Guiding parents and teachers to manage challenges with Complex Kids
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
Alone At The Table
“My spouse is not at the table with me on the issues surrounding my Complex child.” This is a common…CONTINUED
Back OFF, Mom & Dad!
So this tip may come as a bit of a shocker – because the message is not from your kids.…CONTINUED
Have a Smart Kid Who Doesn’t Try Hard?
Are you worried you have a kid who doesn’t try hard enough? Do you consistently hear from teachers about a…CONTINUED
Manage Morning Mania in Two (Simple?) Parts
Over and Over Again Sometimes my life feels like Groundhog Day! Each morning my alarm goes off at 5:55. For the…CONTINUED
Motivate Kids without Overwhelming or Causing Pushback: Keep it Simple
We are constantly trying to get our kids to change their behaviors, and it’s not easy to do. On tough…CONTINUED
Don’t Wait – Early Intervention Makes a Difference
Did you know that approximately 15-18 percent of children have mental health problems? The most common of these are Attention…CONTINUED
Actually, It’s Not That Easy
Kids with ADHD struggle with self-activation, which primarily shows up as a “lack of motivation.” Without a strong motivator, it’s…CONTINUED
What To Do if You Suspect Depression in Your Kid
We see a lot of parents struggling with raising kids with Depression. Sometimes it’s situational, which happens often in our…CONTINUED
How to Apologize When You’ve Hurt Your Child’s Feelings: Recovering after a Fight
We all have those moments when something goes wrong and we start pointing the finger to figure out whose “fault”…CONTINUED
(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.