Series: Gender Issues

Ep 163: Forget Hormones! What’s Going On Inside the Teen Brain?

Dr. Sarah McKay, author of The Women’s Brain Book, demystifies the research on the brain–the difference between males and females, the impact of hormones, and why the teenage years are such an exciting time for the brain.

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Ep 162: Could You Handle an Emotional Teen?

Andrew Reiner, author of Better Boys, Better Men, explains the new rigid rules for boys and how we can help our emerging men feel secure in a masculine identity. Plus, tips on how to build emotional resilience in our male teens.

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Ep 138: Decoding Boys

Dr. Cara Natterson, author of Decoding Boys, shares her insights into the unique issues around raising boys. From silent phases, to gaming, to late bloomers, to body image issues, as a pediatrician Cara has seen it all!

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Ep 137: A Different Way to Talk About Puberty

Michelle Mitchell, author of A Girl’s Guide to Puberty and A Guy’s Guide to Puberty, shares her top tips preparing young people for puberty. Rather than cringing at the awkwardness, Michelle suggests we can embrace body changes as the beautiful part of life they are!

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Ep 131: Emotionally Resilient Boys

Dr. Michael Gurian, author of Saving Our Sons, The Stone Boys, and 20+ books, joins us for a riveting discussion on the hidden ways in which our institutions and communication hurts boys. Not all is lost: there are plenty of ways we can help boys grow into emotionally resilient, thriving men!

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Ep 130: Creating Confident Teens

Lydia Fenet, author of The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You, talks about the top skills young people need to become confident, successful adults who can command any room they walk into–or at least, how they can shine in their own strength. One key? Practice failing…a lot!

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Ep 124: The Upside of Rude Teens

Rebecca Reid, journalist and author of Rude, sheds light on the surprising positives to rudeness and how we could all get a bit more rude…without offending anyone!

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Ep 117: The Warrior Challenge For Kinder, More Courageous Teens

John Beede, author of The Warrior Challenge, sheds light on how to help instill values of kindness, courage, and grit in our young people. Plus, how to approach masculinity in a healthy way that benefits everyone.

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Ep 105: The Hormones Behind Bonding, Relationships, and Sex

Dr. Larry J. Young, author of The Chemistry Between Us and researcher at Emory, joins Andy to discuss the hormones that drive humans (and animals!) to form deep bonds with each other. Plus, how increasing your teen’s oxytocin could be the key to creating a sociable adult.

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Ep 96: Getting Over the Awkwardness to Talk About Sex

Cindy Pierce, author of Sexplotation and Sex, College, and Social Media, brings her immense knowledge and humorous vibes to this week’s episode. Porn is wreaking havoc on our teens’ sexual development, but, fortunately, Cindy has ways parents can help undo the deleterious effects.

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