RESULTS

The results demonstrated on this page are from committed parents who are willing to go above and beyond for their child's emotional well being. These are real clients who showed up like rockstars and did the work. No one was compensated for their testimonial.

I knew something in our family dynamic had to change, and that the changes needed were beyond the scope of my expertise. Coming off of a particularly challenging weekend with my son, the Bootcamp course popped up in my Facebook feed (I had already been following Megghan’s HSC group) and I decided it was a sign to take the leap. I knew I didn’t want things to get worse the walking on eggshells, rearranging my life to not upset my HSC, putting my daughter second to his needs, constantly justifying thing to my husband about our HSC, some self-esteem issues my little guy was experiencing… you name it… we needed help!
The course worked really well for our family and has changed the dynamic within the household. My son (9) is much more comfortable at home and not in constant defense mode and that translates into improving all other aspects of life. It’s notable that he is feeling validated by all of us (my husband included, who was having trouble relating to our HSC in a way that wasn’t just authority-driven, maybe that was the most profound change of all!) as a direct result of the Bootcamp, change of approach in my parenting style, my confidence in following Megghan Thompson’s approach, openly having hard conversations, etc. my husband (who loves our son very much but didn’t understand him) started to understand our HSC and accept him for who he is!).
All summer long I had the joy of updating Megghan with different small victories along the way. We were able to take a 2.5 week vacation this summer with lots of driving and being out of routine for a long period of time in close quarters! The trip this year was a true pleasure (instead of the nightmare family trip we took two years prior)! The relationship between siblings has improved and my overall level of anxiety has been significantly reduced because I don’t feel like I have to be at 100% readiness at 100% of the time (ready for what? Ready to diffuse time-bomb of a son who might explode! Or a spouse who might as a consequence of the son’s refusal of dinner, or a meltdown or a whatever).
Another HUGE change has been that my son is able to verbalize much better what’s going on in a situation and how he’s feeling about it. Previously he would just clam up and not say anything (or start hitting himself in the head). We haven’t entirely stopped meltdowns, but if they happen they are rare, and we generally can diffuse the situation much sooner, I think primarily because he’s feeling emotionally safer and his overall anxiety is reduced. I have started talking to teachers and others about my HSC in a different way that advocates for his strengths and frames his challenges in a helpful way. I still may use a label here and there, but it’s coming from a place of calm confidence and not defensiveness as I advocate for him. I feel like I could go on and on...

Having someone in my corner, who understood the challenges of the HSC gave me confidence to try the plan, and follow through. Before I felt so out of my league as a parent! Having mini-scripts to follow and/or a plan, and someone to talk to about all of it was the catalyst to find the strength to move forward, giving me back the confidence that had been eroded over time my parenting instincts were not wrong, but I just needed some tools to move forward and recalibrate. I am so grateful to have found Megghan, truly.

-Amy F.

 

 

Before we worked with Megghan, our quality in family life was at an all-time low. We believe early intervention is key to preventing problems down the road. We were in therapy and it didn't seem to be working well. We were struggling on all things discipline. Every request had turned into a tantrum. Every disappointment was a tantrum and we couldn't go a day without hitting someone, sister or at school.
Now, he is able to talk to me about what was going on with his feelings instead of being Fort Knox. He is better at verbalizing [his feelings].
I am no longer crying every night worried that he was going to go down the wrong path. We experience much less stress. So much less yelling. [We’ve experienced] overall improvement in our family life. My husband and I were skeptical at first, but it's such a relief to know we have support.
-A., Texas, family of 5

 

 

We called Megghan when my preschooler was having a lot of meltdowns... right after Christmas the meltdowns jumped up to 20 plus per day. We knew we needed help. We chose to work with her because everything in the informational talk made sense to us in terms of how it would relate to our preschooler.
My preschooler and I have dramatically improved our relationship. We now have the sweet, fun relationship I'd always hoped we'd have. His meltdowns have also dramatically decreased. He's able to process his BIG emotions in a healthy way. And when he does meltdown or have BIG emotions, I feel fully equipped to help him through them.
I now have my sweet relationship with my son!!!!! And seeing him learn to deal with disappointment and avoid an OCD diagnosis!
We can have conversations at the dinner table!! We can now drive over 30 minutes from our home. We are planning to travel out-of-state for Christmas to see family. My preschooler can handle his BIG emotions!!! We are experiencing more and more meltdown-free days!
- D, age 42, family of 3 -Enrolled in Bootcamp January 2020, sent feedback 4/2/2020

