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The "Do Less" Approach To Raising Confident Kids with Michaeleen Doucleff
Episode 27720th February 2024 • Mastermind Parenting Podcast • Randi Rubenstein
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We all want our kids to grow up confident and self-sufficient. But by doing too much and protecting our kids from failure, so many well-meaning moms and dads end up discouraging the autonomy they want their kids to achieve. Welcome to the first episode of an ongoing conversation with my friend and fave, Michaeleen Doucleff, author of the phenomenal book Hunt, Gather, Parent. We use real stories from my Mastermind Parents to help us find antidotes to the performative, perfectionist parenting models we’re trying to overturn.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The key mindset shift that will help you develop a mutually respectful, collaborative connection with your children.
  • What happens when you stop trying to find the perfect script and start talking to your kids like full human beings.
  • Why parents who do the most for their kids wind up raising little anxious humans.
  • How the strategies we use to motivate and reward our kiddos actually push down their natural drive to help out.

And much more! 

As always, thanks for listening. Head over to Facebook, where you can join my free group Mastermind Parenting Community. We post tips and tools and do pop-up Live conversations where I do extra teaching and coaching to support you in helping your strong-willed children so that they can FEEL better and DO better. If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it!

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About Randi Rubenstein

Randi Rubenstein helps parents with a strong-willed kiddo become a happier family and enjoy the simple things again like bike rides and beach vacays.

She’s the founder of Mastermind Parenting, host of the Mastermind Parenting podcast, and author of The Parent Gap. Randi works with parents across the U.S.

At Mastermind Parenting, we believe every human deserves to have a family that gets along.

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About Michaleen Doucleff:

  • Michaleen Doucleff is an award-winning global health correspondent and the author of Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans. 

Resources Discussed/Links

Jonathan Haidt’s upcoming book The Anxious Generation 

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, by Lindsay C. Gibson

The Whole Brain Child, by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. & Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

Our 12-week Basics Bootcamp program is now available as a 100% online self-study course!

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