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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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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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  • 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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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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A must read for mamas of kids with ADHD

This book spoke right to my soul. It was as if I wrote it myself. A must read for moms of kiddos with ADHD. You are not alone.

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The first book about ADHD I have been able to finish.

I want to help my ADHD son as much as I possibly can and parent him with the knowledge to do so. Unfortunately, I was “blessed” with my own ADHD so getting through an entire book feels nearly impossible. I currently have 7 books downloaded that are on the subject of ADHD. This is the first that I started and genuinely looked forward to starting again.
If you are looking for a book to explain the neuroscience behind the condition or about the brain chemistry, look elsewhere. BUT, if you want to read about someone who is going through exactly what you are going through, this is for you. Penny was blessed with her ADHD son and the desire to help him consistently through every hurdle and mountain they came to. Now, we are blessed with this book (and a couple more that I am excited to read next) and the guidance, empathy, and sigh of relief it provides.

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A lump in my throat of tears, living similar

I have so many times read "self help" books, personal development books trying to figure out my child. I never get into real stories about the experiences. By complete randomness I selected this book and boy did I ever need it. I needed to feel that lump in my throat knowing I'm not alone and we have so much further to go. I needed to hear so many of the things Penny had to say. Thank you for everything #DearMomWorking <3

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A Very honest account of a mother

I loved the honesty of the story, it's truly from the heart. I was taken aback by her perspective of ADHD. Listening to Pennys story I judged her for being a helicopter mom but sympathised with her motovation. My approach is different to hers but i certainly learned a thing or two from this book. Although this is a very personal account its relatable and is a book as much about how to approach ADHD as it is what not to do. The narrator is really great she told the story so well and with emotion i thought it was read by the author.

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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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  • 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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  • richard harris
  • 08-06-18

fantasic and informative

i laughed and i cried as this was just like she was speaking about our son minus the baseball, fantastic and has made me stronger and optimistic for my sons future and my sons appointment tomorrow with the mental health team, Thank you Penny

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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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  • 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! 🤗😘