Advertisement

Is it important for my child with ADHD to know what's cool at his school?

It's important for your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to both develop self-reliance and to figure out how to be cool. Your child needs to have the inner strength to be "above the influence," as one recent antidrug campaign says. At the same time, he needs to fit in. Sometimes parents make the mistake of thinking that their child's quest to be cool is a waste of time. While the hierarchies in schools are usually incredibly superficial, it is important for your child to figure out what's cool, what's not, and play the game to some extent. The idea isn't for him to mindlessly follow what's cool, but rather to know what it is at his school. Sometimes the recipe for coolness is to know what is cool and play the game but show that you can still make up your own mind. Kids who are seen as uncool can be those who are clueless about what's cool and also those who try too hard to be cool.
The Gift of ADHD Activity Book: 101 Ways to Turn Your Child's Problems into Strengths (Companion)

More About this Book

The Gift of ADHD Activity Book: 101 Ways to Turn Your Child's Problems into Strengths (Companion)

So much depends on how you look at things: Are you a glass-half-empty person, or do you discover advantages where other people find only weaknesses? When it comes to raising healthy, happy kids,...

Continue Learning about ADHD

Fine-Tune Your Focus
Fine-Tune Your Focus
A short attention span is a hallmark of adult ADHD. But even those with highly distracted minds can take steps to improve their focus. For starters, A...
Read More
Is ADHD a learning disability?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not a learning disability. ADHD is a behavioral d...
More Answers
How has our understanding of ADHD changed over the years?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Our understanding of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has grown dramatically in t...
More Answers
Is Your ADHD Teen Ready to Drive?
Is Your ADHD Teen Ready to Drive?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.