It’s no secret that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can make everyday tasks challenging. For many parents, though, the way their ADHD affects their parenting can be an uncomfortable topic. After all, every parent wants to provide his or her child with a great start, but ADHD can undermine this ability. With 8 million adults – 4% of the adult population – experiencing ADHD in a given year, the role ADHD plays in parenting is increasingly important.

For those suffering from the disorder, the symptoms of ADHD are well-known: difficulty concentrating, irritability, restlessness, trouble controlling anger, impulsive behavior, and challenges with long-term planning and maintaining a schedule. These symptoms don’t make exceptions for children, which means that they can affect virtually every area of parenting

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