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How can I show respect for the opinions of my child with ADHD?

A strategy for honoring competing viewpoints with your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is to remember the power of experiments. This means that rather than saying to your child that he is right or wrong, you demonstrate an interest in testing his worldview or honoring it for short test runs. For example, like many children, your child may say that a class at school has no meaning to the rest of his life, so why should he care? Rather than fighting him, you can experiment with dropping the tug-of-war rope, giving him a chance to elaborate in great detail about what he imagines the rest of his life will be like and why this class is irrelevant. You don't have to buy his argument, but listen closely and show that you have heard what he said.
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