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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 kids in an effective way.
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Parents worry about their kids not being able to support themselves. It's frustrating and scary when your teenager isn't excited about college, when you can't afford college, or when attending college means your child will be saddled with debt. But there's an option that many families don't know about or don't really understand—manufacturing. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler has a conversation with manufacturing champion Terry M. Iverson. Terry enlightens parents about the manufacturing industry and the possibilities for our kids. Find out what it means to have a career in manufacturing, how to help your child discern which jobs are a good fit for them, what employers are looking for and how your child can build employable skills no matter what their interests. Our Guest: Terry M. Iverson  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 137 Our Sponsors:  The Great Courses Plus free trial of high quality, educational streaming videos Sandy Fowler—The Art and Science of Saying No: Ditch Guilt, Find Time, and Enjoy Your Life More 
Do you have an entitled teenager? It may be an isolated incident at the mall or it may be an ongoing concern, but when we see our teenager showing signs of entitlement it can make us crazy. Parents can feel unappreciated, sad, angry, concerned or all of this and more. It can look like we have an ungrateful teenager who just expects things to be handed to them. How did they get this way? Did I do something to create this? How do I change it? Parenting coach Sarah Rosensweet joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to dig into these questions and more. Find out what’s really happening and what parents can do.      Our Guest: Sarah Rosensweet  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com   Our Sponsor: iBme — Mindfulness courses and retreats for teens and adults
Managing food allergies is exhausting and emotionally draining. While parents of are the keepers of the box when it comes to their children's food, when that food can be life threatening it's terrifying. We often handle that fear through vigilance. However, the older kids get the more often they'll be away from us and the more food choices they'll make on their own. They need, and want, to take on more and more responsibility for their food but this can create anxiety for parents as well as conflict between parent and child. Find out how to manage emotional turmoil as you turn the reins over to your teenager as Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler discusses managing teenagers' food allergies with expert Tamara Hubbard. Our Guest: Tamara Hubbard  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 135 Our Sponsor: iBme — Mindfulness courses and retreats for teens and adults 
Say the word budget and watch people cringe. Why is that? Why are budgets so difficult? Why don’t we stick to them? And how can we help our kids stay out of debt while still living a good life? Certified financial planner Christina Gatteri joins Mighty Parenting Podcast host Sandy Fowler to help us understand personal and financial self care and how it impacts our lives. She shares insights about money, why she doesn’t have her clients create budgets and what she does instead. She and Sandy describe important conversations to have with our teens and twenty somethings and discuss some of Sandy’s strategies for teaching her kids how to be responsible with their money while still enjoying it. Our Guest: Christina Gatteri  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 134 Our Sponsor: iBme — Mindfulness courses and retreats for teens and adults 
Teenagers are labelled as difficult, rebellious, and out of control when often what they want is simply to make a difference in the world. Nonviolent activism is a tool they can use to harness power, effect change, and fight injustice. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler interviews Todd Hasak-Lowy about his book We Are Power. They will discuss nonviolent activism for youth to understand what it is, why it works, and how our kids can use it to create change and feel great about themselves. Our Guest: Todd Hasak-Lowy Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 133 Our Sponsors: iBme—In-Depth Mindfulness Programs for Teens and Adults Getting It Together Parent Summit--Explore Alternatives for Your Child's Education and Find a Healthier, Happier Family Life, Post-COVID, and Beyond  
When there’s conflict in the home, parents tend to say it’s because they have a difficult teenager. Arguments, eye rolling, tears, and the statements like, “You just don’t understand” or “You never listen” are frustrating. Parents feel like they’re walking on egg shells or always living with tension. They don’t know how to resolve the conflict. But what if you didn’t have to wait for your teen to change? What if you could do something to turn the tide? Jude Bijou will talk about resolving conflict with Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler. She will share how good communication can change the dynamics of the household and show you how to communicate simply, lovingly, and effectively. Our Guest: Jude Bijou, MA, MFT Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 132 Our Sponsors:  Versity—We’re stronger together! iBme — Mindfulness courses and retreats for teens and adults
There are so many things we want our teenagers to learn, including good values and healthy living strategies. Open conversations can help with both of these. Popular media is a great spark for starting a conversation and gives our kids a safe space to talk about ideas. Martha Hunt Handler's book Winter of the Wolf, published by our sponsor Green Leaf Book Group, provides opportunities to discuss grief, spirituality, and other important topics. Listen in as Martha and Sandy Fowler discuss grief, suicide, and other topics on the Mighty Parenting podcast.  Our Guest: Martha Hunt Handler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com/podcast episode 131 Our Sponsors:  Green Leaf Book Group—publisher of Winter of the Wolf The Great Courses Plus 30 day free trial of high quality, educational streaming videos Save The Children - help a child get through the pandemic
We hear a lot about mindfulness these days. It seems like everywhere we turn someone is telling us to be mindful. But what does that really mean? Does mindfulness in parenting really work? How do we incorporate it into our busy lives? Today Corinne and Charisse Minerva from iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education) will talk to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler about mindfulness. They'll show us what mindfulness is and what it isn't. They'll talk about the effect on teens and how mindfulness can impact our parenting. They will even lead us in a mindfulness practice. Our Guests: Corinne and Charisse Minerva from iBme Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 130 Our Sponsors:  iBme — Mindfulness courses and retreats for teens and adults Versity Blood Donation Centers—We’re stronger together!
