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Parenting teens and young adults today is a huge challenge. Sandy Fowler brings help as she interviews experts, shares stories and gets real digging into relevant topics such as stress, anxiety, bullying, social media, peer pressure, healthy coping strategies, learning disabilities, communication, parenting strategies, and so much more. The Mighty Parenting podcast goes upstream and focuses on sharing information that families, educators and mentors can use to empower kids in an effective way.
 
Our interview today, is Tonya Pomerantz, founder of Puddlejump Coaching and author of Unlock Your Future: The 7 Keys to Success; a roadmap of effective strategies to help young people navigate the twists and turns of adulthood. In her work as a coach, she is keenly aware of the stressors facing our young adults making their way to Adulting.
 
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There are many conversations we need and want to have with our teens and talking to our kids about sex is one of them. There’s a lot they need to know and one aspect of this conversation that often gets overlooked is sexual consent. Parents often don’t realize they need to talk about consent. Even when they do, they don’t know the ins and outs and …
 
Parents want our children to grow up to be happy. We want them to be able to handle whatever life throws at them and still thrive. That requires certain skills. Angela Karanja knows what skills this requires and how parents can teach them to their teenagers. She joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler in a conversation about the 5 habits o…
 
Today we’re talking about coming out. For most parents this is uncharted territory. What does it look like? What does it mean? What if I’m uncomfortable with it? How can I navigate this? How can I love my child through this? Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler talks to John Sovec to help parents understand the coming out process. John provid…
 
When we’re waiting for our little bundles of joy to show up in our lives we dream; we dream about holding them, spending time with them, and enjoying a great relationship when they’re all grown up. We don’t dream about teens lying to parents, manipulating, arguing, or teens talking back. These are some of the more challenging behavior problems we e…
 
Today we're talking to you like you are our little sister. We're giving you all the best advice we have when it comes to avoiding losers. You have our permission to stop going on dates with a guy you don't like. Questions? Leave us an audio message on https://achor.fm/catholiclatenight If you'd like more information on courtship, check out Fr. Ripp…
 
We generally think of leadership in teens as being president of a student organization or captain of a team. But leadership goes far beyond those boundaries. It can show up in myriad ways in everyday life for our kids. And why do we care about it? Yes, every college is asking about leadership and it’s on every scholarship application, but other tha…
 
Two things parents often ask are how to calm the chaos and how to stop nagging their teenager. After all, no-one wants to live in a pig sty or constantly nag their teen. Focusing on home management is one way to stop the nagging—and you get a clean home too! The real surprise here is you’ll be teaching life skills and strengthening your relationshi…
 
Patrick and John discuss the conversion of Milo Yiannopoulos and how we can all face the temptations and surrender to Christ. Surrender Novena! https://catholicexchange.com/the-surrender-novena-let-jesus-take-care-of-everything Episode with Dr. Greg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zi93__SIDg And another one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj4D14…
 
Pornography is something our parents typically didn’t discuss with us as we grew up, other than some backhanded comments or telling us to avoid it. Nor was it as prevalent as it is today. Plus, the nature of porn has changed dramatically and there’s science to show it impacts our children’s brains. Megan Maas joins Mighty Parenting Podcast host San…
 
Am I gay? Patrick and John interview Fr. Colin Blatchford, associate director of Courage International, tackling the question of gender identity and same-sex relationships. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/catholiclatenight/message
 
Whether our teens are stumbling around or truly driven, they will run into obstacles. Oftentimes those obstacles stop them in their tracks and that can be frustrating for everyone. They feel defeated and we feel frustrated. So what can we do to help them eliminate excuses and overcome obstacles? Today’s guest, Summer Owens, knows exactly what to do…
 
Will I feel this way forever? Why is young love so painful? Patrick and John reminisce to when they first fell in love and how different things become once you get married. Lucky for us things have only gotten better. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/catholiclatenight/message
 
We hear a lot about drinking and drug usage in teens and twenty somethings but is it something to worry about with your child? And what if I know my child has a problem? What do I do then? Richard Capriola joins Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler to discuss drinking, drugs, substance abuse and addiction in teenagers. He helps us understand …
 
