Our expert says:
Hi Worried mum. I am glad that you explained your reasons for disciplining your child to her in a way that she understands. ADHD aside, it seems you have a very sensitive child who needs to be assured of your love. Do what you can to build up her confidence. Don't ignore these comments rather ask her to explain to you what she means when she makes self depreciating comments. Explore what she is feeling and thinking when she is naughty and get her to come up with alternate behavior or actions rather than simply reprimanding her. Although she must understand that behavior has consequences, focus on building your bond and her confidence through constructive communication and reward when she does something well or makes amends.
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