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A father and daughter discussion about the everyday struggles of teens in today's high tech, high pressure world and the parents who are helping them cope with it. We have honest discussions about everything from the mundane to the life changing and we try to sort through the issues together in as painless a manner as possible.
 
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Beauty is subjective and perceptive. Every day many people look into the mirror, thinking that they’d change so many things if they really could. They use beauty products to hide what they naturally have and what they don’t like. But when they try to fit into someone else’s definition of beauty, do they truly understand what beauty really is? On th…
 
Communication is the cornerstone to any successful relationship. Whether it’s between a parent and a child, spouses, fellow students, teachers or even in the work place the ability and willingness to effectively communicate often times is the different between success and failure at many levels. This podcast is a shining example of a method and des…
 
Expectations we place on our children are important. They help set the future, keep them focused and guide them through their formative years. But expectations must be realistic and achievable otherwise they risk having a detrimental effect on our kids. In today’s episode of Insights Into Teens we’ll discuss the nature and importance of expectation…
 
The English language is a funny thing. While words and phrases can have different meanings in different cultures, there are other things that might affect the meaning or even the relevance of a word or phrase. Sometimes the things that once had meaning in the past are no longer relevant because of changes in society. This can sometimes conjure misc…
 
Competition is part of human nature. There is competition in getting jobs, sports, video games, politics, and in pretty much every activity in between. Sometimes it can seem like this much competition is bad, but there are also good benefits of competition as long as it is done in the right way. Today on Insights Into Teens we’ll take a look at the…
 
Many of our podcasts often conclude with the suggestion to seek professional help if the techniques we discuss on the show aren’t effective for you. The actual act of getting that level of help can in itself be a challenge. There has long been a stigma surrounding mental health, both in teens and adults. Thankfully that has gotten significantly bet…
 
For many teens their social world is everything to them. Who they hang out with, the kids they relate to, and the extracurricular activities they participate in all help the teenager to define a sense of self. Loneliness and social isolation are real issues for teens even without having to live through a pandemic. But add the required isolation ass…
 
Teenagers often face significant pressure to meet strict, unrealistic and harmful ideals around beauty, weight, and shape. The quest for a "perfect" body or appearance can take a heavy toll on a teenager's confidence as well as their physical and mental health. In today’s episode of Insights Into Teens we’ll talk about what you can do to help your …
 
Having crushes can be a wonderful, scary, fun, and heartbreaking experience. When you get your first crush, you may feel confused about what's happening. You may have never had these feelings before. On today’s episode of Insights Into Teen’s we’ll talk about what crushes are, the risks associated with them, the importance they play in adolescent d…
 
Almost every teenager goes through wild periods of self-expression that will typically include clothing and musical choices that are borderline offensive to their parents. However, it’s important not to stifle your teen while they experiment with different versions of self-expression. After all, as long as they are not hurting themselves or anyone …
 
Families can be a pretty complicated thing. What makes up a family? What are its functions? What type of family units are there? How do families help you? In this episode of Insights Into Teens we’ll continue our deeper look at relationships and dig deeper into what it means to be a family.By Madison and Joseph Whalen
 
What if you are told that you are not perfect? Most people should know that already, but it can still sting to be reminded. Criticism of any kind can be hard to swallow, especially when it comes to something you spent time and energy on. Inherently, we all want to do a good job. But criticism is just as important as praise, if not more so. Good, co…
 
Relationships come in all shapes and sizes. But regardless of whether the relationship is platonic, romantic, or familial, it should nourish and support us. Having healthy relationships can make a huge difference in our mental health and well-being. But, creating healthy relationships takes time and effort. On this episode of Insights Into Teens we…
 
This week we’re continuing our little debate on some controversial topics. Last week we had a series of categories and in the interest of time only got through a few questions in each category. This week we’re going to pick up where we left off and see if we can get through the remaining questions.By Madison and Joseph Whalen
 
This week we’re changing things up a little bit as we get a little controversial. Instead of focusing on a single topic of discussion to dissect and help folks with, I wanted to get your perspective on a number of controversial topics with a series of debate questions. Just a general word of caution to our audience, we will be discussing some topic…
 
What does it mean to be a class clown, and why do kids play the class clown? What can parents do if they’re kids are labeled as class clowns? And how should other students deal with class clowns? That’s what we’re talking about on this week’s episode of Insights Into Teens.By Madison and Joseph Whalen
 
Continuing our annual holiday tradition the Insights Into Things hosts bring you our 2021 Holiday Special: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. This retelling of the Dr. Seuss classic is told through the voices of our shows hosts. If you're lucky enough to catch the video version of this performance you'll also get to see original artwork for the produc…
 
This week we’re taking a break from some of the harder hitting topics and having a little fun with our last episode before the holiday break. We’re going to do a little Holiday Q&A and some holiday trivia to take us into our break. Then we’ll be back after the New Year with more great topics to help teens, parents and everyone else.…
 
Complaining has a negative connotation, and is viewed as a bad thing by most people. But is there anything to be said for making your opinion on a given situation heard by the person causing it? Can doing so actually improve a relationship you have with someone? Is there an art to complaining in a way that actually brings about a positive result? W…
 
In today’s episode we’re going to take a look at Marching Band. We’ll explore what’s involved as far as time and commitment. We’ll talk about what skills are honed in marching band, not all of which are musical. We’ll also take a look at some of the less obvious benefits teens gain that will stay with them for a lifetime.…
 
