Book Nook

There is so much to learn from other parents supporting a child through mental health challenges.

These books have been recommended by PLEO parents as great resources to inform, challenge, inspire, or provide guidance.

Paul T. Mason, MS & Randi Kreger
Stop Walking on Eggshells
English
From a PLEO Parent: This book allowed me to better relate to my daughter.
Martin L. Kutscher
ADHD: Living Without Brakes
English
From a PLEO Parent: A must own/must read for anyone with a child diagnosed or suspected to having ADHD. Straight forward, practical and easy to read. A great resource that I often refer to.
Dawen Huebner and Bonnie Matthews
What to do When you Worry Too Much: A kid’s guide to overcoming anxiety
English
From a PLEO Parent: The exact right resource at the right time for him. Helped him to build practical coping skills for anxious thoughts. He was engaged and interested. Workbook style- pages for a child to draw how they feel and creates buy-in to the process./
Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
The Explosive Child: A new approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children
English
From a PLEO Parent: Over a year and a half ago or so I was given your number to contact. The wonderful woman at the other end recommended the Explosive Child by Dr Greene. I was feeling very alone and judged at the time so I bought a digital copy of the book on Amazon. It changed our lives. Thank you for what you do.
ATW
Got Parts? An Insider’s Guide to Managing Life Successfully with Dissociative Identity Disorder
English
From a PLEO Parent: This book was really helpful in helping me understand my daughter's "inner world" and how it all works inside her head.
Lori Lite
A Boy and a Bear: The Children’s Relaxation Book
English
From a PLEO Parent: I found it to be a great way to de-stress my anxious child before bed. The secondary benefit is that it helps me as a parent reduce my feeling of stress too.
Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Maté
Hold on to your kids: Why parents Need to Matter More than Peers
English
From a PLEO Parent: Explains why it is so important to ensure our kids' closest connection to us.
Cloud & Townsend
Boundaries: When to say Yes, How to say No, to Take Control of your Life
English
From a PLEO Parent: "This book really helped me understand why boundries are important and also gave me the practical knowledge to put healthy boundaries in place with mom, my kids, my husband and friends. Note that this is a Christian author and does contain some biblical references but it's not "christianese" and I feel it's accessible to non-christians as well."
Dr. Gabor Maté
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
English
From a PLEO Parent: This book concentrates on the realm of addictions, all addictions. Dr. Maté talks about some of the clients that he works with at his Hastings East Clinic in Vancouver. He shows the human and loving side of his clients. He showed me how to separate the loved one from the addiction. A Great read!!
Dr. Laura Markham
Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide
English
From a PLEO Parent: This book helped me be able to raise my child with brain science strategies including attachment strategies.
Inês Castel-Branco
Respire
Français
Commentaires d'un critique du livre: Au fil de ce dialogue entre une maman et son enfant, on apprend à poser un bateau de papier sur son ventre pour observer l'inspiration et l'expiration ; à ouvrir généreusement les bras comme un pommier ou à fair résonner de sons pour apaiser différentes parties de son corps. L'auteure-illustratrice, qui a pratiqué ces jeux d'initiation au yoga avec ses trois enfants, nous raconte aussi comment on souffle fort pour chasser les nuages gris du ciel et les mots qui nous pèsent comme angoisse, jalousie ou peur...
Russell A. Barkley
Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
English
From a PLEO Parent: I am now able to think straight. I have felt like I have been in a fog forever. Having someone to really talk to makes all the difference.

To realize the full benefits of caregiving, it is crucial that caregivers have access to the information and supports they need to sustain their own wellbeing, and that their voices are recognized and respected in Canada’s mental health system. Failure to support caregivers undermines mental health across the entire population, leading to poorer outcomes, both for the people living with a mental illness and their caregivers. This also leads to increased health and social service costs.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada