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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 interview experts, share stories and get real as they dig in to 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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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
Ever feel like all you're doing is arguing with your teenager? Whether it's an eye roll, the exasperated tone, push back, or an actual argument, it's exhausting. Parents get frustrated and end up feeling guilty. But Laurie Warren has a different view of the situation which she's sharing with Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler. They discuss the truth about arguing and how parents can handle it in a way that actually helps their teenager. Laurie gives us insights into handling the actual situation and what we can do in between to foster connection with our teenagers while managing the relationship. Our Guest: Laurie Warren  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
With scheduling changes, living in close quarters, loss of stability and routines as well as income, many families are struggling to deal with social isolation. Stress-relief coach and Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler shares strategies for managing stress and anxiety, dealing with social isolation with teenagers, and even how to find the good in all of this. Coronavirus is a big issue and families need strategies to ride the emotional wave. Sandy Fowler shares those strategies. Our Guest: Sandy FowlerDetailed Show Notes and Support at https://mightyparenting.com/strategies-for-dealing-with-social-distancing-with-teenagers-sandy-fowler-episode-116/  Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support   Resources Mentioned in Show: Episode 103—Jude Bijou shows us how to manage our emotions in a healthy way. Episode 94—Dr. Laura Dabney shows us how being selfish is good for us and our teenager. Episode 80—Sandy Fowler shares strategies for creating a stress-free family vacation. These same strategies can be adapted when dealing with social isolation. sandyfowler.com/coronavirus  facebook.com/mightyparenting  https://www.facebook.com/groups/MightyParenting/
Every parent wants their teenager to be happy and that means we want them to dream and to dream big. But what happens when life gets in the way? When they experience failure, bullying, or obstacles? How can we still connect with them and support them? How can we inspire them? Former NFL football player Marc Megna has been there. He was raised by a single mom who struggled financially. He was an overweight kid who was bullied but he found a way to follow his dreams. Listen in as Marc talks to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler. He shares his story and what parents need to know about kids facing adversity.  Our Guest: Marc Megna  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
When teenagers struggle in school the effects ripple outward. Parents try to help their kids but often end up in power struggles, an argument or even someone being in tears. Rachel Gallows knows what that’s like. She struggled and almost failed year after year through elementary school but she made some changes and graduated as high school valedictorian. Now she is a tutor who works a little differently with her students. Today she joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to talk about what happened, why kids struggle in school and how that impacts their homework. Our Guest: Rachael Gallows Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Touched-up photos of thin, beautiful women and muscular, gorgeous men. Movies where sadness is met with a tub of ice cream. Living in a world that feels out of control. These are just a few of the societal factors that contribute to food addiction. But what exactly is food addiction? Does my craving for a bowl of ice cream, or a pint or half gallon, constitute food addiction? How can we tell if our teenager has a food issue? What can we do to help or to prevent a problem in the first place? Food addiction expert Jennifer Alembik answers these questions and more in her discussion with Mighty Parenting Podcast host Sandy Fowler. Our Guest: Jennifer Alembik  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
We hear a lot of frustrated and worried parents commenting on the way teenagers aren't handling disappointment or failure well. When life gets frustrating kids are folding or melting down. Not being able to buy the gadget they want, not getting the grade they want, not making the cut for the team, not achieving 1st chair in orchestra or not getting praise and adulation from their boss, teens and college students are struggling with handling disappointment and failure. In this episode of the Mighty Parenting Podcast, co-hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler dig into this tough topic. They interview Dr. Deborah Gilboa, affectionately known as Dr. G, about the problem, finding out more about what’s happening, how it affects our kids’ futures and what parenting practices can help save our kids from the fallout. Our Guest: Deborah Gilboa, MD. a.k.a. Dr. G  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Depression is a surprisingly common health concern in teens yet most parents don't understand depression or recognize the warning signs. Understanding depression in teenagers helps parents and other adults recognize when a problem may be forming and allows them to intervene early. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler discusses teen depression with expert Kristi Hugstad. They share what depression really is and what it is not, what it looks like, and the warning signs that a teen is depressed. Get strategies for dealing with depression and the questions parents need to ask. Our Guest: Kristi Hugstad  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Parents struggle to do what's best for their kids and often wonder, "Am I parenting right?" There are many different parenting styles and many ways to implement them. Parents may feel varying degrees of success in attempting any of them. Plus, we all have bad days and wonder what those will do to our kids. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler talks to Dr. Steven Fonso about parenting mistakes and what parents of teens can do to help themselves and their children. Our Guest: Dr. Stephen Fonso  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Every parent wonders what their child is thinking. In today's climate we also wonder what is weighing on their hearts and what is feeding their anxiety. Today we'll get an inside look at the teenage mind from people who listen to them regularly. