Author: Andy

Ep 8: Teens Who Think Creatively

Jim Davies, author of the book Riveted discusses how imagination and creativity work, and how can we help our teens to think outside of the box. He explains the key to raising teens who can think for themselves is to reward them when they take risks–even if the risks don’t end up turning out very well.


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Ep 7: The Science of Teen Persuasion

Jake Teeny, persuasion researcher and author of the immensely popular course “The Psychology of Persuasion” explains what to do when you need to persuade your teen to do what you are asking. Use these tactics to be more influential in every parent-teen interaction.


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Ep 6: Don’t Raise a Wimpy Teen

Nick Boothman, New York Times bestselling author of “How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less” reveals how to instill perseverance in a teenager. He has raised five highly successful children and he worked hard to teach his kids to be resourceful and to never give up.


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Ep 5: Resolving Conflicts with Teens

Lianna Tsangarides, a family therapist and leading expert in Dialectical Behavior Therapy points out that teens are struggling with some significant inner conflicts. Lianna teaches us how to reduce external type of conflict as a parent by understanding more about the inner type of conflict.


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Ep 4: Mastering Non-Clinging with Teens

Rachel Scott, yoga teacher, blogger, and founder of Rachel Yoga, explains the concept of Aparigraha, meaning non-grasping or non-clinging. She says that parents can embody this principle by creating an open, loving space for teens to talk about whatever is on their mind.


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Ep 3: Handling Self-Centered Teenagers

Wendy Behary, author of “Disarming the Narcissist” talks about how to deal with a self absorbed teenager. What is the best way for parents to handle self centered teenage problems? One of the big topics covered in this episode is how to tell a self absorbed teenager that something he or she is doing is not OK.


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Ep 2: Getting Yourself in the Right Space

J. Brown, host of the “Yoga Talks” podcast, blogger, and founder of his own yoga studio talks about how parents can get themselves into a more open, receptive state before jumping into an important conversation with a teenager. These tactics are sure to improve your next conversation.


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Ep 1: Talking About Teens’ Future

Bill Deresiewicz, bestselling author of Excellent Sheep, talks about the conversations he had with students that really had an impact when he was teaching at Yale and Columbia. His advice for how to do this with your own teen involves being non-judgmental.


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Why Teens Make Bad Decisions

Teens are prone to “framing bias”, or the framing effect. What is framing and what should parents do about it? Dive into framing psychology in this article.


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Getting Teens to Do Chores

Andy reviews the science of getting teens to do their chores. Instead of a chore chart, use this science-based strategy to get your teenager helping out more.


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