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Welcome to Becoming! A place for teen, young adults, and individuals - where together we are becoming more than we are, and who we were always meant to be. Through each episode, hosted by Tawni Beardall and Erica Peterson, we will feature different topics to enhance your growth, help you see the world differently. We want to help you discover who you are, who you want to be, and who God is encouraging you to continue to become.
 
Parenting teens and young adults today is a huge challenge. Sandy Fowler brings help as she interviews experts, shares stories and gets real digging into relevant topics such as stress, anxiety, bullying, social media, peer pressure, healthy coping strategies, learning disabilities, communication, parenting strategies, and so much more. The Mighty Parenting podcast goes upstream and focuses on sharing information that families, educators and mentors can use to empower kids in an effective way.
 
A podcast about young adult books for grown-ass angsty teen-at-heart. Hosted by best friends Darcy Elburn and Shelby Parenteau. If you have book suggestions, feedback, or are interested in being a guest, please contact us at youngadultaf@gmail.com. Check out episode blog posts at youngadultaf.com for more details, links to content mentioned in this episode, and fun bonuses like featured fan art!
 
Our interview today, is Tonya Pomerantz, founder of Puddlejump Coaching and author of Unlock Your Future: The 7 Keys to Success; a roadmap of effective strategies to help young people navigate the twists and turns of adulthood. In her work as a coach, she is keenly aware of the stressors facing our young adults making their way to Adulting.
 
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Everything is going along fine then our kids hit middle school and girl drama happens. Now there’s a daily report on who said what to whom. The big news of the day is who is mad, who is their friend, and who they sat with at lunch. While relationships are always important, the teen years are a time when girls’ friendships are essential and yet they…
 
Do you have an unmotivated teenager? An unhappy one? It turns out motivation and happiness go hand-in-hand with purpose. But we don't focus on purpose with our teens. It starts when they’re little and we ask our kids what they want to be when they grow up. As they enter high school we start asking about colleges and careers. But it turns out we’re …
 
(This is a re-posting of Monday's episode as the audio file was cutting off the last 12 minutes of the interview. If you already listened and were cut off you can skip ahead. I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.) Teens can be difficult, withdrawn, or moody during the best of times and these are not the best of times. Our teens and twenty…
 
CLICK TO TAKE THE LISTENER SURVEY With election day coming soon...we knew we needed to bring this message to you in the middle of our break between season 1 and season 2! Our guest: Erin Geiger Smith is a journalist and a writer of 2 amazing books called Thank You for Voting, both for adults, and a young readers addition. As we understand the right…
 
We need your help! Yes we are still on a break between season 1 and season 2...but we wanted to pop in and ask for your help! Will you please take a quick survey to help us know more about you as a listener. We are not asking our social media community...we are asking you...the listener to please tell us who you are...what you like...and what we ca…
 
Talking to our kids about sex and sexuality can be difficult or uncomfortable, and it doesn't end with "The Talk". You aren't broken if you don't know how to talk to your kid about puberty, bodies and sex. Feeling awkward and unsure just means you haven't been shown how to talk or given the right information to talk about. When that conversation mo…
 
Today’s show is about parenting a teen who is addicted to drugs. Not someone who’s in recovery or has moved through recovery, but a child who is actively abusing drugs. It’s not a pretty topic and many would say it’s not an uplifting one but this show is uplifting because we are all here to understand; to understand what other parents are going thr…
 
This episode is incredibly close to our hearts. Tawni felt so strongly that she needed to study the topic of the God of the Impossible, and as she wrote this episode she knew it was for someone specific. A few weeks later, after some devastating news she realized the episode was for her. God is a God of miracles, he can do the impossible. When we t…
 
Are you living with a surly teenager? An unmotivated teenager? Feeling guilty because you don’t want to spend more time with your family? Months of living with the stress of a Covid lifestyle has taken a toll on families. Parents are frustrated, simply d-o-n-e and facing parental burnout. Even when we take the time to use our stress-relief strategi…
 
Next week we will be airing our 100th episode! Which by the way you will NOT want to miss, but we wanted to share a few things in this episode before you listen in next week. Over the last few months...a lot has been happening behind the scenes. With all that has happened and changed, we felt it fitting to let you know about Season 2 of Becoming! T…
 
We know anxiety rates are skyrocketing in teens, even the ones who seem to have it all together. But how do we impact that? How can we help them reduce their anxiety? Agency. This is the ability to exert power, to have control over our life. It turns out, feeling like we are in control of our life reduces anxiety. That’s the power of agency, feelin…
 
The career field is changing. It's changed in the last 10, 20, 30 years dramatically. We WANT to help prepare you to join the workforce as an adult with a plan and purpose. We want to encourage a confidence within you, that you are not only taking the right steps that will help get you jobs in the field you desire...but that you actually have the r…
 
Dating apps, meeting through social media, having important conversations via text, these are things we never experienced in our teens and twenties yet it's the mainstay of dating today. So, is it a problem? What dangers do we need to be aware of? How can we guide our teens and twenty somethings through the dating world when it's so different? JoBe…
 
