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October 14, 2019
The opioid epidemic impacts families across the country regardless of race, religious beliefs and socio-economic background. But what does this mean for your family? How did it get started? Are parents adding to the problem? How can we keep our teens safe? Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler chats with Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, to understand how the opioid epidemic is impacting our teens and what parents need to do.  Our Guest: Sam Quinones Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Our Sponsor: Ecree - On-demand virtual writing tutor for students Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
October 7, 2019
It's Q&A day at Mighty Parenting. Sandy Fowler answers listeners questions including tips on homework help and parenting for independence. She's introducing our new sponsor, Ecree, the on-demand virtual writing tutor for students. They have great tips for parents as well as a product that can make homework time easier and aid your child in learning how to write well. Then Sandy tackles parenting for independence. We want our children to learn and grow but parenting through these stages can be challenging. Sandy gives parents ideas and tips for parenting through those challenges. She also addresses essential conversations that allow you to enjoy living with your teen or twenty-something while helping them become independent. Our Guest: Sandy Fowler Our Sponsor: Ecree - On-demand virtual writing tutor for students Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
September 30, 2019
Why is resilience the current parenting buzzword? Because our children must possess it in order to be independent and successfully move into adulthood. Unfortunately, our teens are lacking in resilience. But there are things parents can do to help. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler talks with Lisa Shumate about her timeless advice for teens that builds resilience. Lisa shares lessons from Always and Never, her books for teenagers that teach awareness and self-reflection—two skills that create strong, capable, resilient teens and young adults. Our Guest: Lisa Shumate  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
September 23, 2019
Smartphones are supposed to make life better but how do we avoid smartphone addiction for ourselves and our teens? What about technology and relationships? Technology is a tool that has the power to enhance or hinder human connection so let's find out what to avoid and what to embrace. Expert Danny Kim talks to us about the effect of technology on our lives. He'll chat with Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler about technology and relationships, smartphones, bullying, and what happens to our emotional intelligence when we overuse or incorrectly utilize devices in our lives. Our Guest: Danny Kim Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
September 16, 2019
Discover simple methods for connecting with your kids and teaching them lessons and values they need through intentional parenting and Daddy Saturdays. Justin Batt joins Mighty Parenting host Sandy Fowler to share the lessons he learned from spending time with his kids. Our Guest: Justin Blatt  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
September 9, 2019
Even the thought of teen suicide is enough to make us want to bury our heads in the sand. But what if there was something you could do to help protect your child as well as others and reduce their risk of attempting suicide? Teen suicide rates are on the rise and we all need to work together to help our teens, tweens and twenty-somethings be safe. We know the fastest way to get in front of this crisis is teen suicide prevention awareness and giving parents tools they can use. Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler tackle the topic of teen suicide on the Mighty Parenting podcast by taking an honest look at the problem and sharing a simple path to prevention. Our Guest: Sandy Fowler and Judy Davis  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
September 2, 2019
We all want our children to be happy and academic success helps them reach their life goals. So, how can parents support their children in reaching academic goals? Education expert Steven Greene opens up to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler. They explore the reasons kids may struggle or are unmotivated. Steven shares ideas for teaching our kids strategies that support their academic goals along with their life goals. Our Guest: Steven Greene  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
August 26, 2019
No parent dreams of parenting an addicted child. We dream of the joys of parenting and of seeing our child live an amazing life. But sometimes life throws us a curve ball and our teen or twenty-something becomes addicted. It can happen in so many ways but, no matter how it starts, the heartbreak is still there. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler talks with Kim Muench about how to parent an addicted child well. They'll discuss parenting tips for that as well as loving your child through recovery. Kim has been there and shares her family's story in this touching and hope-filled conversation. Our Guest: Kim Muench  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
August 19, 2019
Teenagers getting in trouble with the law is a real issue across geographic, socio economic, and racial backgrounds. Mighty Parenting host Sandy Fowler interviews Elvin Gonzalez to find out what parents can do to protect their child. Our Guest: Elvin Gonzalez Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
August 12, 2019
Kids are all different; some teens are constantly moving, some have difficulty with loud noises, some see letters or numbers jumbled on the page, some are gifted, some struggle with slow processing and others have their own challenges. These kids are neurodiverse—their brains are differently wired and it impacts them, their families, friends, classmates and community. Neurodiversity encompasses ADHD, dyslexia, the Autism spectrum, giftedness, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, slow processing, dysgraphia, and more. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler has a candid discussion with parenting activist Debbie Reber about what is normal and how parents can help kids succeed. Our Guest: Debbie Reber  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
August 5, 2019
Kids are struggling as they grow up and move out of their parents' home. They just don't have the resilience they need to handle the challenges life throws at them, even some of the simple things. Resilience parenting is a solution. Chris and Holly Santillo share ideas and strategies for parents to use in raising teenagers and parenting twenty-somethings in a way that makes them strong, happy, and resilient. Join them as they share these ideas with Sandy Fowler on this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast. Our Guests: Chris and Holly Santillo  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
July 29, 2019
Every parent dreams of having a stress-free family vacation but frequently that’s not what we get. We encounter bickering children, surly teenagers, and melt downs. We deal with bad directions, no restaurants when you need them, and lost luggage. We can find ourselves frustrated and come home feeling like we need a vacation to recover from our vacation. While these are common issues, there are some simple steps we can take to prevent them and stop them from ruining our family vacation. Mighty Parenting podcast co-founder Sandy Fowler hosts this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast, drawing on her expertise as a stress-relief and emotional wellness coach to enlighten parents about common mistakes that create problems. She’s sharing tips and strategies that help create the stress-free family vacation every parent desires. Our Guest: Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
July 22, 2019
With increasing frustration over problems in schools, behavior issues in our own children, special needs and other concerns, families are seeing more reasons to homeschool. But what is homeschooling really? What does homeschooling look like? Can it help your family? Host Sandy Fowler digs into these and many other questions and misconceptions in her chat with Alison Morrow on the Mighty Parenting podcast. Find out the truth and figure out whether or not homeschooling is right for your family. Our Guest: Alison Morrow  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
July 15, 2019
Find out the essential things every parent must know to teach teens about money plus what they need to know before moving out for college or a job. Money isn't an easy subject for many parents but Lacey Langford will walk us through it as Sandy Fowler interviews her for the Mighty Parenting Podcast. Our Guest: Lacey Langford  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
July 8, 2019
Many teenagers are dealing with chronic pain. Whether it’s a sport’s injury, illness, or emotional pain, handling chronic pain can leave them frustrated, angry or depressed. Interestingly, emotional pain and physical pain both cause anxiety so, regardless of the origin of the pain, the same tools can be used to help decrease or alleviate the suffering our teens are enduring. Through his own personal ordeal, Dr. David Hanscom discovered that chronic pain is curable by systematically using established medical practices in a self-directed manner. He first utilized these practices to help himself then put them into practice with his patients. Now he is sharing his discoveries and insights with Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler as they explore the physiology of anxiety and how tackling that can help us in handling chronic pain, both emotional and physical.  Our Guest: Dr. David Hanscom  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS: Check out our membership area for additional interviews/bonus content here
July 1, 2019
While every teen is an individual, generally our boys and girls are different. Raising boys is exciting and challenging, however, our culture is often geared more toward girls. From problems highlighted in the media to classroom expectations, our boys’ world has a feminine lean. Understanding what is happening and how our boys function is essential to their wellbeing. Janet Alison from Boys Alive pulls back the curtain and shows us what is really happening as she chats with podcast host Sandy Fowler on Mighty Parenting. They discuss what this is doing to our boys as well as what parents need to be aware of and how we can support our boys and raise strong, compassionate young men. Our Guest: Janet Allison  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
June 24, 2019
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal activities. Traffickers are now generating approximately $39 billion annually upon the exploitation of children alone, including teens from all 50 states. Join Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler as she interviews Cathy Knauf from the Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Taskforce. They're discussing the problem and how it affects our teens as well as making sure we know how to protect our children, recognize the signs, and stop trafficking. Our Guest: Cathy Knauf  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at MightyParenting.com/support
June 17, 2019
