Episodes
Human bodies aren’t designed to live with chronic stress, and yet these days, so many do. Including kids. This episode explains the physiology of the stress response, what happens in tween and teen bodies in particular, and steps to manage it. Show Notes:  *Note: This episode tethers to a newsletter article for our membership – if you want to receive deep dive articles, join at Less Awkward Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for...
Published 05/24/24
Published 05/24/24
Disordered eating and eating disorders – two separate issues along a single continuum – are widespread among tweens and teens. While these struggles aren’t new, rates are up and people are talking about them more openly. This episode starts by defining terminology like anorexia, bulimia, bingeing, purging, bigorexia, and orthorexia. Then we get into all of the reasons why kids (and adults) might experience one or more. Show Notes: Center for Emotional Wellness Join our LESS AWKWARD...
Published 05/21/24
A listener asks: Is it ok to snoop through your kid’s phone? And if you do, and then you find something surprising or worrying, what next? We cover the complexities of talking to kids when information was gathered while spying on them.  Show Notes: Join our LESS AWKWARD MEMBERSHIP  Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for 10% off your purchase. Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off your order. Get 25%...
Published 05/17/24
This sounds negative, but it’s not: helping kids to avoid failure is a major parenting goal. They need to learn to handle setbacks in order to navigate life. Educator and author of 8 Setbacks that Can Make a Child a Success, Michelle Icard, g0es beyond managing kids’ failure to making space for healthy risk taking. Show Notes: Join our LESS AWKWARD MEMBERSHIP  Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for 10% off your purchase. Go to...
Published 05/14/24
Ah, the first pancake: it’s either overcooked, undercooked, or somehow both simultaneously. Every parent (and grandparent, too!) lives a steep learning curve the first time through, racking up a long list of what and how they could have done better. But there’s also a silver lining as we all get better at the job over time. This episode is about letting go of the guilt we feel when we make mistakes, instead leaning into a parenting growth mindset. Show Notes: Join our LESS AWKWARD...
Published 05/10/24
Trailblazing integrative pediatrician and author of Healthy Kids, Happy Kids Elisa Song has long been a deep believer in the brain-gut connection. Her two decades in functional medicine have made her a leading voice… you’ll understand why when you hear how she explains the gut microbiome to the youngest kids and connects it to issues like teen anxiety for the older ones.  Show Notes: Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for 10% off...
Published 05/07/24
A listener wrote in asking: if I give my kid a hard “no” answer to something I know they really want to do, am I just setting them up to go behind my back and do it anyway? Limit setting would be so much easier if it were black and white. This episode explores the gray area of boundary-setting so that adults can remain in conversation with the kids they’re desperately trying to keep safe. Show Notes: Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code...
Published 05/03/24
Author and economist Emily Oster covers all the ways to apply data to thoughtful decisions, from wellness to managing illness. There’s science all around us, but sometimes so many numbers that we feel overwhelmed. Emily to the rescue. Show Notes: Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for 10% off your purchase. Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off your order. Get 25% off your first order of Phyla, when...
Published 04/30/24
Odors make a grand entrance as bodies grow and change. This episode covers everything from how we smell (olfaction) to how we smell (stinky or delicious). There are lots of specific ways to prevent potent odors on increasingly sweaty, oily, hairy bodies — we dig into many of them.  Show Notes: Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for 10% off your purchase. Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off your...
Published 04/26/24
Menopause maven Dr. Mary Claire Haver, author of The New Menopause, joins us to debunk myths and educate listeners about some of the big topics like: hormone therapy treatment, the data on estrogen, and new ways to approach this complex stage of life that so often intersects with puberty. Show Notes: Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for 10% off your purchase. Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off...
Published 04/23/24
Recent news highlights troubling trends in sex, like sexual strangulation (often called choking). Acknowledgment of sexual aggression among teens and young adults — and they report lots of it — has motivated many adults to engage in conversations about sexual mores with the kids in their lives… not one of the sex talks they ever imagined having. This episode provides some initial ways into those conversations. Show Notes: Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY...
Published 04/19/24
Managing technology use is one of the steepest climbs in the modern age. It’s true for ourselves, and goes double for kids we care about. Dr. Michael Rich, author of The Mediatrician’s Guide and founder/director of the Digital Wellness Lab, frames the current issues and then offers calm, thoughtful advice. Show Notes: Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for 10% off your purchase. Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50...
Published 04/16/24
In this live recording, Dr. Aliza Pressman offers actionable and realistic ways to build resilience in kids (and ourselves). Her advice, grounded in the fundamental principles of developmental psychology, adds a joyful and humorous twist! Show Notes: Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for 10% off your purchase. Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off your order. Get 25% off your first order of Phyla,...
