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Author: Madison and Joseph Whalen

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A father and daughter discussion about the everyday struggles of teens in today's high tech, high pressure world and the parents who are helping them cope with it. We have honest discussions about everything from the mundane to the life changing and we try to sort through the issues together in as painless a manner as possible.
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This week we talk about Body Anxiety. We'll talk about what it is and some of the leading causes of Body Anxiety. We'll look at physical appearance concerns in teens in general, how fashion plays a role in Body Anxiety, what physical self evaluation is and the difficulties in combating social expectations that lead to Body Anxiety. Finally we'll look at some of the ways that parents can help with adolescents deal with Body Anxiety, promote a positive self image and better understand the challenges teens face regarding this topic.
With the COVID-19 Pandemic surpassing the one year mark and no apparent end in sight of the restrictions we take a look at how these unusual conditions are affecting our youth. Firsst we'll look at adverse effects of COVID in general on everyone. Then we'll talk about specific challenges facing teens under these difficult circumstances. Finally we'll look at suggestions on coping with the challenges we're all facing. Citing sources from the CDC and United Nations we offer a fact filled podcast designed to help teens and adults cope with the challenges of COVID-19.
Today we’ll talk about what Mindfulness Meditation is. We’ll explore why teenagers should explore mindfulness meditation.  Then we’ll look at the benefits of mindfulness. We will show you how to teach your teens mindfulness meditation.  And finally we’ll show you a few simple anxiety exercises and mindfulness activities for teens. Then we’ll finish up with your closing remarks and shoutouts.
This week we're talking about Sleep Anxiety and the stress that cause it and can be caused by it. We'll get a better understanding of how sleep works and the five stages of sleep and how they effect us physically and mentally. Then we'll take  a look at why teens often have trouble sleeping and some of the common problems everyone may experience that disrupt sleep. Then we'll take a look at the benefits of deep sleep and how to increase the amount of deep sleep you get.
This week we address the difficult topic of the January 6th protest turned insurrection at the United States Capitol Building. It was a dark and scary time for our country to see what was thought to be peaceful protestors supporting President Trump's claim of victory in the 2020 United States Presidential election March on the Capitol, lay siege to a joint session of congress and breach the building all for the purpose of disrupting the final stage in certifying the election.We'll discuss what happened and the progression from protest, to riot to insurrection. We'll layout the timeline of events as we know at this moment.  We'll talk about some of the crimes committed and the assault on the building itself and what led up to it.We'll also talk about the outcome. What was the ultimate result of the insurrection. What happened to the people who participated. What consequences the president and his party face as a result. What the future might hold after this unprecedented event. And finally we'll have an open discussion about how to talk to your kids about events like this so they can understand what is going on, feel safe with day to day life and can cope with the fear and anxiety unexpected events like this can bring on.
After a few weeks of hiatus over the holiday's we ease back into the swing of things with a little review of the holidays.  We'll discuss how we spent Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years and some of the fun activities we were able to do despite the lockdowns still being in place.We'll also talk a little about some of the work we did in the studio and some of the upgrades and changes we made.  We get our geek on a bit talking about our new Dungeons and Dragons series that we're doing offline and we'll also talk about some of the fun new board games we played over the holiday break.Finally we'll take a look at the struggles we all had getting back into our regular routines after such a long break. Balancing our sleep schedules, ramping up efforts with school and work and just shaking off the general grogginess and cob webs of a long break.We'll end with a look ahead, our views on New Years Resolutions and both what we are looking forward to in the coming year and what we might have some concerns about in the near future. In all we've got a positive outlook for 2021 and we hope to get back into our regular swing of things and back on topic moving forward.