 

 

We were at a loss as to what to do to help our Highly Sensitive Child cope with everyday tasks and the anger and shame he was feeling on a regular basis that led to him having severe meltdowns and intense emotions about himself, including the fact that he didn't think he deserved to be on this earth.
Once we went through bootcamp, we haven't seen any horrible meltdowns that lead to him saying he wants to leave the earth. When he does have a meltdown, we can get through it much faster and he's much more responsive with the strategies we've learned in bootcamp. Our family interactions are now more positive, and we can spend more time on having fun instead of managing our son's BIG emotions. His emotions toward us as parents has shifted drastically, and now that our relationship has been repaired and we are connecting on a regular basis throughout the day, when he does experience his big emotions he feels safe enough that he will allow us to help him through them.
The biggest benefit is that now our "toolbox" is full again of strategies that we know work, and we have more confidence as parents in how to help our child. We no longer experience the crippling anxiety of not knowing what to do to help our child when he's spiraling or having big emotions. We have faith in ourselves which in turn shows our son that we have faith in him that he can get through to the other side.

-S., Connecticut, family of 4

 

 

You came highly recommended by Ashley E. Prior to joining we were struggling with daily meltdowns multiple times a day. Daily I was feeling a sense of dread every morning I woke up, feeling like I didn’t understand how to help my child.
We hardly have any meltdowns now. We have the occasional emotional outburst, but haven’t had a meltdown in weeks. My daughter is able to remain calmer for longer periods of time, expressing that she is making an effort and we are able to communicate much more effectively. I understand her behavior much better now and feel so much closer to her. We feel like a team rather than adversaries.
I now understand my daughter better and she feels like she is understood.
After 8 weeks, this is what we have achieved so far:
Be able to discuss frustrations without shame talk…..Attend soccer practice without tears (still have an occasional emotional outburst but super short lived!)….Go through my days without feeling exasperated……No more hitting….No more kicking….Have a greater understanding of who my child is and how her brain works….Parent with confidence…Feel connected to [my daughter]…Sense her feeling connected and safe with me during hard moments. It’s possible for us to have fun together and not feel like we are all walking on eggshells.

-Jennifer L., California, family of 3, participated in Bootcamp during coronavirus

 

 

Prior to starting bootcamp, our HSC (age 4) was having meltdowns/tantrums many times a day. He was becoming increasingly aggressive toward our baby. I consider myself a pretty skilled parent, but we were just spinning our wheels. Each day was just putting out one fire after another and we were too emotionally exhausted to think.
Our HSC is getting better at understanding his feelings and communicating with us. In challenging situations he used to just freeze and then act out all his uncomfortable feelings later. Now he’s telling me what he feels and what he needs, and those challenging situations are still challenging.... but he can handle it! He is hitting his brother a few times a week instead of many times every day. I know this will continue to get even better as we continue to use the habits we’ve developed in bootcamp. Our HSC is playful, silly, creative, and engaging. Prior to bootcamp he was sad and mad almost all of the time. Before bootcamp our HSC would usually hit me if I told him “no” to something he wanted. Now he usually says “ok mom” and then just moves on!!!!!! I honestly wouldn’t believe this if I wasn’t seeing it with my own eyes.
Our family is really enjoying time together. Seeing my kids laugh and play together is so beautiful.
We enjoy family dinnertime, everyone sitting at the table together. We laugh and eat and talk about our days. Our HSC is able to go into a new/unknown situation and stay regulated. Our HSC is starting to try new foods. I can relax or do my own project while our kids play together, without worrying that our HSC will intentionally hurt his little brother. Our HSC is enjoying play dates!!!!!! He’s navigating social challenges with peers and persisting when it’s rocky. He is having a blast and isn’t melting down during or after play dates! It’s a breeze to wash our HSC’s hair now! Our HSC notices how he’s feeling and often knows what he needs and is able to communicate it to us clearly.
—Toni D., Washington, family of 4, participated in Bootcamp during coronavirus

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From “Helpless” to Capable Parents of Toddlers in a Pandemic

