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165: Inside the Teenage Mind with Dr. Jenny Rose

165: Inside the Teenage Mind with Dr. Jenny Rose

Update: 2024-06-05


Your teenager is meant to make mistakes and push the envelope when it comes to boundaries and expectations. They’re learning who they are as individuals rather than as sons or daughters. 

So how do we keep them safe while still letting them try and fail? 

It all starts with the boundaries you’re setting with your young children today. If you’re having your very first talk about curfews and drinking with your child as you drop them off at a school party, you’re too late. 

Dr. Jenny Rose joins me to share more about how we can get inside the teenage mind and how to start laying a sturdy foundation upon which to build our future relationship with our children. 

Dr. Jenny is a clinical psychologist specializing in work with teens and children. She has her PhD in attachment based parenting and works at an inpatient psychiatric institution. She is on a mission to support kids and teens amidst a pandemic of heightened mental health struggles. She is also all about preventative interventions rather than just jumping in for treatment when things go awry. 

Jenny is also a mother of three, and is launching a book in just two months, called mindful meals. This book is about nutrition for the entire family. It will feature a section that concentrates on raising conscious eaters and helping children to develop a healthy relationship with food. It is the first of its kind to focus on the psychology of eating and how as parents, we can safeguard our kids.

In this episode, we discuss: 

How the teenage brain works.

Why they are more prone to taking risks.

How we can better connect with our teens.

Breaking down the complicated aspects of parenting a teen.


RECIPE for Jenny’s Chicken Stew


1x brown onion

1 x pack of chicken breasts

half a bag of butternut

half a bag of pumpkin / sweet potato

3-4 baby marrows (zucchini)

one bag of cauliflower / broccoli mix

corn on the cob (1-2)

Chicken stock



Fry your onions until golden and add in chicken breasts (cut into fours).Season chicken with salt, pepper, and chicken spice / seasoning.

Once your chicken is browned, add in all your veg. Add in your chicken stock (you can even use 2), and fill your pot with boiling water. Make sure your water covers all the veg.

Let it boil for about half an hour (until the veg is nice and soft).

Once veg are soft, use a masher to mash all the veg (this will also pull the chicken apart). Add salt and pepper to taste.

This recipe is so easy and versatile, remove whatever you don’t enjoy, add other veg you do like, and if you want to make it indulgent, and a dollop or two of cream!

The sauce will be nice and thick (if too thick just add a bit of water). You can serve it on rice or pasta, but we actually eat as is (sometimes on the rice it can be a bit dry and loses the delicious, slurpy goodness).

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Help us understand how the teenage brain works?

What is the biggest thing teenagers need from parents?

Why are teens struggling so much?

What typical difficulties do you see with teenagers?

Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 

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165: Inside the Teenage Mind with Dr. Jenny Rose

165: Inside the Teenage Mind with Dr. Jenny Rose

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