All posts tagged: LowDemand

Mom Decides To Try Low-Demand Parenting By Letting Her Homeschooled Kid Make His Own Rules

Mom Decides To Try Low-Demand Parenting By Letting Her Homeschooled Kid Make His Own Rules

A mom and therapist named Gretchen Winterkorn admitted that she has transformed her parenting style with her neurodivergent son upon realizing that he requires a different approach. In a TikTok video, Winterkorn revealed that she and her husband have completely pivoted to a “difficult” parenting technique that she brands as “low-demand parenting.”  The mom decided to try ‘low-demand parenting’ by allowing her homeschooled child to make his own rules. “We’re trying a new thing in my family called low-demand parenting, which is a pretty radical swing for us,” Winterkorn began in her video.  She explained that before this shift, they were raising their kids “relatively Waldorf,” meaning extremely limited screen time and eating all meals together, among other aspects. However, she came to the conclusion that this type of parenting style wasn’t working for their son.   She began learning more about her son and how his autism manifests, which is a form called pathological demand avoidance (PDA). PDA is a pattern of behavior in which kids go to extremes to ignore or avoid anything they perceive as a demand, and is …