As a teen Tawni was terrified of speaking in front of others. No way! Would you believe it after hearing what an incredibly gifted speaker she is today? Being afraid of speaking...does not mean you should run away from sharing with others what is in your heart. Our guest today is an incredible motivational speaker, and has over 20 years of experien…
 
There is so much pressure for families to achieve, to be the best in whatever we do. Kids face this in school, sports, and activities. Parents feel pressured to be perfect parents. But what if there isn’t one right way to raise kids? What if we opt out of the pressure to do it all perfectly? Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler has a conversa…
 
Our guest today is going to share his personal underdog story...and help you to create your own! Everyone loves a good underdog story, but nobody wants to be the underdog before they rise to victory. Shelomo Solson was bullied for years and didn't change his story until years went by. After building his confidence, and pushing himself through new u…
 
Unfortunately, bullying happens and parents can feel helpless. However, there are things we can do behind the scenes to prepare our kids to survive if it happens to them. Today’s guest on the Mighty Parenting podcast shares his story of being bullied and how he used it to fuel entrepreneurial success. Randy Ginsburg talks to Sandy Fowler about why …
 
This episode is our first Tales From Teens ENCORE episode. This episode is so vulnerable and hit to the core for both of us. Logan McNatt is sharing the lessons he learned from the hardest feelings and experiences he had while growing up. He shares with us 4 stories that demonstrated the long time struggles of isolation, loneliness and bullying. He…
 
Parents worry about their kids not being able to support themselves. It's frustrating and scary when your teenager isn't excited about college, when you can't afford college, or when attending college means your child will be saddled with debt. But there's an option that many families don't know about or don't really understand—manufacturing. Might…
 
We have never specifically addressed how to combat self shame. Tessa Emily Hall is our guest and she is sharing her message and her story of overcoming self shame. Self shame is not a problem unique to teenagers, but it is during these years of building your foundation of who you are that you can really learn to change your thoughts and protect you…
 
Do you have an entitled teenager? It may be an isolated incident at the mall or it may be an ongoing concern, but when we see our teenager showing signs of entitlement it can make us crazy. Parents can feel unappreciated, sad, angry, concerned or all of this and more. It can look like we have an ungrateful teenager who just expects things to be han…
 
When we think about having a conversation...that might mean a lot of things to you. A conversation is simply talking and sharing ideas with others. Being able to have meaningful conversations about important topics is an incredibly useful skill, and is so healthy to learn at a young age. Brooke Romney is our guest today, and she features a weekly p…
 
Managing food allergies is exhausting and emotionally draining. While parents of are the keepers of the box when it comes to their children's food, when that food can be life threatening it's terrifying. We often handle that fear through vigilance. However, the older kids get the more often they'll be away from us and the more food choices they'll …
 
We have never specifically covered the topic of the atonement on this podcast. Our guest Kristen Walker Smith has an incredible lesson that shares why the atonement is so perfectly FOR teens. She talks about 5 specific ways that teens face such a difficult time in their lives, and may be at risk for distancing themselves from God. When we really un…
 
Say the word budget and watch people cringe. Why is that? Why are budgets so difficult? Why don’t we stick to them? And how can we help our kids stay out of debt while still living a good life? Certified financial planner Christina Gatteri joins Mighty Parenting Podcast host Sandy Fowler to help us understand personal and financial self care and ho…
 
This month's SUMMER OF ENCORES episode is one of our top downloaded episodes ever. It's a listener favorite, and one of our favorites. Tony Overbay has always wanted to do a podcast episode just for teens...to give them a look inside the minds of their parents. Today he is doing just that for you! So often you may feel like your parents just don't …
 
Teenagers are labelled as difficult, rebellious, and out of control when often what they want is simply to make a difference in the world. Nonviolent activism is a tool they can use to harness power, effect change, and fight injustice. Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler interviews Todd Hasak-Lowy about his book We Are Power. They will discu…
 
It's story time with Tawni and Erica. Tawni is going to tell you a little story about a fisherman that will help you take a moment to look around at the blessings that are right in front of you. We can all use a reminder to stop and re-evaluate at we stretch and reach for new, more, and better. We hope you enjoy this short story that has some meani…
 
When there’s conflict in the home, parents tend to say it’s because they have a difficult teenager. Arguments, eye rolling, tears, and the statements like, “You just don’t understand” or “You never listen” are frustrating. Parents feel like they’re walking on egg shells or always living with tension. They don’t know how to resolve the conflict. But…
 
Summer time is typically a lot of family time...and most of us have been spending more of that family time than usual by now. We wanted to give you a simple tool to help grow your family friendships with just 10 minutes a day. With a little effort and a few guidelines to give you the best chance for success you could improve your relationship with …
 
There are so many things we want our teenagers to learn, including good values and healthy living strategies. Open conversations can help with both of these. Popular media is a great spark for starting a conversation and gives our kids a safe space to talk about ideas. Martha Hunt Handler's book Winter of the Wolf, published by our sponsor Green Le…
 
