chapter  6
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Changing What Happens Inside: Empowering Your Child

My experience as a parent taught me that much of the time Manuela felt helpless to perform the way I expected. We were involved in a game of control, which is a typical trap ADD families fall into. At the time, I thought we were trying to hold Manuela to certain standards that were important for her development. I reasoned that eventually she would see the logic of my rationale and be thankful for my guidance. When she was younger I was in control; as she became older the balance of power shifted and she gained the upper hand. We were in a tug-of-war that no one could win.