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Quiz: Help Your ADHD Kid's Behavior

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You have to be stricter with ADHD kids.

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You have to be stricter with ADHD kids.

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Experts say that you don’t need harsher punishments for kids with ADHD. In fact, some studies have found that being too strict can make behavior problems worse. Instead, it's about being consistent. Have clear rules and make sure your child knows what will happen if he breaks them. Then follow through every time.

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To help your child concentrate, make sure her breakfast is rich in:

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To help your child concentrate, make sure her breakfast is rich in:

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Protein can't cure ADHD discipline problems. But it is key in building brain chemicals that help your child concentrate. Start your kid's day with a high-protein breakfast -- like scrambled eggs or a yogurt smoothie -- and see if it helps with behavior.

Kids with ADHD have discipline problems because they can’t focus.

Kids with ADHD have discipline problems because they can’t focus.

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In fact, kids with ADHD are often too focused. They may be able to block out all distractions and home in on a video game or an art project for hours on end. However, they may have trouble paying attention to what you want them to -- especially if it's less interesting or stimulating for them. And sometimes they can't focus, such as in class, because they weren't paying attention when they were supposed to.

Using a chart can help with discipline. You should:

Using a chart can help with discipline. You should:

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Keep it positive. Make sure your child knows what behavior is expected and give points when he demonstrates it. Taking points away as a punishment does not teach or reinforce the desired behavior. That sort of penalty can just lead to a tantrum. Your kid may feel like he has nothing more to lose.

 

When your ADHD kid misbehaves, try not to close down the discussion. Give him a chance to apologize and a way to make up for the mistake.


 

Use short-term goals to motivate kids with ADHD.

Use short-term goals to motivate kids with ADHD.

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Specific, short-term goals can bring about the right behavior in ADHD kids. As soon as your child meets the goal -- like putting away all the books in her room -- give her something that you agreed on.

Long-term goals with big rewards -- like a trip to Disneyland if your kid gets all As -- are less likely to work for kids with ADHD. Your kid may lose track of the goal and get discouraged.

 

Cutting out sugar from your child’s diet can reduce disruptive ADHD behavior by:

Cutting out sugar from your child’s diet can reduce disruptive ADHD behavior by:

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Lots of parents believe that sugar can make ADHD worse. But there’s no evidence that it has any effect on ADHD symptoms.

Bad parenting can cause ADHD.

Bad parenting can cause ADHD.

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Remember: ADHD is a medical condition. If your child has ADHD and behavior problems, it’s not a reflection on you. You did not cause it. A strict environment might create problems or even make them worse, but you can become part of the solution.

Attending parenting classes or family therapy sessions can help you take control and manage your child’s behavior.

Which is more likely to cut down on disruptive ADHD behavior?

Which is more likely to cut down on disruptive ADHD behavior?

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Getting enough sleep can help reduce ADHD behavior. Unfortunately, kids with ADHD tend to get less sleep than their peers. They may be revved up and have trouble drifting off at night.

To encourage better sleep, make sure your kids get lots of exercise during the day. Start a calming routine about an hour before bed. Turn off the TV and stick to quiet activities like reading or drawing.

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