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Managing Our Energy and Emotional Resources When Parenting Not Only Complex Kids

Debbie Reber


Watch an insightful live talk with Debbie Reber, founder of Tilt Parenting, where we explore strategies to manage energy and emotional resources in parenting. Debbie shares valuable tips on how to stay regulated and avoid burnout as a parent. From understanding what depletes our energy to strategies for dealing with meltdowns, anger, and stress, Debbie provides practical advice for parents navigating the challenges of raising neurodivergent and strong-willed children. We also discuss the importance of self-care, mindfulness, and proactive planning, along with responding to audience questions about sibling rivalry, emotional regulation, and maintaining a positive parenting approach.

00:00 Opening and Guest Introduction
00:16 Debbie’s Background and Achievements
02:19 The Importance of Managing Energy in Parenting
03:28 Identifying and Managing Energy Drains
05:40 Tuning Into Our Bodies for Better Energy Management
12:33 Strategies for Managing Stress and Emotional Depletion
26:43 Proactive Measures for Maintaining Emotional and Energy Reserves
31:33 Addressing Audience Questions
33:10 Setting Positive Intentions for the Day
34:00 Navigating Parent-Child Dynamics with Empathy
36:26 Addressing Neurodivergence and Nervous System Challenges
37:57 Managing Meltdowns with Mindfulness and Strategy
43:01 Positive Discipline for Neurodivergent and Strong-Willed Children
46:06 Sibling Rivalry: Strategies for Peace and Understanding
53:41 Breaking the Cycle of Negative Parenting Patterns
01:03:47 Coping with Stress and Frustration as a Parent



Debbie Reber, MA, is the Founder & CEO of Tilt Parenting and a certified Positive Discipline trainer. She is a bestselling author, speaker, and host of the Tilt Parenting Podcast, which has over 6 million downloads. Debbie’s notable works include Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. She has been featured in Psychology Today and ADDitude Magazine, and has spoken internationally, including a TEDx talk in Amsterdam. Previously, Debbie worked in TV and video production, with notable projects for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. She holds an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research. Debbie now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family.


Lucie Brixí Tamášová is first of all a mother of three (+two) children. She has made a significant impact through her NGO, Centrum Dialog, which provides education to underprivileged children in Kenya and Guinea. She is also the owner of, a shop specializing in Montessori materials and didactical toys. Lucie’s passion for empowering children extends beyond her NGO work; she is the founder of the Childhood Potential Conference and Montessori Parenting courses. As a fervent Montessori enthusiast, Lucie is committed to connecting people and ensuring the Montessori message reaches a global audience by bringing the best speakers to her events. Her work reflects a profound dedication to creating a brighter future for children across the globe.

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