Mastermind Parenting (MMP)
that supports parents in remaining calm and clear to problem solve during the “less than ideal” moments …even when it comes to helping our strongest willed kids. Read through our FAQ and if you still have questions please feel free to email us firstname.lastname@example.org or book a Free Support Session. Schedule Now to find out how we can help you solve any parenting problem.
Mastermind Parenting FAQ
The Mastermind Parenting Method
What is the Mastermind Parenting (MMP) Method?
Since 2007, parenting coach Randi Rubenstein has been advocating for kids by working with parents and teachers to learn how to solve any problem the child presents, specifically the strong-willed ones. As a strong-willed child herself, Randi founded Mastermind Parenting in 2015 so she could share the skills she mastered when parenting her own strong-willed child: Communication, Leadership, and Mindset.
Parents master these skills by working through the five programs within MMP: Basics, Awareness, FESD, Boundaries, and Sibling Fighting. These programs teach parents how to become the strong leaders our children need in order to become confident, kind, and self-motivated people.
Mastermind Parenting turns the old, disconnected methods like threats, bribes, and yelling on its head. By utilizing the MMP tools, parents get through to their kids so they can actually hear. Even our strong willed ones, who often feel angry and misunderstood, become cooperative and happier when the family works together as a cohesive team.
How does MMP define a strong willed child?
Clinically, strong willed children are described as having sensory issues and often exist in a state of dysregulation in their nervous systems. Many strong willed kids are classified as highly sensitive, also known as an HSP, a term used by psychologist Elaine Aron.
At Mastermind Parenting, we don’t need to see a clinical opinion to understand that kids who are frequently grumpy, over reactive and even explosive need extra support. The world is often overstimulating for these kids: noises can be louder, smells are smellier and tags might be itchier. They are often misunderstood and even misdiagnosed.
What if I have a child with learning differences and/or special needs?
In this day and age, who hasn’t been diagnosed and assigned a label? MMP is for all humans, large and small, who want to feel understood and connected to the people they love the most. We have a child development expert, Amanda (also referred to as “The Child Whisperer”), on our team who has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist for over 20 years. Amanda is a magical person who Randi hand selected to support our families with developmental challenges of all kinds.
Will the MMP method help even if I don’t think I have a strong willed child?
Absolutely. Our clients often tell us that they joined because of their strong willed ones, but the transformation is family-wide. These parenting tools are for everyone. They are rooted in the core values of self-worth, kindness, self-motivation to work hard, striving for excellence in all that we do, communicating with empathy and compassion for ourselves and others, and being an overall good person. By adopting them you just might learn to solve any parenting problem!
Whether you need support around one parenting issue, or one developmental phase, the MMP method is here to meet that challenge.
What age range is the MMP method for?
Mastermind Parenting is a parenting and personal development experience that will greatly impact people of any age. Parents in our programs have kids from birth to early 20s. The crux of the MMP method involves solving problems, large and small, and building healthy, fulfilling relationships with the people you love the most.
What topics does the MMP method cover?
Mastermind Parenting directly addresses issues that negatively affect relationships: Power struggles and defiance, sibling rivalry, meltdowns and tantrums, sleep routines, picky eating, food and mealtimes, bullying and name calling, lying, homework struggles, screen time struggles, following rules, establishing boundaries and enforcing consequences, parenting leadership skills, and much more! Click here to find a program to suit your family’s needs.
Does the MMP method align with other well-known parenting philosophies (such as attachment parenting, positive parenting, gentle parenting, and conscious parenting)?
Yes, Mastermind Parenting is in alignment with positive “new age” approaches to parenting that focus on respectful, collaborative communication and a child’s inherent need to feel deeply connected to the people they love the most…their parents. You’ll often hear us say, “Connect before you correct.”
Equally important to understand, Mastermind Parenting is not pushover or permissive parenting. We focus on parental or “pack” leadership, daily routines and structure, prioritizing basic needs (sleep, fuel and connection) and accountability through boundaries and logical and related consequences to help the brain grow, learn and improve behavior.
*We do not believe in bribes, threats or rewards. If your family relies on these tactics and you’re not open to replacing them with the methods we recommend, our program is not right for you.
What is your position on screen time?
Mastermind Parenting is a shame- and judgment-free zone. We believe that each parent is the ultimate authority for their unique family. Randi and the MMP team would never shame a parent for their choices around screen time.
When you’re in survival mode, you do what you need to do to get through the day. As parents engage in our 12-week private program, the MMP team provides endless support to help families escape overwhelm and survival mode. The result typically involves parents tightening up parameters around screen time and building deeper connections with their kids. Randi’s philosophy is that screen time is a privilege, not a right, and when it involves power struggles and problems, she helps parents navigate that slippery slope to make it a non-issue.
How much time will I need to devote?
We created our programs with ease and customer convenience in mind by combining proven methods for how people effectively master new skills with the magical technology tools of today. The minimum amount of time spent engaging in our program is 2 hours a week, and the experience will surprise and delight you. Many of our clients become addicted to the learning and are eager to go deeper on the basic concepts.
We utilize texts, email and apps that are all easily accessible right from your mobile device so that you can learn on-the-go during the “in between” moments of your day. Your car becomes a classroom and your boring errands become beautiful opportunities for learning while you knock out your “to do” list.
How can I be sure the MMP method will work for my family?