We hear a lot about our children needing to be more resilient, better able to handle challenges and disappointments. One way a parent can help is to build self-confidence in your teenager. Self-confidence can help them take reasonable risks and reach for goals. It can change the way they see themselves and interact with the world. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler interviews Dr. Melanie McNally to find out why our teens and twenty somethings are struggling and how parents can help. Our Guest: Dr. Melanie McNally  Detailed Show Notes and Support at https://mightyparenting.com episode 129 The Great Courses Plus 30 day free trial of high quality, educational streaming videos Save The Children - help a child get through the pandemic
Today's show is very short and has 2 segments focused on what we can do to help others. The first segment is about one of our sponsors and how they help us make a difference and save lives. In the second, Sandy takes a look at what she's learned from the events of the last couple weeks. She shares her thoughts and plans for her parenting and for the podcast so we can work together to change our society and end racism. Our Host: Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Our Sponsors - links and deals at www.mightyparenting.com/sponsors Versity—We’re stronger together! The Great Courses Plus 30 day free trial of high quality, educational streaming videos
Diet culture is making it hard for our teens to interact with food in a healthy way. It turns food choices into moral judgements and cultivates eating disorders. Our kids feel judged for their body weight, exercise habits, and food choices and it's harming their self-esteem, health, and even their relationships with us. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler talks with therapists Zoe Bisbing and Leslie Bloch to understand diet culture and the reality our teenagers are living in with regards to weight, body shape, and size. Our Guests: Zoe Bisbing and Leslie Bloch of The Full Bloom Project Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Episode 127 Our Sponsors:  Save The Children - help a child get through the pandemic www.savethechildren.org/savekids Versiti—We’re stronger together! Visit www.versiti.org to make an appointment today.
Teens do many things that baffle parents. We shake our heads and wonder why they do the things they do. But when they engage in risky behavior it scares us. When parents are scared we can over react or take a stance that makes things worse. Find out why our teenagers engage in risky behavior. Learn methods of dealing with those situations as well as the anxiety that is plaguing teens today. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler goes behind the scenes with therapist and speaker Jon Mattleman. They discuss teen behavior and emotions, parents’ feelings, and parenting strategies for handling risky behavior. Our Guest: Jon Mattleman Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 126 Sponsors - links and deals at www.mightyparenting.com/sponsors The Great Courses Plus—30 day free trial of high quality, educational streaming videos Save The Children - help a child get through the pandemic 
A universal truth is parents want to be close to their kids. But when our kids become teenagers it can be tricky to find ways to strengthen family bonds. One way to do it is to spend meaningful time together, and a great way to do that is to volunteer as a family. On today’s episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast, Sandy Fowler chats with Jenny Friedman from Doing Good Together. They explore the idea of giving back through volunteering. They discuss the impact of volunteering and how to volunteer as a family. Our Guest: Jenny Friedman Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 125 Our Sponsors: Versiti—We’re stronger together! The Great Courses Plus—30 day free trial of high quality, educational streaming videos
When asked what we want for our children most parents say we want them to be happy. However, we also want them to be good, kind, responsible people. That's the premise behind Kara Kinney Cartwright's new book Just Don't Be An Assh*le: A Surprisingly Necessary Guide to Being a Good Guy. It's a straight-to-the-point conversation with our teenage sons about the unspoken rules of life. Kara brings her wit and wisdom to the Mighty Parenting podcast as she chats with Sandy Fowler about raising a good man. They'll cover those crazy teenage years when our boys' hormones are raging and their moods and attitudes can leave something to be desired and how to impart all the lessons you want your son to learn. Our Guest: Kara Kinney Cartwright  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 124 Our Sponsor: The Great Courses Plus—30 day free trial of high quality, educational streaming videos
