Podcast Episode 280: Why is This So Hard? Parenting Tips for Strong-Willed, Neurodivergent Kids with Danielle Bettmann, B.S.Ed.

Does this sound familiar…?

It’s bedtime. The same bedtime your kid has had for quite some time, but tonight (like many nights), your kid decides bedtime is negotiable. 


Now you’re stuck in a late night battle of the wills, and you feel like you’re starring in a sitcom where the script changes every minute. 

Yep, you’ve got a strong-willed dynamo on your hands. 

From refusing to wear anything that isn’t pajamas to negotiating like a seasoned lawyer over broccoli intake, strong-willed children bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “picking your battles.” They’re like tiny activists in footie pajamas, fighting for their right to snack on fruit snacks all day long.

Our guest on the podcast today is Danielle Bettmann, the founder of Parenting Wholeheartedly, Positive Discipline certified parenting Coach for families of strong-willed kids and host of the Failing Motherhood podcast. And she explains how that stubborn streak is your child’s secret sauce. It’s the spark that fuels their determination and creativity. 

Parenting challenges like these can turn everyday routines into epic struggles. But amidst the negotiations and battles over bedtime and broccoli, there’s growth—both for you and your child. Embrace these parenting challenges, celebrate the victories, and remember: You’re shaping a future trailblazer.

In this episode of the No Guilt Mom podcast you’ll learn:

  • Common behaviors and triggers for strong-willed children
  • Approaches to discipline that embrace positivity and foster growth in your relationship with your child
  • How to value your child’s strong will and help them grow
  • The importance of maintaining your composure when it comes to parenting a strong-willed child

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Brie Tucker

COO/ Podcast Producer at No Guilt Mom
Brie Tucker has over 20 years of experience coaching parents with a background in early childhood and special needs. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri and is certified in Positive Discipline as well as a Happiest Baby Educator.

She’s a divorced mom to two teenagers.

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