I’m excited to be bringing back to the show a listener favorite for two back-to-back episodes—renegade teacher turned executive functioning coach and education coach Seth Perler. Seth and I are trying something new for these two episodes as we tackle a subject that likely impacts every single member of our community: resistance. Resistance is a big and complicated subject, and it’s something I know many of us as parents not only see in our kids, but are concerned about how to help our kids push through that resistance to develop skills and grit and accomplish the things they’ll need to do in order to develop into thriving adults. 

This first episode is designed for kids. In fact, I’m not even in this episode at all, because what you’re about to hear is a conversation between Seth and my son Asher, newly 14 years old, and a person who is fairly familiar with resistance. Of course, parents, caregivers, and educators will get a lot out of listening to this too… I know I learned a ton by hearing Asher’s end of this conversation.

Then next week, I’ll release Part 2, in which Seth and I revisit resistance, highlight the ways this shows up in our kids, and talk through more about how we can support our kids through it. Like all of the conversations I have with Seth, these are gamechangers. So grab your kiddos, get comfortable, and have a listen. And if you haven’t heard them yet, I suggest you go back and listen to the deep dives Seth and I have done on executive functioning in past episodes. You can find links to those episodes below.

Lastly, Seth has created a special page on his website just for TiLT listeners, where you’ll find a PDF that Seth has made highlighting the key takeaways from this episode, a special discount code for listeners for Seth’s new online course UpgrAde Your GrAdes Student Success Program, and more. You can visit that special page here.


About Seth: Seth Perler is a renegade teacher turned Executive Function Coach/Education Coach who is based in Santa Monica, CA and Boulder, CO. He helps struggling students navigate a crazy educational landscape and does his part to “disrupt” and improve education. Seth specializes in Executive Function and 2e. Find out more at sethperler.com.



  • Why our kids resist in the first place
  • The connection between executive functioning and resistance
  • The relationship between non-preferred activities and preferred outcomes
  • Ways in which resistance can sometimes be beneficial, including signaling a need for self-care
  • The way that resistance typically shows up in our kids, and why their “inner critic” might show up
  • Seth’s top tips for dealing with resistance





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