Children’s emotional and physical health are one and the same. The health of the body impacts our emotions and thoughts. Conversely, our thoughts and feelings impact the body. As our teenagers grow up they experience intense emotions and may even have thoughts of suicide. Actually, 17% of high school students have thought about suicide. Fortunately, parents are in a position to help. Dr. Lia Gaggino talks to Sandy Fowler about the essential things every parent needs to know about teenage emotions and suicide ideation in order to keep your child safe. Be sure to listen and share this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast with every parent you know. Our Guest: Dr. Lia Gaggino  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 123 Our Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus—30 day free trial of high quality, streaming videos at www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/mightyparenting
Parents are suddenly thrust into the position of teacher. Not only that, but they have to do it while adhering to someone else's schedule and plan. Coping with learning at home is pushing many parents over the edge and causing their stress levels to soar. There are a lot of tips out there for managing logistics but there is more to it than that. Sandy Fowler shares insights and a mindset that helps families survive and thrive during this crazy time. Our Guest: Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 122 Our Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus—30 day free trial of high quality, educational streaming videos Versiti—We’re stronger together! Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Parenting teenagers is challenging. Pushback, arguments, silence and distancing are some of the hallmarks of this stage. One of the more challenging situations for parents comes from your teen pushing your buttons. It's like we're wearing a shirt with big pictures of buttons saying, "Push here!" They are masters at knowing what to say or do that sends our emotions into overdrive. Hunter Clarke-Fields has some tips and strategies for us today that can help you keep your cool or manage the situation when you don't. She'll share those and her stories with Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler so we can all learn and find a more peaceful path. Our Guest: Hunter Clarke-Fields Detailed Show Notes and Support at https://mightyparenting.com/when-your-teenager-is-pushing-your-buttons-hunter-clarke-fields-episode-121 Our Sponsors: Versiti—We’re stronger together! The Great Courses Plus—30 day free trial of high quality, educational streaming videos 
Families everywhere are dealing with lack of routine, lost connection, living and working in close quarters, and even grief as COVID-19 runs its course. Our kids are living with a lot of disappointment and fear, and they may feel adrift. All of this is creating anxiety. Mighty Parenting podcast host and stress relief coach Sandy Fowler addresses Coronavirus anxiety. She shares insights on using this time to share your values with your children as well as tips for families on how they can reduce Coronavirus anxiety. Our Host: Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at https://mightyparenting.com/relieving-coronavirus-anxiety-sandy-fowler-episode-120/ Our Sponsor: Versiti—We’re stronger together! Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Healthy parenting during the Coronavirus lockdown has some challenges. Our kids are feeling a lot of different emotions. They are dealing with a lack of routine and they get tired of being locked down with us. But there are things parents can do, and things we shouldn't even worry about. Behavioral therapist Anthony Rao joins Mighty Parenting host Sandy Fowler to discuss healthy parenting strategies for the pandemic. Find out what’s most important and the things you can do to help your child and yourself through this historical time. Our Guest: Anthony Rao, PsyD  Detailed Show Notes at MightyParenting.comhttps://mightyparenting.com/healthy-parenting-strategies-for-handling-the-coronavirus-lockdown-anthony-rao-episode-119/ Our Sponsor: Versiti Versiti—Stronger Together! People need people and Versiti Blood Centers bring people together through the lifesaving gift of blood donation. Every two seconds, someone needs blood: trauma victims, surgery patients, premature babies, people with anemia, cancer patients and many more. Your blood donation can save up to 3 lives right in your community. Donating is simple and safe. Click here now to visit Versiti.org and make an appointment. Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
As our boys grow up life can get strange. That little boy who loved being with you can suddenly disappear behind closed doors. We lose communication and our relationship with them suffers. Understanding boys and the changes they go through as they approach and live through puberty can help. Parents can keep a better line of communication and foster a stronger relationship with their sons. They can also decrease the anxiety and frustration their boys experience during this time. Cara Natterson, M.D.,go-to puberty expert, talks to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler about decoding boys, improving communication, and strengthening or rebuilding your relationship. Our Guest: Cara Natterson, M.D.  Detailed Show Notes and Support at https://mightyparenting.com/decoding-boys-understanding-boys-silence-anger-and-other-signals-cara-natterson-md-episode-118/ Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
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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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