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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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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
Teen health plays an integral role in our children's happiness. Today's technology, youth sports, and more are impacting our children's health and the ability for their nervous and immune systems to function optimally. Find out what we need to aware of in sports, what tech neck is and why you want to prevent it in your teen. Dr. Sandy Martin addresses these ideas along with other tips and strategies as she chats with Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler. Our Guest: Dr. Sandy Martin Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 152 Our Sponsor:  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.
When we’re asked what we want for our kids, parents say we want them to be happy. The thing we don’t think about is the role finances play in that. There are money lessons teens must know in order to live life on their terms, meet their goals, and follow their dreams. What do they need to know? What lessons should we teach them? Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler interviews Brian Ursu to answer these questions. They look at what our kids need to know besides budgeting and how we can help them. Our Guest: Brian Ursu  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 151 Our Sponsor:  Brian Ursu, author of Now What: A Practical Guide to Figuring Out Your Financial Future. Brian shares real-life financial advice to help our teens and twenty somethings live happy with a sound fiscal future.
Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t get along with your teen? Are they exhibiting a behavior that you just can’t get them to change? Teen behavior problems are one of the top reasons parents listen to the Mighty Parenting podcast. What if that behavior isn’t really a problem? What if that difficult temperament in your teenager could get much better with a simple reframing and common understanding? Parenting coach Wendy Gossett uses parenting by personality to help parents and teens get past behavior issues, increase self-esteem, and improve their relationship. She’s talking to Sandy Fowler about the various temperaments and their impact on us, our teens, the family dynamic, and our relationships. Our Guest: Wendy Gossett  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 150 Our Sponsors:  iBme — A Shelter in the Storm: post-election online mindfulness retreat for all ages Sandy Fowler—The Art and Science of Saying No: Ditch Guilt, Find Time, and Enjoy Your Life More
Kids in larger bodies often have to deal with weight stigma and bullying. This is heart breaking for parents to see. We want to step in and make things better for our child. But how do we do that? Adolescent eating disorder psychotherapists Zoë Bisbing and Leslie Bloch help parents and teens with this every day. They join Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to talk about parents’ initial reaction, the best way to support our kids in larger bodies, and how to manage a conversation with your doctor. Our Guests: Zoë Bisbing and Leslie Bloch  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 149  Our Sponsors:  A Shelter in the Storm: Post-Election Refuge -- A mindfulness retreat for teens and adults put on by iBme  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 often talk about behavior problems or strained relationships with their teenager. While there are many potential contributing factors for those issues, if your teen is stressed, tired, or worn out then anything they are struggling with will be exacerbated. If you are stressed, tired, or worn out then it can strain your relationship with your child. On the Mighty Parenting podcast, Sandy repeatedly shares how important it is to be curious and listen well but how patient will you be if you’re not well rested? How well will you listen without interjecting your opinions and advice? Rest impacts our lives in so many ways and today’s episode brings a whole new perspective to the idea of rest. Sandy Fowler interviews Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith to find out why sleep isn’t enough and how different types of rest can impact our sleep and our entire lives. Our Guest: Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 148 Our Sponsor:  iBme — Mindfulness courses and retreats for teens and adults view fall courses and retreats here Sandy Fowler—Struggling to work or 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.
Everything is going along fine then our kids hit middle school and girl drama happens. Now there’s a daily report on who said what to whom. The big news of the day is who is mad, who is their friend, and who they sat with at lunch. While relationships are always important, the teen years are a time when girls’ friendships are essential and yet they seem to be a battleground. When teen drama shows up, parents don’t know what to do. We want to comfort our child, make pain go away, and walk them through this. Unfortunately, we tend to make mistakes. Teen coach Sheri Gazitt talks to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler about teen girl drama. They discuss what’s happening and why. They cover the mistakes parents make and what to do instead. Our Guest: Sheri Gazitt  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com episode 147 Our Sponsors:  The Great Courses Plus—try it out! Get free access to their entire library of quality, educational streaming videos. iBme — Mindfulness courses and retreats for teens and adults register for A Shelter in the Storm: Post-election Refuge online mindfulness retreat for all ages by clicking here
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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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