This week's episode is all about the holidays. First we'll talk about holiday traditions that we do as a family and ones that we've done over the years. Then we'll have some fun with a little holiday trivia and learn some things about the holidays we didn't know before. And finally we'll finish up with another fun segment of "Would you rather...Holiday Edition". We figured we'd wrap up another great year of podcasting with some fun as we take a few weeks off for the holidays. We'll be back broadcasting live again after the first of the year.Have a safe and happy holiday to all our viewers, listeners and fans.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was first published in London  in 1843 and recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man. Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol during a period when the British were exploring and re-evaluating past Christmas traditions, including carols, and newer customs such as Christmas trees. He was influenced by the experiences of his own youth and by the Christmas stories of other authors, including Washington Irving.  Dickens was inspired following a visit to the Field Lane Ragged School, one of several establishments for London's street children. The treatment of the poor and the ability of a selfish man to redeem himself by transforming into a more sympathetic character are the key themes of the story.  Published on December 19th, the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve. By the end of 1844 thirteen editions had been released.  In 1849 Dickens began public readings of the story, which proved so successful he undertook 127 further performances until 1870, the year of his death. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been translated into several languages. The story has been adapted many times for film, stage, opera and other media. A Christmas Carol captured the zeitgeist of the mid-Victorian revival of the Christmas holiday. Dickens had acknowledged the influence of the modern Western observance of Christmas and later inspired several aspects of Christmas, including family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, dancing, games and a festive generosity of spirit. The Insights Into Things Hosts now present to you for your enjoyment, our abridged and  slightly altered version of this holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.
This week we're talking about conflict resolution. We'll look at some of the common causes of conflict, how conflicts aren't necessarily a bad thing and how we can learn from them. We'll talk about the ten commandments of conflicts and how to handle conflicts with love ones, friends and others. We'll show you the skills you need to cope with conflict, how to avoid turning it into a negative experience and finally we'll discuss the steps to take to reach a conflict resolution.Much of what we talk about in this weeks episode applies not only to teens but to any situation where two or more people find themselves in conflict or on opposite sides of a given issue. We'll teach you how to compromise, how to reason, and how to see a given issue from both sides you can better understand all points of view and argue your points from an informed perspective.
This week is a cute kitten episode. We showcase the newest addition to our family, our little kitten Pumpkin. We'll discuss the circumstances of why we decided to expand our family after feeling the loss of one of our beloved elder cats. We'll talk about where we found pumpkin, who we were lucky enough to get her from and the details of the adoption process.The second half of the show is dedicated to Pumpkin herself. The diva of a kitten makes an early and unexpected appearance early on in the show but is kind enough to come back to close out the show with us. We'll talk about some of the fun little things we've discovered about her so far, explore her interesting personality, detail how she's gotten along with the rest of the family and share some fun stories we've got from her in just the last couple of weeks.Stick around until the end of the show with a special bonus montage of some of our favorite photo's that we've snapped of the cute little kitten, including her holiday outfit!
This week we tackle a common problem in adolescents, acne. Specifically we're talking about teen acne. We'll take a look at exactly what acne is from a clinical standpoint and what some of the most common causes of teen acne are.Then we'll take a look at the psychosocial impact of acne on teens. We'll look at how it can trigger depression, low self-esteem and social withdraw. This can lead to negative impact on education and professional work if left unchecked.Finally we'll explore twelve simple but helpful ways to help manage acne. From simple face washing, to weather or not to use facial scrubs, how often you should shower and whether or not too much sunlight can make things worse.
In this episode we pick up with our little personality game of "Would You Rather" from our previous podcast. This week we ask Madison questions about "Grossed Out", "Future Self", "Extracurricular Activities" and "Dating".We get some very well thought out and some very interesting answers in this weeks edition. We learn that Madison is far more likely to indulge in the performing arts than in sports. We also some interesting reasons why she's not a fan of flying.
We decided to change things up a bit for our Halloween episode and have some fun. We decorated the studio set, threw on our costumes and decided to play a game of "Would You Rather".In this episode we ask Madison a serious of questions on topics such as Technology, Pop Culture, Family, School, Food and Fantasy. We give Madison two choices and she needs to pick which one she would rather go with. It's a fun and interesting little game of personality questions that we play at home from time to time. This time we're asking the questions on the podcast and getting the answers on the fly.
