen. This skill helps both sides feel heard and valued, allows you time to process your thoughts fully before speaking, and helps you work together on solving problems.

Ep #199: Breaking down Role-plays

Ep #199: Breaking down Role-plays

August 24, 2022

Role-playing can make parents nervous. In this episode, we talk about ways you already see Role-plays at work and how easy it can be to use them. It's amazing to see some of the immediate changes that can happen after a parent Role-plays an expectation. Think about it, would you bring your child to the soccer playoffs without ever practicing? No way. So why do we expect them to behave in certain ways without any practice?

Ep #198:Why consequences aren’t working

Ep #198:Why consequences aren’t working

August 10, 2022

Many parents give a consequence expecting it will stop the behavior and are surprised when it doesn't. 

Giving an effective consequence isn't easy. In fact, for a consequence to work, it needs to include five key elements: Immediacy, Size, Frequency, Importance, and Varied.

The best way to teach a child isn't through consequences. Because consequences focus on the negative, they can damage your relationships with your child and cause them to have issues with self-esteem and self-doubt. The best way to get a child to create lasting change is through rewards.

Rewards give a child power and encouragement to change because it focuses on what they will receive. Rewards build relationships and set your child up for success. 

For more information about giving consequences or rewards, visit

Ep 197: Answering More Parenting Questions

Ep 197: Answering More Parenting Questions

August 4, 2022

Parenting Coach Siope Kinikini answers more parenting questions about children who struggle with out-of-control behaviors. Such as why it takes a child with ADHD so much time to do simple tasks. How children with ADHD are motivated differently than neurotypical children. Concerns about the future of children with ADHD. 

Ep #196: Answering your parenting questions

Ep #196: Answering your parenting questions

July 28, 2022

Siope answers questions parents have sent in to Smarter Parenting regarding how to deal with various issues such as: co-parenting, constant arguing, how to use rewards effectively, why boys are more frequently diagnosed with ADHD as opposed to girls, etc.

Ep #195: Teaching kids with ADHD how to set goals

Ep #195: Teaching kids with ADHD how to set goals

July 20, 2022

Kids with ADHD can have difficulty setting and accomplishing goals.

In today's podcast, ADHD expert Siope Kinikini shares three things that will help a child, or anyone, with ADHD, be successful when establishing goals.

The three things covered are: 
How to set appropriate goals. 
Basing outcomes on feelings vs. actions
Anchoring goals

We want to give our children the tools to handle school, work, and relationships. When they use the skill of Decision Making (SODAS Method), they are using those tools that will allow them to find success.

You can learn more about Decision Making on Smarter Parenting.

Ep# 194: How to be more clear using Observe and Describe

Ep# 194: How to be more clear using Observe and Describe

July 13, 2022

In our series, we are reviewing the skill of Observe and Describe and how it helps bring clarity to communication between parents and children. This helps both the parent and child reach better understanding in both positive and negative situations that can lead to better communication and the resolution to problems.

Ep #193: Using the ABC’s of Behavior to understand your child’s behavior

Ep #193: Using the ABC’s of Behavior to understand your child’s behavior

July 6, 2022

For the next few weeks, we will review the skills taught on

This week we are focusing on the ABC's of Behavior.

The ABC's of Behavior is a tool parents can use to figure out why a behavior is happening and then take the appropriate steps to keep the behavior from happening again or promoting repeat behavior. 

The ABC's of Behavior stands for: 
A-Antecedent. The Antecedent is what was happening before the behavior. 

B-Behavior. It is what happened or the action.

C-Consequence. This is what follows after the behavior. It can be either positive or negative.

When parents can understand why a specific behavior is happening, it is easier to address the root cause in a way that helps a child learn and grow.

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Ep #192: Creating family rules around screen time

Ep #192: Creating family rules around screen time

June 22, 2022

Do you ever feel like electronics are taking over your child's life? Do they have a problem getting off their phone, tablet, computer, game, or TV?

It can be tricky to help our children learn how to use electronics appropriately, as we must teach them how to use them in a beneficial and not harmful way for their growth.

In today's podcast, Parenting Coach Siope Kinikini discusses ways to set boundaries around electronics and their usage.

One of the things families can do is use the SODAS Method to determine how and when members should use electronic devices. When we make it a family decision, they don't feel like there is a double standard with one set of rules for grown-ups and another set for kids.

You can learn more about the SODAS Method by visiting the Smarter Parenting Website and watching the Decision Making Video.

Ep #191:Motivating your child

Ep #191:Motivating your child

June 15, 2022

Have you ever tried to get your child to clean their room, and they aren't interested, and that lack of interest causes tension, and you don't want all that tension?

Motiving your child can be incredibly frustrating.

The SODAS Method can make helping your child easier.

Everyone is either motivated by intrinsic or external factors. When we do something because we like doing that activity, that is called intrinsic motivation. External motivation is when we don't necessarily like doing the action but want what comes from it. For example, we may not enjoy studying for a test, but we like the grade we get when we do.

Understanding how and what motivates our children can make a world of difference--especially when it comes to having them do things they may not like or want to do.

It's why we love using the SODAS Method, as it helps us determine what the best way to motivate our children is. The SODAS Method can be tailored to specific situations and children as each child is different in what will encourage them. You may have a child who will do homework without external motivation because they like the process of learning. In contrast, you may have a child who needs external motivation because the learning process isn't enough.

You can find more about the SODAS Method on the Smarter Parenting website.

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