Lydia Herrera – Author and Mentor to Parents of Children with ADD – ADHD
How did you get to be an author and mentor to parents of children with ADD – ADHD?
To answer this question it’s probably best to share with you a defining moment that opened my eyes and made me realize that my story is happening in a lot of homes today.
When our youngest son was diagnosed with ADHD and a learning disability in Kindergarten, my husband and I began an unexpected journey to help this little boy function and succeed in school and at home. At the time, I didn’t realize how difficult that journey would be. No one around us was experiencing what we were going through. Yes, we read books and did research on ADD -ADHD , but it was a lonely and frustrating time.
We tried several therapies and discovered strategies that worked for our son. Having a mentor, someone to coach me through the struggles I was experiencing, was key for me. As I gained confidence and implemented new ideas, our son began to blossom.
When my best friend’s grandson began experiencing many of the symptoms our son exhibited, our conversations often turned to her asking how I was coping and what was I doing to help our son succeed. Many of the ideas helped her grandson as well. One day, she just blurted out, “Lydia, you need to write a book!” The seed was planted.
Although the book writing took some time, I began to share my story with other parents. I soon realized that there are so many who are where we were not so long ago. As I shared ideas and what was working for our family, I was able to help other parents. Often, just listening to their hearts made a difference for them. I truly have a soft spot in my heart for parents who are on this journey. Very quickly, I saw that my experiences could be a beacon for parents who need to know there is hope and they don’t want to go it alone.
How are you different from other ADD – ADHD authors?
Most authors in this area are well educated. However, incredibly few have actually lived with an ADD or ADHD child of their own. Although I certainly respect their training, I have “walked the walk.” I speak from firsthand experience. I don’t have all the answers, for sure. However, I do know the frustrations, challenges, and the joys that come with living each day with an ADHD child. As I researched ways to help our son and worked with my mentor, I learned about and tried many strategies that made a difference for him and for our family. These ideas can help you and your family, too.
What can I gain from reading your book?
My book is the story of our journey. I share our experiences, how they affected our family and how we managed. You will most likely see yourself and your family as you read through the pages. You may have a few “Aha” moments, and you will probably get some “Oh, I can do that” ideas. You will laugh, you may cry, and you will learn. You definitely will come away knowing that this is a “season” in your life, and you don’t have to be perfect to help your child.
What else do you offer parents of ADD – ADHD children?
In talking with other parents of children with ADD – ADHD, I have identified six areas that parents struggle with most. I developed a program to help parents in these areas.
1) “Am I good enough?”
All parents struggle with this question; however, parents of children with ADD, ADHD or special needs are especially prone to asking that question.
2) My Parenting Style
It’s important to determine our parenting style. This helps us see where our strengths are and where some “smoothing out” may help.
3) School and My Child
What is the current situation at school for our child? What strategies can help our child in the classroom? How can we partner with the classroom teacher? What options are out there for us to consider?
4) Nutrition and Alternative Therapies
Is there something other than medication we can do to help our child?
5) Extra-Curricular Activities
When are these helping; when are they hurting?
6) Lessons for Daily Living
In my experience, there are some areas where we as adults need to grow that can make life much better for our child and ourselves. Patience, acceptance, creativity, and others can make or break the day.
In each session, we will look at what is working for your child and what is not. We will take steps to identify strategies to give you hope for the journey you are on with your ADD/ADHD child. You will have an opportunity to share your heart and ask questions.
OK, Lydia, I’m ready to work with you. How do I get started?
Congratulations on making this decision to help yourself and your child. I’m honored and happy to have the privilege of sharing my experiences, ideas and strategies with you.
You may order the book HELP! My Child Is ADHD! A Journey in Parenting an ADD – ADHD Child by clicking here.
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