Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Parenting Tip: Offer Choices

Doing homework, brushing teeth or cleaning the bedroom might be non-negotiable but allowing your child some say in the matter will go a long way in getting the job done.

Instead of laying down the "Do Your Homework" mandate, ask the child if they would rather do their homework before dinner or before their favorite television show.

Ask if they would like the clear gel toothpaste or the mint flavored toothpaste.

Would your child rather clean his room now or when you return from the grocery store?

Would he like a special treat after cleaning his room or would he rather have an extra 30 minutes past his normal bedtime?

The only caveat with this suggestion is that you don't offer too many choices. Too many choices can overwhelm the ADHD kid.

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