37 episodes

Gen X and Gen Z live together, but we occupy different worlds. As the generational gap widens and conventional wisdom on parenting and education fails, is it even possible to understand one another? In this unique son-and-father podcast, Aidan and Ash ElDifrawi hash out a new contract between generations, forcing them to violate comfort zones on today’s most charged topics: social media and screen time, bullying and loneliness, inequality and privilege, sex and drugs, education and etiquette, even politics, religion, and sports. All to uncover a path toward greater harmony and a hopeful future for the next generation

Hold Me Back: Son and Father Change the Conversation Aidan and Ash ElDifrawi

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 1.2K Ratings

Gen X and Gen Z live together, but we occupy different worlds. As the generational gap widens and conventional wisdom on parenting and education fails, is it even possible to understand one another? In this unique son-and-father podcast, Aidan and Ash ElDifrawi hash out a new contract between generations, forcing them to violate comfort zones on today’s most charged topics: social media and screen time, bullying and loneliness, inequality and privilege, sex and drugs, education and etiquette, even politics, religion, and sports. All to uncover a path toward greater harmony and a hopeful future for the next generation

    Boomer Training: A Gen Z Lesson in Social Media Lingo

    Boomer Training: A Gen Z Lesson in Social Media Lingo

    A growing part of the generational divide is an emerging and unexpected language barrier. This phenomenon is a byproduct of the explosion in social media platforms, which seem to have created a new Gen Z dialect - particularly on TikTok. To help bridge this gap, Aidan recruited his sister Allison to take Ash through basic training on social media terminology in hopes he wouldn’t embarrass himself at work and with friends. The jury is still out, so Aidan and Ally want complete deniability. You be the judge! This one will make you laugh out loud…and cringe! Who was more convincing: Ally or Ash? Vote at HoldMeBack.com

    • 51 min
    Resilience: Blessing or Curse?

    Resilience: Blessing or Curse?

    Over the last decade, the concept of resilience has been synonymous with raising healthy kids. But what if we're wrong? What if one person's life journey shined a bright light on how resilience can function in society in a way that is far from healthy? Ash and Aidan welcome onto the show Emi Nietfeld - journalist, mental health advocate, and author of the highly acclaimed book, “Acceptance: A Memoir.” From homeless to Harvard, psychiatric wards to Google, Emi’s memoir - which she started writing as a teen - is a powerful commentary that society can often unwittingly fail those who need them most in the name of “resilience.” For Ash and Aidan, it was a commentary that was hard to confront, but impossible to turn away from. Join them for one of the most engaging interviews they’ve ever done. Who was more convincing: Aidan or Ash? Vote at HoldMeBack.com

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Sex

    Sex

    Ash and Aidan tackle the topic every teenager can't wait to discuss with their parents: sex. In the spirit of not holding back, the boys openly and honestly discuss why, how, what, and when parents should discuss the topic of sex with their children. Aidan and Ash also share research most will find surprising, particularly when it comes to teens’ sexual activity and the pros and cons of dating in high school. They also supply 10 useful tips for discussing this delicate topic with your teen. The only question left unanswered is who squirmed more during this candid discussion. Who was more convincing: Aidan or Ash? Vote at HoldMeBack.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Pornography

    Pornography

    Season 4 kicks off with the topic Aidan has successfully avoided for 3 seasons: dating, relationships, and sex. The first of this 2-part series focuses on how hypersexualized media and the ease of access to explicit pornography is affecting tween and teen psychological development, as well as Gen Z’s attitude towards sex and intimacy. The episode features an extensive interview with Dr. Gail Dines, a widely recognized author and scholar on the topic of pornography. Dr. Dines has been researching and writing about the porn industry for well over 30 years, and recently authored the highly acclaimed book Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality. Who was more convincing: Aidan or Ash? Vote at HoldMeBack.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Aidan and Ash end the year - and Season 3 - with a topic that lies at the center of changing the conversation: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I). After discussing the role Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action play within DE&I, Ash and Aidan welcome to the show one of the country's leading minds in DE&I, Lareina Yee. Lareina is a senior partner for the most prestigious consulting firm in the world, where she also served as their first Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Lareina has over 23 years of experience advising companies on growth and organizational transformation, and is a recognized leader in gender and diversity. Yee discusses topics including the true impact DE&I is having, progress in gender equality, generational differences in the importance of DE&I, and why everyone needs to understand the concept of micro-aggressions. Who was more convincing: Aidan or Ash? Vote at HoldMeBack.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    One Small Step across a Large Divide

    One Small Step across a Large Divide

    How do you change the world? One conversation at a time, according to the CEO of StoryCorps, Sandra Clark. Clark joins Aidan and Ash for an illuminating discussion on how StoryCorps' program, One Small Step (OSS), is trying to bridge the nation's growing divide in an effort to fend off a growing “culture of contempt” in the United States. Clark shares how the program works, the science behind it, whether it’s having the desired impact, and how we can all get involved. Aidan and Ash also discuss how OSS is influencing HMB’s similar mission to bridge the divide by changing the conversation, and how HMB will support OSS in the future. Who was more convincing: Aidan or Ash? Vote at HoldMeBack.com

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

PK Wheel ,

Fresh, relevant and funny

The boomer education episode slaps (did I use that right?) and made me laugh out loud many times. Also I loved the Emi Nietfeld interview and immediately read and loved her book. Your father-son dynamic is really admirable. Aidan is wise beyond his years. Keep it coming!

GWm0000000 ,

Found and Followed

A friend shared this with me. Started listening and glad I did. Several of the episodes resonate with me as a parent of older children. Insightful to hear how other families are handling the same issues we are seeing. Would recommend!

Montgomery_Bryant ,

Hola

Hi, I’m a 12-year-old and my mom was listening to this podcast and I was very interested about it and honestly I really like this podcast you guys seriously seem to really understand how we think although when you’re talking about the Internet and stuff like that kids definitely do need to have restrictions but sometimes if we want to agree with you about certain things we need to have our own independence about screens if adults want us to listen to you about there being evil stuff out there you have to let us experience it on our own. I’m not allowed to be on online games and my mom says that it’s to protect me and she says why and I get why but if she wants me to agree with her she hast to let me experience on my own anyway, thanks for reading this ✌🏻

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