An approach that delivers!
Let’s face it, you can throw your typical parenting books out the window when parenting kids with ADHD and/or autism. Literally. That’s how useful 90 percent of those books will be for you.
Instead, parents of kids with ADHD and/or autism have to craft a tailored parenting plan that accounts for their child’s special needs. Yet, we don’t just naturally know how to do that.
I have been reading all I can about parenting strategies for kids with ADHD and/or autism for years. And I’ve been writing about it myself for a while now too. Just when I thought I’d learned it all, Dr. Mark Bertin comes out with the book Mindful Parenting for ADHD. It’s a bit of a game changer.
Please don’t judge this book by its title. This is so much more than a book about “mindfulness.” Dr. Bertin shares many nuggets of wisdom not commonly found in books on ADHD. He understands human nature on a deeper level — for parents and children alike, especially those with ADHD in their lives (the book is 100 percent applicable for parents of kids with high functioning autism/Asperger’s too). He “gets it” like few do.
As I read, engrossed, I found myself dog-earing dozens of pages, underlining and starring passage after passage. There’s so much good stuff in Mindful Parenting for ADHD! Not only is it about listening (as is a big part of my next book), but about how to talk with your child in a manner that will produce the best possible outcome.
It’s also very much a book about remaining calm. In that regard, I found the book validating. By the time I reached the end, I was thinking, Good job, Penny; in working hard to remain calm with Ricochet — especially when he’s not — you’re practicing mindfulness, and laying the groundwork for him to use it as well.
Dr. Bertin also offers strategies to keep your compass pointed toward the positive. That isn’t always easy when parenting kids with ADHD and/or autism, but completely crucial.
Pick up a copy of Mindful Parenting for ADHD — I promise it won’t disappoint.