32 episodes

Welcome to the Teenage Kicks podcast, where we take the fear out of parenting - or becoming - a teenager. The internet is full of parenting advice, from when you feel those first baby kicks, until they reach secondary school. And then it stops. No one is talking about teen parenting problems; so we’re going to.






Essential listening for teenagers and their parents, as well as those who work with young adults; Teenage Kicks has teen mental health at its core, and each episode will empower young people to tackle their own problems, and give parents the guidance to know how to help them.






Each week Helen speaks to real individuals who've experienced the issues that young people are dealing with now, and they don't sugar-coat it. From exam nerves and career worries to issues around sexuality and consent, we get tips and advice from expert guests who understand what it’s like to be a teenager today.






Helen will also be chatting about tough teenage problems like cyberbullying and self-harm, drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancy, all with a heavy dose of reality from someone who's been there and made it through to the other side.






Teenage Kicks for Parents:


As parents, we understand some of our kids’ struggles, but let’s face it, it’s been a while, and things have moved on since we last panicked over a detention! Teenage choices today can seem alien to their parents because teenage life has changed so dramatically since we were young. Teenage Kicks helps you unravel topics like social media, sexting and teen self-esteem so that you can figure out what your child needs support with, and what’s just normal teenage behaviour.


 


Teenage Kicks for Teens:


Teenagers and parents come at things from different angles, we know. But teenage life can be challenging, and the support of your parents can make navigating tricky dilemmas easier. Teenage Kicks guests aren’t adults who’ve read a textbook; nor are they heavily invested in your day-to-day safety, like your mum and dad. They are real people who’ve been through what you’re dealing with, and they have the inspiration and advice you need to handle it yourself.


Join Helen each week as she chats to a different guest about topics affecting teenagers in 2020, and helps parents and teens to open up a dialogue that will make life easier to navigate on all sides.


You'll also find me chatting about teen parenting here:


Actually Mummy - my personal blogInstagramTwitter

Useful websites:


The Mix - good information for under 25'sShout - for anyone struggling with anxiety or depression

This series of the Teenage Kicks Podcast is sponsored by Blue Microphones, who gave me the fabulous Yeticaster mic for all my recordings. It's really straightforward to use, and gives me great sound quality without too much editing.


 

Teenage Kicks Podcast Helen Wills

    • Parenting
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Welcome to the Teenage Kicks podcast, where we take the fear out of parenting - or becoming - a teenager. The internet is full of parenting advice, from when you feel those first baby kicks, until they reach secondary school. And then it stops. No one is talking about teen parenting problems; so we’re going to.






Essential listening for teenagers and their parents, as well as those who work with young adults; Teenage Kicks has teen mental health at its core, and each episode will empower young people to tackle their own problems, and give parents the guidance to know how to help them.






Each week Helen speaks to real individuals who've experienced the issues that young people are dealing with now, and they don't sugar-coat it. From exam nerves and career worries to issues around sexuality and consent, we get tips and advice from expert guests who understand what it’s like to be a teenager today.






Helen will also be chatting about tough teenage problems like cyberbullying and self-harm, drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancy, all with a heavy dose of reality from someone who's been there and made it through to the other side.






Teenage Kicks for Parents:


As parents, we understand some of our kids’ struggles, but let’s face it, it’s been a while, and things have moved on since we last panicked over a detention! Teenage choices today can seem alien to their parents because teenage life has changed so dramatically since we were young. Teenage Kicks helps you unravel topics like social media, sexting and teen self-esteem so that you can figure out what your child needs support with, and what’s just normal teenage behaviour.


 


Teenage Kicks for Teens:


Teenagers and parents come at things from different angles, we know. But teenage life can be challenging, and the support of your parents can make navigating tricky dilemmas easier. Teenage Kicks guests aren’t adults who’ve read a textbook; nor are they heavily invested in your day-to-day safety, like your mum and dad. They are real people who’ve been through what you’re dealing with, and they have the inspiration and advice you need to handle it yourself.


Join Helen each week as she chats to a different guest about topics affecting teenagers in 2020, and helps parents and teens to open up a dialogue that will make life easier to navigate on all sides.