Parents want their children to be happy but what does that really require? What do we do when our kids are facing a difficult time, when they're asking the tough questions? Dr. Suvrat Bhargave found there are some fundamental questions we all have and the way we tend to answer them leaves us anxious and unhappy. He is talking to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler about ‘a moment of insight’ and sharing a plan for raising our children which allows them to answer these questions in a way that creates an authentic, purposeful, and loving view of themselves. Our Guest: Dr. Suvrat Bhargave  Detailed Show Notes and Resources at MightyParenting.com Support this podcast at mightyparenting.com/support
June 10, 2019
Building a better relationship with your teenager is the parenting dream. In this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast, communication expert Lisa Giruzzi shows us how the simple phrase "I Should" undermines that goal. Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler go in depth in the discussion to find out why and what we can do to instead. Our Guest: Lisa Giruzzi  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS: Check out our membership area for additional interviews/bonus content here
June 3, 2019
Are you struggling with your teen? Could it be that you're actually being bullied? Bullied parents are not something we think of, or discuss much, but it happens all the time. When kids call the shots, through defiance, pushing us away, or manipulating us, we can end up being bullied. Therapist Sean Grover discusses the what, why, and solutions with Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler. Our Guest: Sean Grover Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS: Check out our membership area for additional interviews/bonus content here
May 27, 2019
When you have a struggling teenager and you've tried every parenting solution you can find only to have them not work, it can leave you devastated. It can also feel like you are all alone but other families are experiencing a similar situation. In fact, it's not hard to find parents at their wits end. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler is talking to Amie Carey, a mother who has been there. Amie is sharing her family's story and what they learned from a wilderness camp and other alternative therapies. Our Guest: Amie Carey Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS: Check out our membership area for additional interviews/bonus content here
May 20, 2019
Parents worry about teens and social media. You probably wonder why they are so attached to it and why it causes so much anxiety. Actually, social media plays a role in teens lives in many ways, both good and bad.  So, whether you worry about social media and trafficking, social media and bullying or are simply wondering how to protect your teenager online, Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler have your back. They are talking to expert Mandy Majors to find out what parents need to know about social media. Our Guest: Mandy Majors Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Bonus Items: https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
May 13, 2019
Fear holds us back and stops us from living the life we want. But how does that work? Is all fear the same? How do we find courage? How do we teach our teens to overcome fear? Ruth Soukup, author of Do It Scared, joins Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler for a dynamic discussion of fear, it’s effect on our lives, overcoming fear in parenting and more. Find out the different ways fear manifests itself, how we can counteract this, and parenting strategies for helping our kids move through fear to find happiness and success. Our Guest: Ruth Soukup Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS: https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
May 6, 2019
Today we’re talking about the common problems of stress and busyness that most families face. We’re looking at how yoga is more than what you think it is and could be a solution. Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler chat with Nancy Belisle about the misconceptions around yoga and the various forms it can take as well as how we can use yoga to slow down, connect and heal our relationships. Our Guest: Nancy Belisle Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
April 29, 2019
Parents send us questions and notes saying they wonder if they're doing this parenting thing right. It's a common concern and Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler have been there. They've struggled and wondered and now they're providing answers to your questions. In this episode they're covering everything from how to get your quiet teenager to talk to how to deal with it when your teen doesn't do well after moving to living with your child making big mistakes. They're sharing answers to your questions in a real and raw way. Hosts: Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com More at: https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
April 22, 2019
Is your child acting out in school? Have they become disruptive or the class clown? Do they have anxiety about school? Are they seen as lazy, unmotivated, unfocused, or difficult? It may not be a behavior issue but rather that they have learning, communication, relationship, physical, sensory, or social differences. Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider shows parents what to look for and how to handle this in her conversation with Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler. Our Guest: Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
April 15, 2019
We never think it will happen to our child but 1.5 million teens are the victim of physical violence from their dating partner each year - and even more are affected when you account for emotional, digital, and sexual violence. It’s scary to think of our child being stalked, bullied, controlled, or blackmailed, and it’s something most parents don’t even realize is happening inside of dating relationships. Sadly, it’s a reality that millions of teens are dealing with. Fortunately, we can work with our teens to prevent dating violence. Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler talk to expert Dr. Shalanda Moten to find out about the various types of dating violence, how to recognize signs of abuse in a relationship, and what our teens need to know about preventing dating violence. Our Guest: Dr. Shalanda Moten Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
April 8, 2019
Kids coming home from college or off from high school for the summer can mean more family time and fun, or more stress and battles. Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler discuss strategies for dealing with your teenager and college student this summer so you can avoid conflict and maximize family time. Our Guest: Judy Davisand Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com MORE AT: https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
April 1, 2019
In the era of school lockdowns, parents are frightened and simply don't know what to do. Do active shooter drills in schools affect our teens? Should we talk to them about it? Mighty Parenting hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler get expert advice from therapist Nancy Kislin on how to handle drills and support our kids. Our Guest: Nancy Kislin Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
March 25, 2019
Christian Buck, human performance consultant and author of "The Sport of School: How to Help Student-Athletes Improve Their Grades for High School, College, and Beyond", joins Mighty Parenting hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler to discuss ways to not only improve student athlete’s academic performance but to develop strategies for life success. Our Guest: Christian Buck  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
March 18, 2019
It’s all over the news that the US is experiencing an opioid crisis and parents need to know how to keep their kids safe. The opioid epidemic does not discriminate based on race, gender, socio-economic background, or geographic location. It affects teens and adults from all walks of life and hits unexpectedly. Join Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler for an inside look at Jamie Nicole Dalton's experience with prescription medications and how they impacted her life. Find out the steps you can take to help prevent this in your family or to manage it if you see signs of opioid abuse in someone you love. Our Guest: Jamie Nicole Dalton Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
March 11, 2019
Parenting means teaching our teens many important skills, including financial literacy. But are they learning those skills? What can parents do? Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler have a candid conversation with financial expert Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz about young adults' financial behaviors and ways to improve finances for families. Our Guest: Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
March 4, 2019
Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler interview Ronald F. Ferguson and Tatsha Robertson, authors of The Formula: Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children. They discuss achievement and find out what parents can do to prepare their children for success at any age. Our Guest: Ronald F. Ferguson and Tatsha Robertson Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
February 25, 2019
Ever wonder why raising a teenager is so difficult? Learn the surprising reason your kid is acting defiant and difficult in this week's Mighty Parenting podcast. Hosts Sandy Fowler and Judy Davis interview national bestselling author and speaker Bill Beausay to find out what’s happening to cause our teens to be defiant and the shift parents can make that changes this behavior. Our Guest: Bill Beausay  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
February 18, 2019
Relationships take work. Parenting takes work. But how do we have a happy, healthy, romantic relationship when we have kids? And how do we teach our kids the skills for having a healthy relationship? Mighty Parenting hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler interview relationship expert Dr. Terri Orbuch about love, marriage, parenting and how they all work together. Our Guest: Dr. Terri Orbuch  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
February 11, 2019
Celebrating milestones has happened for centuries but has changed in our current culture. Is it still a good idea? What makes for a good and healthy celebration? Can we celebrate too much? Not enough? Are we missing something? Mighty Parenting tackles celebrating milestones as hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler explore this topic and how celebrations can help or harm your child. Our Guest: Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com
February 4, 2019
Parent coach Kim Muench joins Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Sandy Fowler and Judy Davis to talk about ways overparenting can impact our families. Get tips for powerful parenting and building a strong relationship with your teenager. Our Guest: Kim Muench  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
January 28, 2019
Our kids think differently. They’ve grown up with technology so they’re digital natives who think differently, and it's affecting their ability to grow in the current school system. Rewiring Education author John D. Couch has a frank discussion with Mighty Parenting hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler about what’s happening, why, and how we can shift gears, using technology to unlock every student's potential. Our Guest: John D Couch Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
January 21, 2019
