Power Your Parenting: Moms With Teens

Colleen O'Grady LPC, LMFT, author, speaker & C-Suite Radio

Colleen O'Grady, MA. is a speaker, trainer and author of the award-winning and best-selling book Dial Down the Drama: Reduce Conflict and Reconnect with Your Teenage Daughter---A Guide for Mothers Everywhere. Colleen shares her wisdom from twenty-five years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist which translates into over 50,000 hours of working with parents and teens. Colleen, known as the parent-teen relationship expert helps you raise the bar of what's possible for the teenage years. Colleen not only knows this professionally she has been a mom in the trenches with her own teenage daughter. You really can improve your relationship with your teen and dial up the joy, peace, and delight at home and work. Every episode is geared to uplift you, give you practical parenting tips that you can apply right away and keep you current on the latest in teen research and trends. read less
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# 274 Give Your Teens What Technology Can't
3d ago
# 274 Give Your Teens What Technology Can't
Are you worried that technology is taking over your family life, especially with your tweens and teens? In this episode of the "Power Your Parenting" podcast, Colleen O'Grady hosts Erin Loechner, the author of "The Opt Out Family: How to Give Your Kids What Technology Can't." Erin shares her journey from being a social media influencer to leading a low-tech lifestyle. Founder of global tech-free movement The Opt-Out Family, Erin Loechner is a former social media influencer who walked away from a million fans to live a low-tech lifestyle—and is now teaching others how to do the same. Her cutting-edge work has been praised in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post, as well as on the Today Show. When she’s not scrawling on her trusty steno pad, Erin, her husband, and their three kids spend their days chasing alpenglow, reading Kipling, and biking to town for more tortillas. Five key points include: 1) The pervasive belief that kids need technology is challenged, suggesting families can thrive without it. 2) Erin's family motto is "be more engaging than the algorithm," focusing on meaningful offline activities. 3) The negative impacts of technology on children’s mental health are highlighted with compelling statistics. 4) Erin shares practical strategies for families to reduce screen time, such as creating device-free zones and engaging in tech-free retreats. 5) She emphasizes the importance of parents modeling low-tech behavior and fostering real-life connections to help kids develop critical thinking and a love for discovery. Additionally, Erin discusses the challenges and strategies for managing technology in schools, advocating for alternatives to digital assignments and promoting device-free environments to enhance students' focus and well-being. Learn more at https://www.erinloechner.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#273 What Grieving Teens Need
Jun 10 2024
#273 What Grieving Teens Need
Are you wondering how to support your teen through the heart-wrenching experience of grief and loss? In this heartfelt episode, Colleen interviews award-winning writer and podcaster Clarissa Moll, who shares her personal journey of navigating grief after the sudden loss of her husband in 2019. Clarissa, a remarried widow and mother of seven, discusses her two upcoming books, "Hurt, Help, Hope" and "Hope Comes to Stay," which offer essential guidance for teens and younger children dealing with grief. First, she emphasizes the importance of understanding that grief manifests differently for each child, ranging from clinginess to a need for solitude. Second, she highlights the necessity of self-care for parents to ensure they can support their children effectively. Third, Clarissa discusses the significance of maintaining family unity and open communication to prevent the family from splintering after a loss. Fourth, she stresses the value of creating a supportive environment that includes normalizing grief, encouraging resilience, and leveraging trusted adults to provide additional support for grieving teens. Additionally, Clarissa advises moms to be patient with their teens' grief journey and to avoid imposing a timeline on their healing process. She emphasizes that grief can take years to process, and it's crucial for parents to provide a stable, understanding presence without pressuring their teens to "move on" too quickly. This patience and acceptance can help teens feel supported and understood, fostering a healthier, more genuine healing process. Finally, Clarissa advises moms to be patient with their teens' grief journey and to avoid imposing a timeline on their healing process. She emphasizes that grief can take years to process, and it's crucial for parents to provide a stable, understanding presence without pressuring their teens to "move on" too quickly. This patience and acceptance can help teens feel supported and understood, fostering a healthier, more genuine healing process. Follow on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mollclarissa/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#272 Can Teens Be Financially Literate?
