Talking To Teens
Summary: Parent-teen researcher Andy Earle talks with various experts about the art and science of parenting teenagers. Find more at www.talkingtoteens.com
Paul Smith is the author of three books: Parenting with a Story, Lead with a Story, and Sell with a Story. On this episode, he reveals how to tell teens stories that teach them important lessons about life. He also shares a few of his favorite parenting stories that you can steal and tell to your own kids.
Biz Ellis is the host of the "One Bad Mother" podcast. On this episode, she reveals how she found her inner badass as a parent and learned how to be cool again through her kids' eyes.
Sean Grover, is the author of "When Kids Call the Shots". In this episode, he discusses why teenagers bully their parents and what you can do to regain control from your teenager if you find yourself getting bullied.
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.
Dina Alexander is the president of Educate Empower Kids and the author of numerous books on how to talk to kids about difficult topics like sex and pornography. In this episode, she explains various strategies for talking to teenagers about porn and sex including how to start conversations, what to do if you find porn on your family computer, and what topics to cover with every teen.
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.
Robert J. Meyers is the author of "Getting Your Loved One Sober". In this episode, he explores strategies that parents can use to get teenagers to stop using drugs and alcohol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 scripts you can use to make it happen.
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.