Mighty Parenting | Raising Teens | Parenting Young Adults

Mighty Parenting | Raising Teens | Parenting Young Adults

Parenting teens and young adults today is a huge challenge. Sandy Fowler brings help as she interviews experts, shares stories and gets real digging into relevant topics such as stress, anxiety, bullying, social media, peer pressure, healthy coping strategies, learning disabilities, communication, parenting strategies, and so much more. The Mighty Parenting podcast goes upstream and focuses on sharing information that families, educators and mentors can use to empower kids in an effective way.

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May 9, 2021 34 min

Parents want to enjoy their children. We want to spend time with them, have fun with them, and feel good about our relationship, especially through the teen years. And that can be challenging. The importance of establishing this connection amplifies when we understand having a good relationship with a parent is a protective factor for teenagers. So we wonder how we can get our kids to talk to us, come to us with concerns, and spend...

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Kids arguing, not cutting each other slack, or ignoring each other can really push parents’ buttons. This isn’t the dream we had when we brought home that second little bundle of joy. We imagined our kids growing up together and having strong sibling relationships. We imagined them playing together and supporting each other throughout life. But sibling relationships aren’t always like that. We may deal with sibling rivalry, arguing...

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Our kids face academic pressure far greater than we experienced as teens or college students. It’s frustrating for parents to navigate this with their kids. Whether your teen is buckling under the pressure, giving up, or doing well but pushing way too hard, you want a better academic experience for your child. Adina Glickman gets that. She’s the co-founder and co-director of the Academic Resilience Consortium, CEO of Affinity Coach...

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There are many conversations we need and want to have with our teens and talking to our kids about sex is one of them. There’s a lot they need to know and one aspect of this conversation that often gets overlooked is sexual consent. Parents often don’t realize they need to talk about consent. Even when they do, they don’t know the ins and outs and legal ramifications of various actions. And sometimes they aren’t even certain what s...

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Parents want our children to grow up to be happy. We want them to be able to handle whatever life throws at them and still thrive. That requires certain skills. Angela Karanja knows what skills this requires and how parents can teach them to their teenagers. She joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler in a conversation about the 5 habits of highly effective teenagers. They name the habits, talk about what they mean for our...

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Today we’re talking about coming out. For most parents this is uncharted territory. What does it look like? What does it mean? What if I’m uncomfortable with it? How can I navigate this? How can I love my child through this? Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler talks to John Sovec to help parents understand the coming out process. John provides expert help to sort through the emotions and ideas. He also provides practical too...

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When we’re waiting for our little bundles of joy to show up in our lives we dream; we dream about holding them, spending time with them, and enjoying a great relationship when they’re all grown up. We don’t dream about teens lying to parents, manipulating, arguing, or teens talking back. These are some of the more challenging behavior problems we encounter with our teenagers and they’re ones that erode our relationship as well. But...

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We generally think of leadership in teens as being president of a student organization or captain of a team. But leadership goes far beyond those boundaries. It can show up in myriad ways in everyday life for our kids. And why do we care about it? Yes, every college is asking about leadership and it’s on every scholarship application, but other than checking off those boxes, why should we care? Renee Sinning is going to show us. Sh...

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Two things parents often ask are how to calm the chaos and how to stop nagging their teenager. After all, no-one wants to live in a pig sty or constantly nag their teen. Focusing on home management is one way to stop the nagging—and you get a clean home too! The real surprise here is you’ll be teaching life skills and strengthening your relationship at the same time. Sandy Fowler interviews Ashley Buffa to understand how you can no...

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Pornography is something our parents typically didn’t discuss with us as we grew up, other than some backhanded comments or telling us to avoid it. Nor was it as prevalent as it is today. Plus, the nature of porn has changed dramatically and there’s science to show it impacts our children’s brains. Megan Maas joins Mighty Parenting  Podcast host Sandy Fowler to help you understand what’s happening and how you can take a healthy app...

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Whether our teens are stumbling around or truly driven, they will run into obstacles. Oftentimes those obstacles stop them in their tracks and that can be frustrating for everyone. They feel defeated and we feel frustrated. So what can we do to help them eliminate excuses and overcome obstacles? Today’s guest, Summer Owens, knows exactly what to do. Having become a mother at 15 as the result of a forced sexual encounter, she has no...

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We hear a lot about drinking and drug usage in teens and twenty somethings but is it something to worry about with your child? And what if I know my child has a problem? What do I do then? Richard Capriola joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to discuss drinking, drugs, substance abuse and addiction in teenagers. He helps us understand how to support our kids and prevent substance misuse, shows us what behaviors we need...

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There’s something that’s been an issue for women for years—body image. Very few women or girls express being happy with their bodies. Some are okay with it or feel they have come to terms with it, but they aren’t happy with it. And it isn’t just a weight issue; skin tone, scarring, disabilities and many other things make girls feel “less than” and unworthy. And these feelings leak into all areas of our lives. Emily Lauren Dick join...

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Strong love skills are essential for any relationship. We need them to create connection and strengthen our relationship with our teenager, and we need them to help our romantic relationship go the distance. And, one of the best ways we can help our children have a strong relationship in their adulthood is to model that now. With Valentine’s Day around the corner there’s no better time to build a stronger relationship with our part...

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Is your teenager intense? Handling challenging behavior in teenagers can leave parents floundering. We wonder how to help them, how to motivate them, and maybe contemplate whether any discipline will have an impact. Christine Abrahams understands this and helps parents learn how to develop a deep and loving relationship with the most intense child. She talks to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler about how to parent our inte...

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Our teens can lock themselves away in their rooms, loose their desire to participate or achieve, lose their zest for life, become angry or moody. They can experience panic attacks and anxiety. We see that behavior and start wondering what to do about it, how to fix our kid. And all of these behaviors or outward signs can come from emotional pain. Our kids often have to deal with emotional pain, grief, and anxiety. Today’s guest has...

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Procrastination in teens can cause problems for them and frustration for you. You clearly see what they need to do and can't understand why they aren't doing it. Maybe they look lazy or ambivalent. And procrastinating has real consequences. Nagging and pushing hasn't helped so what can you do? Expert Leslie Josel talks to Mighty Parenting host Sandy Fowler to help parents understand why teenagers procrastinate and simpl...

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Vaping is here and parents wonder what we need to know about vaping. What is it? Is it safe? Is it a real problem or is it not a big deal if our teens vape once in a while? Why are they doing it? What is the truth? Sandy Fowler interviews Dr. Kandi Walker to answer these questions and, most importantly, understand what our kids think about vaping, Juuling, and e-cigarettes. Dr. Walker has investigated tobacco use, e-cigarettes, and...

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Parents wonder why teenagers do the things they do. When we struggle with them, it can leave us scratching our heads and wondering. Part of the reason is they may see the world differently than you do. We each have our own fears and beliefs that impact how we see things and how we react. Another issue may be your ability to  respond to a situation rather than fall into a reaction. Ashlie Woods understands all of this and she talks ...

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Are you using the New Year to get more of what you want from life? Do you wish both you and your teenager would be more successful with your resolutions? Sandy Fowler talks about New Year resolutions for moms and teens in this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast. She shares a common problem her clients have faced when making resolutions and her solution to this problem. She talks about why we end up feeling bad even when we mak...

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