You'll also find me chatting about teen parenting here:


Actually Mummy - my personal blogInstagramTwitter

Useful websites:


The Mix - good information for under 25'sShout - for anyone struggling with anxiety or depression

This series of the Teenage Kicks Podcast is sponsored by Blue Microphones, who gave me the fabulous Yeticaster mic for all my recordings. It's really straightforward to use, and gives me great sound quality without too much editing.


 

    Life as an off the rails teenager - how Nina put her life back together

    Life as an off the rails teenager - how Nina put her life back together

    In this episode of the Teenage Kicks Podcast Helen Wills talks to Nina de Sausmarez about how she went off the rails as a teenager, using sex to seek validation from men, after being abandoned by her father. Helen says:


    As the mother of teenagers, this conversation with Nina felt like therapy for me. Here's what Nina had to say about her life as a teen, and what it's taught her about motherhood:


    "Having been through a hugely turbulent childhood and teenage years myself where my emotional needs were not met, I take a bold stand for 'no topics are off limits' in my approach to parenting. I actively encourage conversations about sex, drugs, and everything in between.


    I let go of my need to 'fix their problems' and have no attachment to the choices they make and the direction they want to go in their lives. I actively step back and allow them to learn from all their mistakes.


    My girls do not come first. I make sure I do. I'm sure many find that controversial!. By doing so, they are strong feminists, hugely confident, resilient and unafraid to try, no matter the outcome. Our bond is incredible and I am proud of how i've been able to let go of my past experiences and use it in such a powerful way to empower and support them.


    Nina has some advice for parents on what to do when your teenager goes off the rails, and tips for teens who might be experiencing difficult emotions like she did.


    As the mother of two girls aged 20 and 15 she also has some incredible insights into parenting. I had so many lightbulb moments during this episode. I know you will too!


    Where to find Nina


    Nina de Sausmarez is a confidence coach for women and those identifying as. You can find her on Instagram, where she is happy to be contacted via DM.


    More teenage parenting tips from Helen Wills:


    There are lots more episodes of the Teenage Kicks podcast. You can email me on teenagekickspodcast@gmail.com. I’ve also got some posts on the blog that might help parents with other teenage parenting dilemmas, so do pop over to Actually Mummy if you fancy a read.


    Thank you so much for listening! Subscribe now to the Teenage Kicks podcast to hear all my new episodes. I'll be talking to some fabulous guests about difficult things that happened to them as teenagers - including losing a parent, becoming a young carer, and being hospitalised with mental health problems - and how they overcame things to move on with their lives.


    You can also find more from Helen Wills on parenting teenagers on Instagram and Twitter @iamhelenwills.


    For information on your data privacy please visit Podcast.co.


    Please note that Helen Wills is not a medical expert, and nothing in the podcast should be taken as medical advice. If you're worried about a teenager, please seek support from a medical professional.

    • 56 min
    How it feels as a teenager with dyslexia. Plus dyslexia tips from an expert

    How it feels as a teenager with dyslexia. Plus dyslexia tips from an expert

    Today Helen Wills talks to teacher and tuition coach Jemma about her experiences of undiagnosed dyslexia through her teenage years.


    Also on the podcast is Karen Hautz, a learning coach who provides counselling and skills-based coaching for adults and teenagers with dyslexia. She gives some wonderful tips about how to understand and support someone with dyslexia,


    Jemma was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 19, but spent her school years struggling to understand why everything felt so much harder for her to achieve than it did for her friends.


    We talk about the strategies she taught herself to get through school – and they worked! She got 9A*s and 2As at GCSE.


    But she found the less structured learning at university difficult to cope with until she got her diagnosis, and finally learned techniques to manage her dyslexia.


    Karen's message


    Dyslexic people are often particularly good at being able to see the 'big picture' in any situation.  They may demonstrate lateral thinking and problem solving. They may make creative leaps of thought which gives them an innovative approach to a subject.  Some demonstrate strong visualisation skills. Others are imaginative and inventive in their approach to their work.  Others again show entrepreneurial flair. 


    Understanding dyslexia


    Helen Wills says:


    I absolutely loved discovering more about how dyslexic people think and work, and there are so many tips in the conversation for families who might be worrying about a child with dyslexia, or indeed an adult in the process of diagnosis.


