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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 • 311 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.

    How Fun Connects Parents and Teens

    How Fun Connects Parents and Teens

    As we approach January we are starting to think about healthy habits for the new year. Our guest today has a habit that I want to master in the new year. Dr. Mike Rucker is the author of the upcoming book, The Fun Habit: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life available January 23.
    I think this is a perfect podcast to be released in the holiday season. How about starting this fun habit during the holidays.
    Dr. Mike Rucker is an organizational psychologist, behavioral scientist, and charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association. He has been academically published in publications like the International Journal of Workplace Health Management. His ideas about fun and health have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, Vox, Thrive Global, Mindful, mindbodygreen, and more. He currently serves as a senior leader at Active Wellness.
    There are so many gems in this episode. Why develop a fun habit? "It increases vitality and makes life worth living."
    Connect with Mike at https://michaelrucker.com
    Follow on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/thewonderoffun
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    • 42 min
    How to Have an Awe-filled Teen Instead of an Awful Teen

    How to Have an Awe-filled Teen Instead of an Awful Teen

    In todays show we talk about the importance of awe and wonder. Research reveals that the benefits of being awe-seekers is that you are more generous, curious, and more humble. Is the feeling of awe within our control or does it just happen unexpectedly? How do moms help their teenagers experience more awe? Listen as we discuss.
    Today’s guest is Deborah Farmer Kris. Deborah is an education journalist, parent educator Her bylines include PBS KIDS, NPR’s Mindshift, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe Magazine, and Oprah Daily. Deborah’s work is grounded in the two decades she spent as a K-12 teacher and administrator. She has a B.A. from Boston University in English, a B.S. from Boston University in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education from Rutgers University, 2009 for Counseling Psychology. . Her writing has been featured several times in The Washington Post; she is the co-author of the book Building Character in Schools: A Resource Guide; and she is the author of the picture book series All the Time, which has been featured on Oprah Daily, Slate's Mom and Dad are Fighting and more. 
    Learn more about Deborah at https://www.parenthood365.com/
    Follow on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/parenthood365/
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    • 42 min
    Getting Dad More Involved

    Getting Dad More Involved

    Many moms feel the burden of parenting teens is on their shoulders and wish that dad would be more involved in their teens life. Today we are going to talk about why the fathers role is so important. Todays guest Patrick Cummings talks about his obsession with work as an entrepreneur. And how this took him away from his family and negatively impacted his teens. In this episode Patrick tells us how he turned that around.
    Patrick Cummings is an entrepreneur, business coach, and wealth management advisor who—after giving his all for twelve years to the corporate world—decided to start his own business so he could be closer to his young children and rebalance his life. Patrick has made a career out of being a family man, and his expertise and honest accounts of his own mistakes and triumphs would offer the perfect mentorship and encouragement to parents struggling to balance work and family. 
    Patrick’s new book, The Family-Business Balancing Act, provides an inspiring guide that helps business owners gain perspective and take steps toward achieving harmony and balance in their lives—so their work and their relationships can thrive
    To find out more contact Patrick at https://www.pnpstrategies.com/
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    • 35 min
    Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

    Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

    In this episode I bring in an expert who can help us with safety tips for teenage drivers. We want our kids to drive but most importantly we want them to be safe. The statistics are not good for teen drivers especially boys. What can we learn from the statistics? What can moms do to make sure their young drivers are safe and become safe drivers?
    Leo Waldenback is the co-founder, and head of growth, of Zutobi Drivers Ed, a gamified e-learning platform pioneering online driver’s education by making it fun, affordable, and accessible for all. Waldenback founded Zutobi to help teens get proper driver’s education and make the roads a safer place.   
    Get free resources and contact Leo at https://zutobi.com/us
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    • 34 min
    Spread Hope and Fight Teen Suicide

    Spread Hope and Fight Teen Suicide

    I was so blessed to interview Emma Benoit. You are going to be so touched by this 22-year-olds courageous story. I was struck by her wisdom, honesty, and vulnerability. Emma has such an important message for moms and for someone out there listening this episode could save your teens life.
    Emma Benoit became extremely passionate about suicide prevention after surviving a suicide attempt in 2017, the summer before her senior year in high school. At the time, she was a popular varsity cheerleader with a supportive family and lots of friends, but on the inside, she was filled with depression and anxiety, and had never told a soul about it. Her attempt resulted in a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed but helped her find faith and purpose; and propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience and miraculous recovery to help others.
    A few months after her attempt, Emma started the website liferejuvenated.org and a blog to share her story and recovery journey, in an effort to help other teens who are struggling. In early 2018, Emma began working on a documentary film called My Ascension, which was released in 2021, that chronicles her recovery journey and advocacy work, while addressing the youth suicide epidemic.
    Learn more at: https://www.myascension.us/
    Follow at https://www.facebook.com/myascension/
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    • 43 min
    Empowering Teens in Social Difficulties

    Empowering Teens in Social Difficulties

    What do you do when your teen has been cyber bullied, teased, or socially excluded?
    In this episode I interview KIM JOHN PAYNE, M.ED., a counselor, educator, consultant, and researcher for over thirty years. Kim is the author of several acclaimed books, including Simplicity Parenting, The Soul of Discipline, and Being at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst. 
    His newest book is Emotionally Resilient Tweens and Teens: Empowering your Kids to Navigate Bullying, Teasing and Social Exclusion.
    We explore questions like, What does emotionally resiliency look like in our teens and tweens? and What can parents do to raise empowered teens? This episode is full of practical wisdom.
    Contact Kim at https://www.simplicityparenting.com/
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
311 Ratings

311 Ratings

christy411 ,

Parent insight

Very insightful! As a mom of four teenagers, this is my go to podcast! Every episode is full of wisdom.

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

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