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Boy Without Instructions

Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD
Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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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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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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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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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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  • brad key
  • 07-09-16

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
  • 03-05-16

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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  • Michele
  • 10-02-18

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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  • jenna
  • 30-06-16

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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  • AJ
  • 16-04-20

I was dead wrong.

As an ADD child's father looking for suggestions, I thought this book would be helpful.

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  • alissa
  • 02-02-20

your not alone

really enjoyed this book. definitely helped me realize that I am not alone in this. helping me understand that it's not my parenting and he just can't help himself sometimes.

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  • Jenny L Foxe
  • 29-01-20

I loved this story!

Penny Williams is a role model for moms with ADHD sons. I could totally recognize my own twice exception son and some of our struggles in her story and I loved getting to know her amazing child through her words. I definitely recommend this to any mothers with differently wired sons (or daughters)

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  • Bolton05
  • 20-07-19

Meh?

There wasn’t anything substantial. I couldn’t even finish listening to this book. Perhaps there was useful advice somewhere?? Idk—it was like just reading a series of blogs.

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  • Yvonne Rentschler
  • 18-07-19

A mirrored story

We are not alone in any aspect, a twin scenario momma. Thank you for audio as this momma has exhausted her eyes researching.

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  • T. A. Luke
  • 28-03-19

Outstanding

This book is basically my life story. So comforting to know I am not alone in this journey. A million thanks.