Learn how to support a child or teenager who has a lot of different interests and curiosities and doesn’t fit neatly into one box.


smk_dvdcoverI have to take you to the art store again? Wait, why do you need a drafting board? Didn’t we just buy 25 pounds of Mexican pottery clay last week?! And, are you sure you want to quit karate and take guitar class instead?”

Does your child have your head spinning with all of their interests and activities? Do you have trouble keeping up with their latest fascinations and sometimes wish they would stick with something for more than a week?!

Your kid is probably a multipotentialite: someone with many interests and creative pursuits in life (maybe you are a multipod yourself, and you understand the challenges it presents).

Being a multipotentialite is a great thing. Some of the most notable inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists and artists throughout history have had multiple passions (think Ben Franklin, Leonardo Da Vinci, Maya Angelou, Steve Jobs, even Oprah Winfrey). However, when you’re young, being wired this way can seem like a curse.

Studies have shown that multipotentiality in teenagers is associated with depression, anxiety, existential dilemmas, and shame associated with the inability to choose one path or with changing direction.

Their teachers and peers likely don’t understand them and are pressuring them to choose a specialty. As a parent, you want your child to be happy and you want to encourage their pursuits. But you also worry that they might grow up to be a starving artist or struggle financially throughout their life. You aren’t sure how to help them develop self-confidence when the world is trying to pigeonhole them. And you don’t know whether you should be encouraging them to follow their interests or to stick with one path.

Introducing, Supporting Multipotentialite Kids: a Video Guide for Parents

In Supporting Multipotentialite Kids you will learn:

  • What it means to be a multipotentialite and why it is normal and healthy
  • Why your child feels the urge to change directions so frequently and why even the interests they’ve left behind can end up being valuable
  • Why your child’s multipotentiality will be the thing that makes them financially successful in the 21st century
  • Exactly what kind of attitude to take when your kid announces that they’re into something new again
  • What kind of conversations to have with your child to help them make better decisions regarding their future
  • When to set limits, and what that structure might look like
  • How to help your child develop a sense of self-confidence and pride in who they are, so that they can pursue their dreams and goals as adults

The video guide also includes several examples of happy and successful adult multipotentialites, as well as personal stories and examples from other parents.

Who am I?

emilie_shirtMy name is Emilie Wapnick and I run Puttylike.com, where I work with multipotentialites of all ages to help them integrate all of their passions into their lives. I am not a parent (yet), but I have worked with youth in various capacities over the last ten years.

As someone who had a rather rough adolescence, I have special interest in helping kids and teenagers develop self-esteem and learn to accept themselves. As a teenager, I felt completely alone. I didn’t know anyone else who was wired this way and I thought that there was something wrong with me.

I worried that, unlike my peers, I didn’t have a “true calling,” or that one central purpose that we are all supposed to have. I had no idea how I would ever settle on one direction, and I thought that I would eventually be forced to choose one thing and deny all of my other passions. I was also hit with devastation after devastation when losing interest in what I thought might be my calling. It was a really hard time.

As an adult in my early 30s, I now have a creative and multifaceted career that allows me to do many different things.

Looking back, I see how my parents supported my multipotentiality and helped me develop confidence in myself. I see what a difference it made in my ability to march to my own beat and put myself out there as an adult.

Emilie Wapnick Speaking at the Waldorf High School in Portland, OR

Emilie Wapnick Speaking at the Waldorf High School in Portland, OR

Supporting Multipotentialite Kids | $27

When you place your order, you will be able to instantly download:

  • A 55-minute video presentation by Emilie Wapnick with actionable strategies to help you support your multipotentialite kid or teenager.
  • An MP3 audio version of the presentation so you can listen on the go or in the car.
  • A 56 slide PDF file of the slides used in the presentation for quick reference.
  • A file with the credits for all of the Creative Commons-licenced images used in the presentation. Note the cover image is courtesy of Danny Norton.
  • A printable handout that outlines the most important points, including the 10 strategies and additional resources.

Return Policy

If you aren’t happy with Supporting Multipotentialite Kids, for any reason, just shoot me an email within 60 days of purchase and you’ll get a complete refund.

