How Teens Raise ADHD Parents

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – January 22, 2024

Bex Taylor-KlausLife in a family of five where they all have ADHD can be a unique and challenging experience. The dynamics in such a family are often characterized by high energy levels, impulsivity, and difficulty with focus and organization. With everyone sharing similar traits, there may be a sense of understanding and empathy within the family, as they can relate to each other’s struggles. But it can also lead to chaos and frustration, as it might be harder to maintain routines and responsibilities.

In an ADHD household where teenagers are “raising” their parents, the traditional roles may be reversed to some extent. The teenagers might find themselves taking on more responsibility, such as helping with organizing schedules, reminding their parents about appointments, or assisting with medication management. This situation can foster a sense of maturity and independence in the teenagers as they learn to navigate all the challenges.

Communication within the family becomes paramount in managing ADHD. Open and honest discussions about emotions, frustrations, and coping mechanisms can help create a supportive environment where everyone feels heard and understood. Despite the inherent challenges, a family of five with ADHD can also be a source of creativity, spontaneity, and humor. Shared experiences and unique perspectives on life can lead to strong bonds among family members.

We caught up with actor Bex Taylor-Klaus (Scream, The Killing, Star Wars: The Squadron, Deputy, Blackbird) who talks about life in their all-ADHD family of five to get a teen perspective around being an ADHD teen raising ADHD parents! Bex is the daughter of ADHD coach Elaine Taylor-Klaus, co-founder of So, if you are in an ADHD family, listen to my podcast, “Got Parents? How Adolescent Teens Raise ADHD Parents!” You’ll get a new perspective, and you might learn something!

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