Published 04/12/24
Substance use and abuse education is critical to keeping kids healthy and safe through adolescence and beyond. We’re joined by bestselling author and teacher Jessica Lahey who combines the best research about teen brains with clear how-to-advice. This episode is so rich with science and data, you’ll revisit this episode down the road.  Show Notes: Go to magicspoon.com/PUBERTY to save $5 Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for 10% off your purchase. Go to...
Published 04/09/24
Artificial intelligence – and especially ChatGPT – have been ascendant this year. This episode asks (humans) about all the ways this technology has rapidly integrated into our lives. Suddenly there are a whole host of conversations to have with kids about the use of AI, in school and beyond. Show Notes: Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for 10% off your purchase. Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off your order. Get 25% off your first order...
Published 04/05/24
Navigating the intersection of autism and puberty requires a combination of scientific information, shared vocabulary, and sensitivity to everything from learning style to temperament to neurodiversity type. Hear the guidance of neuropsychologist Dr. Donna Henderson, who is passionate about identifying and supporting autistic individuals.  Show Notes: Visit Bioptimizers.com/PUBERTY and use code PUBERTY10 for 10% off your purchase. Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get...
Published 04/02/24
Move over sex and drugs, there’s a new hot topic to add to the list of the zillion talks you’ll have with the kids in your life: gambling. It’s time to start conversations about everything from online gambling sites to gaming platforms to fantasy sports leagues. Plus the fact that kid-targeted phone-based apps offer lots of entry points into the world of wagering.  Show Notes: Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off your order. Get 25% off your first order of...
Published 03/29/24
Let go of your assumptions about adolescents – it’s time for a reframe! Author and researcher Ellen Galinsky has spent decades studying societal questions – particularly about kids and their families – and offering actionable advice. She sees adolescence as a time for opportunity, creativity and positive change. This episode will have you positively giddy from Ellen’s insights, optimism, and positivity. Show Notes: Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off your...
Published 03/26/24
Changing bodies plus individuation plus warming temperatures. Springtime is a time kids begin to make new choices about what they wear. Some feel insecure, some feel super confident, and some are looking to reflect the latest trends… adults often have lots of opinions about all of it. Show Notes: Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off your order. Get 25% off your first order of Phyla, when you visit PhylaBiotics.com and use the code PUBERTY at checkout! Order...
Published 03/22/24
The college admissions process starts almost as early as puberty does! Okay, not quite… but it can feel that way. It’s ever-evolving, as mystifying as it is complex. Joining us to make sense of it all and reframe the insanity is journalist and author of Who Gets In and Why, college admissions expert Jeff Selingo. Show Notes: Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off your order. Get 25% off your first order of Phyla, when you visit PhylaBiotics.com and use the code...
Published 03/19/24
Nicotine ranks up there with heroin and cocaine on the list of most addictive substances. And yet it has been folded into daily routine life, making it a substance that is both abused and normalized. We dive into the delivery devices for nicotine – explaining the evolution from cigarettes to smokeless tobacco in the form of vapes, chew, and nicotine pouches – and then examine why this substance works differently in developing tween and teen brains.  Show Notes: Go to...
Published 03/15/24
Kids’ chronic headaches can be one of the most frightening, mystifying, and frustrating issues parents face. To help us understand headaches, particularly migraines and why teen girls (and women) are so prone to them, is pediatric neurologist and headache medicine specialist Dr. Daniel Noam Lax.  Show Notes: Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off your order. Get 25% off your first order of Phyla, when you visit PhylaBiotics.com and use the code PUBERTY at...
Published 03/12/24
In a world that fears or reviles teen girls, Chelsey Goodan, seasoned tutor and author of Underestimated, offers powerful insights into what we get wrong about teen girls. Relying on the voices and perspectives of the girls themselves, Chelsey offers a new way forward for supporting and empowering the girls in our lives. Show Notes: Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off your order. Get 25% off your first order of Phyla, when you visit PhylaBiotics.com and use...
Published 03/08/24
Youth is marked by the feeling that anything is possible, a readiness to take on the world. And then somewhere along the way, many of us lose that feeling. Photographer and New York Times bestselling author Kate Parker has captured the feeling of unstoppability in her new book, Force of Nature. She shares how she found inspiration in young women across the country, and how we might rediscover it in ourselves.  Show Notes: Go to FACTORMEALS.COM/puberty50 and use code puberty50 to get 50% off...
Published 03/05/24