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.... Show More

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What is defiant behavior? Does your teen exhibit symptoms of it? Is there a medical reason for it? We attempt to answer these questions in this weeks episode of the show. We'll also talk about the suspect causes of this type of behavior, the typical risk factors associated with defiant behavior and strategies for dealing with defiant teens and Oppositional Defiant Disorder or ODD.

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This week we take a bit of a detour from our regularly scheduled program and talk about the rough week that Maddie had. Encountering some of the typical issues that teens face like school stress, social anxiety, sleep issues, not feeling too well and a few other things we decided it was best to turn this into a bit of a rant and therapy session for Madison.

This was a multi-purpose episode this week. Not only were we ... Read more

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Fresh off a two week holiday break your hosts are back discussing our various adventures while away from the studio. We talk about how to keep a teenager occupied on an eleven plus hour drive. What it's like to stay at four different Disney Vacation Club resorts and some of the activities available. Then we'll give you a detailed look at the new Galaxy's Edge world of Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu recently ... Read more

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This week we take a break from our more serious topics to celebrate the holidays and explore the nature and origins of Santa Claus. From a 3rd century monk named Saint Nicholas to the familiar depiction given to us by Thomas Nast to the classic portrayal in Clement C. Moore's poem all the way up to the familiar department store Santa's kids line up to talk to every year we look at Santa through the years.  We also compar... Read more

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This week we follow up on some of the things we discussed in last weeks Body Image podcast when we discuss Eating Disorders. We highlight two specific disorders, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. We look at some of the common symptoms and learn the signs to watch out for so that we can help out those who might be suffering from these afflictions.

We also take a look at a typical teen diet, some of the challenges f... Read more

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What is body image and what is the significance of negative or positive body image? We'll discuss this as well as the common causes of body image issues, the impact it has on a developing teen and at what age the issue of body image begins to play a part in our children. We'll also look at the warning signs of negative body image, look at some interesting statistics on body image and offer some helpful hints on how to he... Read more

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This week we take a fun look at things to do in the fall and winter season. We'll look at outdoor activities we can do during the cold months as well as indoor activities that we can do. We'll also take a look at activities we can do in the fall and winter that help to teach our children important life skills. Then we'll talk about the fall and winter family traditions that we have, what holidays we celebrate and a l... Read more

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November 18, 2019 52 min

Respect is like money. It takes time and effort to earn but can be squandered very easily. This week we talk about what respect is, why it is important not only in our youth but all through life. We'll explore the various ways in which we show each other respect and how to build a model of respect for society. Finally we'll explore ways that parents can help build a culture of respect for our children and set the right e... Read more

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This week we take a look at screen violence in the form of video games, television and movies. We look at the different types of violence and the effect it has on today's youth. We'll look at some interesting statistics and several studies that offer insights into both sides of the argument of whether screen violence leads to violence in today's youth. Then we'll take a look at what parents can do to help teens c... Read more

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We hit another ten episode milestone so it's time for another Q&A sessions. This time around Madison wanted to get to know mommy a bit more. Asking over thirty questions we take a look at some of the things mommy remembers most fondly about Madison growing up. We take a look at what is still the funniest memory in the form a short home movie, we'll look at what her favorite song was and some of her "firsts". ... Read more

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This week we're talking about teens and leadership. We'll look at what leadership is, the traits of a good leader and why leadership skills are so important to teens as the grow up. We'll also take a look at how parents can help teach their kids leadership skills and learn how to cope with the challenges of life both in their youth and as the progress into adulthood.

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This week we talk about how to cope with grief and loss. Whether it's the death of a friend or family member, a beloved pet or the loss of a relationship everyone experiences various stages of grief. We discuss these stages of grief, how they manifest themselves and how teens specifically are affected by grief and loss. We'll also discuss ways to help those going through such a painful process to handle what can be an ov... Read more

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We celebrate what makes us different in our diversity and how the melding of cultures, religions, ethnicity and preferences makes us stronger. We also look at fear, close minded and an unwillingness to learn are the basis of discrimination. Hatred and intolerance is the root of discrimination and all of the negative effects it has on us and how it holds society back. We'll also look at what we as individuals can to do overco... Read more

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This week we look at self improvement. Learn the meaning of the concept, the philosophies surrounding it and why it is important. Then we'll take a look at the practical aspects of it and find out some of the best ways to improve ourselves and why we need to. Along the way we'll gain a new found appreciation for ourselves as individuals and allow the experience to shape how to interact with and treat others.

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We're talking teen responsibility this week. We learn how gradually increased responsibilities help our teens grow and mature and prepare for life in the real world. We'll look at some of the most common forms of responsibilities that teens face in their formative years and talk about ways to help manage those responsibilities in order to ensure success.

In a rare treat our live streaming audience joins us in ... Read more

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In a very special extended edition podcast we explore the complex and evolving concept of gender identity. Our panel of qualified experts help us define what gender identity is, the struggles the non-binary community has faced and the steps enlightened individuals and groups are taking to move society's understanding of gender identity forward.

We cover a broad spectrum of information, uncover valuable insights in... Read more

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This week we're talking about time management and how best to utilize what limited time we have to accomplish the most number of things in the most efficient way. We look at the different types of time management personalities, discuss the advantages of time management and explore different time management techniques and how they can help you with school work, projects and to manage your time more efficiently.

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This week we look at some of the stress factors that are freaking our kids out with frenzied Back to School activities. From gathering school supplies to orienting yourself to a new school we discuss many of the things that worry teens during this time of year. We'll talk about concerns fitting in with new students, adjusting your sleep schedule, anxiety over remembering your classes and the general expectations parents, tea... Read more

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We finish up our two part question and answer session with four new topics. This week we discuss relationships, the future, family and personal values. We gain new insights into the complicated personality that is our co-host and we get what I consider to be the single best answer to the age old question "What is the meaning of life" that I've ever heard. It's a heart warming, educational and entertaining look in... Read more

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Another question and answer session where we get to know Madison a little bit more. With questions published by Licensed Clinical Psychologist Doctor Kristi Wolfe we learn more about Madison through forty questions ranging from Personal and School to Social activities and standards.  It's a candid look at a typical twelve year old and a great example for conversation starters for parents finding it difficult to communicate w... Read more

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