Series: Risky Behaviors

Ep 126: Make Awkward Conversations Easier

Michelle Icard, author of the new book Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen, joins us to chat about the most important discussions to have with young people these days. We’ll also cover how to make them go smoothly and what parents can do to minimize awkwardness (and arguments) in the process!

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Ep 125: What To Do With a Negative Teen

Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, bestselling author of Willpower and The Power of Bad, helps us understand our tendency to focus on the negatives and why it’s not all bad. Not winning “the best parent” awards? Turns out that’s not what matters for a successful teen.

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Ep 122: Why Teens Rage and What To Do About It

R. Doug Fields, author of Why We Snap and Electric Brain, shares insight from the field of neuroscience on why as evolved as we are, parents and teens still snap at each other. Plus, what new research in the field of brain waves could mean for our kids in the future.

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Ep 121: How to Transform Troublesome Boys

Gregory Koufacos, author of The Primal Method, joins us for a discussion on why simply talking to boys doesn’t work–and how parents can instead activate a strong bond with their teens to set them up for a thriving healthy adult life.

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Ep 119: Fresh Advice from Dad

Marc Fienberg, author of Dad’s Great Advice for Teens, helps us kick off the new year with some fresh advice for teens–and the best way to deliver it!

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Ep 118: Lying, Stealing, and Power Struggles

Paul Podolsky, author of Raising a Thief, goes in depth on his journey raising a traumatized daughter. Paul describes how to spot the signs and tells us what parents can do to help troubled teens heal and transition into adulthood.

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Ep 115: Beating Substance Abuse and Addiction

Richard Capriola, author of The Addicted Child and a seasoned addiction counselor, gives us the details on vaping, marijuana use, and drug abuse in teens. Together Andy and Richard go in depth on what to do if you suspect substance abuse and how to start a successful recovery.

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Ep 112: Consequences of Your Teen’s Digital Footprint

Leah Plunkett, author of Sharenthood, joins Andy for a discussion on the consequences and benefits of our teens’ extensive digital footprint. We leave more data behind us than we think–who is using it and for what purposes?

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Ep 110: Hidden Depression in High Achievers

Cindy Otis, author of True or False and former CIA analyst, joins Andy to discuss how misinformation snowballs (and how to spot it), the long history of fake news, and how emotion can blind teens (and adults) to the truth.

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Ep 108: Prepare Your Teen for Police Encounters

Jonathan Cristall, author of What They Don’t Teach Teens and a career prosecutor, gives Andy the insider scoop on what teens should know to stay calm and collected during any police or criminal encounter. Does your teen know their rights?

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