Family Meetings For Parenting ADHD Kids

As a parent of a child or teen with ADD/ADHD, you’re likely always looking for parenting strategies that work. If you’re like many parents that I work with, you find some that work, and then after a while, your child (gotta love ‘em :-)) goes and changes, and then you feel like you’re back to the drawing board.

One of the strategies that can be very helpful, and is often not taught – is having family meetings. Family meetings – when they are done well – can be very helpful (and if they are done poorly, they can really back fire!).
That’s why I’ve interviewed ADD Coach Diane O’Reilly for this coaching video for you. She discusses how to run a Family Meeting to help your family to function better. And not only is Diane a trained, expert coach, but as you’ll hear – she has 4 boys – three of whom have ADHD (and one is on the ‘borderline’, she says), and she herself has ADHD. So Diane knows how to use this strategy to make family life run better.

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  1. Dr. Kenny:

    Thanks so much for sharing this information. Once again you came to my resuce.
    I implemented the Family meeting last night to a skeptical audience. However at the end of the meeting I think all involved felt it’s benefit.

    This morning while sending the kids to school I asked them what their responsibilities were to day from the meeting. Both of my boys repeated back their responsibilities One forgot one and when I said there was something else he was happy to look back on the minutes to be reminded. How cool is that.
    Now whether or not they actually get done remains to be seen but I think this method will enhance our famillies communications and give the Kids a voice in our family.

    So thanks again, Dr. Kenny you are an angel.

  2. Hi Karen, I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying the benefits already, you are a fast worker!
    It is a very simple thing to do but a powerful one if done well. I hope you can listen in tonight to the members call and get some more detailed tip’s and such to help you run successful family meeting that will benefit you all for years to come!
    thanks for the wonderful feedback
    Diane O’Reilly ACG
    ADHD child and teen coach at the
    Attention difference disorder insiders program.

  3. Thank you again Dr Kenny and Diane O’Reilly I am going to check for a “Handout” and hope to see your “Meeting Format” there? Although we are empty nester’s, I will share your suggestions with my son & dtr. for their families. Although no one besides myself is diagnosed with ADHD, I think there is a lot of behavior that is could be ADHD? The Family Meeting is an opportunity for everyone at home to take advantage of and support posative family interaction. Thank you.

  4. Diane,

    Hello, today is my very first day here on the addadhdblog and I’ve watched a few of your videos with Dr. Kenny. They have been very helpful and I look forward to implementing our very own family meeting this coming weekend. Unfortunately, today being my first day I did not get a chance to listen in last night to and get the format you mentioned using. I would be forever greatful if I could get the information from you, because as an ADHD parent of an ADHD child I need all the help I can get, lol.

    Thank you!

    • Dear S.,
      It’s great to hear that you’ve already started to use the information from the video.
      If you want access to the full training, then you can join the Insiders program. The link is above. The recording will be available to members this month (February).
      Dr. Kenny

  5. Hi S, I am glad to hear that the topics we choose and some of the solutions are already making a difference, I am sorry you missed the call.
    I look forward to seeing you on the insiders members area where you can get the extra support you need… I know what you mean, as a parent of kids with ADHD the more help we can get the better….
    Chat soon

  6. Dr Kenny, Diane-
    I did not get to see your couching class but am looking forward to it. I have been looking for a different way to help the family come together. I am a single parent and I find that I spend more time scolding and handing out punishments than rewards– it just never seems like the right time. But this idea is good- its a forum not mom giving in.

    thank you.

  7. Hi Isabel, thanksa for the feedback, we are getting a lot on this topic, it’s a popular concept, I hope it goes well for you all. I like what you said about it being a forum not Mum giving in! It’s also empowering for your kids to have a say too.
    Keep me posted on your progress

  8. A question…I was taking 60 mg Adderall generic for about six months…wanted one dose medication and recently switched…switched to Vyvanse…70mg…it is effective but not as effective as the Adderall…I feel I need a slightly higher dose of Vyvanse…perhaps 100mg…I’m 5’8”…175lbs…any suggestion is appreciated…thank you

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