Parenting a child or teen with ADHD and/or Executive Function Challenges usually involves dealing with tremendous stress, confusion, and questions.
The Truth: Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neurobiological condition that brings many challenges beyond the simplistic diagnosis of Hyperactivity, Impulsivity, and Inattentiveness.
Just as some children have trouble learning how to read, children with ADHD/Executive Function Challenges often have difficulty tolerating frustration, being flexible, and solving their problems independently. Like learning to read, your child needs to and can learn and develop these skills. And yes – even as teenagers!
Parenting is Complex! We Don’t Always Know…
- Am I enabling or supporting my child each time I try to help?
- What kind of boundaries can I set to encourage growth and not feel triggered?
- What kind of consequences can I create to build skills and not just feel punitive?
Cindy and her team of expert ADHD Parent Coaches can help you manage challenging behaviors, improve compliance, increase your child’s motivation, and help them thrive in school and life!
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Testimonials From Parents
Cindy Goldrich is a phenomenal instructor and made it simple to stay engaged. As a result, I earned an APCA license to teach Calm and Connected: Parenting Children and Teens with Executive.
Cindy’s coaching programs are fantastic. She teaches you in a way in which you feel encouraged and empowered to try new methods and approaches to supporting your child(ren) with ADHD.
I have thoroughly enjoyed both classes and learned so much. I am excited about providing these services in my community and encourage other professionals to attend Cindy’s training.
Cindy has an incredible depth of knowledge. The passion for what she does shines through. Her Calm & Connected class completely changed my relationship with my son! The strategies I received have been invaluable. Being a parent of a neurodiverse child is the hardest job in the world, so to receive help from someone who truly understands has been life-changing.
Thank you for helping me to appreciate my family. I left work early to see the kids. I walked in the door (washed my hands, changed, and mouth washed) and just hugged them both. Both girls said, “You’re home already?!” and added that they missed me. The dynamic at our house has changed completely. Bonus: they both told me, after the hugging and laughing, that they finished their work. I’m definitely happy about that, but thrilled to know I got to tell them “I love you” with a big smile before they could give me that information.
You have changed my life. I’m forever grateful. Stay safe! Sincerely, Erin
I have read your book and have been following you for a few years and on your email list. and I’ve learned so much from you. I especially admire how you are a big supporter of moms taking the coaching role in parenting their children with ADHD and special needs. You are a role model for me and so many others. I want you to know that who you are and what you do really make a major impact in the world.
I have wanted to reach out to you for some time to say thank you for your Calm and Connected program for parents. I remember sitting there and listening to the different families tell their stories and while some things were familiar, other information was totally foreign to me. I remember saying to myself “Thank God, we’re not going through that.” Well, sure enough, many times since I have now corrected and said “thank God I took the course and I understand because of those people I met.” It was excellent preparation for what was to come on this ever-evolving journey.
The other point I wanted to acknowledge in regard to the program is that the course brought things to my attention and I have been diagnosed with ADHD. It was a bit of a process, but it was confirmed this winter. I wouldn’t have realized had it not been through that workshop.
So, I just wanted you to know how tremendously helpful your program has been and it truly was a godsend as I literally stumbled upon it.
I have learned that when I don’t react or respond to every emotional outburst, fewer and less severe problematic situations (related to my child’s unwillingness, particularly for chores, homework, mealtimes and sibling interactions) occurred.
I feel so much less stress, as a parent. I knew I probably needed to be more consistent, set limits, and create structure, but now I have the tools and confidence to really make the changes for me and for my child.
I now really know how to distinguish if my child is being willfully defiant or manipulative or if he is just really struggling to do what he should. This allows me to respond more effectively and help really change the outcomes.
You’ve developed a really brilliant program here. I wish I had it when my son was first diagnosed 10 years ago!
Gwynn A. (Mother and APCA Parent Coach Academy Graduate)
This training course and Calm and Connected material is so fantastic; it’s meaty with descriptions of most importantly what it’s like for kids with ADHD, with concepts like disability thinking on the parent’s end to help defray emotional reaction to child’s behaviors, solid and sensible communication techniques that can work in ANY relationship. I’m sure you’ve heard over and over from coaching trainees that they wished they had Calm and Connected for their own family issues. I know that’s how I feel. And though my son is in a good place, and feeling fulfilled yet still learning, I have really kept this curriculum in mind when the much less occasional friction rears up. So thank you! Your delivery is therapeutic, positive, and easy to maintain full attention for 2 hours at a clip. Honest, and clear, and so willing to clear up any confusion in a calm manner.
