This week we’re discussing some of the more common problems that teens face at home with their family. First we’ll discuss typical friction points between teens and their parents like teen independence, arguing with your parents, a lack of communication between teens and parents and the need for parents to set boundaries and teens to push those boundaries.
We’ll also look at how troubles in the home can cause issues for teens. How do parents who are experiencing interpersonal issues and the arguments that inevitably rise from that affect teens. We’ll talk about the academic pressures and the frictions failing in those expectations can cause. We’ll explore sibling rivalry and how teens competing against each other can be both a benefit and a hindrance.
Finally we’ll talk about ways to combat some of this problems and discuss how to help teens get through these troubling but some times unavoidable scenarios. Learning to negotiate, listen and work as a team are key techniques to solving these problems.
Read More Insights Into Teens: Episode 74 “Family Problems”
This week we conclude our current Question and Answer Series with questions about friends and family. We learn what it is that Madison looks for in her friends. How she gets along with her friends and what benefits there are to have loyal friends who are interested in taking care of each other.
We’ll also delve into some family related questions. We’ll talk about Madison’s brother and some of the trials and tribulations over the years. We’ll also discus how Madison gets along with her parents. Does she respect them? Does she argue with them? Has she ever gotten angry at them. We’ll look at the traits she admires most about her parents, which traits she’d like to develop in herself and what traits she’s change about her parents.
Read More Insights Into Teens: Episode 73 “Q&A Series: Friends and Family”
This week we take a look at some of the nutritional requirements of teens. We’ll look at what teens should be eating for healthy growth and some of the more obscure things to avoid as well. Then we’ll talk about the importance of the Family Dinner. The benefits go well beyond the nutritional intake and can help emotionally and intellectually and play a major role in a teen’s personal growth.
In our last segment we’ll talk about the benefits of getting teens into the kitchen and involved in cooking. It provides an opportunity for quality time, teaches self reliance and can build self confidence. We’ll also talk about some of the things that Madison likes to cook and show her in action making two different meals.
Read More Insights Into Teens: Episode 65 “Food and Cooking”
In this special interview episode we talk about grandparents, how important they are to our children and the knowledge and experience they pass on to the younger generation. Sadly Madison’s biological grandparents are no longer with us. However, she was fortunate enough to acquire an adoptive set of fantastic grandparents thanks to our extended family.
Joining us for this special episode is Madison’s adopted grandmother “G-Ma” to share some of her memories and experiences with us. She’s been a part of Madison’s life since she was born and has shared numerous fantastic memories with us already. This is Madison’s chance to get to know a little bit more about her adopted grandmother in this touching and humorous episode.
Read More Insights Into Teens: Episode 60 “Grandparents”
This week we take time out of a regular podcast schedule to pay tribute to a family member we lost. Last week our beloved cat Dorian encountered some medical issues. After a dire prognosis from the vet we made the difficult decision to put her down rather than to have her suffer. It was a difficult decision but one that was in her best interest.
This week we celebrate the life of Dorian by reminiscing about some of our fondest memories of her. How she adopted us shortly after we moved into the neighborhood. We’ll reflect on all the love and joy that she brought into our lives and some of the more colorful memories we have of her. It’s a podcast of remembrance and healing to help us get through our time of grief. We invite you all to share in our experiences and enjoy some of the wonderful stories we had about our wonderful member of the family.
Read More Insights Into Teens: Episode 59 “A Tribute to Dorian”
In our monumental 50th episode Madison interviews her brother Sam, Co-host of Insights Into Tomorrow on the network. With a curated set of general and personal questions Madison delves deeper into the personality and history of her older brother in an attempt to satisfy her desire to get to know him better. It’s a touching interaction between brother and sister who were once very close but who time and circumstance has pulled apart. It’s an excellent example of how to rekindle a friendship or relationship with someone you may have grown distant from and is an enjoyable discussion to witness.
Read More Insights Into Teens: Episode 50 "Siblings"