Jun 3 2024
#272 Can Teens Be Financially Literate?
Hey moms! Have you ever wondered if your teen or college student truly understands the value of money? Are they financially savvy, or do you often find them struggling to grasp the basics? Today’s episode is all about empowering you to help your teens become financially literate. With almost twenty-five years of experience as a financial advising professional, Jeffrey Panik, MSFS, CFP® knows that his job is to help clients strike a balance between living well today and planning for the future. Throughout his career, Jeff has worked with hundreds of families, individuals, and small businesses to help them set goals, strategically manage their assets, and work toward achieving their dreams. The first in his family to attend college, Jeff believes it is imperative to start the discussion of financial literacy early to best prepare for financial success throughout life. Jeffrey is the author of Your Future Is Now: A Guide to Understanding Your Finances and Gaining Independence. In this episode, Jeff emphasizes the importance of starting financial literacy discussions early. He provides practical tips on teaching teens about the real costs of credit cards and responsible spending. You'll learn about various budgeting tactics that suit different personalities, understand the true costs of college and how to manage student loans effectively, and discover ways to encourage your teens to work part-time and save. Jeff also highlights the value of early financial education and the impact of practical experiences like internships and part-time jobs. Follow Jeffrey on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffpanik/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#271 Avoid the Summer Slide
May 27 2024
#271 Avoid the Summer Slide
Are you worried about your teen spending the summer glued to their screens and losing valuable skills? In episode #271 of the "Power Your Parenting Moms to Teens" podcast, host Colleen O'Grady chats with Julia Geffner, a seasoned growth marketer and mom, about preventing the dreaded summer slide. They share practical tips on establishing routines, setting screen time limits, and exploring exciting interests through hands-on activities and enrichment programs. Discover how to make this summer not only relaxing but enriching for your teen. Tune in and transform your summer strategy! Julia Geffner is a growth marketer, strategist, and customer experience executive and current chief digital and marketing officer at Summer Discovery, the global leader in pre-college programs for nearly six decades. She has 20 years of experience in executive and C-level digital and traditional marketing experience and revenue growth roles. She is passionate about youth education and loves that she gets to help create interactive and fulfilling learning experiences for teens. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in political science and an M.B.A. from Fordham School of Business in marketing and management. Most importantly, Julia is a mom to her two incredible children. Learn more about Summer Discovery and Julia at https://www.summerdiscovery.com/about/our-team Follow on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/summerdiscovery Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
# 270 Finish Strong: Tips for Finals and AP Exams
May 20 2024
# 270 Finish Strong: Tips for Finals and AP Exams
How can moms help their tweens and teens finish the year strong? Do you see your teens procrastinating? How can moms motivate their teens to study and do their best on their finals and AP exams? This episode is full of practical tips and advice to help YOU help your teen. Our guest today is Lisa Speransky. Lisa grew up in New York City, attending specialized public schools and Columbia University. Through years of her own experience as a well-known tutor and mentor in NYC, she came to understand how a tutoring relationship can be life-changing for a student and began expanding her company in 2003. Lisa also enjoyed a 13-year corporate career in consumer products, spending 3 of those years in a C-level role before returning to IVY to pursue her mission to help students find joy in learning. How to motivate teens to study? "Emphasize the higher stakes of final exams compared to regular tests, and remind them that consistent studying can prevent last-minute stress and improve performance." How to handle procrastination? "Encourage the use of calendar blocking to break study tasks into manageable chunks, making it easier to start and stay on track without feeling overwhelmed." The importance of reducing stress. "Help your teen manage exam stress by providing organizational tools and reinforcing that a single test is not the end of the world; your support and understanding are key." To find out more about Lisa or IVY go to: https://ivytutorsnetwork.com/about/our-team Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivytutorsnetwork/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
# 269 Teens and AI: Pros and Cons
May 13 2024
