Try to correct your child without using negatives. Instead of saying, “Don’t run” say “Walk”. Instead of saying, “Stop arguing”, say, “A little civility, please.” Another option is to not saying anything at all – just make eye contact. (I’m not talking about the look, just passive eye contact.) When your child changes behavior, you can make a positive statement. And two positives make a positive!
Kayla Fay is a freelance writer and the mother of four boys, three of whom have been formally diagnosed with the inattentive type of ADHD. When she started “Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet?” in 2002, her sons were ages 8 through 14, when her life was a “progression of dirty laundry, lost homework, misunderstood Algebra, and a whole lot of love and fun”.