Find Your Purpose...Know Your Purpose...You NEED TO FIND YOUR PURPOSE! We believe this...we know that everyone truly has a purpose. However, it seems as if very few have the talent to direct you into actually discovering and finding your purpose. It seems like a very vague unreachable, ever changing thing, but lets get down to a crucial place to st…
 
We hear a lot about mindfulness these days. It seems like everywhere we turn someone is telling us to be mindful. But what does that really mean? Does mindfulness in parenting really work? How do we incorporate it into our busy lives? Today Corinne and Charisse Minerva from iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education) will talk to Mighty Parenting pod…
 
This episode is one of Tawni's FAVORITES! It's the episode she tells any new listener to start with. We knew we had to encore the episode to share it with our new listeners! Have you ever heard of confirmation bias? Confirmation bias is a psychology term used to help explain why we naturally favor information that confirms our preexisting beliefs o…
 
We hear a lot about our children needing to be more resilient, better able to handle challenges and disappointments. One way a parent can help is to build self-confidence in your teenager. Self-confidence can help them take reasonable risks and reach for goals. It can change the way they see themselves and interact with the world. Mighty Parenting …
 
"Striving for Mediocrity"....WHAT? This is the saying that Lee Ann Norris shared with us that sparked this episode. I mean...doesn't that sound like your not even trying to do your best or be better? That is not what she means. This episode is really all about comparison, stop comparing and just do your thing! Doing your personal best effort in any…
 
Today's show is very short and has 2 segments focused on what we can do to help others. The first segment is about one of our sponsors and how they help us make a difference and save lives. In the second, Sandy takes a look at what she's learned from the events of the last couple weeks. She shares her thoughts and plans for her parenting and for th…
 
Back in episode #63- Toxic Perfectionism, we interviewed a young woman who discussed how she struggled with a form of an eating disorder. That episode got a great response and is one of our most downloaded episodes. We knew that we needed to continute to break stigmas and provide a place that we can discuss and dive deeper into difficult topics. We…
 
Diet culture is making it hard for our teens to interact with food in a healthy way. It turns food choices into moral judgements and cultivates eating disorders. Our kids feel judged for their body weight, exercise habits, and food choices and it's harming their self-esteem, health, and even their relationships with us. Mighty Parenting podcast hos…
 
Your parents sit you down and say..."We are moving". As a teen...pretty sure this was a reoccurring nightmare that my friends and life as I knew it would be ripped out from under me. While many people might love the excitement of starting new...as a teen it might be one of the most challenging changes to navigate. Alexa Bevan is sharing about her m…
 
Teens do many things that baffle parents. We shake our heads and wonder why they do the things they do. But when they engage in risky behavior it scares us. When parents are scared we can over react or take a stance that makes things worse. Find out why our teenagers engage in risky behavior. Learn methods of dealing with those situations as well a…
 
I surprised Tawni with an impromptu interview...which she would not have chosen...she loves to prepare. I wanted her to share her story of how this podcast came to be. I think it's a beautiful story...and one that I hope gives you a little glimpse of the love she truly has for you. YES YOU. Her story is as impactful to me as any of the interviews w…
 
A universal truth is parents want to be close to their kids. But when our kids become teenagers it can be tricky to find ways to strengthen family bonds. One way to do it is to spend meaningful time together, and a great way to do that is to volunteer as a family. On today’s episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast, Sandy Fowler chats with Jenny Fri…
 
Social media is full of complex relationships, connections, and influences. You may not realize the importance of having some guidance to keep in mind as you post, comment, and engage online. The digital legacy that you choose to leave is one that matters more now than ever. Chelsea Brown with Digital Mom Talk is helping to teach us how we can choo…
 
When asked what we want for our children most parents say we want them to be happy. However, we also want them to be good, kind, responsible people. That's the premise behind Kara Kinney Cartwright's new book Just Don't Be An Assh*le: A Surprisingly Necessary Guide to Being a Good Guy. It's a straight-to-the-point conversation with our teenage sons…
 
Chelsea Brown is schooling us on how to be safe on social media. Here are some tips she gave that you might not realizing could be compromising to your personal information and to your safety! You might think that your information is protected and secure, but the truth is we often miss the little details that go a long way to protecting us. You mig…
 
Children’s emotional and physical health are one and the same. The health of the body impacts our emotions and thoughts. Conversely, our thoughts and feelings impact the body. As our teenagers grow up they experience intense emotions and may even have thoughts of suicide. Actually, 17% of high school students have thought about suicide. Fortunately…
 
We have an extremely important topic today being covered by one of our favorite guests...Tony Overbay! Tony Overbay has dedicated so much of his career in researching and helping individuals recover from pornography use. The subject of pornography used to be a subject that so many avoided, but like so many things that are the most important but a l…
 
Parents are suddenly thrust into the position of teacher. Not only that, but they have to do it while adhering to someone else's schedule and plan. Coping with learning at home is pushing many parents over the edge and causing their stress levels to soar. There are a lot of tips out there for managing logistics but there is more to it than that. Sa…
 
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