Coming up with, and giving, a consequence is hard for most parents. You worry it will cause your child to fly into a tantrum, or sometimes it seems like your punishment doesn’t seem to make a difference - the misbehavior just keeps on happening! Often this is because the consequence we chose isn’t effective, or it’s just not the best option for the situation.

The ultimate goal of discipline should be to help children recognize misbehavior, and learn what they should do instead in the future. Consider these 5 points the next time you need to correct your child’s misbehavior and want your consequence to be effective:

5 Ways

Something brand new for you and yours!

You have a new Electronic Medical Records System (EMR) with your childs’ primary healthcare provider. PAL just launched a new, better functioning, more comprehensive EMR that gives you;

  • Medical Records
  • Patient Communications
  • Billing
  • And more!

We are asking for your help to get your records up and running!

  1. Next visit, show up 10-15 minutes early to confirm/update your info.
  2. Bring your current photo ID and insurance card.
  3. You’re done, we make any applicable changes!

It’s That Easy!

What image comes to mind when you think of being a nurturing parent? Is it swaddling and soothing your sweet newborn when she’s fussy? Or bandaging your toddler’s scraped knee after he fell on the playground? Maybe it’s consoling your third grader after a tough day at school. We often think of nurturing younger children, but what about our teens? Teenagers still need, and want, to be nurtured by their parents, even if it sometimes feels like they want nothing to do with you.

So how can you show your teen you care? Below are 5 practical tips to continue to nurture your relationship with your teen.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be more common than you think. According to statistics from the CDC in 2013, 11 percent of children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed at some point with ADHD. The average age for diagnosis is 7 years old.

ADHD is a mental health disorder that may affect your child’s interpersonal relationships and the ability to succeed in academic settings. Each individual symptom of ADHD by itself may actually be normal in an individual child and therefore the variance and complexity of the symptoms as a whole must be taken into account to properly diagnose the condition.


Common Symptoms

The most common symptoms observed in children with ADHD are poor attention and lack of focus, impulsivity, easy distractibility, hyperactivity (most commonly manifesting as fidgetiness), inappropriate emotional turmoil or outbursts, unfinished tasks, careless mistakes due to lack of planning or the inability to execute a plan, and at times lack of involvement with others due to nearly constant distraction.

Similar Conditions

There are other medical conditions with similar symptoms to ADHD so it's imperative that a professional with training and experience in the diagnosis of these disorders be involved. As with all medical conditions, a clinician will consider alternative explanations. For example, other common conditions that may mimic ADHD in some children include certain anxiety disorders and dyslexia.


Accurate diagnosis and treatment are important, especially in developing children. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you will understandably be concerned with how to help them succeed both now and in the future. It’s important to remember that ADHD is manageable and that there are numerous treatment options available. For the best outcome, the parents and caregivers, teachers, health care providers, etc must work as a team to assist the child and ensure success. Options for treatment, whether individually or in combination, may include medication, behavior therapy, parent training, and/or school accommodations. Your PAL provider will discuss the various treatment options available as well as answer any questions you may have in order to pursue the best course of action for each individual child.   

At PAL, it’s our mission to help your child succeed by helping to create a healthy environment for the entire family. If you have any questions or concerns about diagnosis or treatment options for ADHD , please be sure to call 770-277-6725 for an appointment with your provider today.

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