The short answer: It will work for your family if you commit to the process and keep your eye on the goal: A family where everyone knows they belong and deserve unconditional love, no matter what mistakes you make. Isn’t that what we all truly want in life deep down?
The long answer: Learning the MMP language and adopting the mindset of a Mastermind parent is like re-learning a foreign language you knew as a small child but haven’t spoken in many years. The muscle memory is there but it will take a willingness to be a beginner again, a commitment to the process and continual ongoing practice to gain mastery. And let’s say, as you were just beginning to speak the language again while revisiting that foreign country where you lived long ago, would you expect to communicate fluently? We’re guessing you’d be pretty pumped to find the bathroom, catch the train and order a meal in a restaurant. This is similar to the MMP journey. Your family will benefit in small ways at first and the experience will grow and intensify as you stick with this new parenting path. Your kids will sense differences immediately and possibly even test you more at times. And from the get go, we’ll be by your side, guiding you every step of the way to help you practice your new parenting ninja skills.
What if my partner isn’t on board - will the MMP method still work?
In an ideal world, both parents will commit and engage in the MMP experience wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. The reality is that most of our new clients are not on the same parenting page with their partner when they begin. Some disagree on parenting tactics, some disagree on spending money to get support. In most cases the family is experiencing pain, chaos and overwhelm.
Additionally, many people believe this misconception: Parenting is innate and should be easy peasy.
And as you know, this is embarrassingly not the case for most of us…especially if you are raising a strong willed child. In our programs, we teach high level communication skills to help you have hard conversations. People invest in solutions when they understand the stakes. This is your child. This is your family.
Mastermind Parenting exists because Randi knew she could help many struggling families.
It felt selfish not to share the method that helped her own family become happier than she ever could’ve imagined. You are worthy of having this in your own life.
It sounds like a hard conversation with your partner on behalf of the wellbeing of your family is necessary. If this feels daunting, we get it. You can book a free call with Lindsey on our team to help you with questions and concerns your partner may have.
We support you and meet you where you are and help you navigate through the challenges of a less committed co-parent. The bottom line is that the tools and skills you’ll learn will change every relationship in your life, because when you change, the people around you begin to change as well.
My parenting partner and I do not live together, will the MMP method still work?
Yes – You cannot control your co-parent, and attempting to do so will only create more discord. Therefore, our approach is always collaborative and respectful of everyone in your family, even if that member lives in another home, is no longer your life partner and is possibly unwilling to be on the same parenting page. We will support you as you learn powerful communication tools that will help you navigate challenges with resistant co-parents and create a more harmonious dynamic for your children. Parenting from different homes due to separation, divorce, or any other situation is difficult on the whole family. We are acutely aware of this reality and understand the situation is often sensitive and needs to be handled with extreme care.
What if I have more questions?
Email us at email@example.com and let us know what’s on your mind or book a free call here. We’d love to help!
Mastermind Parenting Programs
What are the different MMP programs offered?
How do I know which MMP program is right for me?
Think back to the type of student you were in school and how you approached learning.
Were you a self starter who needed little direction from your teacher? If so, our self study with app access only may be the right fit for you. If you are a person who likes to learn at your own pace and accountability support will likely annoy you, you might greatly benefit from our self study program.
However, if you were the student that liked specific directions and a personalized plan mapped out clearly by your teacher, as well as ongoing reminders, hand holding and atta boys that you were on the right track, then be honest with yourself and know a self study program is not the right fit.
You will greatly benefit by investing in one of our more exclusive experiences, 12-Week Basics Bootcamp or 1:1 Intensive with Randi. If you are a person who often has questions and likes to receive feedback or someone who likes to dig deeper on topics relevant to your specific situation, then our 12-Week Basics Bootcamp is the program for you.
And if you’re someone who loves a shopping experience at the cute upscale neighborhood boutique with a sales professional who knows your name, size and personal style vs. “treasure hunting” at Homegoods or Nordy Rack, then a month of 1:1 intensive with Randi might be a good start for you.
If you have any other questions, book a free call here.
What is the cost to sign up?
How long do I get access to MMP programs?
How do I access the materials?
All the content you’ll need to learn the Mastermind Parenting method is available through our app. You can log in from your phone, tablet or computer. We send texts as a convenient way for you to access content so that you’re not searching unnecessarily when you have a few minutes to learn throughout your busy day. We’ll also invite you to engage with our private community on two easy-to-use platforms.
Do you add new material to the programs?
New and engaging content is created regularly to meet the needs of our growing and evolving community.
Is social media a necessary part of participating in a program?
We encourage you to join the Facebook group and a free app we love called Voxer. But, for those of you who prefer not to be on Facebook, all of your monthly materials are accessible within the app—no Facebook needed! Voxer is a cool app we use to engage in ongoing conversations and it’s not social media. So don’t worry, we got you no matter what your preference is for connecting!
What if I sign up for a MMP program and then decide it isn’t right for me?
We understand that sometimes there are extenuating circumstances and will work on a case-by-case basis to allow cancellation. It is unlikely, and rare, that a new member requests to end the contract because Randi believes in over-delivery and always aims to blow you away with our programs and support. Our renewal rate is exceptionally high – we have members that have been with us for over 4 years!
If you sign up for our app-only access, the fees are automatically charged to your credit card each month. You may cancel at any time and will have access through the end of that billing cycle.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.