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Talking To Teens: Expert Tips for Parenting Teenagers

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Parent-teen researcher Andy Earle talks with various experts about the art and science of parenting teenagers. Find more at www.talkingtoteens.com

Parent-teen researcher Andy Earle talks with various experts about the art and science of parenting teenagers. Find more at www.talkingtoteens.com

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United States

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Parent-teen researcher Andy Earle talks with various experts about the art and science of parenting teenagers. Find more at www.talkingtoteens.com

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English


Episodes

Ep 190: Teen Vaping

5/15/2022
Click for full show notes, exercises, and parenting scripts from this episode When most of us first heard about vaping, we were told it was a way for smokers to put down a cigarette and try something a little healthier. We probably didn’t think it was particularly dangerous…or something our teens were likely ever to become addicted to! But in the past few years, e-cigarettes have become massively popular among young adults. These affordable, fruit-flavored, colorful devices are not only...

Duration:00:23:52

Ep 189: Boys’ Hidden Body Issues

5/8/2022
­­For kids growing up in the social media age, comparison is a constant struggle. Teens are bombarded 24/7 by influencers who post pictures of their unrealistic lives and seemingly perfect bodies–making teens feel like they’ll never measure up. This can cause both young men and women to constantly scrutinize their appearance, to the point of developing eating disorders or facing serious damage to their mental health! Although body image may seem like an afterthought to some adults, it’s a...

Duration:00:28:52

Ep 188: Tuning In to Our Teens (and Ourselves!)

5/1/2022
The hectic life of parenthood can make it hard to take care of your body and mind! When you’re waking up at 5 AM, trying to prep lunch for everyone before dropping them off and barely making it to work on time, running home to make dinner and still squeezing in time to help with homework, you can start to feel a little disconnected from yourself. Taking care of your family is so essential…but what about self care? If we’re not putting aside time for self-restoration, we end up taking our...

Duration:00:22:38

Ep 187: Essential Skills for Successful Teens

4/24/2022
What makes a person successful in the real world? Is it their technical knowledge, their accounting abilities, or anything else they might learn in school? While these qualifications are important, there are other skills which are just as essential to personal and professional success: things like teamwork, negotiating, and planning! Without these abilities, your teen could be the greatest math whiz of all time…but find themselves unable to communicate or collaborate enough to bring their...

Duration:00:15:23

Ep 186: Empowering Our Daughters

4/17/2022
Click for full show notes, exercises, and parenting scripts from this episode Our hope is that kids will shoot for the stars, dream big, and believe they can do anything they put their mind to. We encourage them to be ambitious, hardworking, and self assured. But sometimes, even when we act as their biggest cheerleaders, teenagers–especially teenage girls–can struggle with confidence! Kids are up against a lot these days, and young women face extra barriers despite years of fighting for...

Duration:00:25:12

Ep 185: Leaving Home Without Losing Their Roots

4/10/2022
Click for full show notes, exercises, and parenting scripts from this episode When kids leave home, they embark on an entirely new adventure. New friends, mentors, classes and jobs can help them develop different perspectives and ideas. And while we want our kids to grow and change, it can be disorienting when they suddenly come home with a new hair color or completely different college major! It’s especially jolting when they seem to have new opinions and values beyond the ones you raised...

Duration:00:28:33

Ep 184: The Overlooked Influences on Teens

4/3/2022
Click for full show notes, exercises, and parenting scripts from this episode We know teens need role models…but what does that mean exactly? Are we as parents supposed to provide a perfect example? Are these role models supposed to be teachers or coaches? What about celebrities? It’s not easy to ensure teens have the right heroes to look up to–and social media doesn’t help. In our digital world, it’s tricky to tell if teens are following positive role models online or just obsessing over...

Duration:00:27:10

Ep 183: So Your Teen Wants to Be an Artist…

3/27/2022
Click for full show notes, exercises, and parenting scripts from this episode There’s nothing we want more than to see our teens to grow up happy and successful….with stable careers! So when they mention they might want to pursue acting or painting or playing the trombone, we can start to get a little nervous. While we love that they have a creative side, we know that a life in the arts is anything but consistent. If they could only see the benefits of a degree in engineering or business,...

Duration:00:20:39

Ep 182: Tips for Tackling “The Talk”

3/20/2022
Click for full show notes, exercises, and parenting scripts from this episode For centuries, parents all over the world have been plagued by the sex talk. How could we possibly cover all the intricacies and complications of fornication with our teens? And even if we’re able to sit teens down for “the talk”, they aren’t exactly excited to get into an awkward discussion about the birds and the bees. As soon as you start talking about body parts, teens run the other way or cover their...

Duration:00:24:47

Ep 181: How to Use Mystery to Motivate Teens

3/13/2022
As parents and people, we tend to seek out certainty. We keep our kids in the same schools so they can have consistent friends. We cook the same group of recipes, so we’re sure to have something ready for dinner without too much stress. And we encourage our kids to study hard so they'll be sure to get good grades, get into a good college, and get a good job. We feel that if things are certain, we can live comfortably without worrying about our teens too much…even if it can get a little...