Stress and anxiety are on the rise in our society and teens are no exception. Combatting this problem means we need to focus on creating mental wellness in our teens, but what is that? What does mental wellness look like and how can we create it? Join expert Ann Douglas, along with Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, as they discuss creating mental wellness in our teenagers and in ourselves. Our Guest: Ann Douglas Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
January 14, 2019
When raising teenagers, family friction is something that can pop up at the most inconvenient times. From eye rolls and door slamming to lies and shutting down, our teen's behavior can grate on us and our reactions can send them over the edge. Join Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler as they tackle the underlying causes of family friction and share tips on how to defuse it before it ruins your relationship with your teen. Our Guests: Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS:. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
January 7, 2019
There are many issues that parents and teens struggle with and procrastination is one that can be a daily battle. It can be frustrating to parents to watch our kids waste time, create stress for themselves, or miss deadlines. This is also a time when we often feel we need to jump in and help. In this episode of the Mighty Parenting Podcast, hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler interview time management expert Leslie Josel to understand how procrastination affects our families and get parenting tips for ending procrastination once and for all. Our Guest: Leslie Josel Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com
December 31, 2018
How to succeed with your New Year's resolution is the big question on everyone's mind at this time of year. Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler talk about New Year's resolutions - why resolutions fail, why resolutions work and what you can do to set yourself, and your teen, up for success. Our Guest: Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS: Judy and Sandy share the "Why Game" and walk through how to use it to change your life. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
December 24, 2018
Making life better means understanding what’s working and what’s not so you can do more of what works and tweak what’s not working. The same is true with parenting so reflections on parenting is Judy and Sandy’s way of looking back to see what lessons they’ve learned this year and how it has affected their parenting. This real and honest look back over the last 10 months will inform and guide their path forward. They also invite you to share your own reflections and comments with them. They love to hear your stories and experiences and it will guide Mighty Parenting’s path forward into the New Year. Our Guests: Judy Davisand Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS: Judy and Sandy discuss their changing holidays and how they are dealing with it. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
December 17, 2018
We all want our kids to succeed. Utilizing resources is an essential skill for them to do that, but this is a skill many of our kids have not mastered. Compounding that is their fear or nervousness around talking to the adults in their lives when they need to solve a problem. Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler talk to education experts Natalie Borrell and Alison Grant about how to empower your teenager by teaching them to recognize the resources around them. They dig into the true meaning of networking and share a simple method for teaching our teens to reach out and build relationships. Our Guests: Natalie Borrell and Alison Grant Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS: Natalie and Alison discuss the need they saw and what happened as they coached teens. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
December 10, 2018
Parents everywhere are looking for a cure for exhaustion. That constant weariness catches us off guard because we expect to be tired when our children are babies, but we don't expect it to continue on into their teenage years. And we certainly didn’t expect our kids to be exhausted. Join Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler as they explore a fresh solution with Karen Brody. Karen will show us how we can stop feeling tired all time but also how to alleviate the exhaustion we may be feeling on a deeper level. All on this week’s Mighty Parenting podcast. Our Guest: Karen Brody Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com BONUS: Karen Brody shares the story of how her sons came to use Yoga Nidra and the effect it had on their lives. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
December 3, 2018
Every parent needs the 411 on teens and dating. Whether your child is just getting ready to dip their toe in the water, they've been swimming for a while, or they’re sexually active, you'll want to be ready to talk to them and guide them. Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler talk to Mary Jo Rapini about understanding the current culture, what our kids really need from us, and more. Our Guest: Mary Jo Rapini Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Patreon BONUS: Mary Jo shares some insights on raising kids in today's culture and the profound but often-ignored impact on our boys. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
November 26, 2018
Our kid's money failures and our retirement fail go hand-in-hand when we don't make good financial choices. Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler grill finance expert Lucas Casarez about what we should finance and what we should leave to our kids on the Mighty Parenting podcast. Our Guest:  Lucas Casarez  Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Patreon BONUS: Lucas shares 3 things every teen and twentysomething need to know. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
November 19, 2018
Self-talk, self-love, and even self-care impact our self-esteem and ultimately our quality of life. Starting from when we are young, our confidence ties into our ability to love ourselves. This week on the Mighty Parenting podcast, expert Paula Galli talks with Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler about how to help your teen learn to feel good about who they are and how to empower them with the gift of self-love. Our Guest: Paula Galli Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Patreon BONUS: Paula tells us how her journey to self-love affects her parenting https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
November 12, 2018
Parenting pitfalls can catch anyone off guard—after all, kids don't come with a manual. Parent coach Sheryl Gould has a candid discussion with Mighty Parenting hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, about the biggest parenting mistakes we should avoid.  Our Guest:  Sheryl Gould Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Patreon BONUS: Judy, Sandy, and Sheryl Gould share some of their personal lives and how that drew them together and created passion around their work. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
November 5, 2018
Holidays are stressful but there's a Christmas Secret and Mighty Parenting podcast host Judy Davis is pulling it out of Sandy Fowler. They dig in to understand where Christmas stress really comes from and uncover the secrets to creating a holiday you will enjoy. Our Guest:  SandyFowler Detailed Show Notes and Support at MightyParenting.com Patreon BONUS: Sandy Fowler reveals 3 lessons learned on her Christmas journey. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
October 29, 2018
Present or not, dads are important in our kids’ lives. John Finch demonstrates this in his documentary, The Father Effect. Listen in as Mighty Parenting podcasts hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, talk with John about the father wound, the generational curse, forgiveness, things we need to teach our boys, and the immensely important message all parents need to hear. Our Guest:  John Finch Detailed Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support for yourself. Visit https://mightyparenting.com/support/ to support the podcast. Patreon Bonus: John shares his story with Judy and Sandy. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
October 22, 2018
Life can be crazy and getting ahead of modern living is a challenge for most parents. From chronic sleep issues to allergies to rashes to behavior issues, parents and teens alike seem to be dealing with more problems. Going Crunchy Not Crazy founder, Megan Whitaker, joins Mighty Parenting podcast hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, to talk about modern living and the impact on your family’s health. They’ll dig in to the issues and discuss healthy strategies for your family. Our Guest: Megan Whitaker Detailed Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support for yourself. Visit https://mightyparenting.com/support/ to support the podcast. Patreon BONUS: Real Talk where Judy and Sandy talk about their own crunchy experiences and the impact on their families. https://www.patreon.com/mightyparenting
October 15, 2018
FOMO, fear of missing out, is creating stress and anxiety in our teens. Is this different from what we experienced growing up? Mighty Parenting hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, talk to therapist and author, Robin Axelrod Sabag to understand what's happening and the impact on our teens. Our Guest:  Robin Sabag Detailed Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support for yourself. Visit https://mightyparenting.com/support/ to support the podcast.
October 8, 2018
Family and money matters can be a hot-button topic. Whether you are struggling with finances yourself or you need to teach your teen some money skills, you’ll get great information. Mighty Parenting podcast hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, pick money expert Patti Handy’s brain to find out what we need to teach our teens, how to go about it, how to deal with allowance, and what to do if you don’t have good financial skills yourself. Our Guest: Patti Handy Detailed Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support for yourself. Visit https://mightyparenting.com/support/ to support the podcast.
October 1, 2018
College is changing, and a 4-year degree is no longer a guarantee of success. Ryan Craig joins Mighty Parenting hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, for an in-depth discussion on the new expectations, job hunting strategies, and decision-making process our kids are facing as they look for a good first job. Our Guest:  Ryan Craig Detailed Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support for yourself.
September 24, 2018
We believe parents know their child best, which is confirmed by parenting expert Ann Douglas who tells us to follow our gut when we think something is awry with our child. On this week's episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler find out how to know what's wrong and how to parent through learning disabilities, behavior problems, and mental health challenges. They discuss the stress this creates for our kids and what happens to families when one person is experiencing a challenge or a mental illness. Our Guest: Ann Douglas    Detailed Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support for yourself.
September 17, 2018
Sleep deprivation is something we expect when we have a newborn in the house, not a teenager. But teens are tired and so are their parents. Hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler discuss the problem of sleep deprivation and parenting a teenager along with the role anxiety plays in this situation. Our Guest:  Frances Robbins Detailed Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support for yourself.
