Parents, at the end of the day, ADDYTeens can only get so much done. It may not be as much as you want, or expect. You can help your ADDYTeen accomplish more by allowing them to select the tasks with the most important priority. Just remember, that may not be their chores.
In middle school and high school, I was always caught between starting my homework earlier or finishing my chores and starting my homework later. I was more productive in the afternoon, and not as productive later in the evening.
Chores are important, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes, chores are not top priority. Finishing an assignment, getting a good night sleep – top priority. Walking the dog – maybe someone else can do that tonight.
Making sure your ADDYTeen makes the best use of their time and energy should be your focus, and knowing when they are most and least productive is key.
Spending time arguing about who does the dishes may send your ADDYTeen over the edge when they feel already overwhelmed and stressed. Help them focus. Yes, it’s good hold your ADDYTeen responsible and accountable, but it’s also okay to give your kids a break for the night.