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Susan Borison and Stephanie Silverman, best friends and co-founders of Your Teen Media, are bringing their magazine to life. From interviews with the experts and authors to discussions of trending topics and personal stories, Your Teen with Sue and Steph is an essential guide to raising teens today.

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What is Sextortion?

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Sextortion is the practice of extorting money or sexual favors from a victim by threatening to reveal evidence of their sexual activity—and it's h...
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Are Your Teenagers Glued to Their Screens?

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Technolgy is taking over our kids' lives, and our guest Dr. Michael Rich knows how parents can change the dynamic toward healthier technology usag...
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How a Well-Connected Family Can Act as a Buffer Mental Illness

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We are living with a viral pandemic, but also a mental health pandemic for our teenagers. What is going on?...
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How to Keep Your New Driver Alive

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New drivers aren't great drivers. But they might think they are....
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How to Keep Your Cool with "Defiant" Teens

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What do you do with a teen that seems determined to fight you, push your buttons, and hurt your feelings?...
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Focusing on Mental Health Issues in Student-Athletes toward Suicide Prevention

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Dona Rodgers, who lost her daughter Morgan to suicide, works tirelessly to equalize the treatment of physical and mental health in athletics....
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Every Kid is a Genius, Especially Yours

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Dr. Christopher Emdin, an educational visionary, knows that every kid can love math and science....
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Teaching Our Teens Tech When They Know it Better

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Should we be "monitoring" our kids' internet use? Are video games toxic for developing brains? What exactly is Discord? Devorah Heitner, Ph.D. giv...
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We All Want Answers, So We Asked Our Expert Dr. Stephanie Newman

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Our most urgent, most wrenching questions about parenting teens often float unanswered— why are they so lazy? Are they really getting bullied or a...
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The Summer After Their Senior Year: What Now?

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When we're pregnant, we think about the birth. When we have a senior, we think about graduation. But what about the next day?...
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Puberty

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We've all gone through it. They're all going to go through it. So why aren't we prepared to tell them about it?...
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Sending Your First Off to College: Here to Make it Easier

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We made all the mistakes so Betsy Jewell doesn't have to....
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Great News! Gen Z Isn't Lost or Lazy. They Care Deeply About Saving the World

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DeNora Getachew, CEO of DoSomething.org, sees the their yearning for a better world AND their passion to step up and be the change. Every. Single....
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Why Can't We Bubble Wrap Them?

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Our job is to keep our kids safe. Their job is to take risks....
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Porn 101 with Justine Ang Fonte: Is Any Conversation More Awkward?

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Some parts of being a parent are just so hard... like talking to our kids about porn....
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Teen Dating from “Talking” to “Hooking Up”

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What do we, the parents, know about teen dating in 2022? If we feel clueless, as many of us do, how can we guide our kids?...
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How to Give “The Talk"

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No one really looks forward to it, but it must happen, and thankfully, we have leaders like Justine Ang Fonté to help us navigate this tricky topi...
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What is "Non-Punitive" Parenting?

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Dr. Nanika Coor, psychologist and “respectful parenting enthusiast,” joins Sue and Steph to tell us all about it....
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Cultivating Happiness One Letter at a Time

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Nancy Davis Kho of The Thank You Project joins Sue and Steph to talk about her quest to make handwritten thank-you notes more than just something ...
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Behind the Scenes of Your Teen

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Sue and Steph’s podcast producer Hannah Rae Leach joins the ladies on-mic for the VERY FIRST TIME to ask them all the questions she’s always been ...
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Your Teen "Post-Covid"

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Grieving all the personal milestones that were missed throughout lockdown over the past year and a half is a doozy, especially for teens and their...
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Change Isn’t Comfortable

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Diversity and equity educator Eva Vega-Olds joins Sue and Steph to talk parenting our teens through challenging conversations....
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Creating a Resilient College Freshman

