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CONVERSATION STARTERS Do you find it hard to connect with your teenage son or daughter?  Kess and Sam give you examples of questions you can ask your teenager to get the conversation going and start opening those lines of communication. Sam also gives us his opinion about what the hardest thing about being a teenager is. Follow us on Twitter: @kinned7Instagram: kinned_podcastFacebook: kinnedpodcast
Kess and Sam discuss console gaming and PC gaming. For parents with younger children - we compare the XBox, Playstation and Switch consoles and identify some advantages and disadvantages of each system. Parents of teens - find out the differences between console gaming and PC gaming and why serious gamers tend to use PCs to game and why it's good to build your own gaming PC.  Gamers - see if you agree with our opinions on console vs PC gaming and let us know!Follow us on Twitter @kinned7Instagram at kinned_podcastFacebook at kinnedpodcast 
Episode 10 - Anxiety

Episode 10 - Anxiety


Listen in as Kess and Sam discuss their own experiences with anxiety - both of them have lots to share. If you have an anxiety disorder and/or suffer from anxiety and panic attacks - this is the episode for you! You are not alone - we understand what you're going through!Anxiety in teens:According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder. Between 2007 and 2012 anxiety disorders in children and teens increased by 20%.  What is causing the increase in the number of teens developing anxiety disorders? What can you do to cope with anxiety and panic attacks? The good news is - it is treatable! Follow us on:Twitter @kinned7Instagram at Kinned_podcastFacebook at kinnedpodcast
Anime - What is it?  What shows are worth watching?  What makes it so popular? Anime is the term for Japanese produced animation. It is estimated that there are 50 million fans of anime and manga around the world with the global anime market size valued at approximately USD 24.23 billion. Listen in as Kess and Sam discuss Anime, what makes it so appealing and popular, and what Anime shows they've seen that they feel are worth watching. If you haven't watched anime before you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it - give it a try - there is a show for everyone. And if you're already an anime lover - listen to our reviews of A Silent Voice and Anohana. See if you agree with us and visit our website at or tweet us @kinned7 to let us know what your favourite anime is and why. Follow us on Twitter @kinned7Instagram at kinned_podcastFacebook at kinnedpodcast Visit our website at 
Episode 8 - Vaping

Episode 8 - Vaping


 According to a survey by the Government of Canada, 34% of students in grades 7-12 have tried vaping. Listen in as Kess and Sam discuss vaping, the associated risks and how to talk to your children about this growing teenage trend.  Risks of Vaping: Vaping can cause side effects including dizziness, headaches, nausea, racing heart, anxiety and difficulty with sleep. Vaping can increase your exposure to harmful chemicals and alter teen brain development, long-term consequences of vaping are unknown and vaping can lead to nicotine addiction. For more information on vaping, visit:
Cancel culture is growing. More and more people are using social media platforms to withdraw support from celebrities, ordinary people, businesses and brands - this is known as 'cancelling'. Many celebrities have fallen victim to cancel culture: Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Hart to name a few. This powerful and influential form of calling out bad behaviour and enforcing social norms can be used as a valuable tool for social change,however, it can also be misused and people's lives can be ruined in an instant. Kess and Sam discuss the positives and negatives of cancel culture and the repercussions it can have on today's youth. Follow us on Instagram at kinned_podcast and Twitter @kinned7 and Facebook at kinnedpodcast   
 Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. More teens are admitted to hospital for suicide attempts than any other age group. Males are at a higher risk for suicide with male youths dying by suicide 2-3 times more often than females. Opening the lines of communication with our sons becomes especially important when we look at the statistics that boys are less likely to reach out for help than females when in distress and are more likely to succeed in committing suicide when attempted. Developing and maintaining open lines of communication with our teens (males and females) is imperative in order to identify the warning signs for suicide. If we as parents do not have the relevant information to identify whether or not our child has the warning signs, how can we determine if our child is at risk for attempting suicide? Talking openly and honestly with our teens will help increase the chance that we will see the possible warning signs for suicidal thoughts and get them the help they need as early as possible. Listen to this very important podcast for tips on how to connect with your teen, what to listen for and what to do if you think your child is at risk for self-harm.  Check out our website at www.kinned.caFollow us on Twitter @kinned7 and on Instagram at kinned_podcast
Cats vs dogs. Which is better? Sam, the cat person, and Kess, the dog person, debate this age-old question. Is the debate really about the cat vs dog or is it about cat people vs dog people? Are you a cat person or a dog person? Listen in to find out which personality traits go with which animal. You might be surprised at what being a dog person or a cat person says about you. Visit our website at www.kinned.caFollow us on Instagram at kinned_podcast and Twitter @kinned7 
Valentine's Day is almost here. Is it going to be everything you expect? What if you're expectations aren't met? How will that make you feel? Have you been disappointed in the past and do you dread Valentine's Day? In this week's episode Kessia and Sam explore the expectations that often precede Valentine's day. Whether Valentine's Day makes you feel happy or sad often has to do with our expectations, and the discrepancy between our expectations of what the day will bring, and the reality of what actually happens. Listen in to find out how to mitigate the disappointment of Valentine's Day. Whether you're married, in a relationship or single, this episode might make you feel a little better about Valentine's Day and the days leading up to it. Please leave us a review and subscribe  Check out our website at, follow us on Twitter @kinned7 and Instagram at kinned_podcast. 
Covid 19 is having an affect on our mental health. Suicide rates are on the rise. We need to develop strategies to cope with covid-19-related stress and teach our children how to cope with stress so that we have the tools to get through this pandemic and cope with whatever else life throws at us in the future. In this episode, Kess and Sam open up about how they've felt over the last year, share some of the ways they have dealt with the stress of COVID-19 and provide other strategies to cope with stress to help get through this pandemic.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, sad or lonely and feel that you might harm yourself, please contact:In the U.S. - call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (in the US) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)In Canada - call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645Visit our website at: for a list of coping strategies and further resources regarding COVID and mental health. Follow us on Twitter @kinned7, Facebook at kinnedpodcast and Instagram at Kinned_podcast
Teens Sam and Kate share their thoughts about popular social media sites. Which sites do they use? Why? What are they posting? What's Tik Tok all about? Join us for an open and honest conversation about the good, the bad and the ugly, of social media, from a teenage perspective. Follow us on Twitter @kinned7, Instagram kinned_podcast and Facebook - kinnedpodcast Visit our website at 
Does your child dislike or avoid going to school? Are you a tween or teen who hates school? How do you motivate yourself or your child to keep going and attain at least a high school education? 16 year old Sam shares his thoughts and perspective as someone who has disliked school from a very young age. Together, Sam and mom Kessia explore how difficult it can be to keep going to school and do schoolwork when there is a lack of motivation or interest (and sometimes other issues) that get in the way.  Listen to our podcast to get a teen's perspective and some suggestions for what you can do to help yourself or your child persevere. Follow us on Twitter @kinned7 and Instagram at kinned_podcast
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