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This podcast is for those of us who are parenting teenagers.
Cai Graham’s straight-talking insights and tools & techniques are designed to equip parents (and teenagers) with the tools for navigating adolescence.

The Parent & Teen Toolbox Cai Graham

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

This podcast is for those of us who are parenting teenagers.
Cai Graham’s straight-talking insights and tools & techniques are designed to equip parents (and teenagers) with the tools for navigating adolescence.

    EP 66 - Clare Ford - Helping Your Child Discover Their Path

    EP 66 - Clare Ford - Helping Your Child Discover Their Path

    Many of my 1-2-1 young clients are unhappy because they feel that their future is not clear. For teenagers, this is a big deal. They are trying to work out where they fit in and where they are heading. For those who do not have a clear-cut view of their future, this uncertainty can be very destabilizing.
     
    For many parents, this translates this to their kids lacking motivation and direction, which frustrates and scares them.
     
    In this episode - Clare and I discuss the importance of allowing our children to take the lead!
     
    You’ve heard the adage - “If you do what you love you'll never work a day in your life”.
     
    Once our kids know where they are heading - and they are fired up about it - then they will be able to identify the inspired actions they need to follow their dreams.
     
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Clare :
    Suicide rates are on the rise and mental health issues in our young people, the “lost generation”, are now the “silent” pandemic.  How do we support and raise their emotional literacy to guarantee their academic success?

    Clare is an author, speaker, coach, healer, tutor, and parent passionate about ensuring that children are "switched on" learners, accessing their natural gifts, abilities, and talents to unlock their true potential and live purposefully. 
     
    As an expert educator and award-winning wellbeing entrepreneur, Clare combines her unique skill set to support families around the world.

    Her passion and enthusiasm to get children and young people motivated and learning has been the catalyst for developing the Clever and Quantum Curricula in the Switched ON Academy.
    Clare is going to share how you can help your child “switch on” for success, increasing their confidence, creativity, and fulfillment.
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    Contacting Clare :
    Website: https://www.switchedonglobal.com

Social Media
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clare-ford-switched-on-education-and-parenting-expert/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareFordCoach
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switchedonmum/
    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/switchedoncollective
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    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
     
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
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    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer-term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 46 min
    EP 65 - Getting Back to Normal After COVID

    EP 65 - Getting Back to Normal After COVID

    I read in the papers this weekend that experts were saying that
    “The challenges presented by the pandemic are so complex and wide-ranging, they cannot be solved by health and social care professionals alone,” he said.

    There is only so much doctors, nurses, psychologists, therapists and other healthcare professionals can do to support the estimated 10 million people needing mental health support as a direct consequence of Covid-19.”
     
    To be brutally honest - we need to help ourselves and support one another.
     
    As parents - we need to support or kids and give them the coping strategies that they need to navigate these uncharted waters.
     
    In this episode I offer 6 Tips to help you do just that :
    1. Acknowledge Your Feelings
    2. Let Go of Perfectionism
    3. Be Prepared
    4. Find Support
    5. Change the Narrative
    6. Always Wear Your Invisible Crown!
     
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    I mentioned a number of strategies that you can share with your children :
    Box Breathing : Coping with Anxiety and Panic Attacks :
    📍https://www.caigraham.com/boxbreathing

    Be Your Own Superhero : Building Your Confidence :
    📍 https://www.caigraham.com/superhero

    Beating the Negative Thinking : How to Think More Positively
    📍 https://www.caigraham.com/inner-critic

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    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
    ~~~~
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 33 min
    EP 64 - Sandra Chuma - Dealing with Life’s Challenges in a More Productive Way

    EP 64 - Sandra Chuma - Dealing with Life’s Challenges in a More Productive Way

    When we talk about creating new habits, many of us think about setting unrealistic goals (or new year resolutions) which, invariably result in failure.

    We set such high expectations and then beat ourselves up when we don’t manage to follow through.

    But in this episode - Sandra helps us recognize that Habits are just a different way of thinking.

