We hear a lot of frustrated and worried parents commenting on the way teenagers aren't handling disappointment or failure well. When life gets frustrating kids are folding or melting down. Not being able to buy the gadget they want, not getting the grade they want, not making the cut for the team, not achieving 1st chair in orchestra or not getting praise and adulation from their boss, teens and college students are struggling with handling 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.

Our Guest: Deborah Gilboa, MD. a.k.a. Dr. G 

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Depression is a surprisingly common health concern in teens yet most parents don't understand depression or recognize the warning signs. Understanding depression in teenagers helps parents and other adults recognize when a problem may be forming and allows them to intervene early. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler discusses teen depression with expert Kristi Hugstad. They share what depression really is and what it is not, what it looks like, and the warning signs that a teen is depressed. Get strategies for dealing with depression and the questions parents need to ask.

Our Guest: Kristi Hugstad 

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Parents struggle to do what's best for their kids and often wonder, "Am I parenting right?" There are many different parenting styles and many ways to implement them. Parents may feel varying degrees of success in attempting any of them. Plus, we all have bad days and wonder what those will do to our kids. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler talks to Dr. Steven Fonso about parenting mistakes and what parents of teens can do to help themselves and their children.

Our Guest: Dr. Stephen Fonso 

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Every parent wonders what their child is thinking. In today's climate we also wonder what is weighing on their hearts and what is feeding their anxiety. Today we'll get an inside look at the teenage mind from people who listen to them regularly. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler chats with Valerie Grison Alsop and Blanche Stora from Give Us the Floor (GUTF). At Give Us the Floor, teens talk to teens about their problems and the anxiety they feel. Find out what is on the teenage mind, what's happening with their mental health, and why they don't want to talk to adults about it.

Our Guests: Valerie Grison-Alsop and Blanche Stora

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Eating healthy and losing weight are two popular New Year resolutions. However, achieving those goals is not easy. It can be difficult when we try to shift an entire family’s diet. Then there are the issues that come up when our teenager wants to lose weight. Fad diets and quick weight loss don’t last. More importantly, they can cause health issues for our teens. But health coach Nagina Abdullah has answers for us. She joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to discuss the best and easiest way to improve our family’s diet. She will address healthy weight loss for us and our teens along with tips and tricks for making dietary changes easier.

Our Guest: Nagina Abdullah 

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Trying out for the theatre or a team. Being graded on a performance. Trying to make friends or ask someone out on a date. Teenagers face rejection and failure frequently and they may not have the skills to bounce back. It takes resilience which is something many teens and twenty somethings don’t have. Additionally, parents can actually hinder the process when they attempt to help. Stephen David Leonard joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to discuss the steps to bouncing back from rejection. They explore what’s happening, how our teens feel, and what parents can do to help our kids build resilience and develop healthy coping strategies.

Our Guest: Stephen David Leonard 

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Work-life balance is a myth. It's not about balancing work and all the rest of life. Work is a part of life and to separate it like that is disingenuous to you and your potential, not to mention your family. Pushing for balance stops us from enjoying our lives and from achieving our potential. Most importantly, it’s hurting our children. Executive and leadership coach Dana Look-Arimoto talks to Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler about settling consciously so we stay in the driver’s seat of our lives. Dana shares the one thing we need to do as a New Year’s resolution and discusses ways to find happiness, health, and energy while helping our kids to do the same.

Our Guest: Dana Look-Arimoto

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When teens are lethargic, unmotivated, or avoiding school work it makes parents crazy. We may try talking, taking away privileges, or even bribery to get them to do what they need to do. What they really need is motivation. Motivating teenagers can be sticky but tapping into their dreams can help. Adam Norse joins Mighty Parenting Podcast host Sandy Fowler to discuss motivating teenagers. Adam shows us how we can help kids tap into their dreams and use those dreams to motivate them to handle many aspects of their lives. 

Our Guest: Adam Norse 

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The New Year is right around the corner. This is the time where we either think about how much we despise resolutions or how we can succeed with our New Year resolution. Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler have different views on resolutions. On this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast they share their different perspectives. They talk about what they don’t like about resolutions and how they’ve adapted the custom to actually improve their lives. Find out why resolutions fail, why resolutions work and what you can do to set yourself up for success.

Our Guests: Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler

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Ask any parent and they'll tell you they want their child to be happy. When you dig deeper that turns out to mean we want them to experience joy, love, and peace. That's a tall order but emotion expert Jude Bijou has a blueprint for finding it. On today's Mighty Parenting podcast episode, Jude talks to host Sandy Fowler about the six main emotions and how we can shift from feeling sadness, anger, and fear to feeling joy, love, and peace. She shares the difference between feelings and emotions, how they impact us, and how we can manage feelings and emotions for a better life and a better relationship with our teen.

Our Guest: Jude Bijou 

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