Insights Into Teens

Insights Into Teens

A father and daughter discussion about the everyday struggles of teens in today's high tech, high pressure world and the parents who are helping them cope with it. We have honest discussions about everything from the mundane to the life changing and we try to sort through the issues together in as painless a manner as possible.

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April 8, 2024 51 mins

As the corridors of high school fall silent after the final bell, the hushed sound of solitude becomes the hidden chorus of adolescence. My co-host Madison Whalen and I navigate the silent storm of teenage isolation, probing the depths of self-imposed solitude and its profound effects on young minds and bodies. We unravel the tangled emotions behind the intense fear of social rejection, likening it to the sting of physical pain, an...

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Ever wonder what's going on inside the mind of a teenager as they toggle between safety and thrill-seeking? Unlock the mysteries of adolescent development in our latest episode, where we dissect the compelling allure of challenges and risks for growing teens. Together with experts in psychology and teen behavior, we share insights into how these experiences are not just acts of rebellion, but crucial steps toward maturity.

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Discovering the right balance of personal boundaries can be a daunting journey, one that my daughter Madison and I know all too well. As we reunite in this episode of Insights Into Teens, we delve into the intricate world of boundaries—those unseen yet pivotal lines that protect our well-being. We navigate through the emotional landscapes of adolescents, discussing how vital it is to establish physical, emotional, and mental bounda...

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Positivity: a beacon of hope or a burden in disguise?" Get ready for a captivating journey as we, Joseph and Madison Whalen, untangle the complex web of 'toxic positivity' and its implications on teenagers' emotional health. Understanding the emotional landscape of teenagers is a nuanced affair and we're here to show you why. We share personal anecdotes and profound insights that shed light on the harmful e...

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Ever wondered why you feel an undeniable pull to check social media, only to feel unsatisfied, disconnected, and like you're missing out? Our teenage years are already full of challenges, and this digital age has added a whole new layer of complexity. Join us, Joseph and Madison Whalen, as we strip back the glossy veneer of social media and dive into the phenomenon of FOMO, or the fear of missing out, which is having a profoun...

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Are you struggling to comprehend your teenager's sudden bursts of anger? Do you feel like you're walking on eggshells, not knowing when the next emotional explosion might occur? We understand that parenting a teenager is like navigating through a stormy sea, and we’re here to help. I'm Joseph Whalen, and along with my daughter Madison, we delve into the intricate world of teen anger management. We offer a fresh persp...

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Have you ever wondered why teenagers seem drawn to challenging authority and eager to transform the world? This episode is an enlightening journey into adolescent idealism, a pivotal phase where young minds begin to form their own values, champion their unique perspectives and discover the power of their voice. We expose the reality behind the fiery debates and passionate expressions of idealism that are often misunderstood by adul...

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Do you know what a toxic friendship looks like? Can you tell if your teen is caught up in one? Join us as we delve into this complex issue that's become a common teen drama affecting their mental health. In a world where acceptance and social connections are everything, teens often overlook the toxicity in their friendships. We discuss how these relationships, built on manipulation, exclusion, and criticism, impact personal gr...

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Are you ready to crack the code of parenting and master the art of socializing your children? We've got an episode packed with insights and practical tips that will help you navigate this journey. Your hosts, Joseph and Madison Whalen, together with our special guest and seasoned parent, Michelle Whalen, invite you to join us as we shed light on how parents can effectively encourage their kids to socialize while respecting the...

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Have you ever wondered about the surging tide of school violence, its damage, and the steps we can take to mitigate it? Brace yourself for a compelling episode of Insights into Teens as we pull back the curtain on this alarming issue, armed with fresh data from the CDC's youth risk behavior survey. The figures tell a grim tale of bullying, hostility, and threats. We also touch upon the zero tolerance policy and its evolution i...

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Are you fully informed of the risks and consequences of sexting? We did the deep dive so you don't have to. Join Madison and I, Joseph, as we unpack the complicated world of teenage sexting, prompted by a recent heart-rending incident. We strip down the layers to reveal what sexting truly is, the variegated motivations behind it, and the potentially lifelong hazards associated with this practice. Consent isn't just a buzz...

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Ever wondered how your unconscious mind could be steering your decisions, actions, and perceptions? Welcome to another enlightening episode of Insights into Teens, where we, Joseph and Madison, will guide you through the labyrinth of the human mind to uncover the subtle yet pervasive phenomena of unconscious biases. We unravel how these hidden prejudices shape our everyday lives and potentially impact workforce diversity.

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Are your parental rights being hijacked for a political agenda? Brace yourselves as we unravel the increasingly controversial issue of Parental Rights in Education. We're going to tear apart the initiatives that are drastically transforming the history and culture of our nation under the guise of parental rights, and scrutinize the politically influenced ideologies that could be damaging our children's futures.

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Have you ever found yourself falling down a negative spiral where it feels as if your brain won't shut off? 

This is what overthinking can feel like. 

Many of us get in our own way by overthinking. 

This can look like: 

  • worrying about things you can't control
  • delaying decisions to keep researching options
  • dwelling on your shortcomings
  • or maybe trying to predict other people's feelings or actions.

Sound familiar? Don...

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What do you do if you need mental health help but you can’t get it. Maybe it’s too costly. Maybe you don’t have insurance that covers it. Maybe you’re not conveniently located to meet with a therapist. 

On this Episode of Insights Into Teens we’re going to look at some options you have that are low cost, easy access and things you can do on your own to help your mental health.


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Cancel culture seems to dominate social media, the news and society in general. But what is it? What impact does it have? Can it be used for constructive purposes? And what effect does it have on teens

That’ what we’re discussing on this episode of Insights Into Teens


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“Woke”. It’s one of the most divisive and misused terms in society today. A term that’s been used to define political philosophies, stifle the education of certain topics, explain away business philosophies and put down people you disagree with.

In today’s episode of Insights Into Teens we’ll talk about what Woke is, what it really means and why it’s so misused as a word.

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June is Pride Month and across the world there are celebrations and commemorations to recognize all who identify as LGBTQ and their allies. While the rainbows and glitter may catch your eye, at the heart of Pride Month is a call for greater unity, visibility and equality for the LGBTQ community, as well as a time to reflect on the milestones of the past 50 years.

In this episode, we're going to answer some of the biggest questi...

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We mostly address issues teens deal with on this podcast. But there are challenges to parenting that are worth taking a look at as well. Our Perspectives On Parenting topics are aimed at looking at these issues to help teens understand some of the difficulties parents face to hopefully put things on a more even playing field. This episode's Perspective on  Parenting will look at some of the top challenges parents face in nurtu...

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We all want to be happy. But we sometimes think of happiness as a thing that happens to us — something we have no control over. It's easy to link the idea of happiness with the situation we're in. We might tell ourselves, "If only things were different, then I'd be happy."

But that's not really how happiness works. Research shows that just a small portion of happiness (only about 10%) depends on a perso...

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