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Taking your teen’s mental health temperature is one of the most crucial (and challenging) parts of living separately....
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Father and Son Unfiltered

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It’s not every day that you get to hear candid conversation between a father and his teenage son....
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The Self-Driven Child

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Learning how to independently process and regulate stressors is an integral part of becoming a happy, confident, and functioning adult....
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The Do-NOTs of Parenting a High School Freshman

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Starting high school is overwhelming... and not just for your the incoming freshman in your life! But you can be chill, right?...
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Your Not-So-Nervous System

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Wearable technology has helped hundreds of thousands increase their quality of life through physical activity— but what about their psychological ...
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He's Not Lazy

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There’s nothing quite as irritating as being the parent of a “lazy” teenager— nagging, micromanaging and all....
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Hot Flashes & Cool Topics

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Enough about the teens... today, it's all about us...
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How To Be An Adult

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"Adulting" has become a profoundly stressful experience for many people, and not necessarily just millennials....
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The High School Hamster Wheel

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There is no Single Right Way to do the high school or college experience— Betsy Jewell knows that well....
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When Your Kid Hates You

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There’s nothing that stings quite as bitterly as being on the receiving end of your teen’s brutal attitude....
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How To Workparent

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Between negotiating work/life boundaries, mitigating feelings of guilt, and wanting to excel as both a parent and a professional, life can get ove...
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Tapping Your Brain for Better Sleep

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Isn't there some sort of lifehack for better sleep yet?...
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The Anxious Teen and Post-Pandemic Re-Entry

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Ever-evolving rules, shifting friend groups, and unclear guidelines about what's to come next are just a few of the elements that can lead anxious...
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Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine

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Friend of the pod Michele Borba returns to share the seven traits that make for unshakeable kids in the 21st century....
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The Addiction Inoculation

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Do you have a teen who's getting curious about trying substances? Are you lost about how to proceed?...
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Destination→ College

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Today, we have a very special episode featuring some the experts that will be joining us for Destination→ College: A Comprehensive Course for Navi...
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Wondering with Kelly Corrigan

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Kelly Corrigan has written four New York Times bestselling memoirs in the last fifteen years, including The Middle Place, Lift, Glitter and Glue, ...
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Found In Transition

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Feeling competent in supporting your transgender child through their coming out or transition is deeply uncharted territory for most parents....
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Pandemic Winter Survival Guide

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How can we best support our families, our partners, and ourselves throughout the coming months?...
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When You Get Racial Justice "Wrong"

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For many parents of teenagers, conversations centering around racial justice, police violence, and inherent bias can become interpersonal powder k...
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Who Gets In and Why

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It turns out college admissions aren't the meritocracy we've been led to believe they are....
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Your Teen and Their Screen

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Screentime and teenagers... does one pick the battle or just let it be? AND in a global pandemic?...
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You Don't Have to Be a Sex Educator

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Talking with your teen or tween about sex can, of course, be an uncomfortable topic....
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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

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Lori Gottlieb, author of New York Times bestseller "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone," deeply understands the powerful effect of talk therapy as b...
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Life Is in the Transitions

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Lifequakes: they're happening constantly. Major disruptions in life’s trajectory can be incredibly overwhelming and disorienting— but they don't h...
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Meltdowns & Masks: Middle School Life in a Pandemic

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Around the start of middle school, it's totally normal for kids to start spending more time with their friends and coaches than they do with their...
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Parenting Through Separation and Divorce

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From sharing the news with your kids in an age-appropriate way to handling issues of custody and newly blended families, it can be hugely challeng...
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College and Covid: What's Next?