Duration:00:28:55

Ep 180: Can Shortcuts Lead Teens to Success?

3/6/2022
Hard work is essential to success…right? If we want teens to thrive they have to hustle, grind and work laboriously to achieve perfect SAT scores or a spot on the basketball team. We condemn teen laziness, hoping that kids will understand the value of blood sweat and tears. For goodness sake, how will they ever get anywhere in life if they’re not spending hours with their chemistry textbooks or practicing their free throws all afternoon? But maybe it doesn’t have to be that way. Perhaps...

Duration:00:27:25

Ep 179: Are We Setting Kids Up to Fail?

2/27/2022
Click for full show notes, exercises, and parenting scripts from this episode Times are changing—and so are teens. The introduction of technology to each aspect of everyday life has fundamentally altered the way teens act, think, and experience the world. Our education system is not the same as it was 20 years ago, and it’s shaping our teens dramatically. Our culture has changed, pushing teens to become more individualistic than ever before. For better or for worse, growing up has become an...

Duration:00:30:06

Ep 178: Can Your Teen Confide in You?

2/20/2022
Caring for teens with anxiety and depression can be incredibly difficult. No teen is the same, and living with mental illness is different for every family. Because these disorders are so stigmatized in our society, we rarely talk about them–making them even harder to spot, diagnose and treat. Some days it might feel like there’s nothing you can do to help your teen feel better…and that’s not a good feeling! No matter how hard it may seem, however, you’re not alone. Plenty of people are...

Duration:00:27:26

Ep 177: Tech Use and Teens’ Self-Image

2/13/2022
Have you ever tried taking your teen’s phone away? How did they respond? Did they scream? Cry? Bargain and beg for you to give it back? For many families, arguments over tech use are an exhaustingly repetitive part of everyday life. Devices can have plenty of benefits for teens, but can also be addictive and problematic! As a parent, it can be scary to feel like teens are ditching their homework for tik tok, talking to random strangers online, or running free all over social media. Helping...

Duration:00:24:27

Ep 176: Parenting to Prevent Bias

2/6/2022
Click for full show notes, exercises, and parenting scripts from this episode Talking about discrimination is pretty complicated and scary…so sometimes we just don’t! We hope that if we just don’t mention offensive stereotypes or racist notions to our kids, they won’t develop prejudiced thinking. We’ll remind them that everyone is equal, and just pray that their schooling will do the rest. If we wouldn’t know what to say in a conversation about discrimination, it’s better to just...

Duration:00:31:46

Ep 175: Creating Open Communication

1/30/2022
Click for full show notes, exercises, and parenting scripts from this episode Having an open, communicative, connected relationship with your teen is awesome…but pretty difficult to achieve. Teens don’t exactly make it easy to get close to them–when we try to have heart-to-hearts, they usually just roll their eyes. Plus, it’s hard to spend quality time together when they disappear to their rooms for hours at a time! Being vulnerable with teens can be an incredible way to bond with them and...

Duration:00:25:56

Ep 174: Key Traits For Resilient Teens

1/23/2022
The road in front of our teens is a rocky one. They’re heading into adulthood in the midst of a pandemic, trying to figure out what they want to do and who they want to be. They’re attempting to find independence, but also curate new relationships. There’s no shortage of obstacles in their path–if they want to get through, they’ll have to know how to persevere. They’ll have to be resilient. But how can we as parents help them get there? Turns out, there’s a lot we can do! And it starts with...

Duration:00:25:28

Ep 173: When to Hand Over Control

1/16/2022
Click for full show notes, exercises, and parenting scripts from this episode It can be alarming when teens are suddenly staying out late, dating, and getting behind the wheel. It’s easy to see them as the tiny toddler they once were, when barely able to even walk! Watching them grow from little kids to young adults means that we have to relinquish control and give them more and more independence….which is no simple task. We want to protect them, shelter them and guide their every move to...

Duration:00:28:27

Ep 172: The Link Between Indulgence, Addiction, and Depression

1/9/2022
What do you do when your teen suddenly seems to be in a rut? It might be that they barely eat, lock themselves in their room, or stop talking to their friends…whatever it is, they won’t clue you in to what’s wrong. The truth is, they may not even know! These days, more and more people are finding themselves feeling down without an obvious reason—and this week, we’re going to find out why. In recent years, the number of prescriptions for antidepressants has gone up all across the globe…but...

Duration:00:29:44

Ep 171: Instilling Compassion for Principled Teens

1/2/2022
Dexter Dias, author of The Ten Types of Human, offers insight on the personality “apps” that drive human behavior. Plus, how to instill compassion and help your teen avoid burning out their kindness!

Duration:00:29:29