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Mighty Parenting | Raising Teens | Parenting Young Adults

Author: Sandy Fowler

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Parenting teens and young adults in today's world presents huge challenges and the Mighty Parenting podcast provides solutions. Sandy Fowler interviews experts, shares stories and gets real as she digs into relevant topics such as stress/anxiety relief, bullying, social media, peer pressure, healthy coping strategies, learning disabilities, behavioral health issues, communication, parenting strategies, and so much more. Designed for families looking to raise happy, successful, emotionally-healthy kids, the show goes upstream and focuses on sharing information that families, educators and mentors can use to empower teenagers and twenty somethings in an effective way.
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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 teens, and how parents can instill these in their kids. Our Guest: Angela Karanja  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 172 Our Sponsor:  Stressed moms have a harder time being the parent they want to be. Get Sandy’s free video lesson and her Core Strategy Inventory to get real relief from stress at sandyfowler.com/stress-relief
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 tools for both parents and teens as he assists us in building close and supportive family connections.  Our Guest: John Sovec  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 171 Our Sponsor:  iBme — Mindfulness courses and retreats for teens and adults Monthly Rainbow Family LGBTQIA+ Community Meditations details and registration at https://ibme.com/programs/online-programs/rainbow-family-meditation/ Summer 2021 iBme is hosting a retreat for LGBTQIA+ teens and young adults. Check their calendar for all upcoming events iBme.com
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 there are solutions. Kimball Lewis from EmpoweringParents.com is joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to take a look at challenging behaviors like teens lying to parents and arguing with parents to help us understand what’s happening, why, and what we can do about it. Our Guest: Kimball Lewis  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 170 Our Sponsor:  Got Stress? Get Sandy’s free video lesson and stress-relief inventory sheet to get real relief from stress. Your Key to Real Stress Relief
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. She has a candid conversation with Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler discussing the truth about leadership in teens. She shows us how every teenager can recognize and embrace who they are at their core and feel confident in their own skin. Our Guest: Renee Sinning  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 169 Our Sponsor:  Sandy Fowler—The Art and Science of Saying No: Ditch Guilt, Find Time, and Enjoy Your Life More
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 not only get your teen to help clean the house, but how you can lighten your load, end the nagging, and build your child’s time management skills while strengthening your relationship. Our Guest: Ashley Buffa Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 168
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 approach. They discuss attitudes, violence, and habits. They talk about the impact on our children’s relationships as well as strategies for communicating with your teen or twenty something about pornography. Our Guest: Megan Maas Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 167 Our Sponsor: Are you stressed out? Is it hard to fall asleep at night? Do you go bed worried and guilty? Get relief from your stress and learn about Stress-Relief Essentials at SandyFowler.com
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 not only raised her son, graduated from high school, college and business school, she founded S.O. What! and the S.O. What! Foundation where she inspires people to eliminate excuses and overcome obstacles to their success. In this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast, Summer talks to host Sandy Fowler about obstacles. She tells us why these obstacles stump our teenagers and how we can help them overcome their obstacles. Our Guest:  Summer Owens  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 166 Support from your host, Sandy Fowler:  Mom, are you stressed out? Sandy can help. Click here.
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 to be concerned about and what to do if that time comes. Our Guest: Richard Capriola  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 165 Our Sponsor:  Richard Capriola, author of The Addicted Child: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse. This book may save your child’s life. Get details and purchase at helptheaddictedchild.com
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 joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to understand why girls are so hard on themselves, the impact it has on their lives, and what parents can do to turn the tide Our Guest: Emily Lauren Dick  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 164  
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 partner. Also the skills we learn to do that will help us grow closer to our teen as well. Linda Carroll joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to discuss the stages of a relationship and to share skills for better communication and stronger bonds. Our Guest: Linda Carroll  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 163 Support for Moms: Need more time? Find time for what matters most at SandyFowler.com/find-time 
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 intense teens. This includes children diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and other behavioral, emotional and anxiety related symptoms. Christine talks about how to shift behaviors and build respect. She helps us understand what's happening and how our parenting may just be fanning the flames of challenging behavior. Our Guest: Christine Abrahams  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 162 Date to Find Your Soulmate: How to Get the Man of Your Dreams Through Strategic and Successful Dating Techniques  Struggling to work, volunteer, take time for yourself or follow another passion while still loving your family? Sandy Fowler can help. Click here.
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 been there and has turned her pain into power. Her name is Samantha Ruth. She’s a coach, speaker, and author who digitally counsels people worldwide. Today she talks to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler about how she turned her pain into power and what we can do to help our kids do the same.  Our Guest: Samantha Ruth  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 161  Date to Find Your Soulmate: How to Get the Man of Your Dreams Through Strategic and Successful Dating Techniques  The Art and Science of Saying No: Ditch Guilt, Find Time, and Enjoy Your Life More www.sandyfowler.com/saying-no with Sandy Fowler
