21 episodes

Jax Anderson and Renae Swanson are two mental health professionals helping parents decode the tween and teen years.  

Jax and Renae have worked with tweens and teens for a combination of 35+ years and their experience and creative parenting solutions have proven valuable for parents around the world.  

They aren't afraid to talk about the 'tough stuff', the topics and issues that many mental health professionals steer clear from speaking publicly about when it comes to raising tweens and teens.  

Join Jax and Renae as they begin the journey of talking about the topic of raising tweens and teens in the world today.  

Find them on social media by engaging with them in their facebook group for Moms of Tween/Teen Daughters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/momsandteengirls/?ref=bookmarks

Jax Anderson can be found on IG @thepsykotherapist and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jaxandersonlpc/

Join the email list for Raise A Little Hell Podcast here: www.raisealittlehellpodcast.com

Raise A Little Hell Podcast Jax Anderson & Renae Swanson

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

Jax Anderson and Renae Swanson are two mental health professionals helping parents decode the tween and teen years.  

Jax and Renae have worked with tweens and teens for a combination of 35+ years and their experience and creative parenting solutions have proven valuable for parents around the world.  

They aren't afraid to talk about the 'tough stuff', the topics and issues that many mental health professionals steer clear from speaking publicly about when it comes to raising tweens and teens.  

Join Jax and Renae as they begin the journey of talking about the topic of raising tweens and teens in the world today.  

Find them on social media by engaging with them in their facebook group for Moms of Tween/Teen Daughters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/momsandteengirls/?ref=bookmarks

Jax Anderson can be found on IG @thepsykotherapist and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jaxandersonlpc/

Join the email list for Raise A Little Hell Podcast here: www.raisealittlehellpodcast.com

    Gay Gay Gay Etc

    Gay Gay Gay Etc

    Florida's bill has been nicknamed the 'don't say gay' bill.  Here's more information on the bill:
    https://www.hrc.org/news/florida-senate-passes-dont-say-gay-or-trans-bill-legislation-heads-to-desantis-desk-for-signature-or-veto
    https://m.flsenate.gov/session/bill/2022/1557/billtext/er/pdf
    How many times can we say 'gay' in this podcast episode?
    Teaching kids in grades K-3 language to describe LGBT language will not change straight kids gay; just like teaching kids heteronormative language will make gay kids straight.
    People have a right to be who they are.  And they have the right to be introduced to language that will help them describe how they feel.
    Here is a link to research based, scienctifically processed and peer reviewed information on how gender affirming schools save lives: 
    https://www.thetrevorproject.org/research-briefs/lgbtq-gender-affirming-spaces/
    Newcomb, Michael E.; LaSala, Michael C.; Bouris, Alida; Mustanski, Brian; Prado, Guillermo; Schrager, Sheree M.; Huebner, David M.; LGBT Health, Vol 6(4), Jun, 2019 pp. 139-145. Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.; [Journal Article]
    https://www.thetrevorproject.org/research-briefs/gender-affirming-care-for-youth/
    Craig, Shelley L.; Eaton, Andrew D.; Kirkland, Alexa; Egag, Egag; Pascoe, Rachael; King, Kourteney; Krishnan, Sreedevi; International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, Vol 16(1), Dec, 2021 ArtID: 1961572. Publisher: Taylor & Francis; [Journal Article]
    The bottom line is, the adults uncomfortable with kids being taught anything but heteronormative language and seek to put limitations on kids, aren't the ones who suffer...the kids are the one who suffer.  
    Learn more about LGBT language here:
    https://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/diversity-schools
     
    Jax Anderson and Renae Swanson are two mental health professionals helping parents decode the tween and teen years.  
    Jax and Renae have worked with tweens and teens for a combination of 35+ years and their experience and creative parenting solutions have proven valuable for parents around the world.  
    They aren't afraid to talk about the 'tough stuff', the topics and issues that many mental health professionals steer clear from speaking publicly about when it comes to raising tweens and teens.  
    Join Jax and Renae as they begin the journey of talking about the topic of raising tweens and teens in the world today.  
    Contact us with questions, requests or constructive feedback:
    Jax
    IG: @jax.parentingteens
    TiKToK: @psyko_therapy
    Email: jax@psykotherapist.com
    Renae
    IG: @renae.d.swanson
    Email: swansonrd@uwosh.edu

