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8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD (8 Keys to Mental Health)

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Study Skills & Tools All Ages Workbook


Flexible Thinking Self-regulation Organization Attention

Mindprint Expert Review


  • Research-based, rigorously accurate, and yet it is still an easy read.
  • The table of contents is detailed so readers can easily find a specific topic.
  • Covers a wide range of topics drawn from the everyday life of families with children with ADHD.


  • This book focus mainly on what parents are dealing with at home rather than school concerns.
  • As with any intervention, success will depend on how well parents apply the strategies provided.

Mindprint Expert Review

This well-written, easy-to-read book is designed for parents of children with ADHD to support at home behaviors. Even the table of contents is useful and well organized, outlining the key information that parents of children with ADHD need to know but might not otherwise focus on. The book covers the typical information of how ADHD impacts a child’s behavior, academics, and social skills. However, it also delves into the key role that parents play, including why it is critical - and how – to create calm. Each of the 8 "Keys" is approximately 20 pages long and closes with a couple of “guiding thoughts” as well as some specific ideas or action steps to make the book easy to refer back to when life challenges arise. The author also makes good use of simple but effective illustrations to make a point as clearly as possible for those who might skim or lose focus while reading. Overall, this is a very helpful guide for parents that uses a soft touch and can provide comfort to parents while coaching them on how to be understanding yet firm with children. If parents find this book helpful, they can sign up for the author's 7 part webinar on which the book is based.

Academic Benefits

Improves academic skills

  • Provides sufficient and varied types of practice problems to maximize understanding and generalization of the targeted skill/concept
  • Manufacturer claims alignment with Common Core/Known Standards
  • Presents educational concepts accurately
  • Explains answers so students can learn from mistakes
  • Better for teaching the skill to new or struggling learners
  • Better for practicing or refreshing the skill
  • Skills are practiced through authentic, meaningful problems (not just rote practice)


Engaging for the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Appropriate for a broad age range to use and enjoy
  • Subject matter and problems are relevant, interesting and authentic to students
  • Includes reward stickers
  • Visually stimulating and appealing (uses student-centered pictures, colors, and themes)
  • Graphics and overall feel of the workbook is appropriate for the target age range
  • Relative to most workbooks, fun to use from a child's perspective
  • Offers ongoing, progressive challenge
  • Overall - Enjoyable. Given the option, students would choose this option

Easy to Use

Understandable for children in the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Provides teaching guidance for adults to support the child and set appropriate goals
  • Student should be able to use independently after first use
  • Specific topics/lessons are easy to find
  • Presents information in multiple formats (voice over, pictures and text, etc.)
  • Overall - Easy to use

Manufacturer Description

Compassionate and effective strategies for raising a child with ADHD.

Parenting children with ADHD, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, can be challenging and complex. But just as a child who struggles with reading can learn to decode words, children with ADHD can learn patience, communication, and solution-seeking skills to become more confident, independent, and capable. This book, rich with optimism, tips, tools, and action plans, offers science-based insights and systems for parents to help cultivate these skills.

Combining expert information with practical, sensitive advice, the eight "key" concepts here will help parents reduce chaos, improve cooperation, and nurture the advantages―like creativity and drive―that often accompany all of that energy.

Based on author Cindy Goldrich's seven-session workshop entitled Calm and Connected: Parenting Kids with ADHD©, this book focuses on developing and strengthening effective interpersonal skills in both parents and children as a way to improve conflict resolution.
Following the parenting principle to "Parent the child you have," Goldrich offers advice to help readers tailor their parenting to meet the needs of their unique child. The book also leads parents to recognize the value of being a leader and a guide to children, building parents' confidence in their decision-making, and giving children a sense of safety, security, and confidence.

The principles outlined in 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD are appropriate for parenting kids of all ages―until they have "launched" and are on their own.