30 episodes

Raising kids can be a bumpy, stressful, and uncertain process – which is why Dr. Lisa Damour is here to help. The New York Times Adolescence columnist and author of bestsellers Untangled and Under Pressure brings her sane, informed, and practical perspective to your timely and timeless parenting questions. Cohost Reena Ninan, a world-class journalist who has covered the White House while packing a breast pump, makes sure to get you the answers you need.

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    • Parenting

Raising kids can be a bumpy, stressful, and uncertain process – which is why Dr. Lisa Damour is here to help. The New York Times Adolescence columnist and author of bestsellers Untangled and Under Pressure brings her sane, informed, and practical perspective to your timely and timeless parenting questions. Cohost Reena Ninan, a world-class journalist who has covered the White House while packing a breast pump, makes sure to get you the answers you need.

    29: How Do I Get My Kid Into Mindfulness?

    29: How Do I Get My Kid Into Mindfulness?

    Finding time to quiet your mind can have real benefits for you and your child. Author, instructor, mom, and entrepreneur Mallika Chopra is our special guest. She says that meditation isn’t just repeating mantras - there are many other ways your kids can be mindful. Mallika also talks about her father Deepak Chopra and how he found meditation after going through his own personal struggles. Mindful eating is also discussed.

    Book Giveaway!!

    Enter to win one of 3 copies of Mallika Chopra's new book Just Be You being given away by @asklisapodcast.

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    Email your questions for Dr. Lisa to: asklisa@drlisadamour.com

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    • 29 min
    28: Bored, Sad, & Smoking Weed: How Do We Talk to Kids About Drug Use?

    28: Bored, Sad, & Smoking Weed: How Do We Talk to Kids About Drug Use?

    A parent writes in asking for help to address a teenager's marijuana use. Some teens are turning to drugs in this pandemic as they are looking for ways to cope with the sadness and boredom. Dr. Lisa explains what actually works in getting kids to stop using drugs and how to talk with kids in a way that's likely to keep them from becoming involved with drugs in the first place. Dr. Lisa talks about choices kids might make in the pandemic that could have irreversible consequences, while also offering tips on positive coping. Reena asks when adults should be concerned about their own behavior with regard to alcohol or marijuana use.

    BOOK GIVEAWAY:

    Thrivers: The Surprising Reason Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, by Dr. Michele Borba

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    Email your questions for Dr. Lisa to: asklisa@drlisadamour.com

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    • 26 min
    27: What Do I Do When Friends and Family Don't Share Our Covid Rules?

    27: What Do I Do When Friends and Family Don't Share Our Covid Rules?

    Should you speak up when you disagree with the approach other families are taking with their Covid rules? Reena discusses the latest news on the spread of the British mutation and Dr. Lisa describes the mental maneuvers we make when trying to rationalize behavior. How do we find peace when we feel uneasy with what other families are doing? And how do you talk with children about the fact that different families follow different rules?

    For Children Everywhere - “A Million Thanks” collects and sends millions of letters thanking and supporting our active, reserve, and veteran military. Generosity can come in the form of writing letters or sending art work - all your child needs to send is a picture or note. The organization does request a $1 donation for postage as they sort letters to get into the hands of those who need the mail the most:
    https://amillionthanks.org/

    Email your questions for Dr. Lisa to: asklisa@drlisadamour.com

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    • 25 min
    26: My Child is Turning Into a Teenager. How Do I Handle It?

    26: My Child is Turning Into a Teenager. How Do I Handle It?

    When kids hit thirteen they often become highly emotional. What happens in the brain and the body during this time? Dr. Lisa explains and also talks about the process of "separation-individuation" where young people seek to define their own identities - often by being hard on their folks.

    Parents sometimes assume that age thirteen is the beginning of adolescence. But is it really? And how can you help a tween or teen who's having an emotional meltdown? Dr. Lisa has good news: the intensity of early adolescence doesn’t last forever and there are effective things parents can do to manage bumpy moments with their teen.

    BOOK GIVEAWAY: 14 Talks By Age 14: The Essential Conversations You Need to Have with Your Kids Before They Start High School; by Michelle Icard

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    • 28 min
    25: How Do I Get My Smelly Teen to Shower?

    25: How Do I Get My Smelly Teen to Shower?

    How do you get kids to understand the importance of hygiene? A mom writes in that her son is making life unbearable at home because he refuses to take regular showers since he has spent much of the year learning remotely. Dr. Lisa explains the concept of habituation - the process of growing accustomed to sensory input - and discusses with Reena the science behind sensation and perception. Lisa offers strategies to help kids understand why they can't smell themselves and gives guidance on when, as a parent, it's time to lay down the law. Reena and Lisa also talk about the sweet smell of success. Reena’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers made it to the Super Bowl. What life lessons can Tom Brady and Gronk teach us from the football field?

    Lisa's 1/29/29 article in The New York Times: Helping a Teen Who Is Angry About House Rules on Covid

    BOOK GIVEAWAY: Dr. Cara Natterson's books on puberty: "The Care & Keeping of You" (Book 1 for younger girls & Book 2 for older girls) and "Guy Stuff." Enter to win one set of all 3 books being given away by @asklisapodcast.


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    2. Tag a friend and leave a comment (on Instagram/Facebook)
    3. Enter as many times as you'd like
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    (Give-away is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram/Facebook. It will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on 2/8/21. Winners will be chosen at random and will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the give-away. Books will be mailed to the winners.)


    Additional resources: https://www.drlisadamour.com/

    Ask Lisa is produced by Www.GoodTroubleProductions.com

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @AskLisaPodcast, @LDamour, @ReenaNinan

    • 28 min
    24: My Daughter Is Questioning Her Gender. What Do I Do?

    24: My Daughter Is Questioning Her Gender. What Do I Do?

    A single mom writes in feeling worried because her daughter is questioning her gender. Dr. Lisa explains what we understand about gender identity and sexual orientation, and offers advice on what to do when you are at an impasse with your child. Parents often feel they need to drive the bus on getting to a desired outcome, but that's not usually the best approach. Lisa and Reena talk about how to think with your child about complex and delicate topics, and Lisa explains what teenagers really respect in adults. She also discusses research she uncovered about the parent-child relationship while writing Untangled that might surprise you.

    Lisa's 10/7/20 book review in The New York Times: 'Tomboy’ Looks at Gender Roles, and Role-Playing, Through the Ages

    BOOK GIVEAWAY:

    Dr. Lisa Damour’s “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood.”

    Enter to win one of 3 copies being given away by @asklisapodcast.

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    3. Enter as many times as you'd like

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    (Give-away is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram/Facebook. It will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on 2/1/21. Winners will be chosen at random and will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the give-away. Books will be mailed to the winners.)

    Additional resources: https://www.drlisadamour.com/

    Ask Lisa is produced by Www.GoodTroubleProductions.com

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @AskLisaPodcast, @LDamour, @ReenaNinan

    • 27 min

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