The #Adulting podcast that promises to make you smarter, richer, healthier, and happier. Hosted by Ph.D. psychologist Erick Lauber, a father of 3 twenty-somethings, and a college professor for more than 25 years, the show tackles the real problems of young adults in their late teens to early twenties. From the every day to the life-changing, listeners will hear honest talk, some funny stories, and solutions to the weird, stupid, scary, and hard problems in their life.
Let’s talk money and all the things you should hear in your twenties – GUS Ep. 26
Heather worked for two years and then went to college. It taught her to budget her money carefully and to only spend money that she actually had in her pocket. Importantly, no credit cards. She's now ready to learn the next stages of budgeting and building wealth. Listen in as we have a wide-ranging conversation from buying a house to insurance, from the true cost of college to living wills, etc...
How do you not overload yourself? How do you stop proving yourself? How do you quit something? – GUS Ep. 25
Some people take on too much. And they only notice it when things have already gotten too stressful or deadlines are missed. We discuss noticing your own behavior and watching how you react to things. These are great indicators of how you are doing. But at the core of the problem might be "Why are you always trying to prove yourself?" Can you accept that you are already good enough? You don't need to prove yourself forever. And can you quit an activity when it is the right thing to do?
It’s “exceptionalities”, not “disabilities” – and other great things we can learn from an amazing young woman who is helping others every single day – GUS Ep. 24
Emily is giving herself to her students before, during, and after class. And she's studying for her Master's. Hopefully a Ph.D. someday, so she can help even more. But her struggles are real and sometimes painful. Among her many medical issues, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome creates perhaps the greatest challenge. Listen in as she educates all of us about how powerful a person can be.
Recent college graduates ARE making it in the real world, but it’s challenging – just ask Katie – GUS Ep. 23
Katie graduated college right at the start of the pandemic. Recent college graduates ARE making it in the real world. She used college to figure out where her boundaries were for adding things to her plate and she worked on her confidence. Now, she's in charge of her life and ready to succeed. Included in her advice is learn from other students, get some leadership experience, compartmentalize some of your problems, and keep active outside the classroom. And, if anyone needs to hire someone like her, she says she's a "wonderful number two." She'll explain.
Anxiety about graduating and the future is very high right now. Focus on the controllables – GUS Ep. 22
Kyle is worried about his future. Frankly, he's worried about his whole generation's future. Partly because his own future is up in the air. He's changed major. He doesn't know what he wants to do when he graduates. He's worried about his school debt load. I talk to him about a bunch of things. How to become a millionaire. How to not worry about the uncontrollables. The value of mentors and networking. And in the end, he commits to do three things.
A young woman comes out as gay to her father – GUS Ep. 21
It can be a very scary situation for many young people - to share with their parents that they are gay, bisexual or transgender. One brave woman shares her story. But her story is not typical. Her father, though heterosexual, was very open and accepting of her announcement. But she was still very nervous about telling him. Unfortunately, many young adults get a negative reaction from one or both of their parents. We discuss some tips on how to handle this situation and express our hope that the world will continue to become ever more accepting.
The title of this show belies just how much optimism the host and his guests bring to the very tough and important topics they address. The discussions are insightful and provide advice (from multiple perspectives) that can assist young adults and their parents, alike, as they navigate the strains and challenges of "adulting." A very refreshing, personal, and informative show! Keep the episodes coming!
These play as authentic and well informed interviews between the highly qualified Lauber and guest young persons in the midst of “adulting.” Lauber deftly guides the conversations toward his informative guidance. If it wasn’t so “produced” you’d believe that you’re listening in on a professor’s conversation with a former student after they graduated and had returned for some advice. And that’s probably the case. It’s easy to listen to these life lessons. They may seem a little long if you’re more “Headline News” than “National Public Radio.” The benefit is that they have some depth and nuance. Maybe you can listen in while doing something else on your laptop…uh, or maybe that’s a lesson for a future GUS.