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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ADHD is NOT a fallacy!

If it’s “just childhood,” then it isn’t ADHD.

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The media is at it again — publishing sensationalized articles that further stigmatize ADHD and ADHD medication. This time, Time Magazine has published an article by Marilyn Wedge, author of A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became an American Epidemic, called “The ADHD Fallacy”. Wedge’s theory is that ADHD symptoms are “just childhood” and best treated […]

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ADHD + School: Another year wasted

ADHD at School: Yet another year wasted

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Each and every Spring since 2008 — my son’s kindergarten year — I have experienced déjà vu. Another school year almost complete. Another school year wasted. Another desperate need for the madness to end. You see, each and every school year

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Kids with ADHD have problems getting started

Is It an Initiation or “Getting Started” Problem?

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Guest post by Mary Anne Richey, co-author of The Impulsive, Disorganized Child: Solutions for Parenting Kids with Executive Functioning Difficulties. If you are like most parents, one of your most common complaints is that you must nag your children constantly to take care of their responsibilities. If it is any comfort to you, research indicates there […]

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ADHD in Middle School

How ADHD Impacts Learning in Middle School

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Have you visited the new website,, yet? If not, scurry on over there (after you’ve finished looking around here).  This new website is a collaboration between 15 non-profits to support parents of kids with learning and attention issues. What I love most about this site is their simple, very easy to understand articles with […]

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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