Our HSC has always been sensitive with big emotions, but we didn't know how to name it prior to meeting Megghan. Once COVID /shelter in place hit, my husband became a defacto stay at home dad while I continue(d) to work from home. This put even more of the responsibility than before, and as the main working parent, he's been more of the primary caregiver. Being home with our HSC (almost 4 at the time) and his sister (non-HSC, but almost 2) all day everyday was putting us both at our limit, and we didn't know how to navigate the situation; we just felt helpless.
I think we had conflicting ideas that this was a phase that our HSC was taking a really long time to grow out of (terrible twos, terrible threes, fearsome fours, etc) and at the same time wondering if this is how he'd always be, and there was no way to change it other than giving in, yelling, or letting his teachers do all the work. Switching the mindset that as his parents, it's OUR job to help him manage through the big feelings, not avoid them or make them feel better has really changed the outlook in our home. 
Coming to terms with the fact that I'm an HSP, I understand better why my HSC's most "annoying" traits bother me the most; because they're the traits about me that I don't like, or that I have learned to manage. So my relationship with my child has improved, and my relationship with my husband as well, since we're not as wiped from a full day of meltdowns.
The ability to access Megghan in crisis so I could troubleshoot in the moment was the #1 biggest benefit.
The support community was a huge benefit, but also unexpected. In Week 1, I didn't see the benefit of being with a group of people who started at a different time than I did, or had HSCs that were older than my child. I've come to find that seeing how far people had come for the ones who joined before us, and the seeing how people started out for the ones who joined after us was encouraging on both sides. And I found an accountabilibuddy who has been going through a very similar journey!
I now know we can go on outings (once it's safe). We know the signs of a meltdown and can go quickly to the strategy.  We try to celebrate the wins, however small, and see the benefit in the small gains adding up to bigger gains.
--J., New Jersey, family of 4
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I saw the advertisement for the free training and after listening thought that it sounded a lot like my daughter, age 11. I scheduled a call and it was like Megghan wrapped up our family life and described our daughter so perfectly after just 30 min of discussion. It hit home. We chose to go through the boot camp because I wanted my daughter to live up to her full potential and not freeze or hide her true self out of fear. Prior to joining, we struggled with her not wanting to try new things, freezing when coming up to something that was difficult and then resultant shame not being able to do something.
Prior to joining boot camp, resentment was probably my biggest mindset block. Knowing that she is smart and capable but not performing like she should. Unfortunately we as parents weren't speaking to the right side of her brain...
Since completing bootcamp, full blown meltdowns are rare. She is much less likely to hide or completely stop an activity. If she is frustrated, we can talk it out. We, as parents, can stay present (huge gain) and grateful. She is gravitating toward new and more challenging books (this was a struggle before). She stands taller and has more confidence in herself. Our relationship is calmer and I don't get stressed talking about emotions!
A huge AHA moment I had was learning that I probably share the HSP trait and that my emotional state has the biggest impact on her. I need to continue to work on me to help her thrive. We [as parents] stay calmer as a whole. We can manage our own emotions better. Also recognizing things that our daughter innately does that are beneficial for her and then supporting her in replicating them (ie drawing, etc).
We now have no stress at bedtime! It was a nightmare before! We witness her picking more challenging tasks and not shying away. She shows confidence with sleepovers (away from home). She’s verbalizing her needs. She’s able to play with her brother with less fighting.
M., Florida, family of 4, participated in Bootcamp during coronavirus
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What were you struggling with prior to joining?
Before joining Bootcamp, our 6 year old son was making “Just kill me" statements, exhibiting school refusal, and having meltdowns.
When we started, we struggled with believing that he was just being bad because he wanted to, and that he was by nature a disobedient and disruptive person.
Now, 8 weeks later, he only has meltdowns rarely. I feel like a good parent who isn't failing every day. I have a much better understanding of [my son’s] needs.
I’ve finally gained an understanding of my child's needs and how to address them effectively.
This wasn’t expected, however, he spontaneously asked to start sleeping in his own bed!
We’ve achieved the following results in Bootcamp:
No more "just kill me" statements. Rarely has meltdowns. No school refusal. Family dinners without screens. No threatening with utensils. No trashing the house. No fighting about getting off screens. No refusal to brush teeth. He takes quiet time when asked.
N., a dad from Illinois, joined Bootcamp fall of 2020, family of 4
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What were you struggling with prior to joining?
We chose to work with you because the HS trait is something we were completely unaware of until I saw an ad of yours on Facebook. I started receiving your emails and was always amazed at how closely they described our son. After speaking with you on the first call, we jumped in head first because we were dealing with multiple daily meltdowns and struggles that we just didn't know how to deal with because the traditional parenting strategies didn't seem to work for him. We also were hearing him say he didn't deserve anything or didn't deserve to live and from a 7 year old, that was incredibly scary.
What would you say was your biggest mindset block or assumption about your child or about what's possible for your family that you have overcome?
That he's just doing this to be difficult. That he's purposely doing things that are extreme to get reactions. We now know and understand that isn't the case.
Please share any concrete and/or measurable outcomes that you experienced as a result of this course:
For me, I have increased my understanding of [our son] so much more than I could have anticipated. I am not HS and was not aware something like this existed prior to a few months ago so it has been really eye opening. I think also accepting that [our son] has different needs from me as a parent has really strengthened our relationship and I've seen the changes in the relationship between [my husband/his dad] and him as well. We are also down to one, if any, meltdowns every day which is a huge improvement!
