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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.

    My teen's friends are bad news

    My teen's friends are bad news

    What do you do when you don't like your teen's mates?

    Friends are so important for our teens, so how can you guide them to make good choices when it comes to buddies? Should you try and intervene, or will that only backfire?

    • 22 min
    Dear Bec—my teen can't stop gaming

    Dear Bec—my teen can't stop gaming

    How do you know when your teen’s gaming habit levels-up from hobby to obsession? 

    Once teens are on their gaming consoles, it can be really tough to get them to press pause. Even to go to the toilet, eat dinner or go to sleep. 

    Bec Sparrow uncovers the red flags to look for if your teenager’s gaming is becoming obsessive, and gives you practical tips on how to turbo boost your tech and gaming boundaries. 

    • 7 min
    Is it ok to let my teen drink alcohol?

    Is it ok to let my teen drink alcohol?

    You pick up your teenager from a party, see wasted kids stumbling around, vomiting in bushes and you realise they’re no longer playing pin the tail on the donkey. 

    How do we teach our kids to have a healthy relationship with alcohol? And is it ever okay to give your teen booze?  

    In this Parental As Anything: Teens, Paul Dillon, the director of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, joins host Bec Sparrow to talk you through how to set boundaries, how to keep your child safe and what to do if your teen is asking for booze. 

    • 28 min
    Dear Bec—my teen's entitled!

    Dear Bec—my teen's entitled!

    From fancy drink bottles to the latest tech, teenagers want lots of stuff they (and you) can’t afford and don’t need.

    So how can you push back from the constant barrage of demands? 

    In this bite-sized Dear Bec episode, Bec Sparrow explains why giving teens what they want isn’t always good for them and that what they really crave, money can’t buy.  

    • 12 min
    My teen is hassling for nudes

    My teen is hassling for nudes

    OMG. You catch your teen hassling for nude pics. What the hell do you do?  

    How to have those awkward conversations with your teenagers about sexting, consent and protecting yourself online.  

    • 24 min
    INTRODUCING — Parental As Anything: Teens

    INTRODUCING — Parental As Anything: Teens

    Teenage sex. Anxiety. Underage drinking. Porn. Phone addiction.  

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

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?

nikkip69 ,

Parental as anything teens

Great show. Thank you. Navigating teen years on the 21st century is certainly interesting. There are great helpful ideas in this podcast.

Yetsta ,

All parents of teens & tweens must listen to this!

I absolutely love this podcast. I eagerly wait each week to see what topic will be discussed. I have either related myself or known someone who can relate to every topic that has been covered so far. Keep it up Bec, I find you refreshing and non judgmental and the topics are so very relevant.

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