There’s something that’s been an issue for women for years—body image. Very few women or girls express being happy with their bodies. Some are okay with it or feel they have come to terms with it, but they aren’t happy with it. And it isn’t just a weight issue; skin tone, scarring, disabilities and many other things make girls feel “less than” and …
 
If you don't know your role you're going to have a really hard time being at peace. God has given us natural beautiful roles that we were designed for. When we go against those roles you start running into problems. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/catholiclatenight/message
 
Strong love skills are essential for any relationship. We need them to create connection and strengthen our relationship with our teenager, and we need them to help our romantic relationship go the distance. And, one of the best ways we can help our children have a strong relationship in their adulthood is to model that now. With Valentine’s Day ar…
 
Community is really helpful for living a great Catholic life. It's important to surround yourself with like-minded people who will encourage you in your struggles and provide feedback and different perspectives as you grow in your faith. Patrick and John discuss how Catholics can build communities and what is really important for staying strong in …
 
Is your teenager intense? Handling challenging behavior in teenagers can leave parents floundering. We wonder how to help them, how to motivate them, and maybe contemplate whether any discipline will have an impact. Christine Abrahams understands this and helps parents learn how to develop a deep and loving relationship with the most intense child.…
 
A simpleton's guide to Trusting God. We all have our problems and no person is the same as someone else. We've realized that there isn't just some one-size-fits all gold pill for fixing your problems. Every Saint has their own spirituality and path to God—what's you're going to be. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/catholiclatenight/me…
 
Our teens can lock themselves away in their rooms, loose their desire to participate or achieve, lose their zest for life, become angry or moody. They can experience panic attacks and anxiety. We see that behavior and start wondering what to do about it, how to fix our kid. And all of these behaviors or outward signs can come from emotional pain. O…
 
We live in a world that considers morality and “niceness” to be the same thing. So many people live morally bankrupt lives, but consider themselves to be “good” people. Patrick and John discuss what is means when St. Paul says “the wages of sin is death,” and how daily sins are literally killing us. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ca…
 
Procrastination in teens can cause problems for them and frustration for you. You clearly see what they need to do and can't understand why they aren't doing it. Maybe they look lazy or ambivalent. And procrastinating has real consequences. Nagging and pushing hasn't helped so what can you do? Expert Leslie Josel talks to Mighty Parenting host Sand…
 
Vaping is here and parents wonder what we need to know about vaping. What is it? Is it safe? Is it a real problem or is it not a big deal if our teens vape once in a while? Why are they doing it? What is the truth? Sandy Fowler interviews Dr. Kandi Walker to answer these questions and, most importantly, understand what our kids think about vaping, …
 
Parents wonder why teenagers do the things they do. When we struggle with them, it can leave us scratching our heads and wondering. Part of the reason is they may see the world differently than you do. We each have our own fears and beliefs that impact how we see things and how we react. Another issue may be your ability to respond to a situation r…
 
Are you using the New Year to get more of what you want from life? Do you wish both you and your teenager would be more successful with your resolutions? Sandy Fowler talks about New Year resolutions for moms and teens in this episode of the Mighty Parenting podcast. She shares a common problem her clients have faced when making resolutions and her…
 
Seeing our kids struggle is heart breaking for parents. In fact, it can be one of the hardest things for parents to do. It’s why they jump in where they shouldn’t and do more for their kids than is healthy. Parents want to protect their kids, to simply wave a magic wand to give them a perfectly wonderful life. While there isn’t a magic wand, there …
 
Are you dealing with a teen who’s slamming doors and having big emotional outbursts, who’s angry or endlessly scrolling their phone? Or a child who is indecisive, even about basic decisions? These are common behaviors for an anxious teenager. If you are parenting an anxious child, you are far from alone. You are part of a very big and growing club!…
 
Devices and technology are an integral part of our teens’ live (and ours!). They ping and ding, grab our attention, interfere in our sleep, and impact our relationships. Those are the concerns we commonly hear about. But what about the good they do for us? Is it possible to live with technology in a healthy way? Kai Hersher says yes. Kai joins Migh…
 
Do you ever feel compelled to snoop on your kids, spouse or partner? Does it make you crazy when your child spends tons of time with friends or in activities and doesn't have time for you? Are you ever worried about losing the connection you have with someone? These feelings are normal. They stem from jealousy and they can harm our relationships. L…
 
