The Truth about Learning to Parent a Child with ADHD

Accepting the Diagnosis
Finding My Peeps
Trying Medication
Planning My New Path
Nurturing My Son’s Gifts
Adjusting My Compass

Read this book right away. Feel less alone.

— ADDitude Magazine, The #1 Magazine on ADHD

Most books on ADHD don’t dare expose the genuine grit of the moment-by-moment peaks and valleys of this special parenthood — the gut-wrenching, crying on the bathroom floor, feeling like you’re losing your mind truth of the matter that is learning to successfully parent a child with ADHD. Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a child with ADHD changes that.

Williams shares her unfiltered thoughts and emotions during her progression through this learning curve during this harrowing ride. Right before your eyes, this initially grief-stricken momma transforms from obsessed-with-ADHD control-freak and helicopter mom to optimistic and (mostly) confident parent of a child who happens to have ADHD. Boy Without Instructions validates your grief and guilt, yet reveals that it’s truly possible to craft a (mostly) joy-filled life for your child with ADHD, yourself, and your family.

What People are Saying

Boy Without Instructions reads like a novel, gripping the reader 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
Terry Matlen

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
Mantu Joshi

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
Susan Caughman
Editor-in-Chief, ADDitude Magazine

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
Dr. Patricia Quinn
Developmental Pediatrician and 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
Elaine Taylor-Klaus
Co-Founder, Impact ADHD

About the Author

Penny Williams
Penny Williams

Award-Winning Author. Blogger. Journalist. Speaker.


Award-Winning Author. Blogger. Journalist. Speaker

A parent of a son with ADHD and autism, Penny Williams is the award-winning author of three books on parenting kids with ADHD: “Boy Without Instructions,” “What to Expect When Parenting Kids with ADHD,” and “The Insider’s Guide to ADHD.” She’s the original creator of the award-winning website, {a mom’s view of ADHD}, and a frequent contributor on parenting and children with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine, Healthline, WNC Parent, and other parenting and special needs publications.

She has been contacted for interviews on the subject of parenting a child with ADHD many times, being quoted in publications like The Chicago Tribune,, Livescience, NBC’s Parenting section, and The High Desert Pulse.

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