About Tilt Parenting
TiLT Parenting was founded in 2016 by author, speaker, and parenting activist Debbie Reber as a podcast, educational resource, and community aimed at helping parents raising differently wired children — including learning disabilities, ADHD, gifted, twice-exceptional, autism, sensory processing challenges, anxiety, and more — do so from a place of confidence, connection, and joy.
The mission of Tilt Parenting is to change the way difference is perceived and experienced in the world so these exceptional kids, and the parents raising them, can thrive in their schools, in their families, and in their lives. Being differently wired isn’t a deficit — it’s a difference. Tilt Parenting offers connection with other parents raising atypical children, roadmaps for walking through the journey, insight from trusted experts, strategies and solutions for dealing with challenging situations, tips for advocating for our children, and evidence-based resources for overwhelmed parents.
The Tilt Parenting Story
More than 20 percent of today’s children are in some way neurologically atypical, or what Tilt founder Debbie Reber refers to as “differently wired.” And because the world isn’t set up to accommodate their unique way of being, these exceptional kids and the parents raising them, struggle to navigate their journey.
This is the situation Debbie found herself in as she raised her child Asher. She spent years figuring out how to best support him in school and in life, and struggled to find reliable, useful, and most of all optimistic, information for parents like her. Many of the websites and organizations that did exist didn’t speak to her, nor did they help her figure out a plan for getting Asher what he needed while supporting herself in the process. Her best leads came from word-of-mouth from other parents who’d been down the road before her, but even then, figuring out what to do and where to turn next was like going geocaching without a GPS.
Debbie created Tilt Parenting in early 2016 in the hopes that no parent walking this unmarked path will ever feel alone again; to help frustrated and stuck parents feel connected and grounded as they chart a path that feels positive and hopeful for the whole family.
To learn more about the Tilt’s vision for a more positive, more inclusive experience for parents raising differently wired children, check out the Tilt Parenting Manifesto.
Download a high-res version of the Tilt Creed, highlighting ideas for how parents raising both differently wired kids can find joy, peace, and possibility in their experience right now.
Debbie Reber, MA, is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker. A certified Positive Discipline trainer and a regular contributor to Psychology Today and ADDitude Magazine, Debbie’s most recent book is Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. Debbie’s Tilt Parenting Podcast has grown to be a top parenting podcast, with more than 250 episodes, 3 million downloads, and a slate of guests that includes high-profile thought leaders across the parenting and education space. In November 2018, she spoke at TEDxAmsterdam, delivering a talk entitled Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired. In the summer of 2020, she co-created the Parenting in Place Masterclass series.
Prior to launching TiLT, Debbie spent more than fifteen years writing inspiring books for women and teens, and frequently spoke about issues like media literacy, self-esteem, and confidence, and consulted for clients including the Girl Scouts, the Disney Channel, McGraw Hill, and Kaplan. Since 1999, Debbie has authored many books, including Doable: The Girls’ Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything, Language of Love, Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You, In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers, and more than a dozen preschool books based on the series Blue’s Clues. In 2008, she had the privilege of creating and editing the first-ever series of teen-authored memoirs, Louder Than Words.
Before embarking on her own path as a solopreneur, Debbie worked in TV and video production, producing documentaries and PSAs for CARE and UNICEF, working on Blue’s Clues for Nickelodeon in New York, and developing original series for Cartoon Network in Los Angeles. She has an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and a BA in Communications from Pennsylvania State University. In 2019, her husband, and 16-year-old twice-exceptional child relocated to Brooklyn, NY after living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for five years.
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Tilt Parenting’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
I designed Tilt Parenting to be part of the revolution to shift the paradigm for how neurodifferences are perceived and experienced in the world. If you’ve read the Tilt Manifesto, you know this means tackling broken systems, traditional education models, and more. I deeply believe our kids are here to do big things and that together, our community is fostering true acceptance for who our kids inherently are. This has to actively include Black and brown children, whom we know are especially marginalized, even within our community of atypical kids.
In leading Tilt Parenting, I am fully committed to creating a community in which Black, Indigenous, and people of color feel seen, supported, and represented within the Tilt-verse, and to diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism. In working toward these goals, I am continuing to:
- Invest in DEI training to help me lead Tilt in an anti-racist way, as well as grow my intercultural competency
- Seek out and amplify the voices of parenting experts (and parents) of color on the Tilt Parenting Podcast
- Leverage Tilt’s visibility to be a vocal ally to causes and issues affecting differently wired kids of color surrounding education, gifted identification, the school-to-prison pipeline, etc.
Thank you for being a part of this community. I know that together we are going to do great things—for our kids, and for the world.
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TiLT Parenting LLC is a website, top podcast, and online community founded by Debbie Reber in 2016 aimed at helping parents raising DIFFERENTLY WIRED™ kids do so from a place of confidence. TiLT is founded on the premise that being differently wired isn't a deficit—it's a difference. TiLT's mission is to change the way difference is perceived and experienced in the world so these exceptional kids can thrive in their schools, in their families, and in their lives.
© 2016 Deborah Reber
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