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The class of 2021 (and perhaps beyond!) is in for a unique experience when it comes to the college admissions game....
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A Summer Inside: Covid-19 and Your Teen

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So you made it through the rest of the school year... but now what?...
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Empathy is a Verb

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Empathy is an often underrated trait in the hyper-competitive, achievement-based world that many of our teens are living in...
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The Case for The Gap Year

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Even in a world sans Covid-19, taking a "gap year"— or taking a year in between high school and college to travel or do service work— is an underr...
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Middle School Matters

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This time can be about more than "just getting through it."...
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Parenting in The Age of Anxiety

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The day-to-day world of today's teens is vastly different than the one once experienced by their parents....
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College and Disability: When IEPs & 504s Go Away

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Did you know that primary school learning accommodations like IEPs and 504s have no collegiate equivalent?...
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Sheltering (and Thriving!) in Place

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The new wave of shelter in place orders sweeping the nation may feel more like a sentence of "mandatory family bonding" for the teen in your life....
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Coronavirus & College Students: Creating A New Normal

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While coronavirus has the general population social distancing, it's doing the exact opposite to parents and forced-to-be-at-home college students...
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Small Steps for Sound Sleep

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Put down the melatonin— getting a great night's sleep is less complicated than you might think....
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Boys and Sex: How To Change the Toxic Locker Room Banter

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From the condemnation of dozens of high-profile men in the media, to conflicting messages about consent and pleasure in today's hyper-accessible w...
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Neurodiversity: How one mom became an advocate for her son

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Debbie Reber is the founder of Tilt Parenting, an online community aimed at helping parents raise differently-wired kids from a place of confidenc...
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College Admissions: It's All In Your Story

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In many ways, the college admissions process can feel like a lottery. What can applicants do to set themselves apart from the crowd?...
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The Kids Are Alright After All

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A tell-all by Zach and Jessica, kids of Steph and Sue....
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An Education in Boys

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Raising boys involves more than just brotherly brawls and boundless energy....
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How College Makes or Breaks Us

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In a dream world, your teen should attend the most selective college they're admitted to... right?...
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Can't You Just Try and Be Pleasant?

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Lian Dolan of Satellite Sisters joins Sue and Steph for some good old-fashioned gab, sharing stories of sisterhood, life behind the microphone, an...
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A Your Teen Halloween

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Celebrate Halloween with a fun-sized episode from Sue and Steph...
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Do Popular Kids Really "Peak" In High School?

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Would abolishing homecoming courts radically reinvent the traditional social hierarchy of American high schools?...
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The Inner Lives of Teens, Unfiltered

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Does your teen struggle with depression or anxiety? Are you worried that they secretly might be?...
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Never Done: Our Job as Parents Doesn't End When They Leave Home

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Finally, your kid is off to college. Your time parenting is done... right?...
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Turning Around Teen Entitlement

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We all want the best for our kids...but what happens when they end up feeling that the world owes them the best?...
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When Anxiety Drains Your Teen's Tank, Here’s What You Can Do

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Let's face it: parenting a child who experiences anxiety can be a major challenge for all parties....
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Why We Need to Parent Like Dolphins

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Do you ever wonder what your teen would be doing if they weren't seemingly always on their phone?...
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It’s More Than What We Say, It’s How We Say It

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Are you ever mid-conversation with your teen when they suddenly ask you to stop yelling at them?...
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Give Respect to Get Respect (Even When It's Hard)

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This week, Sue and Steph chat with educator and true teen whisperer Amy Speidel about the importance of modeling the attitudes we want to see in o...
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Want To Be A Good Mother? Be Good To Yourself

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Being a caregiver means constant emotional output. After acting as a nurturing force all day long, who makes sure mom is feeling nurtured and emot...
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Life Skills Your Teen Should Know Before Graduation

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This week, author of How To Raise an Adult and former Dean of Students at Stanford University Julie Lythcott-Haims gives it to Sue and Steph strai...
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Embracing the Gift of Failure

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Sue and Stephanie are thrilled to be sharing their first episode of Your Teen with Sue and Steph! They share the origins of Your Teen Media, share...
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Coming Soon!

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Sue and Steph will talk with parents, experts, and teens to support listeners through the journey of parenting....
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