September 10, 2018
Parents sometimes find that connecting with your teenager becomes a real challenge. The 5 love languages are a beautiful way to meet this challenge and make your teen feel loved. Mighty Parenting podcast hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, chat with Noel Meador to find out how the 5 love languages affect our family relationships. We’ll find out what happens to our teens when these needs aren’t met, as well as how we can satisfy our child’s longing to feel loved. Our Guest: Noel Meador Detailed Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support for yourself.
September 3, 2018
Some issues can scare us and leave us feeling helpless. The rise in teen suicide rates can feel like that. But there are things we need to know and there are things we can do to help our kids and other kids in our lives. Suicide prevention is something that we can all participate in so Mighty Parenting podcast hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler are having an honest discussion about suicide prevention. They’ll cover what’s happening as well as a simple path we can all follow to change the tide. Our Guest:  Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler Detailed Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support for yourself.
August 27, 2018
Are you worried about your teen? Hearing negative talk about their body or appearance? Body image and society has become a big problem and it’s even stopping our kids from trying things or grabbing ahold of opportunities—simply because they don’t think they look right. Mighty Parenting Podcast hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, interview activist and educator Dana Suchow to find out why this is happening and what parents can do. Our Guest: Dana Suchow Detailed Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support for yourself.
August 20, 2018
Is teen behavior making you crazy? Or do you worry about your relationship with your teen? There is an interesting dynamic at play during the teen years and when we teach, mold, and impose consequences on our teens, it can get tough. Mighty Parenting Podcast hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler pick parent coach Cindy Kaplan’s brain about punishment vs discipline vs problem solving. They’re finding out what the real difference is, which one gets you more of what you want, and how you can use it to strengthen your relationship with your teen. Our Guest:  Cindy Kaplan Detailed Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support for yourself. .
August 13, 2018
Math can be a challenging subject for kids and their parents. But what’s really causing the problems? What effect can it have on your teen? Are there things you can do to turn this around? Mighty Parenting podcast hosts, Judy Davis and Sand Fowler, interview Zoie Hoffman to find out what math mindset is, to uncover the truth about why kids struggle with math, and find out what parents can do about it. Our Guest: Zoie Hoffman From Our Sponsor DASIUM: Being able to handle our emotions in a healthy way is key to good physical and mental health. Knowing when your child is at risk for issues caused by an inability deal with stress and emotions (issues like depression, addiction, and suicide ideation) is an important parenting skill. We know how challenging these issues can be for parents, so we’ve created a Parent Support Kit to help you figure out what is going on with your child and manage the situation. The kit includes our Warning Signs book, quick tips to help your child if they’re in distress, the 411 on healthy coping strategies, and more. Get the details and purchase your kit at http://dasium.net/store/ Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com and select episode 30.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support.
August 6, 2018
Being resilient is one key to parenting because mentally strong parents raise mentally strong kids. Join Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler as they talk with the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, Amy Morin. In this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast, they will share tips and strategies for raising our teens to be strong and resilient. Our Guest: Amy Morin Tips & Info from our Sponsors: From DASIUM: Raising a teenager feels like a whole different world. If you are wondering whether behavior changes are normal or cause for concern, want a little help in dealing with stress or anxiety, or just need some tips for communicating with your teen, get our Parent Support Kit has what you need as you build an emotionally healthy life for your family. Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com and select episode 29.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support.
July 30, 2018
Mighty Parenting podcast hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, ponder life balance for parents. Life, work, kids, marriage, they all pull at us but Judy and Sandy delve into how real people with busy lives can find work life balance for parents. Our Guests: Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler  To learn more or connect with our guests, visit DASIUM.net From our Sponsor: From DASIUM: Unhealthy coping strategies can lead to increased stress and anxiety, addiction, depression, and even suicide. But the solution is simply to learn new coping strategies that work. There are many ways to do this including: Self-Taught You can read books, listen to talks, attend lectures or talk to people you know who have great skills. Visit us at DASIUM.net to explore information and resources. Community Resources Many community organizations teach life skill classes. Professional Outreach Coaches, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists can help individuals and families learn new ways to handle stress and anxiety. Some will offer emotional skills classes as well. Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com and select episode 28.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support.
July 23, 2018
Marriage and parenting are both tough but marriage and kids together is the biggest challenge. It is also the biggest opportunity. Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler interview relationship expert Dr. Terri Orbuch to get the secret sauce for maximizing the joy in your marriage while raising great teens. Tune in to today's Mighty Parenting Podcast for tips on helping teens learn to have healthy relationships as well as scientifically backed information on what harms your marriage and how you can strengthen it. In Real Talk, Judy and Sandy dig into what can happen when you plan an unplanned family vacation. Our Guest: Dr. Terri Orbuch Tips & Info from our Sponsors: From DASIUM:  Raising a teenager feels like a whole different world and can create a lot of worry or anxiety for parents. While we know you have many things to do, at the core of it you want to have a good relationship—one where they know you have their back and will listen. Focus on open communication, listening rather than telling or solving—and doing it without judgement. If you are wondering whether behavior changes are normal or cause for concern, want a little help in dealing with stress or anxiety, or just need some tips for communicating with your teen, get our Parent Support Kit. It has what you need as you build an emotionally healthy life for your family. Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com and select episode 27.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support.
July 16, 2018
Discover how learning styles and learning mindsets may be holding your child back. In this Mighty Parenting podcast episode, co-hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler talk with learning and education expert Kimberly Kassner. They'll be getting tips and strategies parents can use to support and help their teenagers and college students succeed while building their self-esteem. In Real Talk we are digging into yelling; what it really is, what it does to our kids and our relationships, and what you can do about it. Our Guest:  Kimberly Kassner From Our Sponsor DASIUM: When our kids have low self-esteem it can impact their susceptibility to abuse alcohol, prescription drugs, street drugs, food, sex, etc. Helping our children find and build on their strengths helps them build self-esteem. Parents can help by not gushing with constant praise or offering insincere praise, rather give them choices in their life, encourage them to take on challenges and go after goals. When they encounter failures, remind them anyone who achieves anything fails and ask them what they learned from the experience and what they will do differently next time. If you are concerned or want to know what to watch out for and how to handle signs of trouble, get Warning Signs: A Parenting Guide for Discovering if Your Teen is at Risk for Depression, Addiction, or Suicide. It’s available at DASIUM.net/store and on Amazon. Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com and select episode 26.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support.
July 9, 2018
The teen years can be filled with challenges, including parenting power struggles. If you're tired of fighting with your teen, at the end of your rope, or just can't figure out how to get them to do what they need to do, listen to this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast. Hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler interview Neil D. Brown to uncover how to end the parenting power struggle once and for all. Then, in Real Talk, Judy and Sandy give an inside look into their lives and the things that keep them from doing what they need to do to take care of themselves. From guilt to responsibility, they are tackling it all. Our Guest:  Neil D. Brown From Our Sponsor DASIUM: Communication is key to a healthy relationship with your teen and good communication starts with listening. Listen to what your teen has to say without judgement, without trying to figure our what you’re going to say next, and without disapproving body language. Take on an attitude of interest and curiosity then quietly listen. Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com and select episode 25.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support.
July 2, 2018
As parents, we want the best for our kids, and overcoming obstacles to success is so important in the teen years. In today’s culture, there is huge pressure to succeed and both parents and teens feel it. So what causes our kids to fail? What roadblocks could stop them? In today’s Mighty Parenting podcast, Sandy Fowler and Judy Davis find out what parents of teens need to know as they interview Shannon Evans about overcoming obstacles to success. Listen in to discover how your parenting style impacts your kids and affects their resilience. Real Talk: Parenting is harder on some days than others, and it isn’t always because of our kids. When parents are depleted they tend to focus on everything that is not working well and they have a harder time simply finding their way through the day. Listen in as Judy and Sandy discuss the issue and share solutions to help you enjoy your life more. A Favorite Quote from the Show: Research shows that tenacity is a greater prediction of success than test scores. Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com and select episode 24.Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support.
