Eps 54: Deborah Reber from TILT Parenting Talks About Supporting Differently Wired Kids

Welcome! My guest today is Debbie Reber, the founder of TiLT Parenting, an online destination and podcast. The website was the result of parenting a “differently-wired” child with neurological differences. She found it hard to find information and support for the challenges that parents face when ADHD, autism, and dyslexia are the diagnoses. Her family moved from Seattle to Amsterdam three years ago, where she homeschools Asher today. Debbie’s desire was to create a community and a podcast to give parental support and to help kids feel accepted, understood, and heard. Let’s learn more together!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Preschool experiences: disruptive behavior and meltdowns

  • Year-by- year education plan

  • Assumptions that others make about ADHD, ODD

  • Challenges of living in Amsterdam

  • The Tilt Parenting Manifesto, based on true acceptance

  • Atypical kids are everywhere—at least 20% of the population

  • Why we don’t need the Shroud of Secrecy

  • Ten Tilts to Shift the Game

  • Amazing response from other parents

  • The Vision? Shifting the whole parenting paradigm

  • When options are limited for “normal” activities, like camp

  • When normal strategies don’t work

  • The benchmark mentality—usually by age 6

  • Using resources

  • Become fluent in your child’s language

  • The problem-solving approach, and tweaking and tweaking and tweaking

  • Joy in the growth of the child

  • Self-care for parents is important!

  • Asher joins in on the podcast for special episodes!

What does “joyful courage” mean to you?

“Having peace and joy is something I want parents to have in their experience. It takes a lot of courage to show up and be vulnerable in your relationship with your child and to lean into it. Embrace what is and notice the little things that bring peace and happiness.”


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