Parenting Spirited, Strong-Willed Kids
The Win-Win Way to Bring Out the Best

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What Will I Learn?

✅ How to parent from a place of healthy detachment
✅ How to avoid spanking, yelling and repeating yourself
✅ How to manage and express feelings in helpful ways
✅ How to collaboratively create incentives that are uniquely tailored to your child’s needs
✅ How to use effective consequences that are brief, timely and caring
✅ How to implement procedures that foster emotional self-regulation
✅ How to overcome differences with your parenting partner
✅ How to handle special challenges if you are a stepfamily or single parent family

This course offers a caring and effective way to set limits with your child that is based upon principles derived from decades of family studies and the latest brain research.

You’ll be able to follow a simple plan of action, learn how to reduce conflict, and playfully use your child’s strong-willed nature as an asset.

Powerful incentives and age-appropriate consequences help motivate your child to make dramatic changes in a short period of time as they become happier, less hyper and anxious, and improve their self-esteem.

Who is this course for?

Parents of 3 to 10-year-old kids who are spirited, defiant, and/or strong-willed.

How long is this course?

This course has 7 modules, each with 40 minutes of video slides with narration.

Over a period of seven weeks, parents will also be able to attend three live, one-hour Q & A sessions with Dr. Mac to receive specialized guidance about their child and family situation.

As an extra bonus, participants will have access to two books, worksheets, and a one-hour video presentation on practical tools for couples— What Every Couple Should Know!

What material will I need in order to take this course?

Four worksheets are provided as part of the curriculum:

  • Current Family Assessment
  • Family of Origin Assessment
  • Repair Kit (communication tool.)
  • Star Chart copies

Although not required reading, there’s an additional bonus of two free books in PDF format: Who's The Boss? The Win-Win Way to Parent Your Defiant, Strong-Willed Child, and How's Your Family Really Doing? 10 Keys to a Happy, Loving Family

"Dr. MacMannis’ approach helps parents create win-win situations benefiting all. Not only did the program appeal to us intellectually, but in just a couple of weeks we noticed a big positive change in family dynamics, leaving us all happier and more optimistic."

- Liene Wilke, mother of two boys

"You have given the tools to bring out better versions of each other and we are determined to stay on this path and continue to grow. As for Kevin, we are amazed at how successful the star chart has been helping us to create healthy boundaries and communication and make his homework peaceful. It’s still a challenge but we feel much better equipped to handle it. Your expertise has been truly life changing!”"

- Lisa & Josh Rodriquez, parents of a 9-year-old

"These creative and effective interventions give parents innovative tools for asserting control in the family and raising happy, resilient, and compassionate children in this time of rapid change."

- Richard Steinberg, Ph.D. Diplomate, Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology

"Simple, concrete, and effective! I have had great results in my own work with families, and the parents I work with are grateful and excited to have practical methods to use at home. This program is loaded with evidence-based and up-to-the-minute advice — what higher praise can I offer, but, “IT WORKS!”"

- Richard Kravitz, M.A. Marriage & Family Therapist

Your Instructor

Don MacMannis, Ph.D.
Don MacMannis, Ph.D.

Child psychologist “Dr. Mac” has helped kids and families for over forty-five years. A graduate of Dartmouth and the University of Virginia, he is the Clinical Director of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara and co-author of two highly acclaimed parenting books — How’s Your Family Really Doing? and Who’s the Boss?

His work has been featured in national newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programs, CNN, Time Magazine, Inside Edition, Time for Kids, and AOL. He won the title of “Best Family Therapist” in a recent Santa Barbara poll.

“I’ve had over a thousand cases of distraught parents seeking help with their strong-willed kids. With so much demand, I’ve felt really obligated to discover and develop practical and effective ways to help families turn things around.”

“This program is the fulfillment of my purpose—to truly serve and make a difference in the world through sharing these tools and principles. Nothing warms my heart like the smiling, happy faces of the many families that I’ve helped, or the precious times with kids that give me the benefit of a bird’s-eye view into their little hearts and minds.”

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We want you to be happy. We have a 30-day total-satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied just contact us at raisingsmarterchildren (at) and we will be happy to refund your course fee.

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