    • 41 min
    The Great Unmasking

    The Great Unmasking

    We are excited to be back for season 3, at long last!
    We've been wearing or fighting over wearing masks for the last two years.  Now that it appears we no longer require the mask as much, people are wondering how to return to life in public while remaining unmasked.  
    In this episode we will discuss how to model the great unmasking for our kids.  Admiittedly, we explore other topics in regard to the mask because, well, it's been a while since our last recording.  
     
    Jax Anderson and Renae Swanson are two mental health professionals helping parents decode the tween and teen years.  
    Jax and Renae have worked with tweens and teens for a combination of 35+ years and their experience and creative parenting solutions have proven valuable for parents around the world.  
    They aren't afraid to talk about the 'tough stuff', the topics and issues that many mental health professionals steer clear from speaking publicly about when it comes to raising tweens and teens.  
    Join Jax and Renae as they begin the journey of talking about the topic of raising tweens and teens in the world today.  
    Contact us with questions, requests or constructive feedback:
    Jax
    IG: @jax.parentingteens
    TiKToK: @psyko_therapy
    Email: jax@psykotherapist.com
    Renae
    IG: @renae.d.swanson
    Email: swansonrd@uwosh.edu

    • 45 min
    Masks, Kids & Mental Health - the real truth

    Masks, Kids & Mental Health - the real truth

    Many people have claimed that the increase in stress, anxiety and depression in kids is due to being forced to wear a mask at school.  That it gets in the way of their learning and affects their academic performance.  
    This is just NOT TRUE.
    What we've observed of the many people/parents making these false claims are they simply lack an understanding of and education in mental health, OR people/parents who simply don't want their kids to wear a mask.  
    The mask appears to have become a symbol of a political stance or a loss of liberties in this country and THAT discord is what is affecting kids, not wearing the mask.  
    Listen in for more education and information about MASKS, KIDS & MENTAL HEALTH - the real truth and we will lay it out for you from a mental health professionals point of view.  Show you evidence, explain what is more likely creating stress and anxiety and depression in kids, provide you with strategies to help them and talk about how you can advocate in your school district.  
    Jax Anderson and Renae Swanson are two mental health professionals helping parents decode the tween and teen years.  
    Jax and Renae have worked with tweens and teens for a combination of 35+ years and their experience and creative parenting solutions have proven valuable for parents around the world.  
    They aren't afraid to talk about the 'tough stuff', the topics and issues that many mental health professionals steer clear from speaking publicly about when it comes to raising tweens and teens.  
    Join Jax and Renae as they begin the journey of talking about the topic of raising tweens and teens in the world today.  
    Contact us with questions, requests or constructive feedback:
    Jax
    IG: @psykotherapist
    TiKToK: @psyko_therapy
    Email: jax@psykotherapist.com
    Renae
    IG: @renae.d.swanson
    Email: swansonrd@uwosh.edu
     
     

    • 55 min
    Apocademic Traumaversary

    Apocademic Traumaversary

    Jax and Renae discuss the mental health, academic, relationship and social affects on teens during the past year. 
    Teens are more resilient than adults give them credit for and instead of 'protecting' them from the trauma of this past year; it's imperative we listen to them, validate their feelings and support them in their own growth and development. 
    In this episode Jax and Renae help you with what to say and what to do to help your teen grow through this past year.  
     
    Join Jax and Renae in their facebook group for Moms of Tween/Teen Daughters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/momsandteengirls/?ref=bookmarks
    Jax Anderson can be found on IG: @thepsykotherapist & TiKToK: @psyko_therapy
    Join the email list for Raise A Little Hell Podcast here: www.raisealittlehellpodcast.com

    • 45 min
    Coping With The Backlash of Setting Boundaries

    Coping With The Backlash of Setting Boundaries

    In this episode Renae and Jax discuss the aftermath of setting and maintaining boundaries with family and friends.  How this affect you and your kids.  It's important to model for our kids how to set and maintain boundaries but also how to cope with the backlash. 
     
