ADHD: Living Without Brakes

Have you ever come across a resource that is just what you’ve been looking for?  Well, I have done just that and boy, am I grateful!  After years and years of searching, I have just read the most helpful book ever.

Over the course of these past 13 years since having my first child, I have read and researched more than my share of books, articles, research papers, etc. in the hopes of truly understanding my children’s issues.  I believed that if I could understand their issues better, I could be of more help to them.  Like you, I have left no stone unturned in my quest for answers, helpful advice and treatments.  Unfortunately, most of them did not provide the information or the assistance we so desperately needed.

In “ADHD: Living Without Brakes,” the author, Dr. Martin L. Kutscher, describes not only the symptoms of ADHD in children, but also what this looks like in a “typical” ADHD family.  I say “ADHD family” because when even one individual in a family has ADHD it affects every person in the family and becomes a family issue.  In our case, we have more than one and that makes life even more interesting for us.

This is the first book I’ve read in 13 years that truly spoke to our needs as a family and described my children’s issues to a T.  It was clearly written, easy to understand and offered practical strategies for addressing typical behaviors.

I’ve realized that, as my children get older and more is expected of them, my boys are having more difficulty keeping up with those demands.  They get it from all areas: home, school, friends.  I’ve been very concerned for my oldest as he begins his high school career this year:  How will he keep everything organized at school?  Will he keep up with the myriad of assignments, both short- and long-term?  How much helping should we be doing?  Is he going to be successful?

I’ve learned that I don’t have to be concerned with “helping too much” as it’s just not possible.  The bottom line is my boys need support and, who better to provide it than us?  So, whether I like it or not, I, too will be returning to high school this fall, in a way, also.  I'll be there for my son to help him in any way he needs me to so that he can, indeed, be successful and enjoy his high school career.

Thank you Dr. Kutscher, for a well-written book that was exactly what I needed!  I will be sure to share this resource with other families who experience life with ADHD.

Do you have any helpful resources you’d like to share?  Feel free to post them in the comment section below.  Let’s support each other by sharing valuable resources with one another.