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Hosted by Ed Gerety, Top Motivational Speaker/Author, CSP ~ An authentic conversation about the toughest issues facing teenagers today and what we can do as parents to help them navigate these challenging waters. Featuring award-winning educators, authors, and special guests that provide expert advice, real solutions, and inspiration so together we can help our teens succeed in school and in life.
 
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Elise Knox is a life and wellness coach and a former middle school teacher. With two children of her own, Elise is helping parents and preteen/teen girls get through this challenging time with more connection and ease. Parents might feel like they never have any time to themselves and that they’re pretty much living in survival mode to keep their t…
 
Dr. Walt Karniski is an author and a Developmental Pediatrician trained at Boston’s Children Hospital. He was the Director of Division of Developmental Pediatricians at the University of South Florida for 15 years. He spent the last 20 years developing and operating three private schools for children with ADHD and anxiety disorder. Throughout his c…
 
Kathryn Yuma is the Development Manager at Hearts & Horses, a therapeutic riding center in Loveland, Colorado. The mission at Hearts & Horses is to promote the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social wellbeing of people with special needs. In this episode, Kathryn talks about the magic of therapeutic riding and why it can be an excellent choice …
 
Richard Capriola has been a mental health and substance use counselor for over two decades. He has treated both teens and adults diagnosed with substance use disorders and he is also the author of “The Addicted Child”, a handy parental guide for adolescent substance abuse. In this episode, Richard shares advice on how you can help your teens develo…
 
Susan Paterno is the Director of the Journalism Program at Chapman University. Susan is an award-winning writer, reporter, and columnist. Susan’s work has been featured in Forbes, NY Times, Washington Post, and she was a correspondent for the LA Times. She is out with a new book, “Game On: Why College Admission Is Rigged and How to Beat the System”…
 
Henry J. Turner is an award-winning high school principal, speaker, and author of “Change The Narrative: How to Foster an Antiracist Culture in Your School”. He is most proud of the collaborative community he works within to empower students to fight hate and bigotry in their school. In this episode, Henry talks about how you can change the narrati…
 
Casey O’Roarty is a positive discipline Trainer and Parent Coach. She hosts the popular parenting podcast, “Joyful Courage”. For the last 20 years, Casey has worked with families as an educator and coach to broaden perspectives on parenthood, behavior and relationships between parents and children. In this episode, Casey offers advice on how you ca…
 
Alena Cirello uses a person-centered approach in helping her clients get the breakthroughs they’re seeking. As a Certified Hypnotherapist and the Owner of Center for Self-Healing Arts, Alena creates unique strategies for her clients to self-actualize their future. In this episode, Alena breaks some common myths about hypnosis and explains how it ca…
 
Chetana Parmar, Advanced Yoga & Meditation Teacher, has over 20 years of experience in sustainability and environmental issues and also offers guided meditation sessions to organizations. Chetana is a Meditation Instructor, Climate Activist, and Sustainability Consultant. In this week’s episode, she talks about some of the benefits of taking a paus…
 
Joani Geltman has over 30 years of experience working with parents, children, schools, and community groups. She is also a parenting coach, college professor, and public speaker. In this episode, Joani share insights from her book, “A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens”, simple, concrete practical tips useful in those daily moments of stress as a pa…
 
Molly is a College Facilitator and helps teens develop the skills they need to be ready to leave the nest and become independent adults. Molly is focused on helping teens not just take a bunch of classes, but find their passion in life. In this episode, Molly shares what she is thinking about when she is working one-on-one with her students, the im…
 
Richard Capriola has been a mental health and substance use counselor for over two decades. He has treated both teen and adults diagnosed with substance use disorders including over a decade as a counselor at Menninger Clinic in Houston Texas. Richard is the author of “The Addicted Child”, a handy parental guide for adolescent substance abuse. In t…
 
Melinda Shofner has been a high school counselor for the past 20 years and specializes in College and Career Counseling. She helps students make the best decision possible in their college of choice, what a good fit really means, and she also helps students prepare for transitioning from life at home to college. In this episode, Melinda talks about…
 
Dr. John B. Molidor, CEO & President of the Brain Based Leadership Institute, works with people to better understand how their brains work. He guides his clients towards using their brains more efficiently and to help them make better decisions. In this episode, he explains why it can be so frustrating working with your teen as they begin to enter …
 
