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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 books, Boy Without Instructions and What to Expect When You're Not Expecting ADHD.
posted: Wednesday October 21st - 11:42am
When my son started hitting classmates, I spared the rod and did some behavior modification. It’ll work for you, too, if you give it time.
posted: Wednesday September 16th - 9:00am
A Sweet Victory for Mom
Seven years of fighting for my son in school finally paid off.
posted: Thursday July 2nd - 1:32pm
What’s Up, Doc? When Doctors Think They Know More Than Mommas
If your child’s provider totally ignores your insights about your child, fire him.
posted: Tuesday June 9th - 9:15am
Christmas in June: Finding a New School for My Son
The teachers and administrators never got my son and his challenges, and they refused to understand. So see ya!
posted: Wednesday April 29th - 9:00am
Groundhog Day 2: The ADHD Version
How to reclaim the joy of parenting an ADHD child when despair nudges it aside—again.
posted: Monday March 30th - 9:00am
The Truth Will Set Parents Free
Our expectations need to be guided by our child’s development, not his calendar age.
posted: Friday March 27th - 11:59am
Remaining Calm in the Face of Chaos
The stress of parenting a child with ADHD is heavy enough without the added discord of constant yelling.
posted: Tuesday March 10th - 9:00am
Mother of All Meltdowns: “My Son Tried to Hurt Himself”
Sometimes a mom of a special needs child can offer only a safe haven and wait out her child’s emotional storms.
posted: Friday February 6th - 3:54pm
“OMG, I Just Found Out My Son Has ADHD”
An ADHD diagnosis can make a parent sad, angry, and demoralized. Go with those feelings.
posted: Tuesday February 3rd - 9:00am« Boy Without Instructions
My Son Gets the Brush-Off from His Peers
It breaks my heart when Ricochet is shunned by would-be friends. Even worse, he doesn’t see rejection coming.
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