I attended your presentation in Colorado and/or the live webinar you did on this topic. Will I still benefit from buying this product?

Honestly, the content in Supporting Multipotentialite Kids is very similar to my previous presentations on the subject. I actually used those presentations as a way to refine my ideas, get feedback from parents and make this video guide even stronger. So if you’re expecting something totally different, you will be disappointed.

However, know that this video guide is NOT simply a recording of a past webinar or presentation. I made the video guide specifically for this purpose and it is more clear, concise and better organized than previous incarnations.

I’m in High School. Will this video guide help my parents better understand me?

Absolutely! I definitely encourage you to watch this with your parents. The video starts from the very beginning. I talk about what a multipotentialite is, I discuss the fact that it’s healthy and normal and I talk about how it’ll help you in your career later on. Once when I did this presentation live, I had a father come up to me afterward and tell me that I gave him a whole new perspective on his daughter, and that he would stop pressuring her so much to stick with one thing.

I’m a Teacher/Educator/Counselor. Will this be helpful for me?

I love sharing this material with educators. I’ve spoken to and worked with teachers before, and many of them have told me that they found this material incredibly useful and that it has helped them better understand and support their students.

What Others Had to Say…

faith“As a mom who homeschools her son, I am always looking for new ways to support his education and passions and curiosities without boxing him into one path for life.

Emilie’s information helped me to gain extra confidence that encouraging my son to explore many options is a healthy path. The examples she shares of well known and successful people who followed their many dreams and desires helps us as parents and educators to see that there are benefits to raising kids as multipotentialites. When we don’t know what jobs will be in demand when our kids grow up, giving them many skills instead of one narrow skill-set is a huge gift!”

– Faith Presley, London, Ontario

lori“Emilie’s advice to bring in past or outside passions is spot-on for any teen struggling with a current subject. Sometimes it’s tough to find intersections to do that, but it really works!

My daughter was a barely passing D student in French class despite having taught herself how to speak Japanese. When I realized it was her passion for Japanese Anime that facilitated her learning, I suggested she find Anime dubbed in French and subtitled in English. She went from a D student to a B/C+ student.

Supporting Multipotentialite Kids is fantastic! It sheds awareness for both teachers and parents. Emilie’s work is a sorely needed resource for those of us wired just a bit differently.”

– Lori Stalter, Whitehall, PA

leah“As a multipotentialite, I found Emilie’s guide to be fascinating and full of great information. I’d highly recommend it to any parent who’s wondering how to understand and nurture their child’s multipotentiality.”

– Leah Waig, Austen, TX

jonandmea“I was so excited when I saw that Emilie released a guide specifically for parents. I want my daughter (5 going on 15) to explore her passions and make those deeper connection in life. While I do my best to lead by example, Emilie’s tips on supporting a multipotentialite child were so valuable. Thanks Emilie for putting this video resource together!”

– Jonathon Knepper, Wyoming, PA

caitlin“I watched Supporting Multipotentialite Kids with my mom. I totally agree with what Emilie says about counselors. It was my experience exactly! I took one of those career assessment tests. My counselor said I have a lot of diverse abilities. “Now choose one and follow that path.” The curriculum in schools today still tries to get everyone to specialize, when that just doesn’t work for some of us. People constantly tell me I can’t be an animator, Mangaka, singer, voice actor and freelance artist – that I have to choose. Thank you Emilie for validating that no, I don’t!

I really liked the part of the video guide that covered the multipotentialite spectrum. It helped me to understand where I fall on it and explained a lot of my habits.”

– Caitlin Fegely, Whitehall, PA

jason“Emilie has been able to take a very complicated subject, human beings with multiple interests, and provide actionable ways to help your child immediately. Most kids have multiple interests. Successfully managing that as a parent is the key to helping them unlock their unique potential. Implementing even a fraction of the concepts Emilie shares can not only change your approach to parenting but dramatically alter your child’s life for the better. The lessons in Supporting Multipotentialite Kids are timeless. Having kids is just around the corner for me, and I already know that this will be a go-to resource.”

– Jason Moore, Boulder, CO