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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

Relationship Battles: Lay Down Your Sword and Shield

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

The Power of Language Have you ever noticed how often we use military references in describing human interactions? Think about…

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Making Mistakes is a Parenting Strategy

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

  Should you admit your mistakes to your kids? It’s the age-old parenting question! Elaine:So, a lot of times we…

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Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

I wear a pendant around my neck that gets me through everything. A quote from the Song of Solomon, in…

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How to Respond When Your Kid Says Everything is Boring

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…

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Simplifying Routines and Rituals

Interview with Mike Vardy

Simplifying routines and rituals may actually be easier than many of us think. If you provide yourself with a way to focus…

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Lessons to Teach Teens Before They Leave Home

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

A Letter To My Teen Leaving Home: Revisited A couple of years ago, I wrote a letter to my teen…

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How to Get Kids Off Technology Without Meltdowns

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…

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Speak Digital

Do You Speak Digital?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

While we don’t know everything about ADHD (yet!), what we do know is that it’s complex, and that we have…

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Help, My Kid is Sneaking Technology!

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

  Should you admit your mistakes to your kids? It’s the age-old parenting question! Elaine:So, a lot of times we…

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(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.