What Parents and Teachers Really Need to Know to Empower Complicated Kids with Confidence and Calm
You'll want to read this book cover to cover, and then keep it on your nightstand, for it will surely become your "how to" manual as you shift from "parenting from desperation to parenting from inspiration. - Jerome Schultz, Ph.D., author of Nowhere to Hide With wit and wisdom that can only come from experience, Elaine Taylor-Klaus reminds fellow parents that they really can make a difference in the lives of their complex kids. - Susan Stiffelman, MFT, author of Parenting Without Power Struggles This smart, practical book will make a difference not only in your child's life, but also in yours. If you're tired of working too hard for too little, let Elaine show you a better path. - Ari Tuckman, author of More Attention, Less Deficit This is truly the book so many parents have been waiting for and is sure to help many families. They will find the compassionate guidance they need to move from surviving to thriving by learning how to make simple but impactful adjustments in the way they care for themselves and their complex kids. - Michelle Frank, Psy.D., co-author of A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD This book is smart, engaging, and written for busy (and sometimes chaotic) families. It teaches parents to use reflection and self-care to connect with the radical acceptance and the "bring it on" attitude needed to take on the parenting challenges. - Lidia Zylowska MD, author of The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD This book is rich with highly useful ideas and new perspectives that can help you and your child succeed while establishing a more peaceful and loving relationship. - Russell A. Barkley Ph.D., author of Taking Charge of ADHD Taylor-Klaus provides empathetic and sensible guidance to parents and professionals who struggle to provide effective help and support for kids whose lives are complicated by ADHD and related problems. - Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., author of Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD Speaking from years of practical experience Taylor-Klaus dispenses wit, wisdom and effective strategies. - Sam Goldstein Ph.D., co-author of Raising Resilient Children My favorite parenting book, bar none! Raising complex kids is tough and Taylor-Klaus nails it. A 'must-read' lifeline for parents of struggling kids. This book will transform your life. - Melissa Orlov, author of The ADHD Effect on Marriage Elaine Taylor-Klaus has given anyone leading kids a new lens to see their struggles as opportunities and new tools to turn their most frustrating situations into moments of connection and growth. - Hal Runkel, New York Times bestselling author of Screamfree Parenting Elaine Taylor-Klaus has been helping parents of "complex" kids for years with her engaging, witty, and blessedly calm advice. Now she has put it all in a wonderfully accessible guide that's like having her wise voice in your ear. - Katherine Ellison, author of Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention Deftly written with humor and compassion, this book offers a framework for developing a collaborative approach in working with your child, opportunities for self-reflection, and action-oriented solutions to some of life's most difficult parent-child issues. This book is a life saver for many struggling parents who may feel they are barely holding on. - Mary Anne Richey, M.Ed., co-author of Raising Boys with ADHD An essential resource for any parent! For parents raising children with ADHD or other learning differences, this book is invaluable. Taylor-Klaus gives you a skill-based road map to manage yourself and be a better resource for your child. - Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees & Wannabes "With wit and wisdom that can only come from experience, Elaine Taylor-Klaus reminds fellow parents that they really can make a difference in the lives of their complex kids, and she guides them to do just that." - Susan Stiffelman, MFT, author of Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting With Presence "Elaine Taylor-K
Elaine Taylor-Klaus is the founder and CEO of ImpactADHD.com, where she teaches thousands of parents, educators, and other professionals dynamic strategies for parenting and educating children with complex issues. She is a former parenting advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a former national Board member of CHADD (Children and Adults with AD/HD), and an internationally recognized parenting coach, educator, and speaker. She is a mother of three complex kids and the author of Parenting ADHD Now!
Foreword 6 CHEAT SHEET An Introduction for Busy Parents and Professionals PART 1 Turning Chaos into Calm Embracing a Family Life Thats Perfectly Imperfect CHAPTER 1 This Kid Is Really Smart, but . . . : Six Challenge Areas for Families with Complex Kids CHAPTER 2 This Is Not What I Expected: Parenting Complex Kids Is Different CHAPTER 3 Ive Tried Everything, but Nothing Works: Understanding and Redefining Parenting Success CHAPTER 4 I Just Want Some Peace!: The Four Phases of Parenting PART 2 The Impact Model A New Paradigm for Parenting Like a Coach CHAPTER 5 Where Do I Start?: You Can Do It All, but Not at the Same Time (Take Aim) CHAPTER 6 Why Cant They Just . . . ?: No One Knows Your Child Better Than You Do CHAPTER 7 My Kids Just Not Motivated: How to Get Your Kids to . . .[Fill in the Blank] CHAPTER 8 Everyones So Tense All the Time: Its Not What You Say, Its How You Say It CHAPTER 9 I Dont Know Whats Realistic: Set Appropriate Expectations and Consequences CHAPTER 10 I Need a Strategy for . . . : Creating Effective Systems and Structures That Actually Work PART 3 Turning Information into Action Making This Work in Your Life CHAPTER 11 They Need to Be Able to Do This on Their Own: Cultivating Ownership Gradually and Then Suddenly CHAPTER 12 How Do I Know if Its Working?: Bringing It All Together Afterword: A Letter from Elaine and Diane Discussion Group Guide Resources Acknowledgments About the Author Index