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.

Charles Rubin
Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children
From a Pleo Staff: "Written by a parent who figured out to protect himself from the destruction drug abuse can cause."
Lisa D’amour
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood
From a Pleo Staff: This book helps guide teenage daughters as they transition into young adulthood and provides a framework to parents in understanding.
Anna Mehler Paperny
Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me
From a Pleo Staff: A first person narrative on what it is like to live with mental illness and to navigate mental health systems in Canada.
Glen Canning, with Susan McClelland
My Daughter Rehtaeh Parsons
From a Pleo Staff: Tells the story of Canning's daughter Rehtaeh Parsons, who died by suicide after battling depression, going through the mental health system, and experiencing widespread bullying after being sexually assaulted.
Paul T. Mason & Randi Kreger
Stop Walking on Eggshells
From a Pleo Parent: This book allowed me to better relate to my daughter.
Martin L. Kutscher
ADHD: Living Without Brakes
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.
Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews
What to do When you Worry Too Much: A kid’s guide to overcoming anxiety
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
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.
Got Parts? An Insider’s Guide to Managing Life Successfully with Dissociative Identity Disorder
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
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
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
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
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!!
Rebecca Eanes
Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide
From a Pleo Parent: This book helped me be able to raise my child with brain science strategies including attachment strategies.
Inês Castel-Branco
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
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.

Just knowing you guys are there on the phone every day makes me feel stronger.

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