Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but I received a copy of this book from the author, for review purposes.
Parents of a child with ADHD are presented with a myriad of challenges, to say the least. They may experience a range of emotions and feelings, from sadness, isolation, anger, and frustration, to embarrassment and even resentment. Then, of course, there is guilt. Guilt for feeling like they are failing their child. Guilt for feeling these feelings. Guilt for losing their patience with these kids, who clearly don’t WANT to be difficult.
If you are the parent of an ADHD child, you are probably exhausted. Both mentally and physically. Chances are that you spend most of your days in a hyper-vigilant state, constantly on edge – in anticipation of any number of potential little daily disasters that you’ve become much too familiar with. You may feel disconnected from your child, helpless, and powerless by your inability to “control” your child’s behavior. You probably find yourself wishing that your kid came with a users manual. I know I have.
Parenting ADHD Now! is just that. Authors Diane Dempster and Elaine Taylor-Klaus are both experienced professional coaches, co-founders of ImpactADHD, authors, public-speakers, and most importantly; mothers to ADHD children. Together they have collaborated to offer a collection of strategies and tools to help parents help their children tackle some of the many challenges associated with ADHD.
They take on an incredibly complex and difficult situation, and present some clear-cut, easily-executed, simple solutions that really work.
It is clear from the beginning of this book that Diane and Elaine genuinely understand what life is like for parents of children with ADHD. Their own experiences, coupled with a deep understanding of the most up-to-date information and research regarding ADHD, have helped these ladies discover some astoundingly effective tools to help their own children to thrive and succeed. They share, with their readers, these tools and strategies in Parenting ADHD Now!
Diane and Elaine highlight the importance of connecting with your child by offering them support, guidance, and encouragement. Instead of “getting your kids to do what you say” you will learn to shift your expectations and to implement these skill sets to effectively manage the ADHD behaviors and minimize the ADHD associated stress and chaos in the household.
For instance, by learning and identifying the child’s motivators, their high-productivity times, and their emotional triggers, you can set the stage for smoother transitions and more predictable and positive results. Rather than fighting about homework every day after school, you may realize that your child works best a little later in the evening after dinner, or after some physically active play. By learning the most productive times and environments for our children, we optimize the opportunity to help them succeed in completing the desired tasks, and gives us the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge that success.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a child diagnosed with, or even suspected of having ADHD. I’d love for teachers, coaches, and anyone who regularly works with children to read this book as a way to help them understand ADHD children, and to learn effective ways to guide these children in a positive and encouraging manner. Parenting ADHD Now! is a refreshing approach to behavior modification through understanding and acceptance; a sure-fire guide to getting results and improving the parent-child relationship simultaneously. Superbly done! Parenting ADHD Now!