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Number-One Best Seller on Amazon!

2014 USA Best Book Awards Winner: Finalist, Parenting & Family

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.

©2014 Penny Williams (P)2016 Penny Williams

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  • JG
  • 05-03-16

Loved this book!!!

I loved this book. I related so much with Penny. I laughed and cried. the narrator was great too. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a child with ADHD.

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not at all what I expected

Narrator was the only bright spot. No answers. just a frustrating story about a difficult situation. if you are looking for a story that might relate to your ADHD experience, this is the book for you. if you are looking for how to, or answers, look elsewhere.

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great introduction to the world of adhd

I found this book to be a fascinating look into how family life is altered by a kid with severe adhd. It certainly changes the way I look at the condition and how parents deal with it.

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Thank God.

This book is my story and my son’s story. I’m so grateful that these words were said.

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Real life

I loved this book because it shows the real life struggles of a mom and her family that lives with an ADHD child. I just got my son’s diagnosis less than a month ago and I can relate so much with the author daily routines to keep ADHD in control and her family happy.

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Not instructional.

This book isn't a book offering tips or tricks. it's just her account of her life with a son with ADHD. I very much enjoyed it and relate to it very much.

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So helpful!

Thank you for sharing your family's story. I'm trying to help my son (same age as yours, many of the same challenges, etc.) navigate and thrive with a recent ADHD, OCD, and anxiety diagnosis. I found your story to be incredibly helpful and helped me to know I'm not alone. You are such a great mama advocate for your son. I highly recommend this for someone looking to hear similar stories and struggles.

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Wonderfully performed; resonated deeply

I am a mother to 2 wonderfully different boys both of whom have ADHD and dyslexia. I suspect they have other Comorbities as well. Listening to this book written in such a conversational manner and delivered so eloquently made me laugh, cry, shake my head, and empathize with Penny and Ricochet.
I also learned a few things that I'm going to try out. Thanks so much for this book.

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A Mothers Journal...

This was a bit frustrating to me. It was more about using medication trial and error to "fix" her son's ADHD, then coping and finding ways to live with this disorder. There were many times in the book that I just wanted to scream at her to use common sense and stop putting her son in the same situation time and time again. She summed it up well and overall the book was not bad, just not what I was expecting.

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Frustrating to listen to

I hated this book. I didn't even finish it. It wasn't the narrator's voice or anything like that, but everything about the story itself: the names of her character's (e.g. Warrior Girl, Creative H) made cringe (maybe that is just me). The other "hate" factor is just the story itself. The mother (and I really don't want to go around judging other mom's, cause life is tough), but the way the mother handled situations made it difficult to hear... for example, every time the child is out of control she "gives in." I get it. He has ADHD, he has his moments and tantrums and "can't help it" but giving in to such tantrums was unbearable for me to listen to. To each their own, but not for me.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-19-16

Negative and depressing

Don't buy this one if you are hoping for a positive viewpoint and the ability to learn good strategies from other parents who have walked the ADHD path before you. This book focuses very much on the negatives and the bad days. It over dramatises the tough times that come along with ADHD. I felt compelled to keep listening as I was sure the author was at some time going to reassure me that persistence pays off or give some ideas to make things better. Any sniff of positivity only came right at the very end. Not one to lift your mood and help you look on the bright side I'm afraid. If you want to listen to someone having a good moan about how awful things can be for a family on the constant up hill struggle of having a child with ADHD...you'll love this book!

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  • Sophia Cosmas
  • 07-16-17

Seeking a village...

I suppose the main reason anyone would seek out this book would be if they were in a similar situation as Penny and her family.

As it is, my son's diagnosis is pretty much bang on identical to Ricochet's... so this story was most insightful, helpful, comforting and really worthwhile.

It is my first non technical port of call in terms of ADHD / Dysgraphia / processing disorder reading so it really was a great relief. I shed some tears probably just glad to know we aren't alone, but also seeing the breadth of everything laid out.

Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-18

Amazing 🧡

Loved this book and related to EVERY word. Thank you Penny Williams for your honesty and integrity. Ricochet is a lucky boy! 🤗😘