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Productivity for Teens

David Allen is the author of "Getting Things Done", one of the best selling business books of all time. On this episode, he explains how to get teens excited and motivated about their goals and productive as they pursue those goals.


Puberty and Body Changes

Suanne Kowal Connelly, author of Parenting Through Puberty, shares insights from her years as a pediatrician helping teens navigate the waters of their changing bodies and brains. She reveals when to start talking about puberty, how to start the conversation, and the important topics to discuss. Suanne also explains how to use techniques from Motivational Interviewing to improve your effectiveness during these talks.


Finding Your Identity

Paul Angone, author of 101 Questions You Need to Ask In Your Twenties, gets into a discussion about the process of finding your identity and discovering your unique "secret sauce" to bring to the world. The key is to push teens to take on increasingly more responsibility in their lives while also taking the right kinds of risks. Paul reveals exactly what parents should say to get the best results.


Connect then Redirect

Todd Cartmell, author of 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids, is an expert in dealing with difficult teenagers. In this episode he goes into extreme detail, revealing additional specifics and strategies not found in the book. He explains how to get a strong bond with a teenager and then use this as a home base to redirect them to a better way.


Eating Disorders and Exercise

Dana Suchow, founder of Do The Hotpants, discusses what parents need to know to discuss eating disorders with a teenager. She also explains how to connect with teenagers about exercise in a positive way, words you should absolutely avoid when talking about food, and a lesson in where negative body image comes from.


Awkward Talks--One Day They'll Thank You

David McGlynn, author of "One Day You'll Thank Me" along with two other books, as well as a college professor, gets candid on this episode about some truly awkward conversations he had to have with his two teenage boys. But by stepping up and doing to awkward talks (and by polling his students about how their own parents discussed sex) he developed some important insights about how to approach the tough conversations.


The Terror of Teenage Rebellion

Neal Thompson, author of the book Kickflip Boys, discusses the drama of raising rebellious and defiant teenagers. His boys were swept into skateboarding at an early age, which Neal enjoyed at first. But as the kids hit their teenage years, the skateboarding lifestyle led them to develop extremely defiant attitudes. On this episode, Neal discusses the strategies he found that worked for getting through to his kids in the end.


Mental Strength for Teens and Parents

Amy Morin, bestselling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, and a leading expert on how to instill grit and emotional strength in children, discusses lessons she learned from her years as a foster parent to dozens of children and as a psychologist who helps families through difficult transitions.


Is Your Teen Caught in the Achievement Trap?

Brandilyn Tebo, bestselling author of The Achievement Trap and a retreat leader and life coach, talks to Andy about how parents often instill harmful beliefs in their teens without even realizing it. Because we love them and want them to be happy, we tend to teach our teens about the importance of doing well in school and other activities. But, as Brandilyn points out, it's important to also help teens develop a practice of unconditional self love. This episode is full of word-for-word...


The Neuroscience of Adolescent Behavior

Lucy Maddox, author of Blueprint, discusses adolescent neuroscience on this episode. She explains that, when we look back later on, teenage memories can seem bigger than others because we often try many things for the first time during the teenage years and our first experience with something can be very heightened. Of course, social experiences are also heightened during the teenage years. Lucy reveals what you should teach your teen about friendships and relationships.


Negotiating Rules and Limits with Your Teenager

Chris Voss, the former lead international hostage negotiator for the FBI and author of the bestselling book Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on it, speaks with Andy about how to win negotiations with your teenager over things like curfew, cell phone usage, and other rules.


Teach Your Teenager How to Be Happy

Tim Bono, author of When Likes Aren't Enough, takes us behind the scenes of the science of teenage happiness. He reveals some strategies parents can use to help teens cope with setbacks and maintain a positive outlook in the face of obstacles and failure. Ultimately, the tools discussed in this interview are things that can also improve your own life if you apply them.


Does Your Family Have a Strong Culture? Here's How to Build One

Thomas Lickona, author of How to Raise Kind Kids, reveals how parents can combat the constant barrage of influence on teenagers from peers, media, and the internet. This requires creating a family culture so strong it overpowers the negative influences. In this episode, we lay out a guide for how to apply these techniques with teens.


Christian Parenting and Raising Great Teenagers

Hannah Seymour, author of The College Girls Survival Guide, reveals what she has learned from years of running a Christian advice blog for teenage girls. She explains how to share stories with teens about your own mistakes and how to encourage them to make the right kinds of friends.


Fatherhood and Work-Life Balance

Matt Schneider, an outspoken "dadvocate", co-founder of City Dads Group, a national network of meet-up groups for dads, and host of the Modern Dads Podcast, talks to us about what it means to be a father to a teenager today, how to find work-life balance, and--for those of us who are lucky enough to have a significant other--tips for a more fulfilling "parenting partnership".


Send Your Teen to College Debt Free (and Other Tips)

Jeannie Burlowski, author of LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and into Jobs They Love Afterward, is an academic strategist. She has a specialty in helping students get accepted to highly competitive graduate school programs with scholarship money to cover the cost. In this episode she reveals some incredible tricks for helping your teen get an early jumpstart on getting college completely paid for.


Wake Up and Get More Savvy, Parents

Michelle Mitchell, author of Parenting Teenage Girls in the Age of a New Normal, has a wake-up call for parents on this episode. As the founder of Youth Excel, an organization specializing in life-skills training for teens, Michelle has seen all kinds of parent-teen issues first hand. She thinks it is a big problem that parents tend to be out of touch with the latest technology and culture. During our interview, she pointed to a number of specific areas where parents need to get a little...


Chores, Responsibility, and Helping Out

Dr. G, author of Get the Behavior You Want Without Being the Parent You Hate!, is a national expert on raising responsible, respectful kids. In this podcast episode she talks at length about her philosophy on how to instill responsibility and a strong work ethic in teenagers. She points out that the way parents even define "chores" is very important. In Dr. G's opinion, cleaning your room isn't a chore. Chores are things that teens do for the greater good of the family and household....


Underage Drinking: What Parents Need to Know

Various guests. Alcohol use during the teenage years isn't a new phenomenon. But a lot of new research has been done on how parents can mitigate risks for teens. Combining clips from interviews with leading experts from around the world, parent-teen researcher Andy Earle breaks down the science in this episode. Learn exactly what to say to your teen and how to make sure it has maximum impact.


Self-Centered Teenagers and Empathic Confrontation

Wendy Behary, author of "Disarming the Narcissist". Are you dealing with a self absorbed teenager? What is the best way for parents to handle self centered teenage problems? One of the big topics covered in this episode is how to tell a self absorbed teenager that something he or she is doing is not OK. How can you do this without making teens feel like they are being attacked?