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Raising Teenagers

What is going on in the teenage brain?

As children become teenagers, their brains undergo a transformational period of development that can impact mood, sleep patterns and attitudes to risk. They can challenge even the calmest of parents with aloof, baffling, stressful or worrying behaviour.  A better understanding of these changes can help you adapt your parenting style, navigate your way through problems and difficult situations and build a better relationship with your teenager. While teenagers might need support with decision making and planning, it is also a period of great opportunity for learning and creativity. This Pod will help you make the most of these precious years.

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Teenage Brain

(43 mins)

Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by impressionist Rory Bremner, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Professor of Zoology at Manchester University Matthew Cobb to look at the working of the teenage brain, and why teenagers are so, well, teenagery.




Teenage Fashion Statements

(13 mins)

How do we handle conflicts over clothes and fashion with our teens.  It can become a real battleground when they insist on wearing outfits that we see as inappropriate, immodest and revealing. Join Rob Parsons, Katharine Hill and  Sarah Long as they deliberate this hot topic.


Arguing With Your Teenager

(52 mins)

Parenting teens and young adults in today’s world presents huge challenges and the Mighty Parenting podcast provides solutions. Podcast host Sandy Fowler and guest Laurie Warren discuss the truth about arguing and how parents can handle it in a way that actually helps their teenager. Laurie gives us insights into handling the actual situation and what we can do in between to foster connection with our teenagers while managing the relationship


Postcards From Midlife – Alicia Drummond

(44 mins )

Trish and Lorraine delve into midlife issues and consult the experts on parenting teenagers during the great midlife unravelling. in this episode they speak to teen-parenting expert Alicia Drummond about how to set boundaries and tackle the most tricky and sticky situations our adolescent children put us through.




The Mysterious Working of the Adolescent Brain

(14 mins)

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.


Author Simon Sinek on Millennials

(16 mins)

Author Simon Sinek on the millennial generation who are accused of being entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused and lazy – also a great motivational video for teenagers.



Parenting teenagers


Parenting teenagers can be challenging and many parents find it hard to adapt to changes in their child’s behaviour as they grow up. Here you’ll find lots of practical advice from Relate on how to deal with common teen issues.

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Seven things parents should know about adolescent behaviour


The moods, the inability to get out of bed in the morning, the embarrassment of being around parents. We’ll all recognise these common teenage behaviours. But why do adolescents act in these ways?

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