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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

Life Tools: Discovering Your Toolbox

By Lauren Zimet

Can you imagine if young adults were to embark on the world of college, marriage, partnership and parenting with the…


How to Help (Without Enabling) Your Kid: The Four Roles of the Parent

By Diane Dempster

We get this question all the time from parents: “I want to help my kid, because I see that they’re…


How Do I Check-In On my Kids Without Nagging?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

As well-meaning as you are, sometimes when we check-in on our kids, it feels like nagging to them. How can…

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6 Core Coaching Concepts for Creating Change

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson What do…

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Don’t Confuse Smart with Organized

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

In order to do well in school, kids need two things: organization and intelligence. And guess what? There’s a big…


How to Teach Love of Learning to Kids Who Struggle in School

By Tom Bergeron

Humans have a natural desire to learn new things. As a species, we are curious and like to know “how…


This Too Shall Pass

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Originally, I wrote this article to address the general challenges of raising complex kids. Now that we find ourselves suffering…


Raising Complex Kids With No Clear Diagnosis

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

The first ten years of my life as a parent really sucked. No, they didn’t really suck. It’s more like,…


A Fresh Start With A New Focus

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Letting Go and Starting Fresh There is something absolutely liberating about the beginning of the year. We get to let…


(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.