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A weekly podcast on parenting teens and launching them into the world. Hosted by Jessica Pfeiffer with Dr. Ken Wilgus, author of the book "Feeding The Mouth That Bites You."

Feeding The Mouth That Bites You: Parenting Today's Teens Kenneth Wilgus, Jessica Pfeiffer

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 616 Ratings

A weekly podcast on parenting teens and launching them into the world. Hosted by Jessica Pfeiffer with Dr. Ken Wilgus, author of the book "Feeding The Mouth That Bites You."

    Episode 165: Alcohol, Drugs And Vaping - Revisited

    Episode 165: Alcohol, Drugs And Vaping - Revisited

    It's hard to believe how long it's been since we covered alcohol, drugs and vaping. Today we review the important differences between things that are bad for your teen and things that get them intoxicated. That difference is important! Also, Dr. Ken reviews the kind of craziness that can surround even normal sounding teens when they spend a lot of time around drunk kids. We also cover a brand new kind of nicotine delivery system (oh great)!

    Got questions or feedback? We want to hear from you!
    podcast@feedingthemouth.com


    Get the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Feeding-Mouth-That-Bites-You/dp/1514762374/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1667269257&sr=8-1

    Music provided by the great John David Kent! - https://www.johndavidkent.com/

    • 29 min
    Episode 164: Parenting Teenagers In An Age Of Anxiety

    Episode 164: Parenting Teenagers In An Age Of Anxiety

    Today we review yet another news article about increased anxiety in teenagers. What is causing so much anxiety among our teens today? How should parents respond to teenagers who are anxious about the world they face today? When parents worry unnecessarily about every teenage struggle they run the risk of implying their adolescents are powerless to face today's struggles. Dr. Ken focuses instead on the need to parent in ways that empower adolescents and encourage them to face the troubles of their world in ways we parents could never imagine.

    Today's episode refers to these articles:

    Today’s Teenagers: Anxious About Their Futures and Disillusioned by Politicians - https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/29/upshot/teens-politics-mental-health.html

    How Anxiety Became Content - https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/12/therapy-language-anxiety-mental-health/676325/

    Got questions or feedback? We want to hear from you!
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    Get the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Feeding-Mouth-That-Bites-You/dp/1514762374/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1667269257&sr=8-1

    Music provided by the great John David Kent! - https://www.johndavidkent.com/

    • 20 min
    Episode 163: Mentalization - Is Your Teen Good At Knowing Other People?

    Episode 163: Mentalization - Is Your Teen Good At Knowing Other People?

    Does your teenager misread others? Are they able to read the motives and feelings of their peers? This is known as "mentalization." Since the COVID pandemic more and more adolescents are struggling to read others and this effects their peer relationships and all other social interactions. Today we talk about how parents can influence mentalization in their teens and encourage their relationships.

    Dr. Ken references David Brooks' book "How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen" https://www.amazon.com/How-Know-Person-Seeing-Others/dp/059323006X/ref=asc_df_059323006X/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=647264363749&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11579897834764221685&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9026972&hvtargid=pla-1973418059256&psc=1&mcid=2b6838d100a03234bfccdfda564a7ab5

    Got questions or feedback? We want to hear from you!
    podcast@feedingthemouth.com


    Get the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Feeding-Mouth-That-Bites-You/dp/1514762374/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1667269257&sr=8-1

    Music provided by the great John David Kent! - https://www.johndavidkent.com/

    • 22 min
    Episode 162: What About Starting Planned Emancipation Earlier Than Thirteen?

    Episode 162: What About Starting Planned Emancipation Earlier Than Thirteen?

    We've had some listeners ask about starting Feeding The Mouth parenting early. You know, like what about that extra responsible, mature 11-year-old? Wouldn't it be better to encourage that kind of behavior with early Planned Emancipation? Dr. Ken's answer may surprise you.

    Got questions or feedback? We want to hear from you!
    podcast@feedingthemouth.com


    Get the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Feeding-Mouth-That-Bites-You/dp/1514762374/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1667269257&sr=8-1

    Music provided by the great John David Kent! - https://www.johndavidkent.com/

    • 21 min
    Episode 161: When Teens Attract the Wrong Friends

    Episode 161: When Teens Attract the Wrong Friends

    What can parents do when their teenager seems to attract the wrong kind of friends? How is it that some adolescents seem to get in with the "good" kids in their school while others apparently struggle? Today we talk about the somewhat complex issue of teens who hang with the "wrong" sort of friend group. What causes some teens to gravitate to the wrong crowd? What can parents do about it? What about moving your teenager to a new school? We answer these and other questions surrounding teens and the "bad crowd."

    Got questions or feedback? We want to hear from you!
    podcast@feedingthemouth.com


    Get the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Feeding-Mouth-That-Bites-You/dp/1514762374/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1667269257&sr=8-1

    Music provided by the great John David Kent! - https://www.johndavidkent.com/

    • 20 min
    Episode 160: Teenagers and Masturbation

    Episode 160: Teenagers and Masturbation

    NOTE: Today's episode isn't suitable for young children (obviously).

    We know it's hard to talk about masturbation with your kids but it's so important that you do. How did we go from a culture that lied about near fatal consequences of masturbation to a culture that celebrates it as some sort of "self-care"? Today we take on the topic of how to address masturbation with your teenagers. When should you bring it up? Who should your son or daughter talk to? This episode isn't for kids to listen to but parents definitely should.

    Dr. Ken references the book: "Every Young Man's Battle" https://www.amazon.com/Every-Young-Mans-Battle-Strategies/dp/0307457990/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3OBJ3JH43Z3MJ&keywords=every+young+man%27s+battle&qid=1705425383&sprefix=every+young+%2Caps%2C112&sr=8-1

    Got questions or feedback? We want to hear from you!
    podcast@feedingthemouth.com


    Get the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Feeding-Mouth-That-Bites-You/dp/1514762374/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1667269257&sr=8-1

    Music provided by the great John David Kent! - https://www.johndavidkent.com/

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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616 Ratings

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An essential podcast and book for any parent.

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I LOVE this podcast! I’ve already noticed a difference in my teenagers using this method and their advice. I appreciate the examples. The humor is a great bonus.

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This is great stuff. My kids are 17 and 13. My dad raised me in a way similar to this and I was thrilled at the amount of freedom I had compared to my friends, so I did the same with my kids. It really works! I keep listening to see how I can learn more!!

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