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Low Demand Parenting with Amanda Diekman


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“A demand is anything that is too hard in the present moment. And that can be for you or them. As a family, we have found the language of ‘too hard’ to be incredibly freeing. When things are hard, we show up, we do our best, we’re brave, we ask for help. And when things are too hard, we find a way to let it go.”

Amanda Diekman

This is episode 88 and today I’m here with Amanda Diekman talking about Low Demand Parenting.


Amanda is an autistic adult, parent coach and author in the neurodiversity space with a new Low Demand Parenting book, online courses, and a vibrant membership community. She lives with her husband and three neurodivergent children in an intentional community in Durham, NC.


Creation: Amanda shares what sparked her interest in this concept of low demand parenting.

Permissive: She speaks to how low demand parenting is different (or not) than permissive parenting.

Story: She walks us through a personal story from her own family life that captures the power of low demand parenting.

Power: She explains how low demand parenting transforms the typical power dynamics between parents and kids and how this contributes to a more peaceful and connected family dynamic.

Emotions: We discuss how low demand parenting helps children develop a healthy relationship with their own emotions.

Practical: She gives some practical tips, techniques, and strategies that parents can easily implement to shift from a high demand approach to a more low demand approach.

Help with Low Demand Parenting

If you need support navigating your family’s relationship with demands and accommodations, reach out for Sage Coaching

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Amanda’s quiz: Why is everything so hard?

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