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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

Social Media Safety Tips For Parents (of Kids of ALL Ages)

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

The Pros and Cons Adults and students are connected to others digitally, every day, sharing information via one or more…


“Are You Sure?” Choose Words Carefully for Better Results with Kids

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

My 13-year-old gets credit for this one. The other night, when I asked him to do his homework, he said,…


From Strongwilled to Willpower: Productivity Hacks

Interview with Alan Brown

Yes, you can get your strong-willed kid to use willpower! Willpower, in turns out, is like a muscle that needs…


Look for the Positive Traits to Find the Fabulous in Complex Kids

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

“Accentuate the positive.” It is really great advice that most parent experts reinforce today.  Focus on the good things your…


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…

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…


How do I Motivate My Child to do…Anything!?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Here’s a quick tip on how to motivate your child to do anything – yes, anything! Elaine:  So, we get…


Video Tip: Take Aim

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Take aim really specifically. So, you’ve heard us talk about taking aim and how it’s important to focus on one…

house rules

House Rules Rule!

By Diane Dempster

We’ve said it before – house rules are a powerful tool in the ADD/ADHD home (actually any home). They build…


(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.