negative compliments treating kids

Q: “Why Is Accepting Compliments So Difficult for My Child?”

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Accepting compliments can feel unsettling for children and adults with ADHD. Hearing that someone thinks highly about what they have been doing flies in the face of all the negative feedback they’ve heard through the years.

Your compliments are intended to convey your pride and enthusiasm about your son’s effort. He dismisses them because of shame, low self-esteem, and his overactive inner critic.

If we can address these issues, it will be easier for him to accept your praise. Let’s look at what’s going on and see what you can do differently.I have been working with children and teens with ADHD for nearly 30 years and there is one sad constant that I have seen: Every single person with ADHD has a deep-seated sense of shame about having ADHD and/or being different.

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