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Colleen O'Grady, MA. is a speaker, trainer and author of the award-winning and best-selling book Dial Down the Drama: Reduce Conflict and Reconnect with Your Teenage Daughter---A Guide for Mothers Everywhere. Colleen shares her wisdom from twenty-five years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist which translates into over 50,000 hours of working with parents and teens. Colleen, known as the parent-teen relationship expert helps you raise the bar of what's possible for the teenage years. Colleen not only knows this professionally she has been a mom in the trenches with her own teenage daughter. You really can improve your relationship with your teen and dial up the joy, peace, and delight at home and work. Every episode is geared to uplift you, give you practical parenting tips that you can apply right away and keep you current on the latest in teen research and trends.

Power Your Parenting: Moms With Teens Colleen O'Grady LPC, LMFT, author, speaker & C-Suite Radio

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 241 Ratings

Colleen O'Grady, MA. is a speaker, trainer and author of the award-winning and best-selling book Dial Down the Drama: Reduce Conflict and Reconnect with Your Teenage Daughter---A Guide for Mothers Everywhere. Colleen shares her wisdom from twenty-five years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist which translates into over 50,000 hours of working with parents and teens. Colleen, known as the parent-teen relationship expert helps you raise the bar of what's possible for the teenage years. Colleen not only knows this professionally she has been a mom in the trenches with her own teenage daughter. You really can improve your relationship with your teen and dial up the joy, peace, and delight at home and work. Every episode is geared to uplift you, give you practical parenting tips that you can apply right away and keep you current on the latest in teen research and trends.

    Helping Teens Prepare for College: The Greatest Health Guide

    Helping Teens Prepare for College: The Greatest Health Guide

    One of the biggest challenges your teen will face when they enter college is self-management. Managing what they eat, managing alcohol , managing stress, managing sleep , managing relationships, exercise and their time.
    Self- management is everything for the college student without it they don't have their health and they definitely won't make the grade. 
    Jill and Dave Henry met coaching high school sports in Los Angeles and have been working with teens for nearly fifteen years. With every graduating class, they’ve fielded their student-athletes’ concerns about the transition to college. Determined to help, the Henrys decided to leverage their combined professional skills in research, study design, data analysis, and storytelling (Jill is a veteran statistics teacher, Dave is a Peabody-award winning TV and film editor) to create a fun yet informative resource with the goal of preparing all students to enjoy college without sacrificing their health.
    Their just released book The Greatest College Health Guide You Never Knew You Needed---How to Manage Food, Booze, Stress, Sex, Sleep, and Exercise on Campus was published in June 2021.
    This interview is filled with great research, interesting stories, and practical information including how to get your teen to read this book.
    You can contact Jill and Dave at greatestcollegehealthguide.com
    Follow them on instagram @greatestcollegehealthguide
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    • 57 min
    Should You Trust Your Teen?

    Should You Trust Your Teen?

    Should you trust your teen?
    Has your teen ever said to you, Why don’t you trust me?
    I’ve seen so many moms come into my practice reeling from that question. Why would moms be so bothered by that question? It can make us feel like we are doing something wrong, like we are supposed to love our kids, believe in them, and trust them.
    When you teen asks you why don’t you trust me we need to see the question in context. We need to rewind the video a bit. I am guessing that question is being thrown at you because you set a limit or you said no to things like...
    You cant have screens in your room after your bedtime.
    You cant go over to Ryans house when his parents aren't there.
     So often when your teen asks you Why don’t you trust me? what they are really asking is Why wont you let me do what I want?
     We are going to explore the concept of trust in this podcast. It's more complicated than you think
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    • 32 min
    "I Don't Want to Talk About It"

    "I Don't Want to Talk About It"

    Have you ever picked your teen up after school and said, "How's your day?" and they tell you. "fine." Then when you ask him another questions they tell you, "I don’t want to talk about it."
    I already know the answer to that question. Of course this has happened to you. Our teens are guarded like castles ,surrounded with a moat of crocodiles and sharks. And you do your best to get them to lower the drawbridge, but  it seems whatever you do they just retreat deeper and deeper into their castle.
    How do you get your teen to open up and talk to you?
    In this episode we explore how this impacts you when your teen shuts you out. We also explore why your teen won't talk to you, and finally what moms can do to get their teen to talk.
    The good news is that there are things you can do to help your teen open up to you.
     
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    • 33 min
    Acceptance or Resignation: Is there a difference?

    Acceptance or Resignation: Is there a difference?