    More support with dyslexia


    Useful books on dyslexia


    The Gift of Dyslexia by Ron Davis  The Gift of Learning by Ron Davis (with reference to ADHD, dyspraxia & dyscalculia) The Illustrated Guide to Dyslexia and Its Amazing People by Kathy Iwanczak Dyslexia is my Superpower (Most of the Time) by Margaret Rooke Creative, Successful, Dyslexic: 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories edited by Margaret Rooke The Dyslexia, ADHD, and DCD-Friendly Study Skills Guide: Tips and Strategies for Exam Success Paperback by Ann-Marie McNicholas

    Websites that help with dyslexia


    British Dyslexia AssociationThe Learning Support CentreAbilityNet 

    Where to find Jemma and Karen


    Jemma Zoe Smith graduated from Oriel College at Oxford University in 2013, having studied her BSc and Master’s degree in Biochemistry. She returned to Oxford University in 2017 to gain her teacher training qualification.She now runs tuition agency The Education Hotel. Instagram.


    Karen Hautz provides counselling support and skills-based coaching for adults and teenagers with dyslexia, autism and AD(H)D online and at her London office and works closely with parents and liaises with schools also.  


    Find out more about Karen’s work at www.dyslexia-achievement.com or call her for a free, informal 20 minute telephone chat on 07391698517 


    More teenage parenting tips from Helen Wills:


    There are lots more episodes of the Teenage Kicks podcast. You can email me on teenagekickspodcast@gmail.com. I’ve also got some posts on the blog that might help parents with other teenage parenting dilemmas, so do pop over to Actually Mummy if you fancy a read.


    Thank you so much for listening! Subscribe now to the Teenage Kicks podcast to hear all my new episodes. I'll be talking to some fabulous guests about difficult things that happened to them as teenagers - including losing a parent, becoming a young carer, and being hospitalised with mental health problems - and how they overcame things to move on with their lives.


    You can also find more from Helen Wills on parenting teenagers on Instagram and Twitter @iamhelenwills.


    For information on your data privacy please visit Podcast.co.


    Please note that Helen Wills is not a medical expert, and nothing in the podcast should be taken as medical advice. If you're wo

    • 53 min
    Teenage anxiety so bad it can kill, and how to avoid it, with Lorena Salazar

    Teenage anxiety so bad it can kill, and how to avoid it, with Lorena Salazar

    In this episode Helen Wills and Lorena Salazar talk about how stress can affect teenagers, the long-term implications of unmanaged worry, and how to support a teenager with anxiety.


    When Lorena was 14 she was diagnosed with gastritis, caused by stress. Eventually she was told she had a gastric ulcer, and by the time she was in college her anxiety was so bad it had affected her immune system, and infection had taken hold. Lorena almost died.


    I'm Helen Wills, and each week I talk to someone who went through a difficult time in their teenage years, but came through it in a good place. My guests offer insight and tips for parents of teens who might be going through similar, and hope for young people who need a light shining at the end of the tunnel.


    How anxiety begins in children:


    Worry is normal, but when it becomes long-term it can start to wear down a child's defences. Lorena talks about how her parents' separation and a move to a new school started with small worries, and progressed to physical symptoms of anxiety.


    Lots of teens suffer heightened anxiety around friendship issues, especially when they try to fit in with a popular group of peers. Lorena gives great self-confidence tips for teens on living according to your own needs rather than living up to the expectations of others.


    How to support a teenager with depression or anxiety:


    Lorena talks about


    how parents might struggle to help teens who don't think their parents really get ithow keeping consistent with offers of support pays off eventuallyhow teens need to feel ready to seek help before it will work for them.

    Eventually Lorena was able to see that there was a positive way out of her anxiety, and used therapy to recover and manage her feelings.


    There's also good advice for adults on how to avoid the competitive culture we live in that values productivity over wellness.


    Who is Lorena Salazar?


    Lorena Salazar is a wellness coach from Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is on a mission to help 1 million women with anxiety reclaim their power, feel confident and live joyful lives.


    In April 2021 Lorena is relaunching her free wellness accountability group for moms/mums. She says it's perfect for those who want to stay on track with their wellness goals and benefit from checking in with a group of like minded people.


