In this episode of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, I talk with fellow parent-in-the-trenches, Melissa Wardy. Melissa is the author of the book Redefining Girly, How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween, and is the founder and CEO of Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, an inspiring apparel and gift company for full of awesome kids.

In our conversation, Melissa shares how she’s navigated the journey of learning how to support her own full-of-awesome kids, both of whom have anxiety disorder. This is an honest dialogue about the challenges kids with anxiety face every day, how Melissa made the decision to homeschool her kids and what that looks like in her life, facing the stigma and lack of understanding surrounding anxiety in schools and in society head on, and much more. I hope you enjoy this powerful conversation. 


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About Melissa: Melissa Atkins Wardy is a speaker, media consultant, and the author of Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween. Her work has been featured on TODAY, CNN, New York Times, NPR, Forbes, and more. Her popular parenting blog has been read by millions,, and addresses marketing, media, gender stereotypes and sexualization in childhood. Find her at You can connect with her on Facebook (Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies).



  • Melissa’s story of coming to realize her children were differently wired
  • How Melissa reframed courage, confidence, and bravery by seeing it through the lens of her daughter’s anxiety
  • What led up to Melissa making the choice to pull her kids out of school to homeschool them
  • How Melissa took on her kids’ anxiety from a place of strength and choice
  • What Melissa has found to be the most useful tools in her parenting toolbox for supporting her kids
  • The importance of creating a safe space for our kids at home to get them out of fight or flight mode





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