Ashley Keough is a Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and Speaker practicing in New Hampshire. Ashley has been in this field of work for the last 20 years and helps her clients own their story. In this week’s episode, Ashley shares some scary stats about the rise of suicides in our teens today, and what parents can do to help ease the distres…
 
Peter Bielagus is a Financial Speaker and the Author of three books on money management. In this week’s episode, he explores whether it makes sense for your teen to attend college. He also answers the question on what parents can do if their teen doesn’t want to go to college; the options they have to pursue education; and the types of conversation…
 
Coach Jim Johnson has over 30 years of experience developing winning high-school basketball teams, including 428 career victories. One of Jim’s career highlights was working with an autistic boy named Jason McElwain, nicknamed J-Mac, who scored 20 points in the game’s last 3 minutes. Jim leans on his extensive experience and shares the power of lea…
 
Description Eric Chester is America’s most celebrated ‘teen work ethic guru’, an acclaimed in-the-trenches workforce researcher and thought leader. As a former high school teacher and coach-turned motivational speaker for youth, Eric has visited thousands of high schools and colleges to help prepare students for success in part-time jobs all the wa…
 
Jason Holder is the Founder of Adventure Lore and has taught adventure programs to teens since the early 80s. He is a General Practitioner who primarily focuses on and works with ADHD, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and family work. Jason is also the author of two books in Adventure Therapy and Adventure Activities. In this episode, Jas…
 
Christy Keating is the Founder of The Heartful Parent, a Certified Parent Coach & Educator, and a licensed attorney and former prosecutor of 20 years with an expertise in the prosecution of sexually violent predators. Christy loves helping parents experience more love, joy, and connection in their families with The Heartfelt Parent Coaching Program…
 
Harriet Turk has spent the last two decades in education and business. In the education sector, Harriet developed and implemented multi-million dollar programs for local and state level educational systems as the Youth Programs Coordinator for the Mississippi Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. In this episode, Harriet shares how to build a deeper…
 
Christa D'Amico, CAGS, NCSP, is a NH Licensed School Psychologist who works at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, NH. Ms. D'Amico partners with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment that strengthens connections between home, school, and the community. Ms. D…
 
Dr. Marlene Bizub, Psy.D., has been working in the court system for the last 23 years and has seen couples go through it all; including using their children to hurt the other parent. What can you do to prevent a situation like this if you're separating from your partner or if your child is currently spending their time in separate households? Dr. M…
 
Jessica Weissbuch is the founder of Brave Trails, a summer camp for LGBTQ youth to build self-esteem, leadership skills, and life-long friends. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and focused her academic life on studying LGBTQ+ youth affirmative therapy practices. In this week’s episode, Jessica talks about how parents can be an LGBTQ …
 
Kerry Stutzman is a Family Therapist and Parenting Instructor passionate about teen suicide prevention. The numbers in teen suicides are rising and it’s frightening to feel so helpless as a parent! What can parents do to better support their teen’s mental health journey? Kerry has some tips on how to reduce internal teen conflict within your househ…
 
Cynthia Klein is an Educator, Coach, Speaker, and Author. Through her work, Cynthia helps parents of children from age five to thirty. Cynthia understands how frustrating it is when your teen doesn’t let you in on their day-to-day life. Is it just because your teen is ‘going through a phrase’? No! It’s on you to open the lines of communication and …
 
Coach Sheri Gazitt is the Founder of Teen Wise and Mom Wise. She is an advocate of teen mental wellness and helps parents navigate the ups and downs of adolescence. In this week’s episode, Sheri talks about how to not get suckered into peer pressure as a parent. It’s easy to compare your child’s progress with other children in your community, but t…
 
Chucky Rosa is a non-profit Public Speaker and an Advocate against drug and alcohol abuse. Chucky works with teens, families, and individuals struggling with substance abuse and has shared his personal story with thousands, which has inspired them to live a drug free life. On this week’s episode, Chucky talks about how to spot the early signs of su…
 
Laura Stack’s 19-year-old son, Johnny, died by suicide on November 20, 2019 from paranoid delusion from using high-THC marijuana concentrates. Soon afterward, Laura started a 501c3, Johnny’s Ambassadors, to educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on adolescent brain development, mental illness, and suicide. In this…
 