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler chats with Valerie Grison Alsop and Blanche Stora from Give Us the Floor (GUTF). At Give Us the Floor, teens talk to teens about their problems and the anxiety they feel. Find out what is on the teenage mind, what's happening with their mental health, and why they don't want to talk to adults about it. Our Guests: Valerie Grison-Alsop and Blanche Stora Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Eating healthy and losing weight are two popular New Year resolutions. However, achieving those goals is not easy. It can be difficult when we try to shift an entire family’s diet. Then there are the issues that come up when our teenager wants to lose weight. Fad diets and quick weight loss don’t last. More importantly, they can cause health issues for our teens. But health coach Nagina Abdullah has answers for us. She joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to discuss the best and easiest way to improve our family’s diet. She will address healthy weight loss for us and our teens along with tips and tricks for making dietary changes easier. Our Guest: Nagina Abdullah  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Trying out for the theatre or a team. Being graded on a performance. Trying to make friends or ask someone out on a date. Teenagers face rejection and failure frequently and they may not have the skills to bounce back. It takes resilience which is something many teens and twenty somethings don’t have. Additionally, parents can actually hinder the process when they attempt to help. Stephen David Leonard joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to discuss the steps to bouncing back from rejection. They explore what’s happening, how our teens feel, and what parents can do to help our kids build resilience and develop healthy coping strategies. Our Guest: Stephen David Leonard  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Work-life balance is a myth. It's not about balancing work and all the rest of life. Work is a part of life and to separate it like that is disingenuous to you and your potential, not to mention your family. Pushing for balance stops us from enjoying our lives and from achieving our potential. Most importantly, it’s hurting our children. Executive and leadership coach Dana Look-Arimoto talks to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler about settling consciously so we stay in the driver’s seat of our lives. Dana shares the one thing we need to do as a New Year’s resolution and discusses ways to find happiness, health, and energy while helping our kids to do the same. Our Guest: Dana Look-Arimoto Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
When teens are lethargic, unmotivated, or avoiding school work it makes parents crazy. We may try talking, taking away privileges, or even bribery to get them to do what they need to do. What they really need is motivation. Motivating teenagers can be sticky but tapping into their dreams can help. Adam Norse joins Mighty Parenting Podcast host Sandy Fowler to discuss motivating teenagers. Adam shows us how we can help kids tap into their dreams and use those dreams to motivate them to handle many aspects of their lives.  Our Guest: Adam Norse  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Our Sponsor: Ecree - On-demand virtual writing tutor for students Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
The New Year is right around the corner. This is the time where we either think about how much we despise resolutions or how we can succeed with our New Year resolution. Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler have different views on resolutions. On this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast they share their different perspectives. They talk about what they don’t like about resolutions and how they’ve adapted the custom to actually improve their lives. Find out why resolutions fail, why resolutions work and what you can do to set yourself up for success. Our Guests: Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Our Sponsor: Ecree - On-demand virtual writing tutor for students Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Ask any parent and they'll tell you they want their child to be happy. When you dig deeper that turns out to mean we want them to experience joy, love, and peace. That's a tall order but emotion expert Jude Bijou has a blueprint for finding it. On today's Mighty Parenting podcast episode, Jude talks to host Sandy Fowler about the six main emotions and how we can shift from feeling sadness, anger, and fear to feeling joy, love, and peace. She shares the difference between feelings and emotions, how they impact us, and how we can manage feelings and emotions for a better life and a better relationship with our teen. Our Guest: Jude Bijou  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Our Sponsor: Ecree - On-demand virtual writing tutor for students Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Tests impact our children's lives in many ways. From college admissions to scholarships to competitive high school placements, kids need to do well on exams to achieve their goals. Scoring well on standardized tests includes writing a good essay. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler shares tips from our sponsor Ecree on how our kids can study for the writing portion of standardized tests.  Our Host: Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Our Sponsor: Ecree - On-demand virtual writing tutor for students Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Parents want their kids to be happy and have a good college experience. However, sometimes they get in the way of that happening. College admissions counselor Gabriella Glancy talks to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler about the ins and outs of running the college admissions gauntlet. Find out what kids can do during high school to help set them up for a good college experience and how to nail the admissions essay. Our Guest: Gabrielle Glancy  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 101 Our Sponsor: Ecree - On-demand virtual writing tutor for students Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
Human beings need to live in a culture of connection. We crave real connection; seeing people's faces, feeling human touch, and having conversations that leave us feeling heard and understood. Today's digital age is fast paced and superficial, leaving us feeling isolated and disconnected. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler talks to suicide prevention expert Anne Moss Rogers about how parents can help create a culture of connection. She shares ideas and strategies for raising teens to feel heard and teaching them to use social media so it supports mental health and wellness. Our Guest: Anne Moss Rogers  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Our Sponsor: Ecree - On-demand virtual writing tutor for students Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
When our child decides to go to college there are a million things to sort through and manage. On that list is getting admitted to a college that is a good fit for them. Part of the process is to write a college admissions essay. This is no easy feat! The admissions essay is a sticking point for many kids and the process drives parents crazy. Our sponsor, Ecree, has some tips to help make the process easier and to help your child write a better essay. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler shares Ecree's tips so you can show them how to write a winning college essay, support them along the way, and not stress out (too much) while it happens. Our Host: Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Our Sponsor: Ecree - On-demand virtual writing tutor for students 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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