    Sandra explains that once we understand our own behavior better, we can create a M.A.P. for our own success, by creating steps for our ‘new’ behavior’s success :
    M : Motivation
    A : Ability
    P : Prompt

    We also discuss the difference between Meditation and Mindfulness, and by just being aware of our thoughts means that we don’t have to chase that allusive ZEN moment.

    Sandra explains that Habit forming is as easy as A.B.C.
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Sandra :
    Sandra Chuma is an entrepreneur, speaker, coach, podcast host, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She believes that our greatest responsibility is to share our stories so we can inspire and create possibilities for others.  
     
    What’s her superpower? Helping you choose faith - in yourself, in the goodness of others, and in your power to make a difference in the world. Sandra’s passion is helping women realize they were meant for more, and to help them stop playing small!

    Raised in a tiny mud hut in Zimbabwe with no running water or electricity, Sandra has never been one to let circumstances define her. Through hard work, and support from her “village”, she became a management consultant, advising major global companies.
     
    She then went on to build two successful companies.
     
    You can reach Sandra through the following channels :
    Sandra IG - https://www.instagram.com/sandra.chuma/
    Sandra Website - https://sandrachuma.com
    Sandra FB - https://www.facebook.com/mssandrachuma
    Worthy IG - https://www.instagram.com/iamworthy.co/
    Worthy FB – https://www.facebook.com/worthybrand.co
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    * Coping with your BIG Emotions :
    Are you or your child struggling with big emotions at the minute? There’s a lot going on in our busy lives and sometimes it can be hard to process.
    I have a resource that offers you tools to combat :
    * Overwhelm
    * Stress
    * Anxieties
    * Tension
    Breathe Through Your Big Emotions
    📍 www.caigraham.com/breathe
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    ~~~~~
    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!

    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 51 min
    EP 63 - Amanda Chatzikonstantinou - Why Your Child Would Benefit From Having a Coach

    EP 63 - Amanda Chatzikonstantinou - Why Your Child Would Benefit From Having a Coach

    As our children are growing up, we often enlist the support of Piano Teachers and Swimming Teachers … experts who can teach our children the new skills that they need.

    So why are parents reluctant to reach out to a Life Coach when they feel that their kids are struggling? More to the point - why aren’t they looking for the experts to help their child BEFORE they are struggling?

    We want the best for our kids right?

    So what’s stopping parents from asking for the help that their children need? Life is tricky enough sometimes; especially when parents feel slightly out of their depth and are struggling themselves.

    In this episode, Amanda and I talk about coaching kids / young adults; and how with a few gentle tweaks the changes can be huge.

    We give parents an understanding about what to expect from a coach - and that it’s not a failure on their part to look outside the family for support. After all - parents weren’t taught these techniques at school.

    And to be honest - most teenagers aren’t really receptive to their parent’s well-meaning advice in the first place!
    So Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Amanda :
    "Amanda is a Master Certified Life & Wellness Coach specializing in coaching young adults through the stresses of transitioning to adulthood and struggling with life challenges.
     
    She has an undeniable passion to empower every young person to understand the power of the mind, their innate wisdom, and how to build a thriving future.
     
    Through her proven results-based coaching programs she equips her clients with essential life skills, effective goal setting tools, and stress management strategies to become confident, self- motivated, independent, and resilient adults.
     
    She continues to commit herself to make it her life mission for every young person to have a coach."
     
    You can reach Amanda at :

    Website : https://www.hellotrueself.com/

    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/amanda.chatzikonstantinou
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    * Coping with your BIG Emotions :
    Are you or your child struggling with big emotions at the minute? There’s a lot going on in our busy lives and sometimes it can be hard to process.
    I have a resource that offers you tools to combat :
    * Overwhelm
    * Stress
    * Anxieties
    * Tension
    Breathe Through Your Big Emotions
    📍 www.caigraham.com/breathe
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    ~~~~~
    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!

    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 52 min
    EP 62 - Laura Weston - Raising Financially Savvy Teens

    EP 62 - Laura Weston - Raising Financially Savvy Teens

    Teaching your child financial literacy is one of the best life skills you can teach your child.