This week we’re talking about Feminism. We’ll take a look at what feminism is today and what it has been over it’s more than 170 years of history. We’ll explore the four waves of feminism and talk about the advances each brought and their differences. Then we’ll explore some of the problems with modern feminism before we finish up with suggestions …
 
This week we’re talking about perfectionism and the malicious cycle it can lead us into. We’ll talk about how we determine if someone is a perfectionist and the signs to look for. We then evaluate the causes of perfectionism and some of the negative consequences of it. And finally we’ll look at how to address perfectionism and what parents can do t…
 
This week we’re going to talk about a term that is used a lot in the media but often misunderstood, Gaslighting. It’s thrown around a lot but most people don’t know that it really refers to a form of mental abuse that is far too widespread in today’s society. We’ll talk about what Gaslighting is, the origins of the term, signs that it’s happening a…
 
This week we’re talking about teens and accountability. We’ll define what accountability is and how to hold teens accountable. Then we’ll talk about setting goals and how to help our teens realize those goals. Finally we’ll look at ways to help instill accountability in teens and help them make themselves successful.…
 
On this week's episode we're talking Teens and Entitlement. We'll talk about what is the mentality of entitlement and it's clinical definition. We explore how entitlement mentality affects relationships. Then we'll look at signs of an entitled teenager and methods to fix entitled behavior before we wrap up with three tools for battling entitlement.…
 
This week we go off script a bit to deal with some issues. First we talk about a series of deadly tornados that blew through our area and actually our town in the wake of hurricane Ida. We'll talk a bit about how scary that was and the lingering anxiety of the experience. We'll also talk about the disruption the storms caused to everyone's life in …
 
It’s about that time for the kids to head back to school. We thought that COVID would just be a bad memory by now, but it seems it’s here to stay for a little while. So how do your kids feel about going back to school in the time of COVID. How do you as a parent feel and how can we make the most of the situation while still trying to keep our famil…
 
This week we’re talking about disappointment and how to deal with it. We’ll discuss what disappointment is and what causes us to feel disappointed. We’ll explore signs to look for that indicate our teens are disappointed and some common things that can cause disappointment. We’ll finish up with some tips on how to help teens deal with disappointmen…
 
This week we’re talking about helping teens handle rejection. We’ll look at how rejection is different in teens and things parents need to keep in mind when helping their teens get through it. We’ll talk about some typical coping mechanisms to help teens when they face rejection. Finally we’ll talk about methods that can help our teens heal, recove…
 
In today’s episode we’re going to discuss one of the most basic things we can impart on our teens, common courtesy. It’s a topic that’s often overlooked and taken for granted but one that can have a profound impact on our lives at just about every age. We’ll discuss how common courtesy has slipped during the digital age. Then we’ll look at some of …
 
This week we are talking about the importance of teen individuality and identity development. We’ll talk about what teen identity development is, why it’s important and some of the consequences of underdeveloped teen identities. Then we’ll explore some of the ways that teens display their self identity issues before we finish up with some tips on h…
 
What are morals, ethics and integrity and why are they important in life? We’ll take a look at some of the ethical dilemmas facing our teens and discuss ways to train our teens to be more morally centered and ethical in how they conduct themselves. Finally we’ll do some role playing and pose questions you can ask teens to help lead your discussion …
 
This week we’ll understand what forgiveness truly is, the three major forms of forgiveness and why forgiveness is so important for our adolescents and teens. Then we’ll take a look at some of the challenges that teens face when it comes to forgiveness before we finish up by looking at the health benefits of forgiveness and how you can help your tee…
 
This week we’re talking about jealousy and teens. We’ll talk a little about the nature of jealousy. We’ll explore how we can turn jealousy into a constructive inspiration and grow from it as an individual. Then we’ll explore the common types of jealousy most teens might face. And finally we’ll talk about tips on how to deal with jealousy.…
 
In today’s episode we’re discussing the challenges involved in motivating and keeping teens motivated. We’ll look at some of the challenges of motivation for teens and we’ll talk about some of the long term implications of a lack of motivation. Then we’ll take a look at a few motivational strategies that might prove effective in inspiring your teen…
 
This week we’re talking about the challenges our teens face when transitioning to highschool. We’ll take a look at some of the differences between middle school and highschool. We’ll talk about the higher expectations placed on our kids academically, socially and personally. We’ll look at a few specific areas to be aware of including time managemen…
 
This week we are talking about Cultural Appropriation. We will help you understand what cultural appropriation is by looking at the meanings associated with the phrase and other vocabulary associated with cultural appropriation. We’ll take a look at some real world examples of cultural appropriation and why they are considered cultural appropriatio…
 
Today we’re talking about what it’s like to live in a single child home or what it’s like to be an only child. We’ll talk about the advantages of being an only child as well as the disadvantages. Then we’ll get some insights about being in a single child home from Madison and how it’s affected her life.…
 
I part two of our "Perspectives" series we're asking Madison's thoughts on another set of interesting questions. This week we'll talk about parenting, relationships and technology related questions. In our first segment we'll get her perspectives on fathers taking paternity leave, should companies market to children, whether or not there's too much…
 
This week the podcast goes back to it's roots to ask a series of questions to Madison and get the perspective of a teenager on a number of topics. First we talk academics and find teen perspectives on how much emphasis colleges place on standardized test scores to whether or not the cost of college tuition is too high. Then we'll delve into the rea…
 
This week we're talking about the benefits of the creative entertainment efforts that go into playing Dungeons and Dragons Role Playing. From sparking creative and imagination to learning about problem solving the fun of Role Playing games can have real benefits to the development of the teenage mind. We'll also discuss our most recent D&D sessions…
 
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