June 25, 2018
Emotional eating has become a widespread problem and it’s one that affects parents and teens alike. We’ve watched stress levels rise in ourselves and in our children, but along with that we have not really learned new ways to handle that stress or all the other feelings we experience on a daily basis. So what happens? We use food to deal with our emotions and get into a pattern of emotional eating. When parents try to stop their teenager’s emotional eating it can lead to a power struggle. This can have a profound effect on the parent-child relationship and it’s hijacking our families. Karen R. Koenig, an expert in eating psychology, shares insights with Mighty Parenting podcast co-hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler. They dig into the why and how of emotional eating as well as looking at what we can do for ourselves and our teens. Real Talk: Have you ever found yourself making statements like, “Kids today…” or “Teenagers are always…” then finishing off those statements with a negative observation? It’s a common occurrence and in today’s Real Talk, Judy and Sandy look at what happens when we do this. They discuss why this is an issue and what can happen instead.   A Favorite Quote from the Show: If we don’t have effective life skills for dealing with stress and distress, then we turn to food.   Show Notes: Visit MightyParentingPodcast.com and select episode 23  Support: Visit MightyParenting.com for tools, community, inspiration, and support.
June 18, 2018
Show Notes: Parents want the best for their kids and that includes a secure job and a financially stable future. But, are you supporting your child’s future? Culturally we’ve been taught that there is one path to that goal and we push our kids to follow it. But what happens when our child doesn’t feel it’s the right path for them? In that case, parental expectations can put incredible pressure on our kids, causing stress, anxiety, family discord, and maybe even depression. No parent wants to create stress in their child’s life, but it can be scary to wonder “What if my child doesn’t want to go to college?”, and you may not even be sure about options other than college. On this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast, hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler explore these ideas. They help you look to see if you are supporting your child’s future. They will discuss parental expectations and the effect on kids, options for life after high school, and how to talk to your child about their future.   A Favorite Quote from the Show: Kids excel when they have personal motivation and a desire to achieve a goal.   High Points: There are rising rates of anxiety and depression in teens. One contributing factor is parents’ expectations. Your belief system is affecting what you want for your child and how you interact with them, even if you don’t realize it. Kids excel when they have personal motivation and a desire to achieve a goal. When parents are comfortable with the path their child is heading down then parents won’t have anxiety and will find it easy to be supportive. When parents don’t agree with their child’s path, they feel anxious and put pressure on their child. You can talk to your child and ask them if you are doing anything that is stressing them out. Ask your child, “What do you see for your future? What interests you?” If your child won’t fill out their applications for college or scholarships, that can be a sign that this is not the right path or the right time for them to attend. Some kids aren’t ready for college yet at 17 or 18. Consider having a conversation with them about what the other options are. There are 30,000,000 jobs that pay an average of $55,000/year that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Kids can earn a certificate or an associate degree, attend culinary school or trade school, start a small business or learn on the job. Ask yourself what you want for your child then remember that there is more than one way to get there. If you’re seeing that your child is feeling a lot of stress about their future, use this 3-step action plan: Be open to the idea that there are other options and there isn’t one path your child needs to travel to reach their goals. Encourage your child to come up with their own plan. Allow your child to experience the consequences of their choices. This allows them to grow and become the adult you want them to be. Many of our kids are going to hold jobs that don’t exist right now. The most important things for our kids to learn to be successful in the workplace are how to: Find information Communicate with others what they know and what they need.   Our Guests: Judy Davis, aka The Direction Diva, is a sought after motivational speaker, entrepreneur, author, and host of the Mighty Parenting Podcast. She is a small business and teen suicide prevention expert as well as an influencer in the military spouse community. Judy is passionate about providing programs and resources to families across the nation and is the CEO of DASIUM – a brand leading the way in depression, addiction and suicide prevention in teens and young adults. A recipient of the 2016 Dove Real Beauty Award, Judy has also been quoted, featured, and profiled in a variety of publications and interviews including Smart Money Magazine, Hiring America TV, The Jim Bohannan show, Dr. Laura Berman Show, and more. She is regularly featured as a parenting and military lifestyle expert/guest on radio shows and panels highlighting the challenges and issues facing families today. Sandy Fowler is a wife, mom, and business owner whose passion is teaching people to make powerful choices that impact their lives and businesses in the best way. At DASIUM, she guides parents and organizations in preventing depression, addiction, and suicide in teens and young adults. At Mighty Parenting, she helps parents learn skills that help them create an emotionally healthy family. And at Simple Strategies, she walks people through the process of identifying and quantifying their highest priorities then making them front and center in their life. She has been quoted on Lifetimemoms.com and SheKnows.com, featured in a cover story in the Detroit Free Press Twist Magazine, published in Mompreneur magazine and the Clarkston News. Sandy is a co-creator of The Keys to Getting What You Want: 4 Little Known Communication Secrets, and the creator of the Calendar Magic coaching program. She authored two books that use her principles to guide moms through the holiday season. You can connect with her at SandyFowler.com. To learn more or connect with our guests, visit DASIUM.net Sandy’s available resources: Take Back Your Life Coaching Reduce Christmas Stress Books – The Christmas Secret & Christmas Magic Judy’s available resources: Warning Signs: Is Your Teen At Risk? Right Side Up Motivational Speaker for your next event: Visit TheDirectionDiva   Tips & Info from our Sponsors: From DASIUM:  Raising a teenager feels like a whole different world and can create a lot of worry or anxiety for parents. While we know you have many things to do, at the core of it you want to have a good relationship—one where they know you have their back and will listen. Focus on open communication, listening rather than telling or solving—and doing it without judgement. If you are wondering whether behavior changes are normal or cause for concern, want a little help in dealing with stress or anxiety, or just need some tips for communicating with your teen, get our Parent Support Kit. It has what you need as you build an emotionally healthy life for your family.   Support: For more parenting support visit MightyParenting.com
June 11, 2018
Parents deal with many problems; getting-out-the-door-in-the-morning struggles, arguments about when homework will get done, and you might have a child who is chronically late. It can be incredibly frustrating and exhausting to face a parenting problem like this. What parents don't realize is that many of the struggles and battles they have with their teen stem from problems with time management. Time management for teens is a life skill that affects all areas of a child’s life—and the parent’s too! It’s something all parents need to teach their kids but we don’t get much direction on how to do that but that problem is solved right here. Mighty Parenting hosts interview time management for teens expert Leslie Josel. Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler pick Leslie’s brain to find out what stops our teens from having good skills and what we can do about it. Real Talk: We interact with many people throughout our days and you may see a teen who seems to be struggling, in trouble, or heading for trouble. When a situation like this hits your radar you may wonder what to do; should you approach the teen? Talk to the parent? How will they react? Is it any of my business? These are good questions and exactly what Judy and Sandy are exploring in Real Talk.   A Favorite Quote from the Show: The key question to ask your teen to help them learn to bridge time is, “What is your plan?”   