Ep. 66 – How to Handle Challenging Behavior & Kids

by | January 20, 2021

Ep. 66 – How to Handle Challenging Behavior & Kids

by | January 20, 2021

The Fresh Start Family Show
The Fresh Start Family Show
Ep. 66 - How to Handle Challenging Behavior & Kids


A collaborative and proactive approach with Kim Hopkins

Do you have a child who seems to react suuuuuuper irrationally when certain requests are made?

Maybe it seems that they lack the skills required to complete a task, so rather than working through it, they explode.

If you have ever found yourself in this situation, first of all families, we want you to know that: 

>> you’re not alone

>> you’re not a bad parent

>> and your kiddo is not a bad kiddo!

Second, we want to say–don’t lose hope!

There is help and support, and we want to share a glimmer of that hope in today’s podcast episode. Our guest, Kim Hopkins  is a licensed clinical social worker and she is going to be enlightening us on how to handle challenging behavior and challenging kids. 

Not only is she sharing with us the “how,” but she is also diving into the “why” which truly is just as important. 

We can’t truly fix issues until we understand the root of the problem and Kim so eloquently explains why our challenging kiddos might be responding the way that they do!

Through her collaborative and proactive solutions model that she shares, she gives the steps needed to walk through working out the challenging behaviors with our kids. 

Families–this is what our world needs more of. 

An approach that allows us to work alongside our kids rather than constantly being exhausted when the bribery and force method is not working. 

There is no doubt that parenting is going to be full of beautiful days, and also plenty of challenging ones. At Fresh Start Family, we want to equip you to work through those challenging days with grace so that they become less frequent, and your family can thrive!

Episode Highlights:

  • Kim’s story about how she got started doing this work
  • What kids with behavioral challenges are lacking
  • Why kids who lack certain skills become challenging when expectations are too high
  • “The Clash of the Two Forces”
  • How to identify problems and figure out how to solve them using the three step model
  • Why force and bribery does not work

Resources Mentioned:

What if you could be an effective, firm & kind parent WITHOUT relying on fear, force, bribery & rewards?

Imagine learning a new way of firm (AND kind) parenting so you can end painful generational parenting cycles and create family legacies & memories YOU are proud of?

All while getting your kids to cooperate with your rules and boundaries with ease.


Parenting your kids with calm & confidence each day in a way that causes them to do what’s asked of them because they WANT to (not because they HAVE to) … because you’re helping to build essential life skills that have them behaving well & being respectful when you’re NOT looking!

The Firm & Kind Parenting Blueprint is your step by step plan & video training to help you build the family of your dreams. Click HERE to learn more now!

If you have a question, comment or a suggestion about today’s episode, or the podcast in general, send me an email at [email protected] or connect with me over on Facebook @freshstartfamily & Instagram @freshstartwendy.


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