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