Heidi P. (Mother and ADHD Parent Coach Academy Graduate)
I knew I needed better communication skills to be able to cope with the new phase of our relationship. …I think it was one the smartest thing I ever did in my life. I feel it is going to bring me closer to my son and understand what he was trying to tell me, for a very simple reason, I now know how to communicate with a calm and collaborative problem-solving attitude instead of being judgmental, short-tempered parent. I love my son dearly. If this will make me help him and not enable him, I will do it again and again and again. For me, that was the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you Cindy.
Amal A. (Parent and ADHD Parent Coach Academy Graduate)
Cindy Goldrich is insightful, real, and reassuring. If you are wondering whether your struggles with your atypical child are typical, Cindy’s seminar is the best place to start. You will find common ground immediately with other parents who adore their children but are struggling immensely. You will find answers to your questions. You will find laughter and camaraderie. You will find reassurance that you are already a good parent — one who will increasingly strengthen bonds and provide the best support you can with Cindy’s guidance, tools, and strategies. Cindy is the best type of coach — one who provides the most up-to-date science, research, and educational insights while also providing the means to more calm and confidence that are the very art of parenting. I encourage you to take the opportunity to join Cindy’s seminar; you will not be disappointed.
This course really made me look at my son as not just a boy, not just an ADHD kid, but as himself. I’m enjoying him so much more. I look at him through a different lens now and don’t worry so much about what he’s not doing in school. He’s my little buddy. He’s so much more than just his struggles.
I have read your book, and many of your articles and have participated in many of your webinar series. You are just wonderful! And your expertise and advice to parents such as myself is largely responsible for the changes I have made in myself in how I respond to and interact with my son.
Cindy, this article perfectly describes my son. If it weren’t for your Calm and Connected© class I would not have had the tools to recognize the symptoms. I’m happy to report he is now in 8th grade, has a 504, and is feeling much better about his achievements.
I highly recommend working with Cindy. She brings, calm, clarity, and wisdom to your family when you need it most. She understands the challenges you encounter on a daily basis and helps you over the hurdles. Cindy provides her wisest insights and still respects your position and supports you unwaveringly. Most importantly, she helps you see your child in a new light so that you can be your child’s biggest advocate. I am forever grateful for all that Cindy has taught me and my family.
Cindy helped me realize the importance of working through my own unexpressed emotions. Cindy helped me see this and gave me valuable tools to help the healing process. I am so very grateful for her time and guidance and happy to report that both my son and myself are much better because of it.
Cindy’s Calm and Connected parenting workshop is incredible. It helped improve my relationship with my son with ADHD and our overall family dynamics. I go back to the materials often!
My husband and I want to express our most sincere thank you for allowing us to participate in your webinar! As was expected, it was TERRIFIC!
Thank you for an incredibly useful training session. It was SO helpful to be able to do this via the web. I would not have been able to do it otherwise. I got a lot out of the course and I plan to go deeply into your materials in the months to come to keep teaching and reminding myself of everything you presented.
Cindy, If it weren’t for your Calm and Connected class I would not have had the tools to recognize the symptoms. I’m happy to report he is now in 8th grade, has a 504, and is feeling much better about his achievements.
I worked with PTS Coaching during a difficult time in my son’s school career and quickly realized the importance of working through my own unexpressed emotions. Cindy helped me see this and gave me valuable tools to help the healing process. I am so very grateful for her time and guidance and happy to report that both my son and myself are much better because of it.
I highly recommend working with Cindy. She brings, calm, clarity, and wisdom to your family when you need it most. She understands the challenges you encounter on a daily basis and helps you over the hurdles. Cindy provides her wisest insights and still respects your position and supports you unwaveringly.
Most importantly, she helps you see your child in a new light so that you can be your child’s biggest advocate. I am forever grateful for all that Cindy has taught me and my family.
If it hadn’t been for your course and your outreach to parents I wouldn’t have been able to advocate for my son. Now he can receive the support he needs to reach his potential. Thank YOU!
I loved the content and delivery. I felt like I was talking with a friend. Cindy, you are very relatable and the connection you have with the parents is very special. There is Nothing false about you. We can tell you feel passionate about your work and passionate about helping others. I am so grateful for you and this workshop!
The 1st meeting I had with Cindy I just vented and she listened. She was compassionate and knowledgeable and helped me realize I could help my son. After Cindy visited my son’s school and spoke with his teacher I knew she was an awesome asset to my son’s education. The strategies she suggested to his teacher worked within a week and he is on a path to success.
