5 ADHD Parenting Books


As a busy parent, time is a valuable commodity.  I wish I had all the time in the world to read and learn new information to be a better parent to my children who have ADHD, but in reality time is precious and in short supply.  All we can do is, just do the best with what we have.

Here are 5 ADHD parenting books that I have short-listed based on research I have done on ADHD.

Note: All the book summaries are from Amazon.ca. All the reviews listed are my own opinion.


  1. The Explosive Child

    What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication—but to no avail. They can’t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don’t work for theirs; and they don’t know what to do instead.

    Review: I listed to the audio book. I found it it to be immensely helpful. It contained a lot of information. So much so I am going to need to listed to it again.  There were practical examples and lots of useful tips.

  2.  From Chaos to Calm

    Three points of view-parent’s, therapist’s, and child’s-make this the most practical guide on the market for raising a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or other behavioral issues.Traditional parenting and discipline books aren’t effective for parents who are dealing with kids with ADHD, OCD, depression or other disorders. They need a guide that will help them with the unique discipline and organization challenges kids with these issues have. When getting up, going to school, completing homework, helping with chores, and getting to bed all become battlegrounds, the step-by-step proven techniques presented here will help parents achieve peace in their households. It will teach parents how to:* Engage in proactive, not reactive, parenting
    * Discipline consistently and effectively
    * Deal with stalling, forgetting, overreacting, and other everyday behavior problems
    * Work with a child’s teachers, and more.

    Review:  I enjoyed having the different perspectives to read through. It was helpful to be more empathetic and understanding of what it would be like from my children’s perspective. To be able to see things through their eyes.  It helpful to have summaries and charts listed in certain chapters.

  3. Mindful Parenting for ADHD

    Written by a pediatrician and based in proven-effective mindfulness techniques, this book will help you and your child with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) keep calm, flexible, and in control.

    If you are a parent of a child with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you probably face many unique daily challenges. Kids with ADHD are often inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive, since ADHD affects all of self-management and self-regulation. As a result, you might become chronically frustrated or stressed out, which makes caring for ADHD that much harder. In this book, a developmental pediatrician presents a proven-effective program for helping both you and your child with ADHD stay cool and collected while remaining flexible, resilient, and mindful. Bertin addresses the various symptoms of ADHD using non-technical language and a user-friendly format. In addition, he offers guidelines to help you assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses, create plans for building skills and managing specific challenges, lower stress levels for both yourself and your child, communicate effectively, and cultivate balance and harmony at home and at school.

    If you are a parent, caregiver, or mental health professional, this book provides a valuable guide.

  4. What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew

    A veteran psychologist presents a proven roadmap to help ADHD kids succeed in school and life

    You’ve read all the expert advice, but despite countless efforts to help your child cope better and stay on track, you’re still struggling with everyday issues like homework, chores, getting to soccer practice on time, and simply getting along without pushback and power struggles.What if you could work with your child, motivating and engaging them in the process, to create positive change once and for all? In this insightful and practical book, veteran psychologist Sharon Saline shares the words and inner struggles of children and teens living with ADHD—and a blueprint for achieving lasting success by working together. Based on more than 25 years of experience counseling young people and their families, Dr. Saline’s advice and real-world examples reveal how parents can shift the dynamic and truly help kids succeed. Topics include:

    * Setting mutual goals that foster cooperation
    * Easing academic struggles
    * Tackling everyday challenges, from  tantrums and backtalk to staying organized, building friendships, and more.

    With useful exercises and easy-to-remember techniques, you’ll discover a variety of practical strategies that really work, creating positive change that will last a lifetime.

  5. Taking Charge of ADHD

    From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for 6- to 18-year-olds with ADHD. Offering encouragement, guidance, and loads of practical tips, Dr. Barkley helps you:

    *Make sense of your child’s symptoms.
    *Get an accurate diagnosis.
    *Work with school and health care professionals to get needed support.
    *Learn parenting techniques that promote better behavior.
    *Strengthen your child’s academic and social skills.
    *Use rewards and incentives effectively.
    *Restore harmony at home.

    Updated throughout with current research and resources, the third edition includes the latest facts about medications and about what causes (and doesn’t cause) ADHD.



    October is ADHD awareness month. There are a lot of myths about ADHD. Check out the article I wrote about 5 common myths/facts .

    Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  I get commissions for purchases made through certain links in this post. 

Tina Evans

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