# 269 Teens and AI: Pros and Cons
In this episode we talk about Teens and AI. No matter if you are pro AI or against it, AI is here to stay and our teens are using it. Just like social media and smart phones, there are are many good things about AI but there are a lot of unknowns. We explore the wonderful opportunities that AI can bring but also dive into the hard questions. We discuss how AI can amplify what we do as humans but it should never replace our humanness. Our guest today Audrey Wisch left Stanford to found Curious Cardinals, mobilizing peers to inspire K-12 students to discover their passions. With her vision to unlock students' potential through personalized mentorship, she raised $6.8m in ventured funding. Recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30, Audrey empowers youth and provides college students meaningful work. In this episode we explore: · How will AI change the future of k-12 education? How will AI change the workforce and what affect will that have on our kids? · How do you go about introducing AI to teens? Where do you draw the line? · What can we learn from social media’s take over when it comes to navigating this new technology?  · How can parents use AI to save time?  · What are common misconceptions you aim to debunk regarding AI?  · How can AI help teens who are neurodivergent?  · What stance can parents take when it comes to drawing boundaries vs encouraging enthusiastically the utilization of AI in their teens’ lives?  · Should I let my kid use this or not? How should I have conversations with my kids about this? · Is it cheating to use ChatGPT to help with an essay? How can we think about what's moral vs what's not?   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#268 Reflective Parenting vs Reactive Parenting
May 6 2024
#268 Reflective Parenting vs Reactive Parenting
Today we are going to discuss how to implement Reflective Parenting vs. Reactive parenting. In this episode we talk about what is a Reflective Parent and can teens be reflective. We explore the three basic biobehavioral systems: reward systems, mentalizing, and the stress/threat system and how understanding this empowers us to be better parents. Our guest today is Sheila Redfern PhD ,a Consultant Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist. She is currently a Head of Clinical Services for Family Trauma at Anna Freud, a children and families mental health charity in London, UK. Dr Redfern also worked as a senior lecturer as part of Guy's Medical School from 1996-2005. She is the Director of Redfern Psychology Services, an independent clinical psychology practice, where she offers direct clinical work, training and supervision and where she is devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Redfern’s clinical psychology practice spans thirty years, and she has published extensively in peer reviewed journals on parenting, fostering and child and adolescent mental health for the professional audience. Dr Redfern has authored two books for parents; Reflective Parenting: A Guide To Understanding What's Going on in your Child's Mind (Routledge) and How do You Hug A Cactus? Reflective Parenting with Teenagers in Mind (Routledge). To learn more go to: https://redfernpsychology.org/ How Do You Hug a Cactus? Reflective Parenting with Teenagers in Mind https://amzn.eu/d/idhOCKY Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
# 264 Will the Drama Ever End?
Apr 8 2024
# 264 Will the Drama Ever End?
Were you raised by a narcissistic parent, or did you marry a narcissist? How do you raise kids to not be narcissistic? What are the harmful effects of parental narcissism, and how do you heal from that? Dr. Karyl McBride is our guest today. Karyl McBride, PhD LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, just like me. She's in Denver, Colorado with 39 plus years of public and private practice. She specializes in treating clients with dysfunctional family issues. For the past many years, Dr. McBride has been involved in private research regarding parental narcissism and the debilitating effects of narcissism in relationships. She has treated many adult children of narcissistic parents, as well as many others involved in relationships with narcissists in her private practice. Dr. McBride is considered a pioneer and leading expert in her field. Dr. McBride has also extensive clinical experience in the fields of trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, divorce, and step family therapy, marital and family therapy, and specialized trauma treatment like eye movement, desensitization, reprocessing, otherwise known as EMDR. "Narcissistic parenting tends to present in either engulfing or ignoring, which kind of seem like opposite. But with the engulfing narcissistic parent, the child never really gets a chance to develop who they are, because they're constantly being told what to think, what to wear, how to dress, how to wear your hair, what to believe in, how we act. So that pushes out that time for the psychic energy of the child to be developing. The child that is ignored, the other type of narcissistic parenting, that child is scurrying around constantly trying to get the love and approval and affection and attention of the narcissistic parent. And therefore, again, the psychic energy is taken up. So they're not able to focus on themselves." Dr. Karyl McBride To find out more go to: https://willieverbegoodenough.com/ Follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DrKarylMcBride Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#262 Mindset Can Change Your Teen’s Life (And Your Life too!)
