Poor Parenting Skills
Pam Glidden (pglidden@YAHOO.COM)
Sat, 8 Aug 1998 09:56:22 -0700
If you will all indulge me again one more time, I would like to
respond to a statement made earlier in the week. Someone ( I don't
remember who) made a statement about parents of kids with special
needs usually having poor parenting skills, so that they aren't much
help when finding ways of working with the kids.
As a CHADD coordinator, I hear this type of statement very often. I
ask you to indulge me again and put yourself in that parent's shoes.
You now have a very high maintenance child ( that you love dearly).
You are doing everything you know how to do to be a good parent. You
and your child struggle through most days okay, with occasional rough
days. Then your child has a really rough day, and you overhear
someone say that it is due to your poor parenting skills! Now how do
you feel? It is true that ADD is genetic and that at least one of the
parents of a scout with ADD probably
has it also. A lot of times they (the parents) don't realize that
they also have ADD. Maybe they don't have the best parenting skills,
but they ARE trying.
So my point is (sorry this is sooo long) let's support them and
encourage them all that we can. As an ADD adult with several ADHD
children (even though they're all grown) I can attest to the fact that
some days it is very draining. I don't know how single parents manage!
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