    More teenage parenting tips from Helen Wills:


    There are lots more episodes of the Teenage Kicks podcast. You can email me on teenagekickspodcast@gmail.com. I’ve also got some posts on the blog that might help parents with other teenage parenting dilemmas, so do pop over to Actually Mummy if you fancy a read.


    Thank you so much for listening! Subscribe now to the Teenage Kicks podcast to hear all my new episodes. I'll be talking to some fabulous guests about difficult things that happened to them as teenagers - including losing a parent, becoming a young carer, and being hospitalised with mental health problems - and how they overcame things to move on with their lives.


    You can also find more from Helen Wills on parenting teenagers on Instagram and Twitter @iamhelenwills.


    For information on your data privacy please visit Podcast.co.


    Please note that Helen Wills is not a medical expert, and nothing in the podcast should be taken as medical advice. If you're worried about a teenager, please seek support from a medical professional.

    • 55 min
    What grooming looks like, and how to cope afterwards, with Emma Cantrell

    What grooming looks like, and how to cope afterwards, with Emma Cantrell

    *Trigger warning - episode contains references to sexual abuse.


    Has your teenager been groomed? Or are you a young person experiencing grooming? In this episode Emma Cantrell talks about her experience of grooming at the age of 12 over a number of years.


    What does grooming mean?


    The NSPCC defines grooming as follows:


    Grooming is when someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child or young person so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them. Children and young people who are groomed can be sexually abused, exploited or trafficked. Anybody can be a groomer, no matter their age, gender or race.

    What is grooming?


    Emma explains how grooming happened to her, and how it progressed to sexual abuse. Listen to the episode to hear how easily it can happen.

    What is online grooming and should parents be worried?


    Online grooming can be of great concern to parents, because it's often easier for a groomer's behaviour to go unnoticed. However it's important to remember that grooming happens in all kinds of situations, not just in an online arena.


    If you're worried about screen time or social media apps, this episode with digital parenting coach Elizabeth is reassuring.


    What are the signs of grooming?


    As a parent it's natural to worry when your child begins a relationship that could lead to sexual activity, but sometimes it's the less obvious connections that need to be examined.


    So how can parents spot the warning signs of grooming? Here are some of the signs of grooming behaviour you might like to keep in mind:


    being secretive about how they're spending their time, both online and offlinehaving an older boyfriend or girlfriendsuddenly having more money than usual, or new things like clothes and mobile phones that they can't or won't explaindrinking or taking drugsspending more or less time online or on their devices.

    What are the long term effects of grooming?


    Emma explains in the episode how the long term effects of grooming affected her through her adult life. Listen to hear how it impacted her at university and beyond, including her development of an eating disorder, as well as issues with self-esteem.


    Where to find help if you have experienced grooming


    The NSPCC has a really good page on groomingThere's also a great page on Childline UK for questions children might have about what

    Who is Emma Cantrell?


    Emma Cantrell is a charity founder and CEO, accidental runner and passionate Do Gooder. She has raised over £3m for small charities and can be found talking passionately about poverty, politics and her steadfast belief in the fundamental good in people to whoever will listen. She lives in Berkshire with her two children, Joni and Wilbur. 


    You can find out more about Emma here:


    First Days Children's CharityTwitter: @emmacantrell_Instagram: @emma_cantrell

    More teenage parenting tips:


    There are lots more episodes of the Teenage Kicks podcast. You can email me on teenagekickspodcast@gmail.com. I’ve also got some posts on the blog that might help parents with other teenage parenting dilemmas, so do pop over to Actually Mummy if you fancy a read.


    Thank you so much for listening! Subscribe now to the Teenage Kicks podcast to hear all my new episodes. I'll be talking to some fabulous guests about difficult things that happened to them as teenagers - including losing a parent, becoming a young carer, and being hospitalised with mental health problems - and how they overcame things to move on with their lives.


    You can also find more from me on parenting teenagers on Instagram and Twitter @iamhelenwills.


    For information on your data privacy please visit Podcast.co.


    Please note that I am not a medical expert, and nothing in the podcast should be taken as medical advice. If you're worried about a teenager, please seek support from a medical professional.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    How to deal with loneliness when you have a disability

    How to deal with loneliness when you have a disability

    Nathan Todd was born with cerebral palsy. He describes so charmingly how this affected him growing up.


