What People Are Saying About Penny
“I’ve worked with people with disabilities my entire adult life. I thought I understood most of the common mental and emotional diagnoses. Yet, when my son was diagnosed with ADHD at age 7, my world was rocked. I felt confused, lost, angry, and sad.
Then the guilt began… ‘I should have known sooner!’ ‘Why do I feel lost without any direction to go?’ The questions were merciless.
As I was researching, I came across your book, Boy Without Instructions — I couldn’t put it down! You are real and practical, and seem to know the thoughts in my head! The book led me to your online course, The Complete Guide to Parenting ADHD. I would still be lost and confused without the extensive knowledge and support I’ve received from your course.
I kid you not, my husband and I would be lost without you. You’ve changed our lives.”
— Sarah Stein, Mom of a Child with ADHD
I haven’t even finished Penny’s course yet, and we’re already experiencing positive effects. I’ve learned a lot about myself as a parent — that I have to be more patient and change the way I parent to accommodate my daughter’s needs. The morning checklist, routines, and tailored incentives she teaches are already helping. I finally feel hopeful for my daughter’s future.
Penny is in the trenches, living it too. I love that her support is gentle -- offering options without any judgement. Since following Penny, I have gained a greater sense of belonging and strength in my parenting.
Penny's 'voice' calms a mother's soul down, and gives us a minute to see the bigger picture. She helped me to calm down, hover over my son less, and look at parenthood from a new perspective.
Penny provides great resources, real life experience, and practical and useful information -- all in terms parents can understand. Since following Penny, I have become more patient and understanding with my child, more diligent in my advocacy, and braver about speaking up for him.
After my son’s diagnosis of ASD and then later ADHD, I was overwhelmed with all of the information and resources. There were so many books that talked down and threw out statistics that were either depressing or unrelated to my situation. I was looking for something relatable. I had no friends going through the special needs ride and while I wanted information, I also wanted comfort.
I found that comfort and solace in Penny’s first book, Boy Without Instructions. As I turned the pages, I kept saying “Yes. This.” No advice or instruction, just feeling like I wasn’t alone, which I so desperately needed.
Once I got out of the first stage of grief and shock, I was ready for action and help. Lucky for me, that’s right about the time Penny’s second book came out, What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD. I was so frazzled by trying to just survive, that I couldn’t even begin to think about how to take proactive steps to improve my family’s quality of life. Full disclosure: I also have ADHD. So, yeah. If I have a hard time with executive function and organization, how am I supposed to help my son learn those skills and get this house running efficiently??
I say all that to say that Penny understands this. She knows what ADHD parents need: quick, to the point, and non-judgmental. Her worksheets are AMAZING. I am the worst with getting advice and not being able to execute it. The worksheets solve that problem. What sets it apart from other ADHD books out there is that it’s written by one of us — a mom of a child with ADHD! Not a doctor or specialist. Those books have their place and use, but Penny fills a void that has been on bookshelves: Advice from a fellow mom. Reading her books feels like sitting down over coffee with a good friend that’s been there, and is guiding you through the process.
Parent of a Boy with ADHD
Penny offers parents, caregivers, and even health care providers a practical guide to navigate the world of ADHD. From diagnosis to the art of balancing expectations, self, and family, she leads you step-by-step through the unpredictable journey of parenting a child with ADHD, all while learning to become your child’s biggest advocate and remaining positive.
Marilyn Griffin, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Medical Director of the Comprehensive ADHD Clinic at University of Illinois at Chicago