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 simple things they can do to help their child get un-stuck. Our Guest: Leslie Josel  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 160 Show Supported By:  Sandy Fowler—Struggling to work, volunteer or follow another passion while still loving your family? Sandy Fowler shows you how you can follow your passion while loving your family and do it without guilt and stress. Click here for the free video.  
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 vaping from a youth perspective with the American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center and she shares her insights with parents on today’s episode of Mighty Parenting.  Our Guest: Kandi Walker  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 159 Show Supported By:  Sandy Fowler—Struggling to work, volunteer or follow another passion while still loving your family? Sandy Fowler shows you how you can follow your passion while loving your family and do it without guilt and stress. Click here for the free video.
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 to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler about how the enneagram can help us understand it. She tells us what the enneagram is and shows us how to use it in our parenting. She talks about the archetypes, empathy, behavior problems, and motivation. She shares how we can gain greater freedom to reflect and choose so we can respond to our children rather than react to them. Our Guest: Ashlie Woods  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 158 Our Sponsor:  Sandy Fowler—A free lesson to help moms find time for what matters most, without guilt and stress! sandyfowler.com/find-time
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 make progress. And she wraps up this short episode with the details on how to enter the drawing to receive a free book as she gives away New Year gifts to Mighty Parents.   Our Guest: Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 157   Links from episode:  Yoga Nidra meditation notifications at https://sandyfowler.com/yoganidraonline or learn more at https://sandyfowler.com/yoga-nidra-meditation/  Find Time for What Matters Most—Struggling to work, volunteer or follow another passion while still loving your family? Sandy Fowler shows you how you can find time for what matters most without stress and guilt. Click here for the free video. How to Talk to Your Teen email series. The Art & Science of Saying No: Ditch Guilt, Find Time and Enjoy Your Life More With One Little Word lesson is at https://sandyfowler.com/saying-no/ 
Seeing our kids struggle is heart breaking for parents. In fact, it can be one of the hardest things for parents to do. It’s why they jump in where they shouldn’t and do more for their kids than is healthy. Parents want to protect their kids, to simply wave a magic wand to give them a perfectly wonderful life. While there isn’t a magic wand, there are important lessons that give kids a leg up on creating a beautiful life. In today’s Mighty Parenting podcast episode, Sandy Fowler interviews the author of Lessons for My Daughters, Carmen Caterina, to discuss how we can connect with our kids and help them find the magic inside themselves. Our Guest: Carmen Caterina Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 156 Our Sponsor:  Inward Bound Mindfulness Mediation—New Year’s retreats for teens and young adults coming up fast. Grab seats now! Sandy Fowler—Find Time for What Matters Most to You
Are you dealing with a teen who’s slamming doors and having big emotional outbursts, who’s angry or endlessly scrolling their phone? Or a child who is indecisive, even about basic decisions? These are common behaviors for an anxious teenager. If you are parenting an anxious child, you are far from alone.  You are part of a very big and growing club!  If you feel guilty because you did things wrong or didn't realize the reason your child was behaving the way they were, you’re not alone there either. Tonya Crombie has been there. She’s a mom and a psychologist who struggled to understand her own anxious child. Listen in as she shares what she learned with Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler. They discuss anxiety in teens, what it looks like, and what you can do to help. Our Guest: Tonya. Crombie, Ph.D  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 155 Our Sponsor:  Inward Bound Mindfulness Mediation—New Year’s retreats for teens and young adults coming up fast. Grab seats now! Sandy Fowler—Find Time for What Matters Most to You
Devices and technology are an integral part of our teens’ live (and ours!). They ping and ding, grab our attention, interfere in our sleep, and impact our relationships. Those are the concerns we commonly hear about. But what about the good they do for us? Is it possible to live with technology in a healthy way?  Kai Hersher says yes. Kai joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler for a discussion on digital wellness. They discuss the hook model, nomophobia, permission, and communication charters as Kai informs us around the issues and shows us a healthy path forward. Our Guest: Kai Hersher  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 154 Our Sponsors:  Inward Bound Mindfulness Mediation—New Year’s retreats for teens and young adults coming up fast. Grab seats now! Sandy Fowler—Find Time for What Matters Most to You
Do you ever feel compelled to snoop on your kids, spouse or partner? Does it make you crazy when your child spends tons of time with friends or in activities and doesn't have time for you? Are you ever worried about losing the connection you have with someone? These feelings are normal. They stem from jealousy and they can harm our relationships. Listen in as Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler talks about jealousy in families with Dr. Terri Orbuch. They discuss the difference between jealousy and envy, the two types of jealousy, how jealousy harms relationships and what you can do about it. Our Guest: Dr. Terri Orbuch  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 153 Our Sponsor:  Inward Bound Mindfulness Meditation—New Year’s retreats for teens and young adults are coming up fast. Grab seats now! Sandy Fowler—Find Time for What Matters Most to You
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Melissa Telfer

I appreciate this episode as the mom of 3 boys and a girl. I noticed that you were afraid to leave the girls out of the boys podcast ... if it is about boys then the girls don't need to be mentioned or brought into the conversation. It seems to be the same problem that was being discussed...boys being compared to girls or pushed aside for girls. In a podcast about them it's ok to leave the girls out. :)

Jul 25th
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