This week is another in depth Question and Answers session on topics like philosophy, politics and more. We ask a number of heavy hitting philosophical questions this week such as how would Madison explain love, is there such thing as free will and can we understand happiness without sadness.Following up to our "Running for President" podcast from last week we ask Madison a number of politically motivated questions such as why does politics matter to you, does she think too much money is spent on political campaigns and what does she think are the qualities of a good political leader.We wrap up with a shortened set of miscellaneous questions such as what do you wish you were more motivated to do, what's something kids understand but adults don't and if you could give every person a gift in the world what would it be?It's an insightful look at how teens think about today's issue and we get some very enlightening answers.
In this episode we take a look at the Presidential Election. We'll explore what the requirements are to run for president and what the process of a presidential election looks like. We'll explain complicated things like the Electoral College in a simple and easy to understand way. Then we'll look at some of the reasons people run for president and some of the drawbacks to being president. Finally we put Madison on the spot as our fictional candidate and ask her some of the real questions that our presidential candidates are asked. Some of the answers are very interesting.
This week to dive back into our Questions and Answers series and get to know Madison a bit more. We're talking topics ranging from Money and Professions to Family and Friends and Education.We'll learn this week if Madison would rather be a boss or an employee, whether she believes money can buy happiness, how she defines success and more when it comes to money and professions.In our Family and Friends segment we'll find out what Madison thinks it is that makes our family amazing, what it takes to make a happy family, and which friends she thinks I like best of hers and much more.We'll close out the podcast with a series of questions on Education. We'll find out what she's learned in school that she thinks is most useful, what her easiest and hardest classes are,, and what the most important part of school is along with a bunch of other questions.
In the latest of our "revisited" series we take a deeper look into Self-Esteem, a podcast we did back in episode 5. This time we dig deeper into how to manage self esteem. We'll explore the six pillars of Self-Esteem and go into details regarding how these guiding principles combined with the tips and tricks we talked about in our original podcast can help you improve and manage your self esteem.We'll also recap what we had talked about in Episode 5. We review the signs of high-self esteem as well as the warning signs of low self-esteem. Madison will explore which of each characteristic she exhibits today as opposed to when we first discussed this topic in Episode 5. Then we'll do a quick review of where Madison was at the start of the podcast series and where she is today complete with a rating of each time period.The podcast finishes with some helpful advice from Madison on how others who faced self-esteem issues can pick themselves up and improve their overall estimation of themselves and their outlook on life in general.
This week we look at the complicated nature of trust when it comes to our teens. We'll explore the benefits of building a trusting relationship with your teen, how it can help prepare them for adulthood and how it can help with your relationship. We'll talk about ways to build and maintain that trust, some of the dangers that threaten that trust and the pitfalls to try to stay away from.Trust is one of the most important things for teens and adults. It's something that carries you through life and defines the type of person you are. Trust, like respect is difficult to earn by easy to squander just like money. Learning how to build trust and how to avoid habits and actions that can erode that trust are important lessons for maturing teenagers.
In this third "Getting to Know You" episode we learn more about Madison through a series of questions, some of which we've never asked before and others are a status check on what's changed since our last "Getting to Know You" podcast.This session was inspired by some back to school questions Madison was answering this week. Her answers as with everything in the world today are colored by the current state of the COVID-19 crisis.Surprising, despite the bleak outlook on the world today Madison is able to maintain a positive perspective on things. We asked a series of questions from habits and hobbies to family and friends and delve deeper into her personality. We learn a few things that even as her dad I wasn't aware of. It was an eye opening and fun podcast this week. There are some great questions in this episode that I encourage other parents to engage their kids with, you might be pleasantly surprised at the answers you get.
We flash back to our first podcast about braces and take a look at how far Madison has come in her journey. We'll recap what she's already gone through in phase one of her braces. We'll discuss what has happened in phase two since the original podcast in the series. Then we'll take a look at what is yet to come now that's in phase three and the home stretch.Madison conveys her struggle with some of the challenges of getting braces. She'll talk about the discomfort she's felt at the various points in the process and how she's dealt with it. We will some up with some advice that Madison can share to others who are going through the process or may be getting ready to go through the process.
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