Jun 2, 2021
Are you overwhelmed by your child’s behavior? If your kiddo responds to you (as well as their teachers and other kids) with defiance and disrespect, there are strategies you can implement TODAY to respond to their intense emotions and inspire them to listen and cooperate as you solve problems together.
Rebecah Freeling is the Child Behavior Expert behind Wits’ End Parenting, a coaching platform that helps parents resolve their kids’ challenging behavior quickly and in a way that empowers everyone in the family. She specializes in children with impulsivity, emotional volatility, ADHD, aggression and bullying. Rebecah is also the author of Your Rules Are Dumb: How to Maintain Your Parental Authority While Creating a Partnership with Your Spirited Child and the creator of The Agreement Game, a step-by-step process for teaching cooperation and collaboration to strong-willed kids.
On this episode of Wickedly Smart Women, Rebecah joins Anjel to discuss how spirited kids value autonomy over connection and explain why most children wouldn’t be diagnosed with mental illness if we taught to their particular learning style. She describes what she has discovered about making learning relevant to strong-willed kids and saying YES to the things about them that may seem weird. Listen in for Rebecah’s top four strategies for communicating with a spirited child and learn how nurturing your defiant child will heal you!
How teaching preschool kids who struggled to manage their emotions inspired Rebecah’s current work
How Rebecah discovered she could help children understand that they deserve goodness (despite traumatic circumstances)
Why strong-willed kids value autonomy and control over warm connection
How an education system that values conformity exacerbates challenging behaviors in spirited kids
Why most kids wouldn’t be diagnosed with mental illness if we taught to their particular learning style
How Rebecah helps parents navigate the education system
What Rebecah has discovered about engaging strong-willed kids by making learning relevant
Rebecah’s advice on saying YES to your child’s obsessions
Rebecah’s top 4 parenting strategies for communicating with spirited kids
How accepting and nurturing your strong-willed child heals YOU
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