170 episodes

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 • 301 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.

    What's Your Mom Story?

    What's Your Mom Story?

    In this episode I talk with guest host Sherry Duson, MA, LPC, LMFT about The Mom Story. Every mom has her own Mom Story even if you're not fully aware of it. Concious or unconcious The Mom Story is still playing in the background of your mind. A common theme of the Mom Story is "Am I a good mom or a bad mom?"
    Typically, when your daughter leaves home and you feel her absence, is when you start to become aware of the first draft of the Mom Story . The first draft tends to be full of negative emotions. This is when the resentments and disappointments surface from your years of mothering. The first draft is when you feel you lost more than you gained by being a mom. It's when you admit to yourself that parenting is/was hard.
    The good news is that the first draft is just part of the story. You don't want to get stuck in the first draft because you will be stuck in negative emotions. This is not good for you or for your relationships with your teens and family. To become aware of your first draft story takes courage, self-reflection and some soul-searching.
    Now that you have your first draft you want to integrate this into the second draft of the Mom Story which is a more complete and conscious story. The second draft takes a new set of eyes but you'll find that you have actually gained more than you have lost by being a mother.
    Too often our Mom Story is tossed about on the turbulent waves of life and our teens turbulent emotions. In other words we feel dependent on our family to shape our Mom Story. Often we are waiting for validation and appreciation. It's time to not be dependent on anyone else to shape The Mom Story. It's time to own your story.
    Your Mom Story is so important because it shapes how you feel about yourself and how you feel about your relationships and it sets the course for your future.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 51 min
    Teens, Writer's Block, and College Essays

    Teens, Writer's Block, and College Essays

    In this episode I interview Cara Kalf, who is a writer, editor and teacher who coaches high-schoolers to write their best college application essays and get ready for the top-tier schools they plan to attend. For more advice on writing, admissions, and academic success, check out carakalf.com.
     Questions we address are:
     What is the best way to get organized and get started on applications?

    How do you avoid writer's block when it comes to writing your essays?

    How to help teens that are completely overwhelmed and don’t think there is anything special about their life.

    What are schools looking for in an essay? What are schools not looking for?

    What should students consider in writing supplemental essays?

    What are some traps that moms fall into when trying to help their teens with college applications.

    What is your best piece of advice for moms who are trying to motivate teens with their college applications.


    Contact Cara at connect@carakalf.com, or get free resources at carakalf.com,
    Follow Cara on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/carakalf/ 
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 52 min
    The Art of a Healing Conversation

    The Art of a Healing Conversation

    In this episode I brought back my friend and colleague Sherry Duson back as guest host where we discuss how to turn a hard conversation into a healing conversation with your teen or young adult.
    "Sherry Duson is a Texas and an Arizona Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, and the Founder and Director of The Center for Postpartum Family Health in Houston, Texas. Since 1999 she has focused her practice on helping new mothers and the needs of young families. In 2014, she opened the Center for Postpartum Family Health, using therapists training under her supervision, to provide services on a sliding scale to the community.
    Sherry and I dive into Chapter 7 Healing Conversations in my book Dial Up the Dream. Healing conversations rarely begin as healing conversations they start as hard conversations. In this episode I discuss the Six Keys to a Healing Conversation.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 47 min
    Tweens, Teens, and Social Skills

    Tweens, Teens, and Social Skills

    In a world where tweens and teens prefer online communication over face-to-face communication, basic social skills are not being learned.
    My guest today Catherine Newman is the author of What Can I Say: A Kid's Guide to Super-Useful Social Skills to Help You Get Along and Express Yourself.
     Middle school is an essential time to learn and practice social skills, including how to get along with others, talk about hard things, be an ally, and a good friend. In What Can I Say?, Catherine Newman, provides supportive guidance to help kids establish or and maintain meaningful relationships with friends, teachers, family members, and others in their communities.
    Catherine Newman is the author of the award-winning bestseller How to Be a Person, as well as two parenting memoirs: Waiting for Birdy and Catastrophic Happiness, and a middle-grade novel, One Mixed-Up Night. She is also the co-author of Stitch Camp. Newman is the etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine and the editor of the James Beard Award-winning kids’ cooking magazine ChopChop. Newman lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family.
    Visit Catherine at catherinenewmanwriter.com.
    Follow on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/catherinewman/ 
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 29 min
    What Not to Post

    What Not to Post

    This episode is all about safety and security.
    Safety expert and former scientist, Cathy Pedrayes is best known to her 2.3 million TikTok followers as the “mom friend.” With her signature blue dress and pearls, Cathy's content includes clever safety tips, such as how sleeping with a door closed can save a life and go-to lies for awkward situations and what not to post and what to do when strangers approach you or knock on your door. Cathy’s safety life hacks have been covered by Good Morning America, Buzzfeed, Today, and more, as well as in her new book published by Simon & Schuester, The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security: Tips From the Practical One in Your Squad.
    We also discuss. . .
    What are 5 seemingly innocent questions that strangers use to take advantage of you? 
    What should teens know about protecting themselves in their dorm or apartment? 
    What are the top apps to ease worried parents’ minds?

    Follow Cathy on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@cathypedrayes?lang=en
    Follow Cathy on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cathypedrayes/ 
    Contact Cathy at info@cathypedrayes.com
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 43 min
    What to Expect From Older Teens

    What to Expect From Older Teens

    In this episode I share highlights from my Dial Up the Dream Event and share the "Why" of my new bestselling book, Dial Up the Dream: Make Your Daughter's Journey to Adulthood the Best for Both of You. I also interview four amazing, authentic and knowledgeable women about their experience mothering emerging young adult daughters.
    Neha Gupta, author and founder of College Shortcuts.
    Sherry Duson, who is a Texas and an Arizona Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, and the Founder and Director of The Center for Postpartum Family Health in Houston, Texas.
    Ann McKittrick, parenting coach, early childhood educator, and founder of Nurtured Noggins,
    Sue Ludwig, Author of Tiny Humans Big Lessons, President & Founder of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT),
    Sherry, Ann and Sue share the good, the gold and the challenges of parenting a late teen to early twenties daughter.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
301 Ratings

301 Ratings

vndydjfjf ,

BEST parenting podcast!

With her many many years of experience, Coleen really knows all the ins and outs of parenting teen girls. I was so at a loss, over and over again, and I’ve found new confidence now with my mothering. I’ve learned that I am not alone during these challenging years, to be kinder to myself, and that there are very specific things that i can do to make these years flow a bit more easily. Thank you Coleen for your amazing words of wisdom and support.

12345Graham ,

A show for every mom

Such a find! As a mom to a teen daughter and two college aged sons I learn something that I can apply to our lives in every episode! Grateful for Colleen and her inspiring guests who share their wisdom and expertise.

Robyn Graham
Host of The Robyn Graham Show

Jasmina@caliornia ,

Love your podcast

Thank for your podcast. I enjoy listening to your topics. I get the wow moment at most episodes that I listen to. I recommend to many people that I meet.

Top Podcasts In Kids & Family

Girl's Girls Media
Dr. Becky Kennedy
Tinkercast | Wondery
Stories Podcast / Wondery
National Geographic Kids
Gimlet

You Might Also Like

talkingtoteens.com
Sheryl Gould
Mark Gregston
Susan Stiffelman
Janet Allison, Jennifer LW Fink
Dear Media, Aliza Pressman