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ADHD in Children Health Center

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When Your Child's ADHD Affects Your Relationship

What You Can Do as a Team continued...

3. Talk about your relationship. "Parents with a child with ADHD tend to put the child’s needs first, which is understandable,” Berman says. “But spend time on the needs of the relationship as well, and learn what those needs are through strong communication."

4. Listen to each other. When your partner is talking, try not to think about your response -- really hear what they’re saying. This will help you work through conflict, whether it's about your child's condition or something else.

5. Share the load. Split up your parenting responsibilities. That can make things easier for both of you, and it lowers the odds of conflict and resentment in your relationship.

6. Be adaptable. You have to learn to live with your child's ADHD diagnosis and learn to work around it in ways that are right for your child, and for your partner.

7. Prioritize "us" time. It’s very important for you and your partner to spend quality time together to nurture your relationship, Berman says.Do this on a regular basis -- away from the kids, just the two of you.

Raising a child with ADHD isn’t easy, but some couples find it actually makes them closer. So work together to raise a happy, healthy child and keep your relationship strong.

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Reviewed on April 26, 2015

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