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ADHD: 7 Life Skills Your Child Needs to Master

3. Organization

Resist the temptation to pick up the piles of clothes, books, and other messes in your child's room.

"If you keep organizing their room, they will not learn what works and what doesn't," Goldrich says.

Find a system that works for your child, such as bins or a bucket to hold their school supplies and shelves for their books.

Nadeau says keep a "launching pad." That’s a spot to put things kids regularly use, such as their keys and phone, if they have one. Then, they will always know where to find them.

4. Money

Because money can be a real problem for anyone with impulsivity issues, help them develop financial skills now. Some banks will allow you to open a bank account for your teen. Having their own account helps kids learn how to save and manage their allowance and the other money they earn.

"I would suggest getting them a debit card and a credit card," Goldrich says. Put a set amount of money in the debit account and a limit on the credit card.

Establish a budget together based on how much your teen will need for clothes, food, and other necessities. Have them talk with you about purchases. And because you get the statements, you can see exactly what your child spends.

5. Medications

If your child takes ADHD medications, get her in the habit of remembering to take them each day.

You can put her in charge of this with a little help from a smartphone alarm or app. She can start to take ownership of this part of her life. But you'll probably have to refill her prescriptions and make her doctor's appointments for several more years.

6. Relationship Skills

You are the gatekeeper of your child's friendships for now. Once he leaves home, you'll have less of a say in the company he keeps.

"It's important for them to understand how much they are influenced by the people around them," Nadeau says.

Encourage your teen to choose friends with similar personalities, values, and interests. A good way to do that is through clubs, sports, and community groups.

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