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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

Pause & Breathe

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Pause and breathe. Calm down your body so you can calm down. So your brain can calm down. When life…


Parents Can Solve Big Behavior Problems with Tiny Changes

Interview with BJ Fogg

Imagine the situation: you’ve tried everything you can think of, but your kids still refuse to eat their vegetables. It…


The Marathon View in Parenting: In It For the Long Haul

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

After the birth of my first child, I started working on a book with a friend that was loosely titled,…


What I Wish My Mom Knew When I Was a Kid with ADHD

Interview with Jessica McCabe

It’s no secret: parenting a complex child can be difficult. Things are constantly changing and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Over…

Say Yes

Say Yes! A Parenting Approach The Experts Forgot to Mention

By Diane Dempster

Shifting to “Yes” It’s amazing how often we say the word “no.” Our kids probably hear it more often than…

Complaint Free

5 Steps to Enter a Complaint Free Zone

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

I’m into rubber bracelet causes as much as the next girl, and I saw one on a friend that I…


Talking with Kids about Siblings with Complex Issues

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Welcome to Tea & Tips, where we respond to burning questions from parents and educators — taking aim on one…


A Parent’s Guide to Sexting, Texting, and Teens

Interview with Ari Tuckman

Birds do it, bees do it, and unfortunately our teens do it. Or at least they will. We may not…

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…


(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.