I have taken Cindy’s 6-week parenting course and attended her parent support group. They both are terrific and blend just the right amount of education, insight, support, and sharing. Cindy is a highly competent and expert coach who is able to make what sometimes seems like the impossible, possible, and even achievable. She is also a warm and caring coach who draws on her wealth and breadth of experience to help parents better understand and effectively parent their children.
Cindy has made the very difficult task of parenting a child with ADHD so much more manageable for me. The mantras she shares have been very helpful in enabling me to deal with the anger and “why me” feelings that often accompany having a child with ADHD. She has truly helped me “Parent the child I have” (to use a quote that Cindy often does). I feel better knowing Cindy is there when I need her.
My son and I are so much more respectful to one another. We are not screaming at each other, but rather connecting and interacting in a calm manner. We, as a family have learned so much! The time management skills have changed our homework hours and created an environment of love and support, not a battlefield! Thank you Cindy!
You have given me renewed joy with my daughter. Thank you so much!
I am a clinical psychologist and I have worked with many psychologists, social workers and therapists. I took Cindy’s 7-week course on parenting children with ADHD and was very impressed. Cindy covers a broad range of material and offers many practical techniques and tools for parents dealing with challenging children. But most importantly, Cindy has a gift for making parents feel understood. She helps parents look at their weaknesses without making them feel badly about their parenting. She provides a great sense of hope for parents who are feeling despairing and guilty. I so valued her coaching that my daughter and I now work with her privately on an ongoing basis. Working with Cindy has been invaluable to us and our relationship.
I highly recommend Cindy’s class and her coaching to parents and professionals working with people with ADHD.
Thank you so much for your training. I really took your advice at the session to heart and I’ve made a shift in my position from that of a parent who believes her child’s teachers don’t “get it,” to that of a parent who realizes that his teachers probably mean well but likely do not have the depth of training needed to really understand the needs of these diverse learners. As a counselor, and a parent of a child with ADHD and dyslexia, I realize that my personal experience and training have provided me with insights and tools that I can share with his teachers so they might be able to better help him and other students. I’m also reaching out to the principal and the counseling and case management team to see if there are ways that I can help educate teachers and other parents. I have to tread lightly–I don’t want to step on toes–but I genuinely feel that I can help make a difference in the lives of students at our school.
I attended your webinar, “Managing Homework: Parents Edition” this past week. It was one of the most informative webinars I have attended regarding kids with ADD. We have been struggling with my son, who is now a sophomore, for years with his homework and completing assignments on time. This gave me so much valuable information that I am going to utilize. In addition to all of the valuable information, the whole webinar was well put together, it flowed nicely, and was easy to follow along and understand. I am a former trainer myself so I understand how much time goes into a quality presentation like this. You also were very easy to understand and you didn’t speak too fast. It moved at a nice pace.
Thank you for your time and expertise.
Thank you so much for the info in the webinar. I think it is really going to help me and my son navigate and survive homework time. Thank you!
I knew I needed better communication skills to be able to cope with the new phase of our relationship. …I think it was one the smartest thing I ever did in my life. I feel it is going to bring me closer to my son and understand what he was trying to tell me, for a very simple reason, I now know how to communicate with a calm and collaborative problem-solving attitude instead of being a judgmental, short-tempered parent. I love my son dearly. If this will make me help him and not enable him, I will do it again and again and again. For me, that was the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you Cindy.
This book (8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD) is a godsend for parents raising kids who have the exciting but often challenging condition called ADHD. Written by a woman who has helped thousands of parents through her enormously successful parenting workshops and classes, Cindy Goldrich’s book is an instant classic.
Edward Hallowell, MD, Renowned child and adult psychiatrist, educator, and author of Driven to Distraction
It was so wonderful to speak with you a few weeks ago – thank you so much for your time and expert insights. I have told tons of people about your book (8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD), which my husband, parents, and I are all reading! As a parenting writer (and as a parent), I’ve read so many books on subjects like this and I have to say, yours is exceptionally helpful. What I admire most about it, is that it keeps the big picture always in mind, so you don’t get too bogged down in the details (but at the same time, it is full of concrete specific strategies). I’ve learned so much from it, and I’m not a newcomer to this disorder, so thank you! I’ll continue to recommend it to parents, and I hope that featuring it in my book, will give the title that much more exposure.
Nicole C. Kear, Author