    Jax Anderson and Renae Swanson are two mental health professionals helping parents decode the tween and teen years.  
    Jax and Renae have worked with tweens and teens for a combination of 35+ years and their experience and creative parenting solutions have proven valuable for parents around the world.  
    They aren't afraid to talk about the 'tough stuff', the topics and issues that many mental health professionals steer clear from speaking publicly about when it comes to raising tweens and teens.  
    Join Jax and Renae as they begin the journey of talking about the topic of raising tweens and teens in the world today.  
    Connect with Jax here: 
    IG: @thepsykotherapist 
    TiKToK: psyko_therapy
    Join the email list for Raise A Little Hell Podcast here: www.raisealittlehellpodcast.com

    • 36 min
    Holiday's 2020: How To Survive Family Functions

    Holiday's 2020: How To Survive Family Functions

    Jax Anderson and Renae Swanson are two mental health professionals helping parents decode the tween and teen years.  
    Jax and Renae have worked with tweens and teens for a combination of 35+ years and their experience and creative parenting solutions have proven valuable for parents around the world.  
    They aren't afraid to talk about the 'tough stuff', the topics and issues that many mental health professionals steer clear from speaking publicly about when it comes to raising tweens and teens.  
    Join Jax and Renae as they begin the journey of talking about the topic of raising tweens and teens in the world today.  
    Holiday Guidelines
    We are following many of the guidelines on this website. Our hope is you are as well. Here is what we are following for our Holiday gatherings. These are important even if you have previously had COVID. They are finding that even though you have antibodies, you can still be exposed and spread the virus.
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html
    For the 14 days before the get together please limit your contact with people besides those that you live with. If you know that your housemates or roommates are not safe distancing, please find ways to stay out of contact with them. (E.g., cook and eat at different times at them. Please only use substance with those that you are very close to like significant others. Substances make it hard to safe distance and maintain hygiene. Marijuana has been found to be a spreader when smoking in groups. If you have any symptoms at all, stay home. If you have been exposed to COVID, and are not finished with your 14 day quarantine stay home even if you were sick previously. Again, antibodies do not keep you from spreading.  We would really love to have all of you with us for the holidays and I know that this text message may upset some of you because of the life style change. Please try to follow these guidelines. If you cannot, please be honest so that we are all able to stay safe. If you cannot come, we can use zoom and we can definitely drop food off for you.
     
    Find Jax and Renae on social media by engaging with them in their facebook group for Moms of Tween/Teen Daughters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenraisinggirls
    Jax Anderson can be found on:
    IG: @thepsykotherapist
    TiKToK: @psyko_therapy and 
    Renae Swanson can be found on:
    IG: @renae.d.swanson
    and at www.integritycounselingllc.net
    Join the email list for Raise A Little Hell Podcast here: www.raisealittlehellpodcast.com
    "Disclaimer: This podcast is informational and NOT a substitute, replacement or in conjunction with individual, family, couples’ and group psychotherapy. If you or someone you know is in need or seeking mental health services please contact your local mental health service provider. For more resources pertaining to mental health please visit https://www.nami.org/"

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

RachelYo99 ,

THANK YOU!

I terrified of raising three teenagers! I was a horrid teenager- trying to prevent myself from reliving my experience as a parent or a terrible teenager! "What would I have needed?" that's exactly what I need to know and understand!!! Trying to prevent my teens from feeling as alone as I did! I stumbled upon this podcast from Jax's interview on That's Inappropriate podcast, and I'm so thankful I found you all! Don't feel lost and alone on the pre-teen mom island that I've been living on in fear for two years. Thank you both so much!! <3 <3 <3 

JAJ1102 ,

Been waiting for a podcast like this!

Raising teens is haaard! Jax & Renee not only offer empathy & understanding but explain teen brain development in a way that is easy to understand. They give GREAT advice on how to approach sensitive topics, have important & necessary conversations, and provide much needed humor along the way.

Soph224 ,

Love this podcast!

Such an interesting podcast and very informational. It’s awesome how real you guys are and I can’t wait to learn more. Keep up the great work!

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