Teen health plays an integral role in our children's happiness. Today's technology, youth sports, and more are impacting our children's health and the ability for their nervous and immune systems to function optimally. Find out what we need to aware of in sports, what tech neck is and why you want to prevent it in your teen. Dr. Sandy Martin addres…
 
When we’re asked what we want for our kids, parents say we want them to be happy. The thing we don’t think about is the role finances play in that. There are money lessons teens must know in order to live life on their terms, meet their goals, and follow their dreams. What do they need to know? What lessons should we teach them? Mighty Parenting po…
 
Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t get along with your teen? Are they exhibiting a behavior that you just can’t get them to change? Teen behavior problems are one of the top reasons parents listen to the Mighty Parenting podcast. What if that behavior isn’t really a problem? What if that difficult temperament in your teenager could get much …
 
Kids in larger bodies often have to deal with weight stigma and bullying. This is heart breaking for parents to see. We want to step in and make things better for our child. But how do we do that? Adolescent eating disorder psychotherapists Zoë Bisbing and Leslie Bloch help parents and teens with this every day. They join Mighty Parenting podcast h…
 
Parents often talk about behavior problems or strained relationships with their teenager. While there are many potential contributing factors for those issues, if your teen is stressed, tired, or worn out then anything they are struggling with will be exacerbated. If you are stressed, tired, or worn out then it can strain your relationship with you…
 
Scott Williams founded a company that puts saints on socks. They've since grown into selling shirts, masks and other fun things that spread the faith. We talk about not taking yourself too seriously and what it means to share your faith.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/catholiclatenight/message…
 
Everything is going along fine then our kids hit middle school and girl drama happens. Now there’s a daily report on who said what to whom. The big news of the day is who is mad, who is their friend, and who they sat with at lunch. While relationships are always important, the teen years are a time when girls’ friendships are essential and yet they…
 
We are graced today by the presence of Father Dwight Longenecker who talks about how he became a screenwriter, a priest, joined Catholicism and what he has to share in his new book: Immortal Combat. Get up and do something with your life! Bring the Lord's Light, Truth and Beauty into the world.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/catholic…
 
Do you have an unmotivated teenager? An unhappy one? It turns out motivation and happiness go hand-in-hand with purpose. But we don't focus on purpose with our teens. It starts when they’re little and we ask our kids what they want to be when they grow up. As they enter high school we start asking about colleges and careers. But it turns out we’re …
 
(This is a re-posting of Monday's episode as the audio file was cutting off the last 12 minutes of the interview. If you already listened and were cut off you can skip ahead. I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.) Teens can be difficult, withdrawn, or moody during the best of times and these are not the best of times. Our teens and twenty…
 
Everyone is called to leadership in some way. Being a leader does not mean you are a Sith Lord, or even the president of some company. Being a great leader is how you treat people and how you lead them towards being better humans.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/catholiclatenight/message…
 
Today we are talking about the influence of media on your mind. Dr. Staudt shares the curious idea of getting rid of your television and perhaps even your smart phone. Is there TV that is good for you? What is a Catholic's responsiblity with media? All this and more in tonights great episode.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/catholicla…
 
Talking to our kids about sex and sexuality can be difficult or uncomfortable, and it doesn't end with "The Talk". You aren't broken if you don't know how to talk to your kid about puberty, bodies and sex. Feeling awkward and unsure just means you haven't been shown how to talk or given the right information to talk about. When that conversation mo…
 
Today’s show is about parenting a teen who is addicted to drugs. Not someone who’s in recovery or has moved through recovery, but a child who is actively abusing drugs. It’s not a pretty topic and many would say it’s not an uplifting one but this show is uplifting because we are all here to understand; to understand what other parents are going thr…
 
So many men run from the priesthood. It's a scary thing to give your life to the Lord, but that's the whole point of life anyway. Whether you get married and have kids or become a crazy cat lady, God has a plan for us and we should not ignore it.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/catholiclatenight/message…
 
Are you living with a surly teenager? An unmotivated teenager? Feeling guilty because you don’t want to spend more time with your family? Months of living with the stress of a Covid lifestyle has taken a toll on families. Parents are frustrated, simply d-o-n-e and facing parental burnout. Even when we take the time to use our stress-relief strategi…
 
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