Mar 25 2024
#262 Mindset Can Change Your Teen’s Life (And Your Life too!)
This episode is so full of wisdom. Did you know that your subconcious mind controls 95% of your daily activity? "And it's pre-programmed with paradigms which are habits, thoughts, and beliefs that reside in the subconscious mind. So 5% consciously says, I want to do something different but 95% goes back to anything that's been programmed into us." "I sometimes use the analogy of the giving tree. And a stump of a woman is someone who takes care of everybody else first." "So the first thing you have to do to be a really good parent is look inside and say, Okay how am I not showing up in my power." We have such a powerful, sincere and inspiring guest today. So buckle up and enjoy the ride. Shawn Feurer is a Universal Mindset Disruptor with 20+ years of experience. Former business coach, now a transformative mindset mentor, Shawn focuses on revolutionizing thinking patterns to foster freedom, abundance, joy, and love in life. His mission: help individuals transform unproductive habits and shift mindsets to achieve their dreams, epitomized by his motto, "ENJOY THE RIDE."  Specializing in Inner BluePrint, Leadership Development, and more, Shawn offers tailored solutions for financial growth, relationship enhancement, and overall wellness across the U.S. and Canada. At the heart of his philosophy: change begins within. Guided by the principle, "Tell me what you want, and I'll show you how to get it," Shawn stands as a partner in growth, ushering in a life of limitless possibilities. Find out more about Shawn at : https://www.shawnfeurer.com/ Follow Shawn on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shawnfeurer/     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#261 Healthy or Unhealthy Teen Dating
Mar 18 2024
#261 Healthy or Unhealthy Teen Dating
According to the website Love is Respect, 1 in 3 U.S. teens will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse from someone they are in a relationship with. These are alarming statistics. In this episode we define what an abusive relationship is. How can parents know if their teens is an abusive relationship and what are the warning signs. And most importantly how can parents talk to their teens and protect them against the abuse or being the abuser. I brought in another family therapist to discuss this important subject. Our guest today is Eden Garcia-Balis, M.S. LMFT who was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS) in 2014. She has been in the mental health field for over 19 years with experience in leadership and management of service programs, business operations and fundraising. In addition, she was the Executive Director of the Pasadena Mental Health Center. Eden has a passion for working with the underprivileged and underserved and believes all people regardless of their socioeconomic status deserve quality mental health services they can afford. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and brings a strong clinical background to her position at AMCS. I asked Eden why a third of all U.S. teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they are in relationship with. I mean that's really high. "It's very high. It's alarming and I'm often asked, why is that statistic so high? When you look at what our children are listening to, when you look at what our children, our youth, our teens are seeing on TV, they don't know what a healthy relationship looks like. Some of the questions we dive into are... 1.  Why do you think there has been rise in domestic violence among teens and why do you think it is more common than ever? 2. What are some of the warning signs parents or guardians should look for if they suspect their teen may be in violent or unhealthy relationship? 3. What are some of the ways parents can talk to their kids about dating violence and when is the right time to have this conversation? 4. What advice would you give teens who are in a relationship with a partner that is exhibiting violent, controlling or unhealthy behaviors? 5. What advice would you give parents who suspect, or know, their child is in an unhealthy relationship? Find out more about Eden at https://www.amcshelps.com/management Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#260 Should Teens Do Chores?
Mar 11 2024
#260 Should Teens Do Chores?
