The Books that Keep it Real

Penny Williams is the author of two books on parenting a child with ADHD, exposing the genuine grit of the moment-by-moment peaks and valleys of learning to successfully navigate this special parenthood. She is a frequent contributor on parenting and ADHD for ADDitude Magazine, Healthline, WNC Parent, and other parenting and special needs publications. The books are available through, Barnes and Noble, and other select retailers.

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Parenting ADHD

Traditional parenting techniques don't work for kids with ADHD. Learn effective parenting strategies for raising kids with ADHD by meeting them at their developmental level.

ADHD Behavior

What looks like defiance, laziness, or even stupidity is not, when your talking about an individual with ADHD. Learn how to customize your expectations appropriately.

School Struggles

ADHD can be debilitating in a traditional school setting. Learn what parents and teachers can do to even the playing field and give kids with ADHD an opportunity for success.

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What to Expect When You're Not Expecting ADHD Wins International Book Award

What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD Wins International Book Award

ADHD Books Blog Press Release

Despite the fierce competition of over 1,200 book submissions in 80 categories, What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD: A 9-step plan to master the struggles and triumphs of parenting a child with ADHD won the Psychology & Mental Health Category of the 2015 International Book Awards. I am truly honored to stand out […]

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Book Review: The Impulsive, Disorganized Child

“The Impulsive, Disorganized Child,” a book review

ADHD Books Blog Executive Functioning school

I am a fixer by nature. When my son, Ricochet, was first diagnosed with ADHD in 2008, I hit the books and the internet and read obsessively, looking for ways to help him. While my consumption of books on ADHD and learning disabilities has slowed a bit, I am still always up for a good […]

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Why punishment is ineffective ADHD parenting.

Why punishment is ineffective ADHD parenting

ADHD behavior Blog learning disabilities parenting

My son, Ricochet, has dysgraphia in addition to ADHD, which is pretty common. He is in sixth grade, and his handwriting still looks like that of a kindergartner, at best. We have worked diligently to improve his writing, even doing the Handwriting Without Tears program with a private occupational therapist for many months. His handwriting […]

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Playing Hide-n-Seek with Joy: Parenting ADHD

Playing Hide-n-Seek with Joy: Parenting ADHD

ADHD hope parenting self-care

Groundhog Day 2: The ADHD Version How to reclaim the joy of parenting an ADHD child when despair nudges it aside—again. (over on my Boy Without Instructions blog on It is normal to grieve when your child is diagnosed with ADHD. No, it’s not a life-threatening illness, but it can be if denied or […]

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The Buzz About the Books

  • "Read this well-written, empathetic book right away, feel less alone, and take away not only moral support but also valuable strategies for helping your child, yourself, and your family."
    Susan Caughman - Editor-in-Chief, ADDitude Magazine
  • "Boy Without Instructions reads like a novel, gripping the reader's interest with every page, every word. But Williams isn’t making up stories; she’s living them. She paints a painfully realistic picture of life with a child with ADHD."
    Terry Matlen - Author, Queen of Distraction
  • "If you have a child struggling to scribble between the lines of a ‘typical’ world expectation, this book could enliven your courage to draw new lines of adaption and acceptance for your child living with ADHD."
    Mantu Joshi - Author, The Resilient Parent
  • "This compassionate story will captivate your heart and feed your brain. A must read for all mothers (and fathers, too) of children with ADHD."
    Dr. Patricia Quinn - Author of over 20 books on ADHD
  • "We experience joy to agony and everything in between as Williams takes us on her informative, validating, cautionary, and bittersweet adventure."
    Elaine Taylor-Klaus - Co-founder, Impact ADHD
  • "In her blow-by-blow account of raising a child with ADHD, Williams confronts stigma and ensuing, enveloping guilt with heart-wrenching anecdotes and brutal honesty."
    "Chusy" - Sundance Award-Winning Writer and Director
  • "I suspect this book would have made me a better mother, had I had such a book 10 years ago."
    Katherine Ellison - Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist
  • "Williams talks about the science, but more importantly, she talks about the lived experience of having a child with ADHD and what you can do to make all of your lives better.”
    Ari Tuckman, PsyD - Author, Understand Your Brain, Get More Done
  • "Williams’ 9-month plan — a culmination of years of research, networking, and advocacy — moves parents step by step from bewilderment to competency and confidence."
    Kay Marner - Co-Editor, Easy to Love but Hard to Raise
  • "From diagnosis to the art of balancing expectations, self, and family, What to Expect leads you step-by-step through the unpredictable journey of parenting a child with ADHD."
    Medical Director of the Comprehensive ADHD Clinic at University of Illinois at Chicago - Dr. Marilyn Griffin