My 17yr old daughter has ADHD

J - posted on 12/30/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I must admit. It was a struggle raising my daughter (like any other mother) but, things started to make since and unravel when she was diagnosed with ADHD this year! But I should also include that, she is in her last year of high school and she is starting to stress so much and lose focus that I am worrying but I don't want to say anything to her because she might do something that will not be good.

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Cynthia - posted on 01/11/2016

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hi my daughter is 15 and she has ADHD too, she struggled a lot in Junior H.S. her grades were really bad and her first year in H.S. was horrible. This year she is finally stepping up to the plate. I understand that you feel that theirs nothing you can do ( been there and back) it would help if you get involve and try to understand her at the same. I know they don't like to here what we have to say sometime it can even start an argument. I would approach it very slow... I would try to talk to her about her interest first. Then try to guide her in the right path. I know most of the time they don't want our help, but if you can relate to her in other AREAS first then approach your worries by slipping in your concerns piece by piece (do not throw in every issue) then you can approach her about her future ( that's where speaking about her interest can relate to future) and grades. Do some research on what she wants to take up in College and pump her up to do the best she... can do. Tutoring and setting rules or rewards can be helpful so can speaking to her teachers. You would be surprised... some teacher sympathize unless you don't want her teachers to know ( which is my case)
Hope I was able to help you :)

Raye - posted on 01/06/2016

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ADHD might be a reason for some of a child's dysfunction, but it's not an excuse. You can't sit back and say "oh, she's ADHD, there's nothing I can do." The child still can learn to be responsible, follow rules, deal with consequences, and lead a "normal" life. The parent needs to maybe just change their approach due to the ADHD, to find the right motivation for their kid. You can't be afraid to discipline or enforce rules. She's still a human and needs to learn how to cope with the realities of daily life.

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