106 episodes

Hormones. Anxiety. Angst. Raising teens is tough.

Parental As Anything: Teens gives you practical tips on how to navigate your teen-sized problems, from porn to partying, body issues to bullying.

Rebecca Sparrow, teen educator and author talks to parents and experts to unpack the biggest challenges of parenting teens.

Learn how to support your teenager while staying (mostly) sane.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 1.1K Ratings

Hormones. Anxiety. Angst. Raising teens is tough.

Parental As Anything: Teens gives you practical tips on how to navigate your teen-sized problems, from porn to partying, body issues to bullying.

Rebecca Sparrow, teen educator and author talks to parents and experts to unpack the biggest challenges of parenting teens.

Learn how to support your teenager while staying (mostly) sane.

    Dear Bec—My teen son hates his body

    Dear Bec—My teen son hates his body

    Teen boys are being pumped fitness content on social media, pushing many to build bulk and get "jacked". Researchers are worried this 'gymfluencer' content is leading to a spike in body dysmorphia among young men. What can you do if your teenage son is worrying about how they look? And how can you help if they are developing worrying habits, like daily gym sessions and protein shakes? 

    • 7 min
    How can I help my anxious teen?

    How can I help my anxious teen?

    Today's teens are the "anxious generation" and anxiety is on the rise. It impacts their mental health and their ability to cope with school, friendships and everyday tasks.

    • 25 min
    Dear Bec—My teen's a couch potato

    Dear Bec—My teen's a couch potato

    Does your teen love nothing more than slothing about on the sofa? And the mere idea of a walk, bike ride or jumping on the trampoline seems like too much effort?

    We know that movement and exercise is good for our mental and physical health, but knowing that, and getting our teen to muster the energy to do it are two different things.

    Bec Sparrow gives her tips on how to get your teen moving.

    • 6 min
    SPECIAL—Teen misogynists in our schools

    SPECIAL—Teen misogynists in our schools

    Female teachers are being sworn at, sexually harassed and physically threatened in high schools by male students. These young men are under the thrall of Andrew Tate and other online influencers and are taking his misogynist ideas into the classroom. 

    • 27 min
    Dear Bec—My teenager wants a vibrator

    Dear Bec—My teenager wants a vibrator

    Your daughter asks you to buy her a vibrator. What should you do? 

    Bec Sparrow on why sex positivity for our teens is important, why there’s still a taboo around female masturbation and the awkward, but important, conversations to have around pleasure. 

    • 5 min
    My teen hates me

    My teen hates me

    When they’re little, our kids idolise us. Then, they become teenagers and start to push us away, refusing to chat and rolling their eyes. 

    What can parents do to stay connected, when suddenly you're no longer the Taylor Swift or Drake of your teen's life? And why do they pull away from us in the first place?

    Dr Justin Coulson joins Bec Sparrow to explain what is going on, and gives tips on how to stay close to your teenager. 

    (PS If you have a trick on how you have managed to stay connected, we’d love to hear them for a special episode we’re working on. Send us a voice note or email us at teens@abc.net.au) 

    The advice in this podcast is general and does not consider your personal situation. If you require further advice specific to your needs, please consult a professional. 
    Guest: Dr Justin Coulson
    Producers: Hannah Reich, Josie Sargent 
    Supervising Producer: Tamar Cranswick
    Executive Producer: Alex Lollback
    Sound design: Ann-Marie de Bettencor

     

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Fshr ,

Studying up!

I’m not a parent yet, but soon to be! I’m so grateful for this podcast. It’s so helpful for me and I’m sure, others! Love the upbeat, fun vibe.

Ettere ,

The reality for teachers

Thank you so much for the insights in this episode about our boys and the role of “manfuences”. This episode not only uncovers the bullying and gaslighting of our female teachers but gives advice to parents of boys and girls on how to patiently explain how to deal with this situation. Thank you.

Belindaj08 ,

I’m really enjoying Bec Sparrow

I think because she currently has three kids in the tween and teen zone, it makes it really relatable. I shared her tech podcast with all the year six mothers and they really appreciated it. The ‘gaming’ episode needed to be longer! Can we also do a self esteem one and the rise of anxiety in teens?

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