TiLT Parenting was founded in 2016 by Debbie Reber as a podcast and community aimed at helping parents raising differently-wired kids do so from a place of confidence, connection, and joy. Debbie is passionate about the idea that being differently wired isn’t a deficit —it’s a difference. She hopes 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.
The TiLT Parenting Podcast is a top podcast in Apple Podcast’s Kids & Family category, with more than 2 million downloads, and regularly features high-profile parenting experts and educators. Debbie’s book inspired by TiLT Parenting, DIFFERENTLY WIRED: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World, was published with Workman in June 2018.
Debbie Reber, founder of TiLT Parenting
Debbie Reber is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker who, before creating TiLT, spent more than fifteen years writing inspiring books for women and teens and speaking about issues like media literacy, self-esteem, and confidence.
But when Debbie learned that her son Asher was differently-wired, she spent years figuring out how to best support him in school and in life, recognizing how incredibly difficult it was to find solid, 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. She created TiLT so parents stuck in this place of not-knowing and frustration can feel connected and grounded as they move forward in figuring out what their child needs in a way that feels positive and hopeful for the whole family.
Since 2002, she’s written ten books, including Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World, which was published by Workman Publishing in June 2018. Her most recent books for young adults include Doable: The Girls’ Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything and Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You.
Before forging her own career path, Debbie worked in TV and video production, producing documentaries and PSAs for CARE and UNICEF, working on Blue’s Clues for Nickelodeon, and developing original series for Cartoon Network. She has an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and a BA in Communications from Pennsylvania State University.
In December 2018, Debbie, her husband, and 15-year-old Asher relocated back to NYC after living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for five years. Debbie is an avid runner, traveler, and hiker, and claims reality shows as her guiltiest of pleasures.
Want to know more? Visit Debbie Reber’s author and speaker website here.
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Tilt Parenting’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
I created Tilt Parenting in 2016 as a welcoming, safe, inclusive space for parents raising neurologically atypical — or what I call “differently wired”— kids. My goal was and is to offer resources, connection, and community so parents can find choice, confidence, and peace and their kids and families can thrive.
I also saw Tilt as 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, who we know are especially marginalized, even within our community of atypical kids.
In recent months, I’ve been examining how Tilt “shows up” in the world, the voices it amplifies and represents, and who it serves, and I’m recognizing areas where I can do much more to ensure black, Indigenous, and people of color feel seen, supported, and represented in everything that exists within the Tilt-verse.
I am fully committed to diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism, and am taking the following steps to ensure Tilt is actively working toward these goals:
- Investing in DEI training to better understand how to lead Tilt in an anti-racist way, as well as grow my intercultural competency
- Evaluating the Tilt Parenting Podcast production slate and proactively seeking out and amplifying the voices of parenting experts (and parents) of color
- Leveraging Tilt’s visibility to be a vocal accomplice 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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