What would you say was the #1 biggest benefit for you in our work together?
Accepting that we don't need to parent the way everyone else does and even our own children need different things from us to be successful and have a good relationship.
Were there any unexpected results you achieved from this program?
Learning more about the HS trait has helped me in learning more about my husband and our relationship. While I can't always employ the same strategies, it has helped us to recognize things between us that could be improved and how to improve them.
What dream goals have you accomplished during Bootcamp? 
Now that there is more peace in our home, we are able to do more things and now have to worry about the stress of emotional outbursts or meltdowns every time we leave the house. We are able to enjoy our family time in the mornings and evenings with no fights or meltdowns to transition to school or bed respectively. We are able to have peace in our home like we never have before and there is so much less yelling from all parties.
—Jamie and John N., Maryland, family of four: parents of twin 7 year olds, one is HSC, joined Bootcamp fall of 2020
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The #1 reason we chose to work with you was your expertise in the highly sensitive child. I had done quite a bit of research on my own and although I understood [our oldest son’s] sensitivity, vulnerabilities and triggers well, I was at a loss on how to effectively set limits, handle meltdowns, alleviate his physical aggression and support him in a way where he didn't feel like a bad kid. We had tried to see local help starting around 4 yo and were frustrated with a general ignorance of the HSC trait and recommendations for methods we had tried that simply didn't work and made things worse. I found the Parent of HSC Ninja facebook and all of the videos I watched of Megghan described exact scenarios we were dealing with, struggles [he] was having and the disconnect we were feeling as a couple not backing each other up. I booked a call within 48 hours. We were struggling with safety and [our son’s] physical aggression toward his little brother as our top priority. We had just had a third baby and saw the physical aggression escalate again. We also had recently dealt with a falling out with a new nanny who was not skilled in handling [our HSC] and quite offended by his behavior toward her. I was at a loss of how to effectively communicate skills and strategies she could implement to manage his behavior. [He] was basically running our household based on his mood and we were walking on eggshells without effective ways to set limits and consequences. He also refused to talk to us about feelings and events leading up to the outbursts as he was repeatedly in shame spirals. When he started saying repeatedly he was the worst, a bad kid and didn't know what he was meant for, I knew we needed immediate help beyond what we were doing for him. In addition to the aggression, we have struggled with [him] following through with simple house expectations (asking to be excused, plate to sink after eating, shoes in cubby) and hygiene like brushing teeth, getting dressed, etc. Picky eating and poor eating habits have also been a concern.
What would you say was your biggest mindset block or assumption about your child or about what's possible for your family that you have overcome?
He is not giving us a hard time, he is having a hard time. We have had a strong assumption that [he] is being manipulative or hateful and physically aggressive (kicking, hitting) on purpose to hurt us and the relationship. We have a better understanding of the fight/flight/freeze response, impulsive behavior, what is developmentally appropriate and that he likely does not have full control of his body under these circumstances. We also understand that we are often the barrier to what he wants and anger is a secondary emotion and attempt to gain power when vulnerable. This has really helped me separate the "me" and my feelings out of the scenario of what is going on and to take things a lot less personally.
Our Results: Eliminating meltdowns. Vastly decreasing physical and verbal aggression and repeated attempts to choose effective behavior instead. [He] is able to name his emotions and name more of his emotions shortly after the moment rather then stuffing them and it has allowed us to help him better and work toward a solution together I have seen more genuine smiles and have had conservations that have opened me up to the world through my special son's eyes without his shutting down and being embarrassed or ashamed of his ideas I feel less fearful of being home alone or in public with [him] and his brother(s) as I feel more capable of handling them. My husband and I are backing each other up and discussing strategies on the same page rather than disagreeing and feeling we are not respecting the other's position when interacting with and setting consequences for [our HSC]. [Our 7 year old HSC] and [3.5 y.o son] are able to play together for extended periods of time without having to be hypervigilant and are starting to work through solutions together -it is wonderful to see their relationship as brothers blossom.
What would you say was the #1 biggest benefit for you in our work together?
Having the tools for both my husband and I to effectively and consistently set limits, validate our HSC and improve our relationship with our son. (#2 bonus- the insight I gained into my own childhood and life and all of the mindset work I was able to do for myself as a parent, in my career and in my other personal relationships)
Were there any unexpected results you achieved from this program?
As I mentioned last question, I didn't expect to have access to such support for myself and my own mindset. I had no idea how much my mindset, assumptions, emotional reactivity impacted my family, work and other relationships. Understanding that I can implement mindset practices to actually be capable of change in this capacity has opened up a whole new world and future for me rather than just having to accept that this is just the way I am going to be.
What dream goals have you accomplished during Bootcamp? 
1. Being able to leave [HSC] playing with his brother and not constantly worry about safety 2. Both boys doing consistent quiet time daily which helps them and gives my husband and I a break 3. Our son turning off screens without ignoring us, screaming or throwing things 4. Being able to sleep without waking up with sick feelings of shame, fear, guilt as a parent 5. Feeling in control of staying calm and hanging in there with our HSC no matter what behavior he has.
 
