Review: Parenting Book Provides Peace of Mind

Even before the pandemic, raising complex kids was complex. Now with home and school boundaries blurred and daily stressors magnified, readers will eagerly turn the pages of Elaine Taylor-Klaus’ The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety, and More and collect much-needed strategies to attain confidence and calm while raising their complex kids. As a mom of three and a savvy coach, Taylor-Klaus strives to ensure that parents and professionals are able to benefit from her ideas and methods so they don’t feel isolated when facing parenting hurdles.

She writes that most parents weather occasional storms: “That’s life, after all. But with complex children — kids who struggle with life or learning — it can feel like we are living in a constant state of high alert, with a hurricane threatening to move in at any moment” (Taylor-Klaus, p. 17).

Ed Hallowell, M.D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, writes in the forward that this book is “chock full of practical ideas and solutions, teeming with hard-earned nuggets of wisdom, always a friend to the reader but never a lecturer or preacher, this book will live on for many years to come, helping all who read it and sparing those who do (as well as those they love and care for) the unnecessary suffering that lack of understanding, knowledge, and skills always inflict” (Taylor-Klaus, p. 7).

Taylor-Klaus understands the moments of chaos, self-doubt, and despair that parents inevitably experience while raising complex kids. She references her own life to clarify relatable moments in daily life. She writes, “Many parents have never had a chance to tell their story, or they feel like no one in their lives wants to listen” (Taylor-Klaus, p.9). Yet...


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About Marcy Dann

Marcy Dann has been in clinical practice for 35-plus years. She is currently the coordinator for the Masters and Post-Master's Certificate Programs in Educational Therapy at California State University at Northridge (CSUN) as well as an instructor and supervisor. Marcy is also a consultant at Bridges Academy, a school for twice-exceptional students in the Los Angeles area. She was President of the Association of Educational Therapists (AET) from 2010 - 2012 and was honored by AET as a Fellow for her exceptional work performed on behalf of the profession of educational therapy.