Jon Mattleman has worked with schools, parents, mental health organizations, and businesses for the last 30 years to help manage anxiety, stress, depression and more. Today, Jon discusses why your teen might not be opening up to you, social media challenges, and so much more. It’s not just because they’re going through a ‘phrase’, it’s because we, …
 
Dr. Elizabeth Englander is a professor of Psychology and the Founder and Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers programs, resources, and research for the state of Massachusetts and nationwide. She is a nationally recognized researcher and expert in the area of bullying and …
 
As a Speaker, Trainer, Global Thought Leader, and Business Owner since 1987, Carole Copeland Thomas moderates the discussions of key issues affecting our global marketplace. Carole served as an adjunct faculty member for Bentley University for a decade and is the host of ‘Focus on Empowerment’, a weekly radio show that she has hosted for more than …
 
Bill Ball is entering his 23rd year as a head football coach and his 18th year as the athletic director at Exeter High School, New Hampshire. He was welcomed into the NHIAA Hall of Fame and had an entire football stadium named after him in his honor. Coach Ball is passionate about teaching teenagers the core fundamentals of sports. Find out more on…
 
Elaine Pasqua, CSP, is a dynamic nationally recognized keynote speaker and trainer who has transformed the lives of more than half a million people nationwide. She helps young students generate positive choices, healthy communication, and respectful relationships in their lives. Elaine shares on this week’s episode how to have tough conversations w…
 
In this solo episode, Ed talks about the power of goal setting and how to help your teen have more clarity in what they’d like to do in life. Not everyone has it figured out, but by starting small, you can really start to think big, and set the steps in motion to achieve amazing things, too. Ed breaks down how he has been able to dream big and deli…
 
Courtney Poquette has been a Teacher and Advocate for personal finance education for the past 15 years. In this episode, Courtney shares how you can prepare your teenagers for financial success. Start the conversation and don’t be afraid to talk with them about retirement! By starting early, your child can get lightyears ahead and be financially pr…
 
Christine Conceison is a Licensed Certified Social Worker with 10+ years of experience in the school setting and 18+ years in clinical and non-clinical behavioral health experience. Christine is committed to creating partnerships with students, families, and communities to promote mental well-being and social-emotional growth. On this episode, Chri…
 
Michelle Tetschner is an advocate, mom of three boys, and author of the book, “Fully Included”. One of Michelle’s sons has down syndrome and she set out to help our education system become more inclusive to all different types of people, with or without disabilities, By having more diversity in the world, and especially in the classroom, you open t…
 
Amy Hage, M. Ed. and Certified ADHD Coach is the Founder of Focus & Fuel, an Executive Function, ADHD, and Nutrition support website for those who just need to stay a little bit more focused in their lives! People with ADHD have fast brains and it gets them distracted easily. There can be negative perceptions to this, like you might think your teen…
 
Tara Whitney is a published author, podcaster, speaker and coach and believes women don’t need the scale to fully know their own self-worth. Tara shares some surprising facts that are happening with our young girls and how body dysphoria shows up. Social media has only accelerated this need to have a ‘perfect image’ and it’s causing some of our you…
 
Jean Marie McNamara is a single mom with two children who has experienced deep trauma. Their father killed his then-girlfriend and then himself, and later, their step father walked out on them suddenly. Jean understands that these unforeseen life events can have a hugely negative impact on her children, but here’s how she is working with them to se…
 
Mom and Dad, how did you learn about dating, boundaries, and intimacy? Did most of us receive specific instructions or did we learn as we go? How often were those moments uncomfortable or even scary – whether for us or a partner? How about your teen? When will your son or daughter engage in sexual activity: kissing, fondling, oral sex, or intercour…
 
Patricia Turner, M.Ed., received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Master of Education degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont. With 30+ years of experience in education with students from grade 7 through university, she brings the perspective of a teacher, administrator, counselor, prof…
 
Sharon Harris is a College & Life Skills Coach for Partnered Success. Sharon has been helping people identify and move toward their personal and professional goals for more than 15 years and has seen it all. As a college coach, she helps both students and parents prepare for this next transition of life, and sets them up for success. Find out what …
 
Jack Agati has over 25 years of experience as a presenter, speaker, and trainer in the area of human relations and management. Jack has taught courses at the college level, and he created the popular audio series, "Why Do Kids Do the Things They Do?" Jack has also authored several articles and an upcoming book, “Dealing with Beastly People”. In thi…
 
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