Edge Foundation Blog > 6 ways to motivate your ADHD teen
You think ADHD coaching would be good for daughter to try but she doesn’t want to have anything to do with your suggestions.
You aren’t alone. It can be an uphill battle to get a teen or college student to try out something that their parent recommends. And coaching won’t help if your child is unwilling to partner with a coach. So what is a parent to do?
- Don’t force! A coach should never be a punishment for a student who is not performing.
- Motivate, not dictate. If a student is indifferent about something, parental pressure will often prejudice and polarize them.
- Understand the benefits. Read our testimonials, check out the research that proves ADHD coaching is a highly effective intervention, watch a video to understand the process and benefits sufficiently so that you can motivate and encourage your child.
- Talk to a coach. Many coaches specialize in working with parents to convince their child to participate in coaching.
- Eye on the prize. As parents it’s easy to get caught up in what WE want for our kids and forget it is THEIR life. Help your son think about his goals and explain a coach will work with him to reach them.
- Try a Free Session. Encourage your student to find out herself. Right now Edge is offering the first coaching session for free. (Offer expires 10/15/13). Remember, you can’t sign your child up for coaching — they have to be willing to try it. But you can encourage them to at least give it a try!