63 episodes

Balancing Act columnist Heidi Stevens and family therapist John Duffy sit down once a week to discuss the news and topics that are weaving their way into our parenting, our marriages, our friendships, our dinner conversations, our Facebook feeds. They’ll bring together Heidi’s columns, John’s insights from both his training and his clients and offer up a weekly half hour of questions, answers and perspective that will help all of make sense of daily lives and the relationships that so profoundly shape them.

On Purpose: The Heidi Stevens And Dr. John Duffy Podcast Heidi Stevens/Dr. John Duffy

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 29 Ratings

Balancing Act columnist Heidi Stevens and family therapist John Duffy sit down once a week to discuss the news and topics that are weaving their way into our parenting, our marriages, our friendships, our dinner conversations, our Facebook feeds. They’ll bring together Heidi’s columns, John’s insights from both his training and his clients and offer up a weekly half hour of questions, answers and perspective that will help all of make sense of daily lives and the relationships that so profoundly shape them.

    Josh Hawley‘s War on the Alleged War on Masculinity

    Josh Hawley‘s War on the Alleged War on Masculinity

    Sen. Josh Hawley's recent comments about masculinity being under attack compelled us to put together our thoughts on this topic, especially amongst our youth. We talk porn, video games, Aaron Rodgers, and more!

    • 29 min
    Meanwhile, In Basements Across America...

    Meanwhile, In Basements Across America...

    On this episode of On Purpose, we're talking about the phenomena of college enrollments continuing to drop over the past two years, and the growing tendency for young adults to retreat into video games and parents' basements. What's driving this trend? And perhaps more importantly, what can be done about it? 

    • 38 min
    The Fall Therapy Tidal Wave

    The Fall Therapy Tidal Wave

    We're back! This week we're talking about the tidal wave of phone calls John's office usually receives this time of year as modern kids juggle typical age-related stresses with the looming existential threats that dominate the news these days. Also, some advice for parents on how we can help out our kids by simply becoming better listeners!

    • 33 min
    The End of an Era

    The End of an Era

    This week, we discuss Heidi's decision to move on from her long-time role at The Chicago Tribune. We talk about the story of her time there, how her column "Balancing Act" came to be, as well as what's next on the horizon. Enjoy!

    • 45 min
    On Changing Courses

    On Changing Courses

    Illinois is finally reopening! As normal life begins to resume, we're noticing that a lot of people are changing directions. In this episode, Heidi & John explore why that might be. John also recounts how meeting his wife, Julie, inspired him to quit accounting to become a psychologist, and much more!

    • 42 min
    Marriage: The Next Generation

    Marriage: The Next Generation

    This week we're discussing the changing views about relationships and marriage amongst youngsters these days. Power dynamics are balancing out, and marriage doesn't necessarily have to be everyone's end goal. Find out what we think and more!

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

celeste sews ,

Always entertaining

The chit chat back and forth is entertaining but there is a seriousness to it also. Oftentimes what they have to say makes me rethink what I believe. I kinda wish I had this to listen to when my kids were growing up. At least they turned out to be great adults but maybe I could have done better.

ejv30 ,

Worth it!

I’ve followed Dr. Duffy for years. This collaboration with Heidi is timely, relevant and thought provoking. Love the balance, the realistic candor and the tangents. Look forward to it weekly. Loved your FAN event too. Heidi, your writing, ideas and bravery are a breath of fresh air.

Cav1370 ,

Such a great listen

Recently discovered Heidi’s writing and I love that I get to listen to her and John also.

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