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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

15 Clues Your Child Is Getting Bullied & What to Do About It

By Barbara Coloroso

If your children know that they can come to you with the good, the bad, and the ugly – and…

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How do I Motivate my Child to Turn in Homework?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Does your kid do their homework and then neglect to turn it in? Does that make you frustrated, but your…

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How to Respond When Your Kid Says Everything is Boring

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Diane: “Everything is boring.” Elaine: “Oh, it’s so boring.” Diane: “Oh, my gosh. It is so boring, mom. This is…

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Play Your Way to a Higher IQ

By Beth Ardell

Once believed to be static, plenty of evidence now supports the idea that IQ scores are, in fact, influenced by many factors. Genetics play a significant role, of course, but so do physical, socio-economic and educational environments.

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Senior Year for Parents

Make the Most out of Senior Year for Parents

By Diane Dempster

The last year of high school can be a really tough transition, and not just for your senior. It’s a…

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Learn from Mistakes

Three Steps to Learn From Mistakes Without Shame

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

My Son’s Learning Experience If you read my article, Natural Consequences Help Kids Learn from Mistakes, you’ll know that my…

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Are You (Secretly) Calling Your Child an “Idiot”?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

“It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” I say that to my kids all the time. I…

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Tips for Helping Kids Feel Proud (When They Don’t Like Praise)

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Elaine: One of the issues we hear a lot from parents is frustration because their kids don’t take praise well.…

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4 Things to Love About Back to School

By Diane Dempster

The Gift of Back To School I remember as a kid growing up I always loved September and heading back…

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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.