How to raise resilient kids for a calmer, happier home.

Replacing Punishment with Emotional Coaching

Children are capable of making good decisions. Learn how to navigate your child through their emotions.

Time and time again children have proven their amazing capabilities. Even the youngest child can make some pretty solid decisions around their behaviour. However, what I hear the most from my families is children making poor decisions and parents feeling confused, overwhelmed and frustrated around the behaviour outcome.

This may look like siblings fighting, children snatching and daily outbursts in public! (*cringe*) So, what can we change to support better decision making?

According to Self Determination Theory kiddos need three essential ingredients in order to make better decisions around their behaviour. These core elements are included in all of my Mighty Minds kids coaching programs.

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Discover. Explore. Grow.

Help your child discover the power of their emotions, explore sensible solutions and grow as a resilient individual!

Mighty Minds kid’s coaching revolves around connection, autonomy and competence.

We all know that children need strong, consistent connections in their life. Connection builds confidence and allows children the safety to explore their self identity and the role they play in their family and community. Connection is the key to self esteem and resilient thinking.

However, autonomy and competence sometimes get forgotten about. This is probably because giving space for autonomy and competence takes a lot more intention and work for many parents. We can become consumed with keeping them safe and navigating their decisions so they feel the least amount of discomfort. This keeps life much simpler, knowing everyone is safe. Which is all completely reasonable but the problem begins when children do not experience self governance.

Self governance, or making one's own decisions, comes when a child experiences intrinsic self control. Through making their own decisions children become more competent and confident.

Intrinsic self control is when an individual makes decisions not based on fear or reward but with a desire to grow more competent (growth mindset). Your child's mindset impacts their decision making and behaviour.

By learning about and focusing on the three core elements shared - connection, competence and autonomy - families thrive. Children can make better overall decisions and live happier, more fulfilled childhoods leading to a resilient, more capable adulthood.

If you are concerned about your child's ability to make better decisions grab a chat with me to explore emotional coaching in your home. My programs include the three elements of SDT in all of our activities and coaching conversations. We take it even further by teaching children as early as the toddler years how to manage their big emotions and begin critical thinking through practising mindfulness and early reasoning.

Invitation to work with me!


Does your child need help with:

  • Frequent outbursts

  • Irrational worry

  • Over competitiveness

  • Sibling fighting

  • Aggression at home or school

  • Quick to give up

  • Avoiding anything new

  • Low cooperation

  • Poor decision making

  • Frequent defiance

They may be a great fit for Mighty Minds emotional coaching!


Mighty Minds In-home Coaching programs provide children with:

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  • Strong core values

  • Positive, growth mindset

  • Time management skills

  • Healthy self esteem

  • Better relationships between siblings

  • Better relationships with parents/carers

  • Self discovery

  • More confidence

  • Resilience

  • Critical thinking

  • Daily mindfulness

  • Intrinsic motivation

  • Better decision making

  • Thought tracking

  • Managing emotions

  • Setting and reaching goals

  • Clear sense of belonging

  • Responsibility

  • and more!!! (too many to list!)

When you grab any of my coaching packages you also access all of these incredible resources and benefits!


 Mighty Minds guides families through emotional coaching in your home.

  • Home Visits*

  • 1:1 Kids Sessions*

  • Planning Calls

  • Mighty Minds - Parent’s Guide

  • Online Modules

  • Downloadable Readers

  • Family Time Activities

  • Printables for Kids

  • Mighty Minds Handbook

  • Live Q and A Sessions

  • Private Login

  • Weekly Challenges

  • Behaviour Support

  • Parent Coaching

  • Mighty Minded Community

  • *VIP Packages


What Families are saying…

"We have 3 children, 8-year-old daughter, and twin 5-year-old boys who could not be more different! Our Family was struggling to communicate with each other without yelling at each other even when trying to do the smallest of tasks like getting on our shoes or getting in the car. This usually ended in tears (either me or the kids) I struggled to understand why one of our children got so angry all the time and this was really ruining our relationship with him and as a family. When we joined Simply Kids, and started learning about how children’s brains work, and working through the content I suddenly had my ‘lightbulb moment’. I was able to use the information and cater it to my children’s ages and needs, and before we knew it, we were communicating more effectively and without the tears and tantrums. It hasn’t always been easy but like any good relationship it takes work and effort from everyone to keep our calmer happier home. Things I need to remember and things I have learned on our journey this far, is that our kids are not behaving badly to get at me, this is not personal. They need love, support and to feel listened to and empowered. Not every moment is a teaching moment, sometimes no does mean no but have fun and make the time for each other."

“I have always known I wanted to be a great parent to my son, I have studied and participated in several different courses in hope of gaining some understanding of what my sons behaviour means and how I can help him have a voice and guide him through his development whilst managing challenging behaviours in a way that won’t scar him for life. No other course has been as rewarding as ‘Becoming Your Child’s Emotional Coach.’ I understand my little guy and I enjoy him so much more now. I’m not scared to try new things with him anymore, we talk, we understand each other, we laugh and we love.

The coaching process is easy. If you miss things you can catch up and Stephanie is so easy to open up to; it’s like speaking to your best friend that you’ve know for years.”


Meet Stephanie

Simply Kids was created by behaviour specialist, Stephanie Wicker, as an avenue of support for parents, families and early childhood educators.  Our mission is to provide families with simple, sensible solutions to the challenges which may be interrupting their connection with their children, through home visits, parent coaching and practical online resources.

Challenging childhood behaviours like disobedience, defiance and aggression can trigger an emotional reaction in us as adults. When a person feels like they’re under attack, it leads to a defensive mindset which places a wedge between the adult and the child.

Our goal is to simplify why children do what they do and remove the wedge in the parent/child relationship during difficult behaviours. Learn more.

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