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The Insider's Guide to ADHD: Adults with ADHD Reveal the Secret to Parenting Kids with ADHD Paperback – November 12, 2015
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I am one of those "fix it" types of mommas -- fix the boo-boos, fix the hurt feelings, fix whatever causes my children any pain. When my son, Ricochet, was diagnosed with ADHD in 2008, at just six years old, I was devastated. There's no "fix" for ADHD. It took me more than two years to figure it out -- there's no magic bullet for ADHD either, and obsessing about finding one can only make things worse. I realized a few years after diagnosis, that there is quite a learning curve to parenting a child with ADHD, and I was finally getting to the long, (mostly) even stretch at the end of it.
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Written, mainly, for parents of children with ADHD that don't have ADHD themselves, it has perfect explanations and guidance for parents to help navigate a world, or mind, that they are not used to and therefore, possibly unsure of how to handle.
I really enjoyed that Penny asked other adults to give advice to non-ADHD parents but I think that it could really help all parents. Parenting is hard, and we don't always know, as parents, if what we are conveying is getting through to our child, or if it is even important. I thought it was great that Penny included charts that spoke to how important certain things actually are to children, i.e. peer relationships, sports, doing well in school, approval from friends or parents, etc. because what we think may be influencing our child's behavior or self esteem may not, and something else may be. For example, having a good friend might be more important the them instead of being very popular, which may be important to parents of children with ADHD because it could signal inclusion to the parent, and therefore, the parent may put pressure on their child to be involved in things they aren't even interested in so their child can be more included.
I do think that this book is a great guide for any and all parents because overall it gives you advice on being more patient and listening more to what your child's specific needs are and parenting to those needs. I think that is great advice for all parents, and for parents with ADHD or not, as well as for parents with children with ADHD or not. That being said, I think it should be required to read this book once you find out your child has ADHD. If it was, maybe more parents would make less mistakes on how they handle their children's meltdowns and it would help some parents feel less offended by their children's behaviors or differences. Where I don't think you can learn to have an ADHD brain if you aren't born with one, I think you can learn to be more empathetic to someone who does think differently and perhaps isolate them less with more knowledge of how and why those, like myself and my child(ren), think and act the way we do. When things can become more predictable, they might be less challenging, and that is why this book is so important.
The only thing that I would change, honestly, is that I would like to hear more first hand stories, but that is just something I am always drawn to when it comes to guidance. I think it helps readers relate more when they can envision someone's actual story, which is why the story Penny has told about the incident at the store and in the car with her son and how much of an effect it had on her in that moment, is powerful. More stories, good and bad, of helpful or non-helpful things that people did or said always stick with me more because I can envision them later on and draw from them as examples when I try to teach my own children what I expect or don't expect. Perhaps, for the next book! Great job and happy reading!
As a parent of a child with ADHD I am grateful for the work Penny has done. Through the combination of her survey results and medical research she deftly interweaves the anecdotal with the professional, presenting to the reader a wonderful set of practical parenting principles and techniques. And while on the surface these may seem quite simple they hold within them an abundance of compassion and insight (a winning combination if I do say so myself).
Finally, as an ADHD Coach, I would absolutely recommend this book to my clients who have children with, or without, an ADHD diagnosis, since the principles and techniques she presents are beneficial for parenting in general.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone that is having a hard time "connecting" with their ADHD child or is just curious about what they are going through.