    For some parents, money matters are not what springs to mind when they think of how best to support their children.

    However, Laura Weston believes that having a healthy credit rating is even more important than the big milestones we tend to associate with growing up - like moving into your first home.

    Our kids are no longer expected to have a ‘job for life. Conversely, they are now being encouraged to have a career portfolio - and a variety of income streams.
     
    We are talking about how best to equip our children for more financially stable adult life.

    In this episode, we discuss what parents can do to educate themselves and their children in understanding how to make your money work for you.

    Want to hear more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Laura Weston :
    “After enjoying a 20-year career with one of the World’s Largest Banks, Laura is the founder of a financial coaching business, Savvy Peacocks. Laura is also a co-parenting mother to 3 children and a 1 yr old puppy so it’s a good job she works best when she’s busy.
     
    Savvy Peacocks supports families to break down the taboo subject of money within the home through a collaborative learning approach for both parents and children. They have a mission to increase financial literacy across the UK through our future generations working with children as young as 5 yr old up to 21 yr olds.
     
    You can connect with Laura through :
    IG @Savvy_Peacocks and/or
    FB @savvypeacocks”
    E : hello@savvypeacocks.co.uk
    Podcast : Money Savvy Parents
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    * Coping with your BIG Emotions :
    Are you or your child struggling with big emotions at the minute? There’s a lot going on in our busy lives and sometimes it can be hard to process.
    I have a resource that offers you tools to combat :
    * Overwhelm
    * Stress
    * Anxieties
    * Tension
    Breathe Through Your Big Emotions
    📍 www.caigraham.com/breathe
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    ~~~~~
    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!

    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 48 min
    EP 61 - Machandria Peters - Being Differently Abled Does Not Define You

    EP 61 - Machandria Peters - Being Differently Abled Does Not Define You

    Machandria Peters is no stranger to receiving derogatory comments based on her appearance alone. She has experienced discrimination which she firmly believes is solely due to the fact that she is differently-abled.

    That said, Machandria has not let that stand in her way and she strives to spread her message; which is to encourage differently-abled people to believe in themselves and to follow their dreams.

    In this episode, Machandria shares her experiences and encourages all of us to say no to the negativity being directed towards us. She chooses to drown out those comments designed to hold her back, be they comments from within or without … and she encourages us to do the same.

    Want to hear more? Then grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Machandria Peters :
    Machandria has been destined to do great things from the start, she began this path of greatness by sliding out of the womb two months early. At the age of two, she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. She never allowed the diagnosis to deter her from achieving anything she desired.
     
    In 2011, she graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Development and Family Studies and a minor in Spanish. She has defied odds and accomplished goals that many thought would be impossible.
     
    She is a Cerebral Palsy Warrior who recognizes that there is a limited representation for individuals who are differently-abled; she is passionate about sharing her experiences to advocate and educate.

    ~~~~~
    * Coping with your BIG Emotions :
    Are you or your child struggling with big emotions at the minute? There’s a lot going on in our busy lives and sometimes it can be hard to process.
    I have a resource that offers you tools to combat :
    * Overwhelm
    * Stress
    * Anxieties
    * Tension
    Breathe Through Your Big Emotions
    📍 www.caigraham.com/breathe
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    ~~~~~
    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!

    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

little P 16 ,

A calming voice with a clear message

Only just found this podcast last week (Cai put a video on Postcards from Midlife and I was hooked) and I’m listening to back issues daily. I’ve got two teenage boys and obviously we are home all day, life is good but emotional and frustrating at times and Cai gives out great information, it’s a clear message and thought provoking in a way that is calm and reassuring, just feels like I’ve been chatting to a friend. Katy Hill interview was inspiring xx

Fiona Minett ,

Cai is an absolute saviour!

Cai's expertise is so invaluable in ANY parenting circumstances, let alone the current lockdown. She is so warm, caring and determined to make a difference in the lives of parents raising the next generation. Highly recommended listenting in every way!

David W Charlton ,

Interesting and informative

Enjoyed listening to the first few episodes and had some timely reminders to help us both with our children. Looking forward to hearing more 😀

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