-L. & J., Oregon, family of 5, joined Bootcamp fall of 2020

 

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We chose to work with you because all your email ads spoke our reality. We could not get over how much your messages hit the heart of different aspects of our struggle as parents and as a family. We were struggling with our son running off from home, not wanting to be with the family and him having really strong meltdowns that had gotten aggressive.
What would you say was your biggest mindset block or assumption about your child or about what's possible for your family that you have overcome?
Marcos: The assumption that our parenting style is just fine, we are not the problem. Raina: The block of we are just going to need to keep struggling through life as a family.
Please share any concrete and/or measurable outcomes that you experienced as a result of this course:
Neither child is tearing the house apart anymore! Our son no longer runs away from home, he hangs out with us for meals and happily chats, and his daily meltdown cycle has stopped. I feel so much more connected with both our children; I had this sense of losing emotional nearness to my son when our daughter was born and could not figure out how to have him feel loved and not feel so angry about having a sibling, but I know he feels our love now, even if he gets jealous once in awhile. We are aware of both our HSC's triggers now and can plan ahead to avoid some triggers or help them to work through triggers using our new skills.
What would you say was the #1 biggest benefit for you in our work together?
Marcos: The parenting tools: having an actual response method that works. Raina: Having a systematic approach which was empowering and action oriented.
Were there any unexpected results you achieved from this program?
Yes, loads of them! Where to begin? 1. The emotional thawing out of our youngest HSC. 2. Strengthening of a personal mindset practice. 3. Better sleep for our daughter, age 4. 4. More peaceful play between the kids 5. Transformative emotional healing!
What dream goals have you accomplished during Bootcamp? (Recall your list of 20 when you started if you need a reminder :) What's possible now that you have more peace in your home?
We accomplished our whole list of 20 goals from when we started! We can enjoy family dinners, we can have fun together as a family, we can enjoy both kids simultaneously, we can relax, we can laugh more, we can trust our son, HSC, age 9, we get to love a lot more!
-Raina and Marcos L., Wisconsin, family of 4, joined Bootcamp fall 2020 for their 2 HSCs 
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What were you struggling with prior to joining?
Our child (age 9) didn't want to be alive, and the characteristics described in the initial video sounded like they fit. You sounded like you knew her - when no one else has understood.
What would you say was your biggest mindset block or assumption about your child or about what's possible for your family that you have overcome?
We thought she was being manipulative.
Please share any concrete and/or measurable outcomes that you experienced as a result of this course. 
Since week three, she has only discussed not wanting to be alive three times, and the caveat is that she said, but I'm not going to do anything about it (as in I'm staying put). Most of the dialogue has shifted to "life is so hard," " I want chore list to die." Her ruminations are for less time and she can sometimes shift to an activity without intervention. Improved relationships with her! She has worked to make friends. We understand her better; her brother understands her better. She can see things outside of herself sometimes now.
What would you say was the #1 biggest benefit for you in our work together?
We can imagine and now experience family life knowing that she can live without suicidal ideation. There is life beyond the bad feelings.
Were there any unexpected results you achieved from this program?
She stopped wetting the bed! You turned us toward a pediatric nutritionist.
What dream goals have you accomplished during Bootcamp? 
#1 Brushing hair is much better! #2 Hygiene: Both kids are taking showers when they come home from school to help keep dad safe. They are clean and it makes hair easier to brush! #3 We feel like she can manage situations away from home better and aren't so worried for her #4 Siblings have been playing together more peacefully and enjoying evenings together. #5 Not asking for as much reassurance that she is loved. It's a few times a week instead of a few times a day. #6 She has friends #7 She is willing to be by herself for quiet time. We are still working to lengthen the time, but she takes time by herself now without us suggesting it. #8 She does have healthier relationship with food AND it can get better. #10 Mom stopped yelling at Dad
-Rachel and Ash G., family of 4, Ohio, joined Bootcamp fall 2020
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What were you struggling with prior to joining?
Daily meltdowns, I was exhausted and regulating everyone’s nervous systems, [our 5 year old HSC] not knowing her own feelings (and talking about them spurred shame), and I was always bracing for the impact of a meltdown
What would you say was your biggest mindset block or assumption about your child or about what's possible for your family that you have overcome?
I was feeling resentful of my husband for not “getting” it, and I felt so much guilt over not knowing how to help my own kid.
Please share any concrete and/or measurable outcomes that you experienced as a result of this course. *
 
