24 episodes

Being a teenager has changed. A lot. There’s TikTok, vaping, d*ck pics, there are Snap maps, selfies and filters...and it's all a potential battlefield for parents where the stakes feel impossibly high. So welcome to some real parenting talk. As both clinicians and parents, Dr. Ginni Mansberg and clinical psychologist Jo Lamble know first-hand how challenging it can be to raise adolescents. This is why they're bringing their common-sense expertise to Mamamia’s Help! I Have A Teenager. Every week Dr. Ginni and Jo will be answering your questions, and you can submit them at podcast@mamamia.com.au 

Help! I Have A Teenager Mamamia

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.3 • 499 Ratings

Being a teenager has changed. A lot. There’s TikTok, vaping, d*ck pics, there are Snap maps, selfies and filters...and it's all a potential battlefield for parents where the stakes feel impossibly high. So welcome to some real parenting talk. As both clinicians and parents, Dr. Ginni Mansberg and clinical psychologist Jo Lamble know first-hand how challenging it can be to raise adolescents. This is why they're bringing their common-sense expertise to Mamamia’s Help! I Have A Teenager. Every week Dr. Ginni and Jo will be answering your questions, and you can submit them at podcast@mamamia.com.au 

    Am I Accidentally Body Shaming My Tween?

    Am I Accidentally Body Shaming My Tween?

    The language we use around our tweens and teens matter. So how can you broach a tricky topic like healthy eating and changing bodies without making them feel self-conscious, or giving them a complex? 

    That's the dilemma a listener is facing this week, so Ginni and Jo give some tips on talking about food and body image during this tender age. Plus, they discuss the casual use of serious language some teens use, like "I'm depressed" and "I want to kill myself", and how you can make sense of what they're saying.

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    Got a question? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Hosts: Dr Ginni Mansberg & Jo Lamble

    Find a copy of The New Teen Age here: https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-new-teen-age-ginni-mansberg/book/9781922351258.html 

    Producer: Emmeline Peterson

    Audio Engineer: Rhiannon Mooney

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more on mamamia.com.au 
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    • 18 min
    Yes, Even Your Teens Need A Bedtime Routine

    Yes, Even Your Teens Need A Bedtime Routine

    How important is sleep for a teen? The answer is, incredibly important! But making sure they get enough is a whole new ballgame. 

    On today's show, Ginni and Jo discuss a question from a parent who isn't sure if their teen is getting enough sleep, and delve into the impact of not enough shut eye, and how you can encourage your kids to get more.

    Plus, we hear from a listener who wants to know if there's a right time to discuss different sexualities with your child, and how.

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    GET IN TOUCH:

    Got a question? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Hosts: Dr Ginni Mansberg & Jo Lamble

    Find a copy of The New Teen Age here: https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-new-teen-age-ginni-mansberg/book/9781922351258.html 

    Producer: Emmeline Peterson

    Audio Engineer: Leah Porges

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more on mamamia.com.au 
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    • 17 min
    Are Our Kids Suffering From A ‘Fear Of Failing’?

    Are Our Kids Suffering From A ‘Fear Of Failing’?

    Does this sound familiar? You have a hard working and diligent kid, and then one day, they seem to completely stop trying. It's actually incredibly common, and according to Ginni and Jo, could be a case of 'fear of failing'. So how can we get them back on track?

    Plus, Ginni and Jo discuss the lack of mental health professionals available to teens at the moment, how to find an appointment, and what to do in the meantime.

    THE END BITS 

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    Got a question? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Hosts: Dr Ginni Mansberg & Jo Lamble

    Find a copy of The New Teen Age here: https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-new-teen-age-ginni-mansberg/book/9781922351258.html 

    Producer: Emmeline Peterson

    Audio Engineer: Thom Lion

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more on mamamia.com.au 
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    • 18 min
    A Doctor’s Guide To Getting Rid Of Teen Acne

    A Doctor’s Guide To Getting Rid Of Teen Acne

    Acne; it's sore, unsightly, and can leave teen's confidence in tatters. So what can we do about it? On this episode of Help! I Have A Teenager, Ginni and Jo have some great advice for a concerned parent, and bust some myths around acne treatments and causes.

    Plus, they answer a controversial question from a parent who wants to talk to their teens responsibly about drugs, but take them recreationally themselves.

    THE END BITS 

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    Got a question? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Hosts: Dr Ginni Mansberg & Jo Lamble

    Find a copy of The New Teen Age here: https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-new-teen-age-ginni-mansberg/book/9781922351258.html 

    Producer: Emmeline Peterson

    Audio Engineer: Thom Lion

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more on mamamia.com.au 
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    • 19 min
    When You And Your Partner Have Different Parenting Styles

    When You And Your Partner Have Different Parenting Styles

    Being on the same parenting page as your partner is hard enough at the best of times, and even more so in blended families. On Help! I Have A Teenager this week, Ginni and Jo hear from a parent who is worried about her step-daughter's behaviour. So how much input can we have in parenting step children?

    Plus, a worried parent asks about disordered eating, after finding out three of her daughter's friends are struggling right now, and Ginni talks about a common eating disorder masquerading as a health trend.

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    Got a question? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Hosts: Dr Ginni Mansberg & Jo Lamble

    Find a copy of The New Teen Age here: https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-new-teen-age-ginni-mansberg/book/9781922351258.html 

    Producer: Emmeline Peterson

    Audio Engineer: Thom Lion

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more on mamamia.com.au 
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    • 23 min
    A Scary Dilemma From A Single Mum

    A Scary Dilemma From A Single Mum

    This week, we got a dilemma from a listener that shocked Ginni and Jo; but is relatable to a lot of parents with teen boys. It was from a single mum who's tall son has started standing over her in an intimidating way. So how can she talk to her son about his behaviour, while still protecting herself?

    Plus, we hear from a listener whose daughter is the friend who everyone goes to with their problems, and she's not sure she's coping.

    THE END BITS 

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    GET IN TOUCH:

    Got a question? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Hosts: Dr Ginni Mansberg & Jo Lamble

    Find a copy of The New Teen Age here: https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-new-teen-age-ginni-mansberg/book/9781922351258.html 

    Producer: Emmeline Peterson

    Audio Engineer: Thom Lion

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more on mamamia.com.au 
    Become a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribe
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
499 Ratings

499 Ratings

Can'tstopreading ,

Please get HAES-informed!!

I have loved most of this podcast - a great reprieve from Maggie Dent - but please please please, when you talk about teenagers and eating, you need to learn more about intuitive eating and Health At Every Size. Unintentionally - or intentionally - shaming a teenager for their size whether it’s to do with appearance (which you did not endorse) or perceived health outcomes (which you did endorse) is dangerous, unhelpful and unnecessary. There is a huge body of evidence telling us about the dangers of restriction FOR ANY REASON. And how diet culture has encouraged us to see causation where there is only correlation between health and size/weight/eating patterns.

Please.

DNixy ,

Fantastic informative podcast

I started listening to this podcast as I’m starting the teen years with my boy. These 2 ladies are not only a world of knowledge in there own field (medicine and psychology) but they also provide opinions with zero criticism but full of empathy not only for the parents but for our teens.

Cabonna ,

Love, love, love

This is just what I needed. Understanding how to approach my teens living in a world so different to how we grew up and to do with love and compassion. Honestly, Ginni and Jo you’re saving my sanity one episode at a time. Thank you!

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