Do your teens help around the house? Do they have weekly chores? Is it a chore to get your teens to do their chores? Does your teen promise to clean their room or do the laundry and they just keep putting it off till you feel like pulling your hair out? Have you given up on having your teens do chores because they have a rigorous academic schedule? Today I have a guest who will help us explore these questions. She calls herself an advocate for the value of unpaid labor. Bio: Lori Sugarman-Li believes deeply in the power of families and is a passionate voice in the cultural shift aiming to articulate the value and visibility of unpaid work. Her career as a Communications Strategist, combined with a decade devoted to full-time care of her family, community, and children's charities worldwide, served as the inspirational backdrop for her professional relaunch as a Coach, Speaker, and Author. She is dedicated to fostering meaningful conversations within families, encouraging them to contemplate how they care for one another and their shared space. Lori, her husband, and two sons are Canadian-born and live steps from Lake Michigan in Chicago. Here are some of the questions we explored. How should families approach the allocation of household roles to encourage participation from each member? In what ways can parents help their children connect with tasks that play to their strengths? What advice do you have for families to ensure everyone's preferences and abilities are respected and accommodated? How does assigning tasks aligned with a teen's interests influence their sense of responsibility? How do you suggest we teach teens to see the value in the unpaid work that goes into running a home? What language shifts do you propose for discussing domestic work that can help elevate its importance? Could you share some insights on how to illustrate the deeper significance of everyday chores to teens? "Because the ultimate goal, the real desire here is full task ownership by everybody. Because what we know is that not only does the mother perform 75% of the executional work, but typically the mother is holding all of the mental and emotional work as well." https://ourhomeourpride.com/ https://www.instagram.com/ourhomeourpride/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
# 257 The Screentime Solution
Feb 19 2024
# 257 The Screentime Solution
One of the things that makes parenting so hard today is dealing with everything screens with your teens. Screens are a daily battlefield for a majority of parents. Our guest today is known as the screentime consultant and has just published her book , The Screentime Solution: A Judgment-Free Guide to Becoming a Tech-Intentional Family , and of course in this episode we discuss what does it mean to be a tech intentional family and how to implement that. Emily Cherkin, M.Ed., is a nationally recognized consultant who takes a tech-intentional approach to addressing screentime challenges. A former middle school teacher, she has been featured for her work in the New York Times, the Washington Post, on the Today Show (twice), Good Morning America, Australia Weekend Today‚ the BBC, NPR, Sirius XM Radio, and numerous parenting websites, blogs, and podcasts. Chuck Norris has quoted her. Emily teaches parenting courses, offers private parent consultations, facilitates professional development training, and provides personalized school presentations built on her tech-intentional approach. As a parent to a twelve- and fifteen-year-old, Emily understands deeply the real-life challenges of parenting in the digital age. Emily is also the co-founder of The Student Data Privacy Project, an advocacy group focused on protecting schoolchildren’s data. More can be To learn more go to www.thescreentimeconsultant.com. Follow on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/thescreentimeconsultant/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
# 255 Three Steps Out of the Shouldstorm
Feb 5 2024
# 255 Three Steps Out of the Shouldstorm
Have you even been caught in a Shouldstorm? A ShouldStorm is a high-pressure culture of criticism and anxiety that pushes perfectionistic parenting. The Shouldstorm has an opinion on every little thing parents do, but it often contradicts itself. It tells parents what they should or should not do, and threatens that kids will suffer if parents don’t follow those shoulds to the letter. Parents internalize the shoulds; the Shouldstorm lives in our heads and makes parents feel anxiety and shame. To get free of the Shouldstorm I invited Dr. Alison Escalante to be our guest Dr. Alison Escalante is a board-certified pediatrician and an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Rush University. She has been treating children for almost twenty years and has spent the last ten years exploring methods and workable solutions to target parental stress. She’s a regular contributor to Psychology Today and Forbes, and her work has also been featured in Inc. and USA Today.  Alison will share a unique approach that helps parents resist a culture that causes anxiety and stress to be more and do more in the pursuit of parenting perfection. Dr. Escalante is a pediatrician, mother and the author of the new book SIGH SEE START: How to be the Parent Your Child Needs in a World that Won’t Stop Pushing. To learn more go to: https://theprimarycarer.com/   Follow on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/alison.escalante.md/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices