Tuesday, March 24, 2020

7 ADHD Books to Help Parents Succeed With Their Children

Let's cut to the chase. 

Parenting a child with ADHD can be tricky. For starters, there's a lot of judgement. Parents are constantly being fed mixed messages about symptoms, treatment options, and societal expectations. We're very much "damned if we do, damned if we don't." Many of us are limited by our insurance coverage (or lack thereof)--meaning, our kids don't always get the help we need, and parents don't get the support they need for our own mental health and well-being.

I've been asked about essential oils, chiropractic care, stimulants, non-stimulants, a gluten free diet, karate class, spanking, occupational therapy, and so much more. It's freaking exhausting to filed the assuming questions and statements coming from loved ones and strangers. Some don't believe ADHD is "real"--which is infuriating. Here are some truths:

-old school discipline doesn't work for kids with ADHD (read THE EXPLOSIVE CHILD if you're not convinced)
-yes, kids with ADHD can still be held accountable for their actions 
-discipline can't cure a child's ADHD

What have I found to be helpful when it comes to raising a child with ADHD? Getting educated. The more I know, the better I can serve my child and advocate for them in other settings such as school, extracurriculars, and social settings (playing at the park, for example). 

Don't just educate and support yourself. There are some amazing children's picture books for kids with big feelings, which is typical of children with ADHD. 

We are also educated on sensory needs and those can play into some kids' ADHD. Meeting a child's sensory needs is very important and a key to success. If your child struggles with anger (tantrums, meltdowns, etc.), check out this simple but effective tool we use

Here are five books I recommend that all parents check out if they're raising a child with ADHD. Note, our family is pro-connection and getting to the "why" and need behind behaviors. Click on the book image to read a description, check out the reviews, and purchase: 

I also recommend these workbooks for kids:

There are a few very helpful websites that offer you education and encouragement when parenting a child with ADHD. Please check out Understood, ADDitude, and Empowered to Connect