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Penny Williams is an organized planner trying to make sense of life with her son, Ricochet, whose ADHD and learning disabilities create perpetual chaos. Her son’s needs are a moving target, leading her to create new roadmaps at a moment’s notice. To find more from Penny, visit her personal blog and read her book, Boy Without Instructions.

posted: Tuesday August 19th - 10:37am

Strength (and Support) in Numbers

Building a parent support network is as important as knowing all about ADHD.

Parents of ADHD children get great parenting advice from support groups.
When my son, Ricochet, was first diagnosed with ADHD in 2008, I did not know a single person whose child had ADHD. I didn’t know anyone whose child struggled in school. The doctor spoke three words in life-altering succession that day — "Ricochet has ADHD" — and sent us back into the world with some generic fact sheets, those three ugly words echoing in my head, and...
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posted: Saturday July 26th - 10:25am

What Kind of Momma Wishes for Disabilities?

My 11-year-old son, Ricochet, has already accumulated an alphabet soup of diagnoses: ADHD, SPD, EFD, Dysgraphia, Written Expression Disorder, and giftedness. Sadly, I was hoping for one more, HFA or high-functioning autism, also once diagnosed as Asperger’s. I know it sounds like I’m a heinous momma for wishing any sort of disability on my son, but I have good reason. First of all, I would never wish...
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posted: Friday July 11th - 1:49pm

"I Want Friends, But They Don’t Want Me"

My son might as well have a "kick me" sign on his back when it comes to his peers.

Kick Me Sign
My son, Ricochet, has had trouble socially ever since his peers were old enough to be perceptive and discerning. By second grade, he came home and told me about kids being mean to him at school. He was up against a throw-you-on-the-ground-on-the-playground-and-punch-you-repeatedly bully in third grade -- a kid who, with his posse of miniature thugs, taunted Ricochet until he reacted. In the three years since, my...
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posted: Wednesday June 18th - 3:23pm

Time for Mama, Time for You

Kick back, put up your feet, and recharge your battery with special-ed moms at the Happy Mama Conference and Retreat — and enter to win a free registration!

Happy Mama Conference and Retreat Logo
When my son, Ricochet, was diagnosed with ADHD in late 2008, I hit the web looking for advice and insight from moms who faced the same challenges. I didn't know it then, but getting support from people running the same parenting race is the most successful way to be an effective caregiver to special needs children. Special parenthood is tough, and we need the support of others...
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posted: Thursday June 12th - 12:40pm

Chill Skills: Calming My Emotional ADHDer

When my son's frustration leads to outbursts and meltdowns, I pull out these tricks that are helping him learn to regulate his emotions.

ADHD and Emotions, Emotional Regulation, Emotions
In our household, we find ourselves saying, "Is it really worth all that?" to our son, Ricochet. His responses to frustration and social issues are often overdone for an 11-year-old boy. This is due to his ADHD and learning disabilities, and can usually be tracked back to two triggers: an overly sensitive emotional reaction or the inability to handle a small amount of frustration appropriately. Just...
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posted: Monday June 2nd - 10:12pm

My ADHD Playbook: I Rewrite It Every Day

A tired, emotional, stressed-out mom raises her ADHD son, one day at a time.

Mother and child holding hands
Parenting a child with ADHD is harder than parenting a neurotypical child — and harder than fellow parents who have never walked a day in our shoes realize. It’s more emotional, more physical, more stressful, and more exhausting. I alternate between feelings of hope and sorrow. I’m so very tired! My son, Ricochet, is now 11 years old and in fifth grade. He was diagnosed with ADHD...
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