High Points Interview: Time management is a brain-based behavior so if your teen is time management challenged then their capabilities are going to be 30% less than their chronological age in the area of that deficiency (your 16 year old will have 15 year old will have 10 year old capabilities). When a teen has an executive challenge, kids know what to do but can’t do what they know. Being time aware, able to see time, means understanding how time flows, how long things take and how to set up plans for future events. One indicator that your child is not time aware is if they function well in school but it falls apart at home. In school they are supported in many ways in seeing time move but that structure doesn’t exist at home. Students live in 2 worlds. They live in the Now, right now, this moment. And they see the “not now”, the future whether it’s 5 minutes, 5 days, or 5 years. To them, Not Now is waaaay over there, way in the future. Making kids time aware means helping them understand that time exists beyond the now. The breakdown comes in trying to connect Now to Not Now. When kids are walking out of the house parents tend to use “Oh, by the way” and “Don’t forget”. Never really asking your child, how are you going to remember what I’m asking you? Parents are busy but she’s laying down the Leslie Law and telling us that we have to spend time teaching our kids to be time aware. This is a crucial life skill and it will impact them way more than the grade they got on their 9th grade test on Mesopotamia. We need to hang analog clocks, the old face clocks, in every room our teen spends time in. These clocks let kids see time move. The most important room is the bathroom. The key question to ask your teen to help them learn to bridge time is, “What is your plan?” What is your plan after soccer? What is your plan after school? What is your plan after your shower? What is your plan to get your report done because we’re going to Grandma’s Sunday? Your brain needs to be exercised just like every muscle in your body. If you are listing off the things your child needs to do or telling them what to take with them running out the door, the only brain being exercised is yours. Don’t use Mom Minutes. When we say, “Just one minute” and it’s twenty minutes then it makes it hard for kids to learn to see time. Parents need to respect time and reflect that in the way we talk about it. How the heck do I teach my kid time management when I’m having trouble with my own? One tip is for the parent to speak their mental processing. Literally speak out loud all the thoughts you run through in figuring out time management. It can help the parent and the child learns at the same time.   High Points Real Talk: We interact with many people throughout our days and you may see a teen who seems to be struggling, in trouble, or heading for trouble. Adults wonder what to do when they see this. It used to be that adults in our neighborhood, church, and community would support parents, telling them what their kids were up to or even reprimanding the kids directly. But our culture has shifted and adults are now afraid to get involved with other kids. Parents have become defensive about their kids and tend erect protective walls if approached. So what can you do if you see a teen you are concerned about, one who is in emotional pain, in danger, or at-risk? Our response is that personally, we understand there may be backlash, we could upset a neighbor or lose a friend. This would be unpleasant, but we can live with it. What we cannot live with is the fallout that can happen if we don’t say anything. We can affect the parents’ response and lessen negative fallout in the way we deliver the message. Judy shares ideas for softening the message and helping parents hear it. Essentially, we want to focus on being non-judgmental and come from a place of concern. Do it by being factual, authentic, and letting them know you care. Wondering whether to say something? Follow the rule of Better Safe Than Sorry. If our teen brings the concern to us we can help them learn to think through the options. We can help them see various ways to speak to their friend or the parent.   Our Guest: Leslie is an academic/life coach, an award-winning author and internationally acclaimed speaker. She is the creator of the award-winning Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management®, a planner that helps students develop and master time management skills, and the author of “What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management”, a parents’ step-by-step guide to help teach their students the time management skills they need to succeed in school, home and in life. A respected resource on ADHD and Executive Functioning in students, Leslie writes a weekly column called “Dear Organizing Coach by Leslie Josel” for ADDitude Magazine, and is also a contributing writer for Family Circle Magazine. She brought “Order Out of Chaos” to life from a very personal mission. Leslie is the mother of a time-and-organizationally-challenged teen who was diagnosed with ADHD. She founded the company 15 years ago with the goal of providing professional organizing, time management and coaching services; parent and family education, products and resources to families and their students to help them bring order out of chaos to their lives.   More from our Guest: To learn more or connect with Leslie, visit https://orderoochaos.com/   Tips & Info from our Sponsors: From DASIUM: Raising a teenager can create a lot of worry or anxiety for parents. It’s a whole different world than when they were young. At the core of it you want to have a good relationship—one where they know you have their back and will listen when they need it most. Focus on open communication, listening rather than lecturing or feeling the need to fix it. And do so without judgement. Still worried? We understand. Teens go through a lot of phases so how do you know if their behavior is a phase or a sign that a problem is growing? Get Warning Signs: A Parenting Guide for Discovering if Your Child is At Risk for Depression, Addiction, or Suicide. Learn what is cause for concern and what will pass. Get information on next steps and ideas for handling problems if they arise.
June 4, 2018
Youth sports touch the lives of millions of children and teens every day. Being part of a team, learning new skills, and improving health are all part of the positive impact. Unfortunately, well-intentioned parents can negate that positive impact. Parental involvement in youth sports can rob teens of the learning opportunities and the fun of playing sports, and it can even contribute to burnout. Tune in as Mighty Parenting Podcast hosts Sandy Fowler and Judy Davis interview Janice Meredith to learn how we can support our kids and allow them to get the most out of their sport experiences. In Real Talk we're looking at the sandwich generation. There are millions of people who are caring for aging parents at the same time they are still raising their children. They are called the Sandwich Generation because they are the filling between two sets of people who need care from them. While there is a lot of talk about how hard this can be and the impact on caregivers, Judy and Sandy take a different view of it and discuss how you can use this experience to be a better parent. They share some of their experiences and how you can use the situation to capitalize on the teaching opportunities it affords.   A Favorite Quote from the Show: Sports are fun, but nothing is more important than who your child becomes in the process of playing.   Our Guest: Janis B. Meredith is a parenting coach, international blogger, and book author who focuses on providing resources to help parents raise champions. She and her husband, Ted, have raised three kids who played sports from age 4 through college, and are now engaged in successful careers. She is passionate about helping parents as they strive to raise their children as champions. To learn more or connect with our guest, visit jbmthinks.com   Tips & Info from our Sponsors: DASIUM: Raising a teenager can create a lot of worry or anxiety for parents. It’s a whole different world than when they were young. At the core of it you want to have a good relationship—one where they know you have their back and will listen when they need it most. Focus on open communication, listening rather than lecturing or feeling the need to fix it. And do so without judgement. More show notes on our podcast page
May 28, 2018
There’s no doubt that 13 Reasons Why is controversial. Whether you love it, hate it, or are avoiding it, recognizing that it is part of our children’s world will help you manage their exposure and deal with any reactions. There’s a lot going on here and since the first season hit there has been a lot of controversy. Mighty Parenting Podcast hosts, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, have been digging in. Here they are sharing all of the inside scoop with you from what people say is good and bad, to what kids are saying about it, to the potential fallout. You’ll be well informed, knowing just what parents need to know about 13 Reasons Why including what pitfalls to watch out for and even the questions to ask your child when you have the important conversations this show is prompting from families and our society.
