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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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Loved this book!

Excellent book and the narrator was great to listen to! I was emotional just listening to it because I felt I was reading about my own son.

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Great Book!

An honest and true account of the trials, tribulations and triumphs that come with parenting children with ADHD and other special needs.

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It’s nice knowing you’re not alone!

It’s a must listen! I binged this in under 2 days. Gave me great perspective of our future struggles and how to advocate. Additionally it was really nice knowing you’re not alone.

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A Great Listen

Abssolutely loved this, and could relate on sooo many levels. Thank you Penny Williams!

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great book

enjoyed it a lot. I related as a mom of a son with ADHD. i cried numerous times. The narrator was great.

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  • brad key
  • 2016-09-07

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
  • 2016-05-03

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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  • Bethany R.
  • 2020-08-27

She lost me at the word "dope"

I wanted to love this book, the context was intriguing and I hoped I would find some useful information from someone who has gone through my current situation. But when she said "we didn't want to dope our child" she completely lost my respect. That was very judgmental. Had she used the word 'medicate' I would have kept reading because I understand that not everyone decides to do that. But by using the word 'dope' I felt very judged because I do choose to MEDICATE my son. And let me tell you, it has made his school experience 100x better.

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  • jenna
  • 2016-06-30

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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  • Michele
  • 2018-02-10

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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  • B. Dickinson
  • 2021-01-26

A Memoir, Not A Guide

An intimate memoir of a mother's struggle with her child's ADHD. Reads more as a personal journal than a guidebook for other parents, so keep that in mind. There are definitely some touching and authentic moments, though rather unpolished in structure and writing style. The narrator speaks clearly, but her voice quickly becomes monotonous, and she has a depressing vibe. There aren't many peaks and valleys in her tone. I don't know that I would recommend this audiobook to others unless they are simply looking for shared experiences in their parenting journey.

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  • Stacy Clarke
  • 2020-11-20

All teachers should be required to read this book.

I absolutely loved this book. It felt as if I were describing my own child and all of her disabilities. She became so broken-hearted along with her father and me that we made the decision to homeschool just shortly after returning from Christmas break of her Kindergarten year. We could no longer accept the lack of support and effort that she was receiving. I never dreamed that I would be homeschooling one of my children. We adopted our daughter who was born addicted to meth amphetamines. She came to us at 3 weeks old. We expected that she would have ADHD, but we had no clue how many other disabilities that she would have until we started Kindergarten. Our two oldest daughters were A B students from K-12. They never struggled with school and they both excelled academically. I give this momma an A+ for her will to fight for her son’s education. I had just endured hip surgery and a double spinal fusion a month before our daughter started Kindergarten and physically couldn’t keep up the fight that we also found ourselves in. After numerous phone calls, emails, and in school meetings, we threw in the towel and rescued our daughter from that nightmare. I have found myself with tears falling while listening to this beautifully written book. It helps a little bit to know that our daughter isn’t struggling alone with her disabilities. Thank you for sharing your incredibly brave story with us.

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  • SMF
  • 2020-10-16

Worth a read

I liked her honesty and the ability to tell her story I was able to relate with a lot of her struggles with her child and it has helped open my eyes with my own recently diagnosed ADHD son worth a read for sure.

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  • NurseGeek
  • 2021-04-29

Wow. Really helpful to this momma.

Our son has ADHD and a couple of other medical conditions that have had us banging our heads and crying and struggling with how to help him thrive. Penny’s story is inspiring. Her son’s condition is worse than ours, but I was nodding my head a lot at having the exact same thoughts and feelings. I’m going to make my husband listen to this, too!

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  • Mr. Awesome
  • 2021-01-31

Great book

This is not a how to fix! it is a wonderful story of the trials and tribulations of raising a child with ADD. This book really hits home, now an adult with ADD ADHD thIS story mirrored my childhood struggles right down to being told I was not wanted at a parochial school. This book offered insight of what my mother and teachers went thru in my early years. if you want to relate or have a glimpse of the struggle of ADD\ADHD this is a wonderfully read book. The narrator nailed it!