Parents of ADHD Preteens
How to discipline son with low self-esteem
Every time I try to point out things to my son that he promised to do but hasn’t, he calls himself names (I’m stupid, I’m a jerk) and feels sorry for himself. If I need to discipline him due to something of a more serious nature - he just digs deeper into the self-loathing statements. It hurts me to hear him talk this way. Why can’t he just accept responsibility, fix the pending problem and move on? I worry about all this “I hate myself” talk.
How can I discipline this kid when all he does is hate himself for making mistakes? (He is 14 and on Concerta). And of course, in typical ADHD fashion - he doesn’t learn from his mistakes but rather repeats them. ugh. Any ideas?
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