Mindful Parenting for ADHD

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by Mark Bertin, M.D.

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.

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“Mark Bertin has written a truly remarkable book that offers numerous strategies
to help children with ADHD to become more successful and resilient … a wonderful
resource for parents.”

Robert Brooks, PhD, coauthor of Raising Resilient Children
and The Power of Resilience

“In Mindful Parenting for ADHD, Mark Bertin provides an essential guide for
parents and clinicians. Parents of children with ADHD and clinicians will benefit
from Bertin’s relatable writing style, examples, research, and easy-to-accomplish
suggestions and recommendations. Most importantly, Bertin gives families and clinicians
Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD, NCC, LMHC, psychotherapist and author
of five books on ADHD, including 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD (www.stephaniesarkis.com)

Mindful Parenting for ADHD represents a rare blend: a concise and accurate
guide to what ADHD is (and is not), an evidence-based resource for families on behavior
management and skill enhancement tools for their children, and an introduction to
the kinds of mindful practices (including but not limited to meditation) that both
calm and focus parents and model thoughtful strategies for their offspring. Difficult
and important issues—the adolescent years, working with schools, and decisions
about medication—are addressed head on. Sensitive, easy to read, and profound,
this book will resonate with families everywhere who hope for both action and reflection
in raising their challenging children.”
Stephen Hinshaw, PhD, professor of psychology at University of California,
Berkeley, professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco, and
author of The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance
“This innovative book combines the best of what is known about ADHD, its deficits
in executive functioning, and the types of science-based management strategies they
require, as well as possible medications to combine with them, along with the latest
practices for incorporating mindfulness into everyday life situations, such as parenting.
Parents of children with ADHD struggle not only with managing their children but
also with far higher levels of parenting stress, depression, anxiety, and marital
strife than do typical parents. This combination of mindfulness practices with more
traditional behavioral and medical treatments for ADHD is likely to prove exceptionally
useful for parents for both stress reduction and improved parent-child relationships.”
Russell A. Barkley, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics,
Medical University of South Carolina
“A practical, hands-on set of tools for parenting kids diagnosed with ADHD, Mark
Bertin’s book will be a great support to many. Mark provides clear and simple ways
to bring mindfulness practice to bear on navigating the ups and downs of family
life. He offers the valuable perspective that, while life cannot, by nature, be
perfect, it is possible to do the work of raising your child to live well and happily.”
Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“At last, a pediatrician who understands ADHD and can communicate what parents
need to manage it effectively. This workbook is like the world’s best office visit—only
this time, you can take it home with you and use it when you need it!”
Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, PCC, parenting coach, parent educator,
and cofounder of ImpactADHD.com
“Mark Bertin offers a compassionate guide for parents to navigate the challenging
journey of raising a child or teen with ADHD. He reminds them to start by taking
care of themselves with mindfulness and compassion, which then allows them to share
their full wisdom and loving presence for the benefit of their children. I will
be wholeheartedly recommending this book to all of the families in my practice who
are living with ADHD, so that they can do more than ‘just live with it,’ but thrive!”
Dzung X. Vo, MD, pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist,
author of The Mindful Teen
Mindful Parenting for ADHD is a gift to lost and overwhelmed parents. Bertin
offers a clear, compassionate, comprehensive, and practical guide to parents struggling
to find the calm within the seeming chaos of life with a child with ADHD, along
with succinct tools for managing it.”
Christopher Willard, PsyD, author of Child’s Mind and Growing
Up Mindful
, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
“This book is the ultimate gold mine of understanding your child with ADHD in a
new and insightful way. Bertin explains how practicing mindfulness changes the way
you as a parent see your child through the lens of truly understanding the ADHD
experience. You will learn to act instead of react, understand instead of judge,
and stay calm instead of banging your head against the wall. Best of all, Bertin
gives you specific, easy-to-follow tools for dealing with challenging behaviors.
It all comes down to being mindful, and understanding the ADHD brain and the behaviors
that are borne from that. A fabulous book for parents looking for a better way to
manage their challenging children, as well as for professionals working with these
children. I’ll be recommending this one to my clients!”
Terry Matlen, ACSW, director of www.ADDconsults.com, and author of
The Queen of Distraction and Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD
“As the parent of a child with ADHD, and as a holistic physician and mindfulness
coach who supports many children and families living with ADHD, I find this book
an invaluable resource. Every chapter offers simple, doable, and transformative
mindfulness practices; practical, achievable action items; grounded perspective;
a long-term view; and most importantly, hope and compassion for children and parents
living with ADHD.”
Amy Saltzman, MD, director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education
and author of A Still Quiet Place
“Having ADHD can not only be difficult for the child who suffers the consequences
of his or her behaviors, but can also place great stress on the family. Parents
don’t understand why their child acts the way he does, and because they are unsure,
they often react in a way that may not always be helpful. That’s where Mark Bertin’s
new book Mindful Parenting for ADHD comes in! Within its pages, parents will
grow to better understand ADHD and find the tools necessary to respond to their
child’s behaviors with compassion, as well as structure, using a focused, mindful
approach. Mindful Parenting for ADHD underscores the need for parents to
take care of themselves in order to meet the challenges of parenting a child with
ADHD with calm, kindness, and consistency. Written in a reassuring style and filled
with easy-to-use worksheets that cover a myriad of topics from setting limits
to improving communication or making the most of homework, I wish all parents of
children with ADHD could receive the gifts offered in this wonderful book! They
and their children would all be the better for it!”
Patricia O. Quinn, MD, developmental pediatrician, Washington,
DC, coauthor of Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD
and Understanding Girls with ADHD,andauthor of Attention, Girls!
A Guide to Learn All About Your AD/HD