I LIKE being around my daughter now now, and I even notice so many more qualities of her little face. Before, just looking at her would make me grit my teeth because I resented her and then I felt guilty for resenting her. She has experienced big feelings in the last two weeks, but she hasn’t had a meltdown in those two weeks despite plenty of triggering events. She’s starting to make voices for her toys and is playing make believe with them. She wasn’t doing this at all before, and she’s 5! The fact that what we’re doing has even shaped her independent play astounds me and is one of the most surprising concrete outcomes I’ve seen. My husband and I actually talk about the day’s events now and we strategize together. We were not communicating clearly or effectively before.
What would you say was the #1 biggest benefit for you in our work together?
I have tools to help my child help herself, and I know how those tools fit together. That was what I REALLY wanted before we started. It felt like I had so many “pieces” but didn’t know how they all fit. I understand how it all pieces together now, and I finally feel capable of assembling them. I really needed that confidence boost because I was feeling so defeated before we started this program.
Were there any unexpected results you achieved from this program?
A change in her independent play. A change in how my husband and I communicate with each other. It feels like he understands me better than he did before, and I know how to advocate for my needs just like we’re teaching our daughter to advocate for hers.
What dream goals have you accomplished during Bootcamp? (Recall your list of 20 when you started if you need a reminder :) What's possible now that you have more peace in your home?
I can work virtually with students at night and [our HSC] gives me a kiss before I get to work and is totally fine with me working. I even left for a massage the other day and she watched me as I left. I’ve actually gotten work done at night, and I can even go to bed earlier because I don’t feel so stressed out 24/7. I’ve been going to bed earlier some nights! Dad’s relationship with our daughter has improved significantly and it makes me want to cry happy tears. She will go to him for things now and not consistently expect me to do it for her even when he’s in the room. We went to a park and she didn’t melt down when we left. She wasn’t happy about leaving, but she still cooperated and left. She handled one of her dizzy spells by herself!! Can explain how clothes don’t fit right and can adjust based on physical needs. She gets herself into the car seat and all situated so that she doesn’t have a wedgie. She’s been going to bed at a decent hour most nights. She will even fall asleep in the middle of her sister still being awake and making noise. She took a nap in the middle of the day! There are more moments of problem solving versus resorting to violence. This wasn’t happening at all before.
-Danielle and Jeff W., Maryland, family of 4; joined Bootcamp in fall 2020

