This is a list of books that have helped us a bunch. Like, life-changing; paradigm-shifting.
All are books I’ve read/listened to. I’ll add more as my list grows, so you can check back periodically if you’re interested.
For Parents of ADHD Kids
- Smart But Scattered – Peg Dawson et. al – An awesome book on identifying executive functioning strengths and weaknesses in yourself and your children, and then helping to formulate an action plan on how to strengthen weaker areas
- Superparenting for ADD – Edward M. Hallowell & Peter S. Jensen– This book made me cry. Not because it’s sad, but because of how absolutely relevant it is to my child, and how it gave my husband–who also gleaned a lot from it–and myself better perspective on our son’s point of view. We listened to the audiobook first, then bought a hard copy to highlight and refer back to.
- Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD – Dr. Daniel Amen– A holistic guide to treatment of ADHD from renowned psychiatrist Dr. Amen. He breaks down seven subtypes of ADHD based on his 35+ years of experience treating patients with the condition. This book is an absolute must read. It discusses supplements that can help, behavioral techniques, and really, just everything. If you only read one book, I’d choose this one. You’ll refer back to it frequently. You can find the Audible version here.
- Boundaries With Kids – Henry Cloud & John Townsend – Whether your child has ADHD or not, I highly recommend reading this one.
For Kids/Teens With ADHD
- The ADHD Workbook for Kids – Lawrence Shapiro, PhD – Workbooks are my fave. This one’s great, because it gives your kiddo the opportunity to really look within himself/herself become more self-aware. It also helps them know they’re not alone.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey – With its accompanying workbook, this book helped me as a teen to start on a path of loving people well and caring for things around me. An oldie, but goodie, for sure.
- Have You Filled a Bucket Today? – Carol McCloud – This book is awesome for helping to teach kiddos about kindness. I, personally, love it; and, I plan to create an entire lesson around it with worksheets and all when I have the time. Books that accompany this book (all written by the author) are:
- The Train Your Dragon Series – Steve Herman – This is a series of adorable social stories which includes:
For Any Momma
- Of Mess & Moxy – Jen Hatmaker – Hilarious and inspiring. Includes some good recipes too!
- Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis – Rachel gets a large chunk of the credit for motivating me to start this blog, as well as some other endeavors I’ve been dreaming of doing. I’ve recommended this to every friend I have, including you!
- Jamie, The Very Worst Missionary – Jamie Wright – Jamie is amazing. Thank God for someone who is just real. We all need more real in our lives. Christian or not, you should definitely give this one a read.
- Uninvited – Lysa TerKeurst – A great reminder that we, as women, are constantly overthinking–especially when it comes to our insecurities. Lysa helps us understand how to walk in confidence.
- Love Does – Bob Goff
- Everybody, Always – Bob Goff – Both of these books by Bob Goff are full of intriguing accounts of real life ways to live a life full of love. So. Good.
- The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog – Bruce Perry – Talk about fascinating. Dr. Perry’s account of some of his more severe pediatric psychiatric cases (including some of the children who were rescued from Waco) is absolutely mind-boggling. He offers a better-rounded worldview just from reading this book. It’s available on audiobook as well.