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Life Lessons:
Elaine Taylor-Klaus


*Are you happy at the moment?

I’ve never worked harder in my life – and I’ve never been happier.

*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

Chill out. Life is going to unfold as it will, and if you do your best, and enjoy it, and get clear about what’s important to you – it’s gonna unfold quite beautifully! You don’t have to worry about being perfect or getting everything “right.” Life is messier than that, and sometimes mistakes are going to take you to the best places possible. Stay connected to what you know is important – you have an incredible adventure ahead of you!

*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

To trust. To trust myself. My partners. My kids. The universe. To trust that I can handle whatever comes at me. To trust my decisions and know that, right or wrong, I will make them as right as I can. To trust my vision, and my abilities. To trust that if I don’t know the answer, I can find it; if I don’t know how, someone else does. To trust that life will unfold as it will.

*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

That’s easy – I want to finish setting the firm foundation for ImpactADHD.com to the point that we can apply the Parenting Action Model to expand to provide support for a wider audience of parents using the incredible coach-approach to parenting. That, and I REALLY want to write my book!

*What’s your secret to happiness?

There is nothing that has offered me more happiness in my life than Gratitude – for all that I have the opportunity to do, and be, and witness, and share. Gratitude for what goes well, and for the lessons I learn from failing forward.

*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Dinners with my family, especially during the week!

*What’s your biggest regret?

I really try very hard not to live with regrets. I don’t find them very productive, and there’s nothing you can do about them. But if you must have an answer, I might regret, just a little…the amount of time I spent as a teen and in my early twenties looking for validation and approval from men, instead of owning my autonomy and power as a woman. I really wasted too much time in those years worrying about being “liked,” about looking attractive or sexy. In fact, I just spent too much of my life worrying about what other people think!

*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

To take responsibility for their actions, good or bad, and be willing to make mistakes. A close second is that they are imminently resourceful and can figure things out.

*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

Not getting enough sleep or exercise – especially sleep!

*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

This is tough, cause I really have three things. First, I’m proud of my work in the realm of reproductive health, being part of a historical movement that was really standing for something, walking my values and ultimately being inducted in the GA State Univ Activist Women’s Archives. Second, I’m proud of the small, intown subdivision I developed, creating an intentional community to raise our kids. And finally, most of all, I’m proud of the effective support I’m able to provide every day for parents of kids with ADHD all across the globe through ImpactADHD, both on our website and on our ImpactADHD Facebook page. We are truly helping parents help their kids, and we’re changing the world – one family at a time. How much better does life get than that, really?!

*When were you happiest?

Right Now. Every day, I’m filled with gratitude and wonder. I’ve never loved anything I’ve ever done more than what I’m doing now. I’m thrilled with the relationships I have with my spouse and my kids, and my work is as fulfilling as it gets! I’ve always said that life gets better every year, and I don’t waiver from that position for a minute.

*What ten words best describe you?

Passionately Living on Purpose, with Gratitude, Empowering Others to Be their Best Selves.

Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, ACC is the co-founder of ImpactADHD.com, dedicated to helping parents all over the world raise confident, successful children with ADD/ADHD. ImpactADHD programs are offered online and on the phone so that all parents can access critical support. A writer, parenting coach and public speaker, Elaine is an advocate and trainer for parents of children with “complex” needs. A national expert for the Making Moments education campaign for parents, she is first and foremost the mother in an ADHD Family of 5.