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Publisher's Summary

2018 Best Book Awards Winner in Parenting and Family

A 2018 Mom's Choice Book Award Winner

A veteran psychologist presents a proven road map 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.  

©2018 Dr. Sharon Saline and Dr. Laura Markham (P)2018 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“Short enough for a busy parent to actually read and use; utterly reliable and authoritative but never pedantic; wise, kind, and teeming with the chirping voices of children who have ADHD; this cornucopia of a book will feed you over and over again. Wonderfully written, infused with positive energy and solid information. All parents of children who have ADHD should buy it.” (Edward Hallowell, MD, best-selling author of Delivered from Distraction)

“We have many effective treatments and strategies to help kids with ADHD better manage daily life, but this book will provide that equally important intervention: feeling understood. I love how this book helps parents create a deeper relationship with their kids so that the whole family can thrive." (Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, author of More Attention, Less Deficit and Understand Your Brain, Get More Done)

“When I give presentations for parents of children with ADHD and executive skill challenges, my message to them is Most of these kids turn out fine! This book is an excellent blueprint for parents who want to make that happen. Dr. Saline is a skilled therapist who has learned to listen to her clients. This book teaches us to do the same.” (Peg Dawson, EdD, psychologist and author of Smart but Scattered

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Great Resource (from a Mom and Wife of ADD)

I live with my husband who has ADD and my daughter who has ADD combination. This book was very nice to listen to and had so many great insights from those who are growing up with it.

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  • Sun-Sensitive
  • 2019-04-28

Thoughtful and Practical

I’m an ADHD mom with ADHD kids. I didn’t know I was ADHD until after my kids were diagnosed. A lifetime of struggle became clear. From the perspective of an undiagnosed child going through life to a parent of ADHD kiddos, I found this spot on and insightful in so many ways. It’s improved my life and my children’s lives with connection and understanding. Life’s not perfect and we continue our struggles, but we come through in a better way and have focus forward.

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  • Soph
  • 2019-01-15

every informational

this audiobook was easy to listen to. it had a lot of information easy to understand. i have used some of the examples and suggestions with my son (6 1/2)

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  • Shernette Dunn
  • 2019-12-03

Excellent parent resource

This is really great for parents to understand the struggles children with ADHD experiences. A really great resource.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-01-07

Easy Listen

This book opened my eyes to a lot of things I was unaware of. I have a 7-year-old son who has had an ADHD diagnosis since he was 5. We continue to struggle daily. This book has helped keep my mind in the right place.

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  • Katherine J Palomino
  • 2020-10-07

GREAT BOOK!!

I loved so much and i will read it again. its very helpful. it will help me alot

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  • Charly
  • 2020-07-25

Bad parenting tips

There is good information about ADHD is this book, but that information is interspersed with encouragement to perform bad parenting tactics. The author mentions Alfie Khon as an admirable parenting expert, but recommends parents treat their ADHD child exactly how Kohn says you shouldn’t. Also, the narration for this book is horrible.

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  • DENNIS
  • 2021-05-29

Now I understand my child better

So much I didn’t know about my child’s behavior that I now understand better how to deal with her and myself.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2021-05-26

FINALLY HELP FOR ME & MY CHILD

Great Content in this book. I'm so glad I stumbled upon it. I really appreciate the tools this book gave us without being too prescriptive.

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  • Stephanie Cox
  • 2021-04-27

Eye Opening!

I have an 8 year old daughter who was diagnosed with ADHD after she turned 7. As an educator I really felt that I had been doing things in her best interest. Her emotional outburst concerned me and her failure in school was alarming knowing she had been exposed to any and all phonics, numbers, shapes and colors needed to start school. She just wasn't progressing in reading and writing. This book has really helped me to be able to look at things through her eyes and understand why that is. It has helped not only how we do things so she can be successful but also helped me to feel normal about being frustrated, grace is beautiful and deserved! So glad I read this book!

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  • Timothy Burns
  • 2020-04-07

Excellent resource for any parent or guardian.

Excellent resource for any parent or person that
cares for, instructs or loves a child with adhd.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-02-28

Great and practical advice

A very good book, with plenty of practical, easy to use advice.
Although I am an adult with ADHD, and the book is primarily written for children and families, I found the advice also relevant for myself and loved ones.
Knowledge is the best way to overcome personal challenges, and this book is a great way to gain clarity and identify strategies to implement in ones daily life.