Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Being the parent of a child with ODD isn't easy. Counseling for you can provide you with an outlet for your frustrations and concerns. In turn, this can lead to better outcomes for your child because you'll be more prepared to deal with problem behaviors. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Learn ways to calm yourself. Keeping your own cool models the behavior you want from your child.
  • Take time for yourself. Develop outside interests, get some exercise and spend some time away from your child to restore your energy.
  • Be forgiving. Let go of things that you or your child did in the past. Start each day with a fresh outlook and a clean slate.
Nov. 25, 2014

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