    As he got older, he began to experience loneliness as a result of the labels others placed on him, including the adults around him.


    Nathan is now a connection coach, helping his clients to find meaningful connections with other people and combat loneliness in their lives.


    Nathan also campaigns against the labelling that happens to people with disabilities under the hashtag #nolabeldefinesme.


    Where to find Nathan


    Instagram @therealnathantoddClubhouse @realnathantoddYouTube No Label Live

    Listen to the podcast for tips if you're feeling judged, on the outside, or alone - whether you have a disability or not!


    More teenage parenting tips:


    There are lots more episodes of the Teenage Kicks podcast. You can email me on teenagekickspodcast@gmail.com. I’ve also got some posts on the blog that might help parents with other teenage parenting dilemmas, so do pop over to Actually Mummy if you fancy a read.


    Thank you so much for listening! Subscribe now to the Teenage Kicks podcast to hear all my new episodes. I'll be talking to some fabulous guests about difficult things that happened to them as teenagers - including losing a parent, becoming a young carer, and being hospitalised with mental health problems - and how they overcame things to move on with their lives.


    You can also find more from me on parenting teenagers on Instagram and Twitter @iamhelenwills.


    For information on your data privacy please visit Podcast.co.


    Please note that I am not a medical expert, and nothing in the podcast should be taken as medical advice. If you're worried about a teenager, please seek support from a medical professional.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Practical tips for GCSE Revision - ideas to help parents help their teens

    Practical tips for GCSE Revision - ideas to help parents help their teens

    How do you get the best GCSE results you can during Covid-19?


    If your child was expecting to be sitting GCSEs in 2021 the chances are they and you have been been feeling quite stressed since the announcement that GCSEs will not go ahead "as normal" in 2021.


    Teachers Emily and Paul Hughes answer the question of how to pass your GCSEs in straightforward terms:


    6 Tips to do well in GCSEs


    Impress your teachers.Be proactive. This means doing more than you need to.Use past papers. Testing yourself is one of the most effective ways of cementing your knowledge.Approach every test as if it's a final exam.Make a revision plan and stick to it.Make your revision effective. Work smarter, not harder.

    Where to find Emily and Paul


    You can find more from Emily and Paul on their website Parent Guide to GCSE, where you can download their free revision planner, or subscribe for their full service and receive weekly tips on supporting your child through their GCSEs. Or you can access the same information in Emily's book GCSE Survival Guide for Parents. 


     You can also join the Parent Guide to GCSEs community on Facebook.


    Emily and Paul also mentioned James Shone, who is a schools speaker.


    More teenage parenting tips:


    There are lots more episodes of the Teenage Kicks podcast. You can email me on teenagekickspodcast@gmail.com. I’ve also got some posts on the blog that might help parents with other teenage parenting dilemmas, so do pop over to Actually Mummy if you fancy a read.


    Thank you so much for listening! Subscribe now to the Teenage Kicks podcast to hear all my new episodes. I'll be talking to some fabulous guests about difficult things that happened to them as teenagers - including losing a parent, becoming a young carer, and being hospitalised with mental health problems - and how they overcame things to move on with their lives.


    You can also find more from me on parenting teenagers on Instagram and Twitter @iamhelenwills.


    For information on your data privacy please visit Podcast.co.


    Please note that I am not a medical expert, and nothing in the podcast should be taken as medical advice. If you're worried about a teenager, please seek support from a medical professional.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

Suze NJ ,

Insightful conversations

Love that this is stories from real people who have overcome challenges as teens and speak honestly about their struggles. Also they offer a roadmap to success.

It helps me reflect on how it is to be a teen, understand new environmental factors influencing today’s teens and also gives insight into things I never experienced personally that my kids are going through.

Helen is warm and asks the right questions and builds rapport with the guest and listeners. Highly recommended for all teens and their parents.

paleo in pgh ,

Awesome Show

Helen’s Podcast is full of such great advice for both adolescents growing up and their parents. She brings on guests that are either experts or have been through their own struggle and come out better on the other side. This allows the audience to really relate to the guests and the show!

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