Connected Parenting – Jennifer Kolari MSW, RSW

I decided to go out of my usual genre which is fiction and was quite surprised.

Connected Parenting is a way of getting to your challenging child, and to either build the bonds that were once there, or to build upon a bond you already have with your child. As a mother myself to a son who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) I do have some experience in raising a child that has some difficulties.

In her book, I was surprised that all of the things that I have been taught or what was the right thing to do, is right, but with her strategies, to make it even better.

She uses a technique called mirroring and another that is an acronym for “CALM”, which you mirror what your child is saying so they know you know exactly what they are feeling, instead of yelling and screaming day after day and you both becoming increasingly frustrated and confused.

She also includes explanatory cases in which she has come across in her practice in which it can be used in everyday life, even if your child is not diagnosed with a medical condition.

I really liked this book, just for the fact that she made it personable, and easy to understand, lots of examples and let you know that is it OK if you do get frustrated yourself. It’s as much as a learning process for the parent as it is for the child. She also includes examples for not only ADHD, but for Asperger’s Syndrome and other special needs child. As well as setting rewards, consequences, and day to day activities it is a must read for parents that are at the end of their rope so to speak.

I would recommend this book to all parents if they have a child who has special needs or if they just need a little re vamping of their routines.

This book is not yet released, but it will be on May 5th, 2009. So you may pre order at this time.

Connected Parenting Website

Penguin Books

Chapters Indigo



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