I knew raising a child was a commitment, but I wasn't prepared for the frustration and helpless feelings that came with seeing my son Chris struggle with everyday tasks and routines.
Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) August 21, 2013
Lydia Herrera recently launched her new book "HELP! My Child is ADHD! A Journey in Parenting an ADD - ADHD Child" on Amazon.com. Read an excerpt of the book here - http://issuu.com/vmcllc/docs/help__my_child_is_adhd__lydia_herre
As the mother of a child with ADHD (Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity) and learning disabilities, Herrera wrote her first-hand experiences of the trials, frustrations, challenges and self-doubt that parents face when handed the diagnosis of ADHD or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and/or learning disabilities.
"I knew raising a child was a commitment, but I wasn't prepared for the frustration and helpless feelings that came with seeing my son Chris struggle with everyday tasks and routines. Now an adult, we've seen Chris thrive, and all of those struggles are a roadmap that I can share with other parents. Like any journey, there were detours along the way, but when we reached the destination, we were thrilled to see him succeed as an adult," said Lydia Herrera, author, coach and speaker.
Now, through her book, coaching, and speaking engagements, Herrera shares her insights with parents & caregivers of children with ADHD, who are on that same path of navigating the difficulties that children with ADD or ADHD have and learning to enjoy everyday activities as a family.
The National Institute of Mental Health defines ADD as a brain-based condition characterized by poor attention and distractibility. ADHD has those features in addition to hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Herrera started to see these symptoms in her son Chris when he was in kindergarten.
"The definitions don't encompass everything that children with these conditions face every day. They make careless mistakes in schoolwork, have daydreams, don't seem to listen when spoken to directly, struggle to follow through on instructions and finish chores, dislike activities that require sustained mental effort, lose things, and are forgetful," said Herrera. "It's enough to make a child feel helpless and is heartbreaking for parents to see their child struggling and hurting."
Throughout the book, Herrera shares helpful strategies to get through the challenges and face the future with hope. In addition to the book, Herrera offers "Unleash Your Child’s Success," a seven session personal coaching program to parents to help them make subtle and effective changes that have proven successful for her family and many others who she has coached.
In addition to the personal coaching program, Herrera is in demand as a speaker at conferences, to contribute unique insights into parenting a child with ADD/ADHD. Herrera's blog also provides timely tips and advice for parents of ADD/ADHD children on topics such as the recently posted series for preparing children to go back to school. The blog is available on her website: http://unleashyourchildssuccess.com .
About Lydia Herrera
Lydia Herrera is an author, educator, speaker, mentor and coach, and her most important role is mother to two adult sons. Little did Lydia know that her varied career as an educator and Vice Principal at the Middle and High School level would prepare her for the unknown challenges ahead.
After the birth of her first child, Lydia decided to be a stay-at-home mom. Their second son, Chris was diagnosed with ADHD in kindergarten and by the third grade was experiencing major challenges in regular school and the family decided that homeschooling was the best educational option. Thus began the journey of not only parenting Chris, but being his teacher as well. This was a 24/7 parenting contract that Lydia and her husband Phil embraced, they became masters at juggling parenting children with very different needs while maintaining a healthy relationship.
Lydia has beautifully cultivated both her professional and life experiences into an unexpected career of guiding families through the journey of raising children with ADD, ADHD and learning disabilities. In her newly released book, "HELP! My Child is ADHD! A Journey in Parenting an ADD - ADHD Child," Lydia shares the good, the bad and the funny, she realized her journey needed to be shared with more parents so they know that there is support and that they are not alone.
Lydia lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and can be reached lydia(at)lydiaherrera(dot)com and http://www.unleashyourchildssuccess.com . The book, "HELP! My Child is ADHD! A Journey in Parenting an ADD - ADHD Child" is available in both print and kindle formats on http://amazon.com .