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Your ADD ADHD child knows that they are different. In school they are singled out as "trouble makers" "disobedient" or "not performing up to their potential." I am sure you can remember sometime when you felt left out and unwanted. This usually happens with the attention deficit hyperactive child. Most people around them are focusing on what they are not doing or should be doing. This can lead to a very frustrating day that can result in a poor self image. To help counter this let them know they are wonderful just the way they are. Tell them how much you enjoy being their parent. Let them know that they make your life more wonderful because they are your child & there is not another person you would choose for that role. It gives the ADHD ADD child a "boost" & makes them feel special. This also sets the ground work for them wanting to do their best in school & at home. Let them know you appreciate them just the way they are. This will not only let the child know you believe in them but it will also create a deeper bond that will last a lifetime.