     In this episode I want to show you the power of acceptance and how that is different than resignation.
    When you hear, "You just need to accept . . .", it can feel like resignation, like you are giving up and you're losing the battle with your teen.. Actually the definition of resignation is the acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable.
    I'm not talking about resignation. I'm talking about accepting your teen.
    If you want to influence your teen and change negative behavior you need to accept your teen first. I know this can feel counterintuitive to moms. But acceptance is vital for your teens well being and mental health. Acceptance lays the foundation for a secure attachment between you and your teen.
    Acceptance is needed for lasting and positive change. When your teen feels accepted by you, not only will this improve your relationship, but they will be more open to you and your guidance. Because when your teen feels valued and that you care for them no matter what, they will see you as someone who is worth listening to and following.
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    • 22 min
    A Real Conversation About Parenting Teens

    A Real Conversation About Parenting Teens

    You are going to love this conversation.
    "I believe that parenthood is like a bungee jump. It’s scary and fun, it makes you fly and often lets you down. This book isn’t so much a parenting guide as an exploration of the complex emotional journey of being a parent, reminding us of the courage and energy it requires as well as acknowledging that no parent is perfect and at the end of the day, this relationship is about connection." Einat Nathan
    Einat Nathan is a parenting expert, public speaker, and bestselling author of My Everything (Haimsheli in Hebrew) in Israel. She holds a B.A. in law from Tel Aviv University, and is certified by the Adler Institute and the Ministry of Education for Parental Instruction and Group Instruction. Einat has been featured on TV, radio, podcasts, and in countless print outlets, and her second book (Mishelanu) about teenagers is due out in Israel this coming spring. Einat lives in Tel Aviv with her husband Yuval, and her five children Eyal, Yoav, Lihi, Rona, and Shira.
     Now translated into English, MY EVERYTHING: The Parent I Want to Be, The Children I Hope to Raise (on sale 04/06/21; Hachette Go, Hardcover; $28; ISBN: 9780306924040) provides a fresh, more millennial, relationship-based approach to parenting strategy. MY EVERYTHING is a rare mix of professional advice and intimate personal exposure that explores how to understand that your children are doing what they are doing in order to grow and develop, and how to release your expectations from them for the sake of their liberty to be who they are.
    Check out MY EVERYTHING: The Parent I Want to Be, The Children I Hope to Raise at https://amzn.to/3tSZGF9
    Follow Einat on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/einatnathan/
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    • 50 min
    Keep Your Teens Safe Online

    Keep Your Teens Safe Online

    Every parent wants to keep their teen safe online. But we can fall into the trap of spending most of our time fighting over screen time while spending minimal time on educating our teens and raising their awareness of the dangers online. We need to intentionally  focus on having informative conversations with our teens.
    Every time your child logs onto social media they are at risk from a number of social media-related dangers like cyberbullying, depression and suicide, hate speech, sexting, and human trafficking, to name just a few. And many children are averaging over 5 hours a day on social media!
    To address these issues I have invited Marc Berkman and Ed Peisner to be our guests for this show,.
     Marc Berkman serves as the CEO of the Organization for Social Media Safety, a national consumer protection organization that protects against all social media-related dangers like cyberbullying, hate speech, and human trafficking. Under his leadership, the Organization for Social Media Safety has taught social media safety skills to thousands of students, parents, and educators across the country; passed into law essential social media safety legislation like Jordan's Law, the nation's first law to deter social media-motivated violence; and helped develop software and apps to protect against social media-related dangers. Previously, Marc served for over a decade as a senior advisor to members of Congress and the California State Assembly. During his time as a legislative aide, he developed and helped pass numerous legislative initiatives to protect vulnerable children and families.  Marc received his JD from Columbia Law School and his BA from UC Berkeley. He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles, CA.
     After a long career in business, Ed Peisner founded the Organization for Social Media Safety in 2017 after his teenage son Jordan was viciously assaulted in West Hills, CA. The attack was filmed and uploaded to social media by an associate of the attacker. Jordan was left with serious and life-long injuries from the assault. Ed decided to dedicate himself to the goal of ensuring that no other family had to endure such a terrible ordeal. Ed now proudly travels the country teaching students, parents, and educators essential social media safety skills.
     To find out more about the Buckling the Social Media Seatbelt Course
    or to contact Mark or Ed go to ofsms.org
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
241 Ratings

241 Ratings

UninsuredNH ,

So helpful!

Such good advice and very educational guests. I’m grateful to you Colleen. 🙏

Randawren ,

Love this podcast!

I’m a mom to 2 young teens and this podcast is THE BEST. Very practical, very relatable. I’ve been listening for almost 2 years and I always leave with something to think about, something to change, and in a better mood. I’m reminded I’m not the only one going through the trenches! It energizes me and calms me down at the same time. It helps me become focused. Thank you Colleen and all of your fantastic guests you have on your show!

shaymomrea ,

Great for teen moms

I feel like I am in a room with her and just me
I am going through everything she talks about and I really have been emotionally broken. It’s good to know I’m not alone

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