7 awesome podcasts dedicated to surviving the hell of parenting teens

If you have kids, you’ve probably heard the saying “little kids, little problems, big kids, big problems” or a similar expression. It usually comes from parents of teens or grown children giving parents an ominous warning wrapped up in a saying meant to provide sage advice. Perhaps ominous is too strong of a word…unless your children have already hit the teen years. In which case, grab a stress ball and take up running or yoga because you’re going to need it.

Remember those terrible two’s? You will definitely think back fondly on those times during the dreaded teen years. All kidding aside, adolescence is a tough road to navigate. Teens are going through physical, emotional, cognitive, and social changes during this confusing time. Saying it isn’t easy is an understatement, especially since parents often take the brunt of teen mood swings. Sometimes it can feel like parents are alone in the midst of the sea of teen angst, but thankfully there are parenting teen podcasts that will make you laugh, cry, and offer information you can really use such as understanding what’s behind those eye rolls.

mom trying to comfort upset teen girl

7 parenting teen podcasts you need to listen to today

Talking to Teens

Let’s face it: talking to your teen about the dangers of drugs and alcohol as well as the dreaded sex talk is no fun. And those topics don’t scratch the surface about what’s going on in their lives. Andy Earle is a writer and researcher. His podcast Talking to Teens touches on a lot of pertinent subjects like what’s going on in the brain during adolescence. Earle’s podcast episodes often feature special guests. Most episodes are around 30 minutes which is doable to listen to during a workout.

Mighty Parenting

Parenting teens today is quite different from when we parents were teens. Social media magnifies the issues teens deal with, but also exposes them to a whole world of other topics. Mighty Parenting is hosted by Sandy Fowler. Fowler gets real about today’s topics impacting teens and their parents. Recent podcasts discuss the prevalence of teen suicides, legalization of marijuana, eating disorders, and anxiety.

The Parenting Great Kids Podcast

What do parents want most for their children? The simple answer is for them to be healthy and happy. The Parenting Great Kids Podcast is hosted by pediatrician, author, and mom, Dr. Meg Meeker. This podcast isn’t just for parents of teens. Episodes deal with a wide range of issues impacting parents and their children. Many are relevant to teens like episodes on how pandemic stress is affecting young adults to talking to teens about sex.

Their Own Devices

If it seems like the smartphone never leaves your teen’s hands, it probably doesn’t. While the wonders of the internet and social media are enticing, both open up Pandora’s Box. Parents may think they’re tech-savvy, but odds are teens probably have the upper hand. If you don’t know what a finsta account is, you might want to listen to Mark Groman and David Reitman’s very up-to-date and informative podcast about parenting teens in the digital age.

Your Teen with Sue and Steph

Susan Borison and Stephanie Silverman are the voices behind this must-listen podcast for parents of tweens and teens. Frank talk about a whole host of parenting issues along with insightful interviews with parenting experts and authors as well as real life stories make Your Teen with Sue and Steph entertaining and informative.

Mom and Dad are Fighting

If you are dealing with multiple ages in your home, give this podcast from Slate Magazine a go. Jamilah Lemieux, Dan Kois, Elizabeth Newcamp, and a slew of other hosts hit on topics like getting teens out the door on time for school, screen time, and what to do if your teen suddenly decides to be vegan. Many episodes deal with a parent calling in to talk about an issue impacting their home.

Digital Parent

Tweens and teens open themselves up to a whole lot of precarious situations through the wonders of those smartphones they carry with them 24/7. Digital Parent is hosted by writer Sed Lewis. Lewis’ podcasts help parents to keep their adolescents safe while navigating the often treacherous waters of life online.

Power your Parenting: Moms with Teens

We’ve all heard about the often volatile relationships between moms and daughters during the teen years. There’s often quite a bit of drama surrounding the relationship between teens and parents. Colleen O’Grady is an award-winning and best-selling author who uses her experience as a marriage and family therapist to talk parents of teens through issues like addiction, acne, and more.

father and teen having a talk on a bench

Other helpful parenting teen podcasts

Being a parent actually is the toughest and most rewarding job you’ll have. While each stage of parenting has its ups and downs, the teen years often come with more stress and anxiety as adolescents work their way toward adulthood. Ultimately, as parents, we want our children to grow up to be healthy and happy. In order to help them get there, parents need to be that guiding role model, which is easier said than done. Inspiration, information, and guidance can be found in parenting teen podcasts. Podcasts are a helpful option in making sense of the complexities of teenagers.

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