February 27, 2016

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tends to run in families, so it’s common for both parent and child to struggle with the disorder. Naturally, this can create unique challenges when it comes to parenting.

“Having ADD and parenting a child with ADD has been one of the most difficult challenges in my life,” said Terry Matlen, ACSW, a psychotherapist and coach who specializes in ADHD and is founder and director of ADDConsults.com. Matlen’s daughter has ADHD and other special needs. She frequently hears from parents with ADHD who also worry about their ability to parent.

Sometimes, parenting can feel like “the blind leading the blind,” Matlen said. For instance, it might seem next to impossible to teach your child the very skills you struggle with. “If I have trouble organizing my space, how do I teach my child organizational skills? If I’m always dashing at the last minute, how do I teach my child better…

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