May 21, 2018
When bullying occurs, parents and schools take action and invoke discipline to end bullying. But what if there was a different path, a more effective way of handling things? What if we ask, “Why do kids bully?” then use the answer to discover and deal with the root cause? On this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast we get a fresh perspective on preventing bullying. Hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler interview Dr. Charlotte Reznick to understand why kids bully. They discuss what parents can do to work with schools and other parents to stop bullying as well as what to do if you see bullying behaviors in your own child. Parents often wonder why do kids bully, but today you learn to use the answer to protect and empower your child while creating a safer, kinder environment. In Real Talk, Sandy and Judy dig into the frustration and disappointment parents often feel during summer vacation. They’ll discuss a simple method for creating a harmonious summer and preventing disappointment and attitude issues that can ruin your summer.   A Favorite Quote from the Show: (Real Talk) The best way to nurture a relationship with your child as they get into their teen and adult years is to respect where they are different from you. If you don’t do that, you set yourself up for them to build their life away from you.   Our Guest: Charlotte Reznick PhD is a foremost authority on how to engage with and develop mindfulness, meditation, and imagination for children and teens. She is author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success and contributing author of the chapter “Imagery as a Therapeutic Tool with Children" to Transformative Imagery: Cultivating Imagination for Healing, Change, and Growth. Dr. Reznick is a child educational psychologist, a former UCLA Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, and was named Imagery International’s Person of the Year in 2012 for the global impact of her work. Dr. Reznick has a 30-year meditation practice and is the creator of Imagery For Kids: Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity, and Empowerment, a mindful, positive coping skills program. In addition to her private practice in Los Angeles, California, she creates therapeutic meditation CDs for children, teens, and parents, blogs for Psychology Today and Huffington Post, is a frequent media consultant, and teaches workshops internationally on the healing power of child and adolescent imagination.   Tips & Info from our Sponsors: From DASIUM:  Raising a teenager feels like a whole different world and can create a lot of worry or anxiety for parents. While we know you have many things to do, at the core of it you want to have a good relationship—one where they know you have their back and will listen. Focus on open communication, listening rather than telling or solving—and doing it without judgement. If you are wondering whether behavior changes are normal or cause for concern, want a little help in dealing with stress or anxiety, or just need some tips for communicating with your teen, get our Parent Support Kit. It has what you need as you build an emotionally healthy life for your family. More show notes on our podcast page
May 14, 2018
Parents dream about, or dread, the day their child moves out of the house. But are they ready? Will they pay their bills? Will they eat well? Have clean clothes? Make good decisions? Parenting our teens so they can launch can be a daunting task but it is essential to helping our kids succeed. Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler interview Dennis Trittin on the Mighty Parenting podcast to find out the mistakes parents make and how those affect their teenagers. They’ll look at simple solutions and essential things parents must do to parent teens so they can launch. In Real Talk we’re taking a look at Mother’s Day. Many moms end up disappointed, frustrated, or hurt on Mother’s Day. Judy and Sandy talk about how you can avoid the hurt and get what you want.   Our Guest: Dennis Trittin is the founder, President, and CEO of LifeSmart Publishing and author of Parenting for the Launch and What I Wish I Knew at 18. His mission is to inspire and equip the next generation with the leadership and life skills they need to succeed in adulthood. Through books, curriculum, speaking engagements, and his blog, Dennis serves young people around the world and the parents, educators, and mentors guiding them. Previously, Dennis served as Director of Research and Strategy at Russell Investments where he spent 28 years managing $35 billion and evaluating successful leaders around the globe. From this unique perspective, Dennis is now sharing these powerful leadership insights with teens and young adults.Dennis and Jeanne, his wife of 35 years, have two grown children who are living their dream in Gig Harbor, Washington. They enjoy the company of family and friends and are avid golfers and active volunteers in their community.   A Favorite Quote from the Show: Parents need to move from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s seat in their child’s life.   Tips & Info from our Sponsors: From DASIUM: Raising a teenager can create a lot of worry or anxiety for parents. It’s a whole different world than when they were young. At the core of it you want to have a good relationship—one where they know you have their back and will listen when they need it most. Focus on open communication, listening rather than lecturing or feeling the need to fix it. And do so without judgement.  Still worried? We understand. Teens go through a lot of phases so how do you know if their behavior is a phase or a sign that a problem is growing? Get Warning Signs: A Parenting Guide for Discovering if Your Child is At Risk for Depression, Addiction, or Suicide. Learn what is cause for concern and what will pass. Get information on next steps and ideas for handling problems if they arise.
May 7, 2018
From the time our children can share a toy, friendships take on a role in their lives. As our children become teenagers, that role grows and friends take on a central place. Those teen friendships are very different from the ones in preschool and there are things parents are wondering: What is happening? How can I help? How can I get them to be friends with the right kids? Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler are getting answers to those questions and more from teen friendship expert Annie Fox. On this Mighty Parenting podcast, Annie will give us a peek inside the world of teen friendships and tell us exactly what parents need to know. Real Talk explores a life skill. There are many life skills which parents need to teach their kids but there’s one we rarely think of—protecting your identity. Did you know, 10% of children under the age of 19 have had their identity stolen? In today’s Real Talk, Judy and Sandy discuss how to handle this with your teen or young adult.   A Favorite Quote from the Show: Parents are not supposed to have the whole picture of what’s happening in our teen’s friendships. The goal isn’t to know everything, it’s to teach our kids to make good choices.   Our Guest: Annie Fox, M.Ed., an award-winning author and educator in the realm of character development and SEL (Social and Emotional Learning), has been a trusted online adviser to teens and parents since 1997. Host of the popular podcast Family Confidential, Annie’s books include: The Girls’ Q&A Book on Friendship, Teaching Kids to Be Good People and the ground-breaking Middle School Confidential™ book and app series.   Tips & Info from our Sponsors: DASIUM: Raising a teenager can create a lot of worry or anxiety for parents. It’s a whole different world than when they were young. At the core of it you want to have a good relationship—one where they know you have their back and will listen when they need it most. Focus on open communication, listening rather than lecturing or feeling the need to fix it. And do so without judgement. Still worried? We understand. Teens go through a lot of phases so how do you know if their behavior is a phase or a sign that a problem is growing? Get Warning Signs: A Parenting Guide for Discovering if Your Child is At Risk for Depression, Addiction, or Suicide. Learn what is cause for concern and what will pass. Get information on next steps and ideas for handling problems if they arise.   More show notes on our podcast page
April 30, 2018
Your teen’s life is full of disappointment; losing a friend, getting a bad grade, not making the team, missing the shot, losing a job, having privileges taken away, losing an opportunity, and so much more. Parents may dismiss these as “no big deal” but oftentimes kids don’t know how to handle loss and the grief that comes with it. Helping our teenager deal with loss in an essential parenting skill. We need to help them learn to be resilient, make sense of it, work it into the fabric of their life, and move forward. Not being able to handle loss may lead our teen to using unhealthy coping strategies and even dysfunctional behavior. Grief expert Mark Hundley shares expert advice for teaching our children how to identify their strengths and move through loss in a healthy way. Listen in as he shares his wisdom with Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler. Tis the season for our kids to celebrate. Prom and graduation season is an exciting time but even the most responsible teens can find themselves in a sticky situation. Listen to the Real Talk segment to discover the conversation every parent must have with their teen and tips for keeping them safe.   Guest bio: Mark Hundley, LPC - Supervisor, has worked with people of all ages since 1971 in various venues: Youth and family ministry Public education Private counseling practice. He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Hardin-Simmons University and his Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Texas. Mark has an expertise in the field of loss and grief and works with individuals, families and corporate bodies to create and implement strategies for powerful living in the aftermath of tragedy, trauma and loss. He is a founder of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano, TX, a non-profit agency that provides free group grief support to children, adolescents and their parents or adult caregivers. Currently, Mark serves on the counseling staff at Plano Senior High School, works with clients in private practice and provides supervision for LPC Interns.   A Favorite Quote from the Show: If your teenager shows resistance it’s a red flag for parents to ask: 1) How are you feeling? 2) What caused that to happen?   Tips & Info from our Sponsors: DASIUM: Raising a teenager feels like a whole different world and can create a lot of worry or anxiety for parents. While we know you have many things to do, at the core of it you want to have a good relationship—one where they know you have their back and will listen. Focus on open communication, listening rather than telling or solving—and doing it without judgement. If you are wondering whether behavior changes are normal or cause for concern, want a little help in dealing with stress or anxiety, or just need some tips for communicating with your teen, get our Parent Support Kit. It has what you need as you build an emotionally healthy life for your family. More show notes on our podcast page
April 23, 2018
Self-care is almost taboo in our society. These days no one bats an eye if you say you’re exhausted or stressed—it’s almost expected. The idea of taking time to take care of yourself or reduce that stress through self-care is almost laughable. The truth is that self-care is vital for us and for our teens. We need it in order to become a better parent, one who is patient and observant, who can be there for our teen. We also need to teach our kids to take care of themselves and the best way to do that is by demonstrating good self-care. But who has time for this? Hear Mighty Parenting host Judy Davis’ story to find out just how bad things can get when you ignore your stress. Then listen as Judy, along with Sandy Fowler—two stress experts, use their expertise to help you define your priorities and reduce your stress. Ever wonder if Judy and Sandy really listen to our guest experts? Yes, they do. Judy will be putting Sandy in the hot seat to find out what happened when Sandy implemented Cath Hakanson’s advice about talking sex to your teenager.
April 16, 2018
Parenting is the most wonderful and most exhausting job you will ever love. But why is it so tiring? Is there anything we can do to change that? How can you stop being exhausted by parenting your teen? Erin Leyba explores this situation with Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler. They dig into the reasons you are exhausted by parenting your teen while Erin shares tips for making things better and for bringing the joy back into your life. One of the things that’s so wearing in parenting a teenager is driving them to all of their activities and outings. Many parents look forward to the day their teen gets a drivers’ license and even more so to the day they have their own car to drive. In Real Talk, Judy and Sandy dig into this idea, exploring the pros and cons and sharing a different perspective on what it means to buy your teenager a car.
