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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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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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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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The love of a mother is bigger than any obstacle.

You listing to this story of a mother trying her all to deal with her child special needs. Is just a story filled with love and patience.

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Lawnmower parenting 101

Authors stories of her struggles raising ADHD child without any accountability and loads of amphetamine.

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My Life!

I wish I had found this book years ago. This is my life: the homework battles, the outbursts. etc.

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This could be me, this could be any of us

It’s as though I could have written this verbatim. If you have a child with developmental disabilities of any kind, I highly encourage you to read or listen to this book. It made me feel understood and less anxious about what lies ahead for my child.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-18

Annoying

I suppose if your main parenting obsession is making sure that your kid achieves academically this book is for you. I have a kid who likely has adhd - and he has many of the same behaviours as Ms Willliams's child and yet while I do want to work with him on his behaviours - I would never feel the need to meticulously document each meltdown and title it "ADHD is ruining my life" which is what this book feels like. It also feels like what she wants is a completely sedate 6 year old without ever having to let him run around or preventing him from eating cookies for breakfast. If your kid is bouncing off the walls ADHD might have something to do with it but it also might be because you let him eat sugar for breakfast and you never let him go outside. I'm a big fan of trying out environmental factors before deciding that every behaviour issue is a result of medication not being exactly right. It just feel like, listening to this book - any time her kid misbehaves she blames it on the medicine - and takes pride in it because she's such a great mama. Not as helpful as I had hoped it would be. Also hate the blogger pet names she gives everyone.

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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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  • 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! 🤗😘