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What was the #1 reason you chose to work with us? 
The number one reason I chose to work with you was because my daughter was out of control. The introduction video described her perfectly in almost every way. She was physically and verbally aggressive, sad, angry, dysregulated at the drop of a dime and uncontrollable in ways that caused me to call the police due to being afraid of our safety. I was struggling to understand WHY she feels the need to behave this way.
What would you say was your biggest mindset block or assumption about your child or about what's possible for your family that you have overcome?
My biggest mindset shift/block was that she really and truly could not control her behavior on her own. I had heard this before as she has struggled with her emotions for a long time, and had seen many therapists. I knew logically, but didn't know how I should be responding to knowing this. I assumed that if we just talked about it enough or with the right person that she would be able to work it out.
Please share any concrete and/or measurable outcomes that you experienced as a result of this course. 
Weeks 1- 4 especially brought her and I closer together in a way that felt like us. We had so many heart to heart conversations about the past, the future, why some things happened. Just deep, meaningful conversations. Her mood in general during those weeks shifted, like we had hoped things were going to get better, they were, they are. Even her brother mentioned she was easier to be around. We understood each other on a different level.
What would you say was the #1 biggest benefit for you in our work together?
The biggest benefit of our work together is the confidence I have gained through learning to help my highly sensitive child navigate this world. I CAN do it. There is a plan that should work, that will work. It may need some adjustments and I will definitely need help along the way, but I now know that I am not alone and have been guided to the right resources even outside of this group to help us along the way.
What dream goals have you accomplished during Bootcamp?What's possible now that you have more peace in your home?
We really did accomplish SO many goals. She has run errands with her brother, we have gone on many drama free adventures, one big one was a family picture. That was a really special day. We went on a few long walks, had many long talks where she shared her feelings comfortably. We had many special days that I will remember and cherish forever.
 -Ivy B., family of 3; Illinois, joined Bootcamp in fall 2020
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We made the decision to work with you because all of your videos described our daughter 100%! Everything!
Prior to joining bootcamp, I thought my daughter was very dramatic over everything.
Since joining, I learned that she is truly struggling and not just being dramatic. Meltdowns are less and duration is much shorter. A pleasant surprise is our relationship has improved 100%. She’s sharing more with us!!
A huge AHA moment was that I did not realize our relationship needed improvement and that I was not calm, so both areas have improved tremendously!!
Now we actually have fun and laugh instead of every moment of the day being difficult. She does not negotiate anymore, is not argumentative and will typically follow through with what is needed without a possible meltdown that could last hours. She’s beginning to stand up to her friend and also is talking to us openly more now. I’ve learned to be more aware of areas she struggles and help her navigate them. My calm has increased 100% in being able to help her when she’s struggling. Confidence has also increased drastically in knowing how to help her.
 -Michelle & Rusty B., family of 3; joined Bootcamp in fall 2020
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What were you struggling with prior to joining?
The sudden and uncontrollable emotional outbursts that our daughter had.
What would you say was your biggest mindset block or assumption about your child or about what's possible for your family that you have overcome?
M: That the explosions were unpredictable.
E: She enjoyed feeding into her emotions.
Please share any concrete and/or measurable outcomes that you experienced as a result of this course. 
E: My daughter almost never directs her anger towards me now even when I am needing her to change her behavior/do something she doesn't want to do. She still gets angry at times, but not in a way that manifests in physical violence to me. 
M: She has a much longer "fuse" and meltdowns have much quicker recovery. There also seems to be longer stretches between big meltdowns. 
What would you say was the #1 biggest benefit for you in our work together?
E: Approaching more calmly and monitoring my tone/expressions has been huge. Even delivering stern rebukes but with a neutral delivery are now taken more graciously. Also acknowledging her emotions has enabled us to talk about emotions, and she is now very receptive when I let her know that I am actually really frustrated. It's strangely helped her seem to understand our feelings better as well. 
M: She can verbally identify her emotions and what is bugging her and talk about it. She can even trouble shoot on her own now.
 -E. and M., family of 4, Florida; joined bootcamp in fall 2020
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