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In 2011, we started with a simple mission: to support parents who wanted to help their medically complex kids – kids with ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, autism, sensory issues, and more -- reach their full potential. We hadn’t created the term ‘complex’ back then, and ‘special needs’ never seemed to fit. So starting as ImpactADHD®, a condition our families shared, we created the first global online resource for parenting kids who didn’t ‘fit the mold’. Complex kids are quirky, or complicated, or (cont'd below)

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Leading Articles about Managing Complex Kids

stop meltdowns

Stop Meltdowns! Ask “What?” Not “Why?”

By Jeremy Didier

When our daughter was in Kindergarten, we signed her up for Daisy Scouts, the pre-brownie first step on the path…

How to Apologize

How to Apologize When You’ve Hurt Your Child’s Feelings

By Diane Dempster

Hurt Feelings Sometimes, even when we try to be conscious parents, we inadvertently hurt our kids’ feelings. We don’t do…

Communicate Better

3 Step Method to ACE Communication with Complex Kids & Teens

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Am I Doing the Right Thing? One of the most common concerns raised by parents in Sanity Sessions with me…

Important Conversations

Plan Important Conversations

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

It’s Not Just What You Say, But When (And Where) You Say It Sometimes, we need to talk with our…

Mother-Daughter Battles

How to Stop the Cycle of Mother-Daughter Battles

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Stop The Cycle Many mothers and daughters clash. Moms often start private coaching with me specifically because they see old…

Epic Meltdown

Even an Epic Meltdown is a Great Parenting Opportunity

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Well, we had an epic meltdown this week – and oh, what a massive parenting opportunity to fail forward –…

break from parenting

Take a Fresh Air Break

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

You’re distracted, fatigued, and crabby. Frankly, you need a break from parenting. It could be that this pandemic seems to…


Tip for Handling it When Kids Don’t Do What You Ask

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Diane: So, sometimes when our kids don’t do what we ask, we make this assumption that it’s a sign of…


5 Magic Words: What Is Most Important Here?

By Diane Dempster

Transition times can be an absolute nightmare for parents of complex kids. Whether it’s the end of the school year,…


(continued) sensitive, or emotional, or hyperactive, or impulsive, or sensory – and there’s usually a medically complex explanation for their behaviors. We believe passionately that no parent should ever have to go through the journey of raising complex kids on their own. Parenting these complicated, fascinating young people doesn’t have to be isolating.

Complex kids struggle with fundamental aspects of life or learning. For their parents, traditional parenting methods often don’t work as effectively as we think they should. They may be helpful, but they always seem to fall short of really meeting our needs, which leaves us feeling inadequate, like we’re failing our kids. When our kids are different, they need something different from us.

At ImpactParents, we pledge to partner with parents and teachers to take the frustration out of daily life and guide you to manage daily challenges effectively, with confidence and good humor. This blog will introduce you to a proven method that relies on a coach approach – and it will support you in parenting, regardless of what ‘flavor’ of complex kid you are trying to support more effectively.

We’ll guide you to shift your expectations and communicate with less judgment and more acceptance. As a result, you’ll be able to give directions and offer advice without triggering defensive reactions. Your kids will see you as a member of their team and seek you out for guidance and support.

Regardless of whether your kids have autism, sensory issues, ADHD, learning challenges, or any of the many other mental health and learning challenges facing families today, the coach approach will help you become the parent you really want to be – the parent your children, teens and young adults need you to be. It will guide you to create the kind of relationship with your kids that you’ve always wanted.

Do you want to create lasting behavioral change? With this blog, we’ll guide you to lead your complex kids to become independent and successful adults, which is really what parenting is all about.