Allowing Children with ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning Concerns to Make Mistakes

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It is really easy to get into the habit of trying to over-help our children with ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning Concerns, but important lessons are learned by allowing children to make his or her own mistakes. Often times, the hot stove is the best lesson.

Here is a small example. Your son or daughter has decided that he or she wants to organize folders a certain way. You can see from a mile away that this will be a disaster. What will your course of action be? A lot of parents would choose to reorganize the child. While this may be a good solution on the short-term, it will not completely solve the problem. Why you might ask???

Most of my clients with organizational issues need to develop these skills independently. We don’t want to see our children fail, but in the long run, this is the most positive way of seeing long-term results. Of course, it is important to discuss this with the child and work through the issue. By doing so, the child will learn a valuable lesson and work towards organizational independence.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit and I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on FacebookGoogle Plus and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at or call 773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

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