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Must-Read Books for Parents Raising Children with ADHD

Parenting blogger Kay Marner shares her reading list for anyone seeking extra advice for parenting children with ADHD.

Has your Spring 2010 issue of ADDitude magazine arrived? When it does, turn to page 21 for a parenting pep-talk from everyone’s favorite ADHD expert,
Dr. Ned Hallowell. In his column, Dr. Hallowell acknowledges that
parenting a kid with ADHD isn’t easy — it’s a marathon, not a sprint-and provides tips to help parents stay strong though out the race.

I’m a big fan of Dr. Hallowell’s work, but I once took him to task in this blog. When I first came across his last book (co-authored by Peter S. Jensen),
Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child, I found the title to be a super-turn off.

“Superparenting” sounded to me like just another super-expectation that I wasn’t up to meeting. “How can he not get it?” I remember thinking.

Of course, my first impression of that book was wrong. It turned out to be an inspiring read. Hallowell gets what it’s like to parent a kid with ADHD.

And somehow, Hallowell’s affirmation that we’re running a parenting-marathon is just as important as his concrete tips for coping to help me keep on keeping on.

A newly-revised edition of Hallowell and frequent co-author John J. Ratey’s book of ADHD FAQ’s, Answers to Distraction, was released two weeks ago. It’s on my must-read list. Look for it, along with his other ADHD classics, at your library or bookstore.

What is your favorite book of ADHD parenting advice? Share your comments below. 

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