April 9, 2018
If you are a parent who avoids talking sex to your teenager, you are not alone. Most parents stop having these conversations when kids hit puberty, but kids really need them in their teen years and even into their twenties. But what do we need to discuss? How do you broach the subject? What do we do if we’re embarrassed or we don’t even understand the terminology they are using? Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler get the facts on discussing sex with your kids from sex education expert Cath Hakansan. Find out the mistakes parents make, what our teens really want to know, how to talk so it won't be embarrassing, and simple ways to set the tone for open conversation. Then join Judy and Sandy in Real Talk where they get real about family dinners. Find out what happened to Sandy’s family when their busy lives ended their family dinners and what you can do instead.
April 2, 2018
Parenting teens has never been an easy task. In today’s world, when your child struggles with stressors, triggers, ADHD, depression, anxiety, or something else, it can be downright overwhelming. When family dynamics aren’t smooth, or extended family object to your choices, it only gets harder. Hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler dig into this area gaining insight, getting you tips, and helping you find a new perspective for dealing with difficult family. Their guest on the Mighty Parenting podcast, Dr. Eric Maisel, shares a different view on dealing with your teen’s behavior as well as the lessons we need for powerful communication with both our teen and family as a whole. The conversation continues in Real Talk where Judy and Sandy deal with the crazy busyness of family life with teenagers. Having a good, working family calendar can help you to know where your kids are, when people will be available, and just stay connected, even with your twentysomethings after they move out. It can also lower your stress and create connection. Hear Judy and Sandy share a simple tool for managing the family calendar that won’t turn one parent into “the keeper of the box”.
March 26, 2018
On today’s Mighty Parenting podcast, Judy and Sandy take us into the world of coping strategies for stress. Managing stress and anxiety is an ever-growing challenge for teens and twentysomethings in today’s world, and many of them either don’t have the skills to do it or they are using coping strategies that will harm them. Join the DASIUM co-founders, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, as they discuss what coping strategies for stress are as well as shed light on what’s healthy and what can lead to trouble. They will share the three building blocks that parents of teens need in order to help their children be emotionally healthy and set them up for success. The conversation continues in Real Talk as Judy and Sandy dive into the world of grades and self-esteem. The University of Michigan released a study showing a correlation between lower grades and lower self-esteem. Our hosts will do a deep dive, share personal experiences as well as tips for bucking that trend.
March 19, 2018
Parents need more support during the teen and early adult years than they do at any other time. Our kids are growing, facing new adventures and new obstacles. We have to find new ways to parent through the struggles, but this is a time when parents feel pushed away and left out. Principal and Educational consultant Janice Case joins Mighty Parenting podcast hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler to help us explore the issues, to understand what’s happening in our kids’ lives, how it’s different from what we experienced and the ways that impacts our parenting. She’ll teach us why we need a network and how to create a support system that makes the job of parenting our teens easier. One challenging aspect of parenting through the teen years is staying connected to our kids, letting them know we love them. In Real Talk, Judy and Sandy share simple ideas for maintaining and building connection with our kids through their teens and into their twenties.
March 12, 2018
Divorce is never easy, and the impact of divorce can hit us hard, especially our kids. Kids may act out, exes may clash instead of communicating, or everyone may struggle with the different parenting styles in the two households. Whatever happens, parents just want to make sure their children are okay. Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler help you do that on the Mighty Parenting podcast where they interview The Stepmom Coach, Claudette Chenevert, about the things to watch for as well as tips and strategies for parenting our kids after divorce. Then Judy and Sandy get down to earth in their Real Talk segment where they dig into grades and the new study detailing their effect on your child’s self-esteem. Hear real world options for making sure your kids are doing well.
March 6, 2018
Teachers, coaches, mentors, counselors and support staff help us educate our kids and identify problems at school. They are the people we reach out to when our child is struggling, but what happens when you don't see eye to eye on the best way to support your teen? Advocacy expert Meg Flanagan is this week’s guest on the Mighty Parenting podcast. Listen in as hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler find out the do's and don'ts and best practices for partnering to eliminate problems at school and working effectively to meet your child's needs.
February 26, 2018
Social Media is a way of life for our kids. Our teens and twentysomethings are connected more than ever, and parents need to be prepared. In today's Mighty Parenting podcast, expert Mandy Majors of NextTalk shares her practical approach to cyberparenting. Hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler will find out what parents need to do beyond parental controls. They’ll get the inside scoop on helping our tweens, teens and twentysomethings navigate handling the social media world of cyber bullying, sex, and everything in-between. They’re getting all the details and the practical solutions to this relevant topic to help you parent in the twenty-first century. Every parent faces overwhelm at some time and volunteering is a huge contributor to the stress and busyness of our lives. Judy picks Sandy’s brain for solutions to this parenting problem in today’s Real Talk segment. Find out the sneaky aspect of this problem, how a painful decision stops us, and simple strategies for getting through it.
February 19, 2018
Parents struggle with guilt and shame from things we did and things we didn’t do in raising our kids. By the time they’re teenagers all those parenting mistakes can add up, for us and them. And when that happens the emotional baggage that goes with it can cause problems in your relationship with your teen or twenty-something. On this week’s Mighty Parenting podcast, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler interview forgiveness expert Cliff Edwards, uncovering the truth about some of those teen behaviors that worry you, finding out what you can do to prevent problems, and tips for repairing any damage done to you, your kids and your relationship. In Real Talk, Judy and Sandy chat about a little thing we all do that contributes to our own stress and depletes our happiness. The good news is that when we change this little habit we not only make our lives better, we take some of the pressure off our kids.
February 13, 2018
Grades, winning, being a leader, joining the right club, getting into the college of your choice, being liked on social media, what to do and who to be, these are all things that create huge pressure for our teens and twentysomethings. One of the ways they are dealing with that pressure is by overusing and abusing prescription medications. This is a sneaky situation that takes parents by surprise. Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, 2 of the co-founders of DASIUM and co-hosts of the Mighty Parenting podcast, are diving into the problem of prescription drug misuse and abuse; taking a look at who is at risk and what parents can do to prevent it. And in Real Talk, Judy and Sandy explore family vacations. They're talking about how to get the family vacation you really want and how to talk to your teen about it.
February 13, 2018
Parents know bullying is a growing problem and we worry about our child becoming a victim. We don’t want them to be hurt and embarrassed so if we find out they’re being bullied we do everything we can to get it to stop. But what if you don’t know it’s happening? And what if the emotional pain doesn’t go away when it stops? On today’s episode of the Mighty Parenting Podcast, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler interview bullying advocate Stephanie Cameron. Stephanie was bullied as a child and knows first hand the pain it can cause and what happens when the bullying stops. She’ll give us a behind-the-scenes look at that as well as share insights into knowing when your child is being bullied plus tell us when parents should and shouldn’t get involved. In today’s Real Talk segment, Judy and Sandy dive into communication. This is a sticky situation for many people and when you toss a teenager or twenty something into the mix things can get tough. Find out their tips for getting kids to open up and share what’s really happening in their lives.
February 13, 2018
We hear a lot of frustrated and worried parents commenting on the way kids handle, or rather can’t handle, when life gets frustrating. From not being able to buy the gadget they want to not getting the grade they want, not making the cut for the team, not achieving 1st chair in orchestra to not getting praise and adulation from their boss, teens and college students are struggling with disappointment and failure. In this episode of the Mighty Parenting Podcast, co-hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler dig into this tough topic. They interview Dr. Deborah Gilboa, affectionately known as Dr. G, about the problem, finding out more about what’s happening, how it affects our kids’ futures and what parenting practices can help save our kids from the fallout. During the Real Talk segment, Judy and Sandy focus on a parent’s concerns about letting their child take “the long, hard road” that she and her husband took.
February 13, 2018
Raising teens and parenting young adults in today’s world presents huge challenges for parents. The Mighty Parenting podcast provides solutions and strategies. Co-hosts Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler interview experts, share stories and get real, raw and relevant as they dig in to the problems of parenting in the 21st century.
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