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Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting

18 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Lisa Damour/Good Trouble ProductionsWebsite

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 que… read more

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How Do I Get My Kid To Open Up?

December 1st, 2020


How do you approach your child when you know they may be struggling but won’t open up? Lisa shares what she learned when she asked teens why they sometimes clam up around their parents. Lisa and Reena consider how much …

How Do You Handle Holidays in a Pandemic?

November 24th, 2020


Navigating the holidays under Covid has its own pressures. A season that should be marked by joy is being met with sadness and loss by so many. Lisa …

How Has the Pandemic Changed College Admissions?

November 17th, 2020


High school seniors are feeling the disruption of the pandemic as they tackle the college admissions process.  How do we help them manage these …

Dads & Daughters, Mothers & Sons: How Does Gender Shape Parenting?

November 10th, 2020


How do dads differ from moms when it comes to raising kids? Lisa unpacks the research on the different roles each parent plays while pointing out …

How Do I Motivate My Kid to Do Homework?

November 3rd, 2020


Students are finding it hard to focus on school in the midst of a pandemic. But laying a good foundation for how homework gets done is a skill that …

What Can Kids Learn from a Tense Election?

October 27th, 2020


How can parents help children cultivate the ability to have tough conversations? How do we teach tolerance? Lisa explains the building blocks of …

Where's the Line Between Being Healthy and Having an Eating Disorder?

October 20th, 2020


Eating concerns are an issue in many families, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic. What should a parent look out for? When is it time to be …

How Do I Parent When I Feel Like I’m Drowning?

October 13th, 2020


Parents are faced with new pressures under Covid-19, and many of us are barely holding it together. When does having personal struggles translate …

What to Do When Kids Don’t Listen: Advice for Threenagers to Teenagers

October 6th, 2020


What really works when kids just won’t listen? Dr. Lisa explains there are two different mental states that parents should toggle between — warm …

Apathetic, Cranky, Frustrated: Dealing with Kids' Distress About School

September 29th, 2020


What should parents do when their kids are fed up and unhappy about school? Psychologists are witnessing the rise of emotional distress in children …

When Is Anxiety a Disorder? When Does Sadness Become Depression?

September 22nd, 2020


Anxiety often serves as a normal and useful warning system - an emotional alarm that rings when something isn't right. Lisa discusses the difference …

Will the Pandemic Disrupt My Kid’s Social Development?

September 15th, 2020


When should parents hit the panic button over their child’s social development? A mom writes in about her shy, introverted teen, wondering if her …

Toolbox for Terrible Times: Managing Helplessness and Hopelessness

September 8th, 2020


How do we get through the pandemic without losing our minds? Lisa offers parents four distinct tools to help ourselves and our children through these …

Helping Kids Eat Well and Stay Active Under Covid-19

September 1st, 2020


How do we encourage our kids to be active when they want to couch surf? Lisa tackles a listener’s question about a tween who has become sedentary …

How to Deal with Conflict While Stuck at Home

August 28th, 2020


Conflict is unavoidable. Having a strategy can help. Divorce rates have increased in some countries under lockdown from Covid-19. When can a relationship not be repaired? How do we teach our kids to deal with conflict? …

Back to School During Coronavirus

August 24th, 2020


Uncertainty surrounds this school year amid all the Covid-19 news. Dr. Lisa talks about what families need most as they juggle working from home and …

Parenting During a Pandemic

August 24th, 2020


How can you tell when your child is not coping well during this Covid-19 pandemic? Dr. Lisa breaks down what to watch for in a child’s behavior. How much screen time is bad for a child’s brain? She also explains the …


July 29th, 2020


Welcome to ASK LISA: The parenting podcast co-hosted by psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour and journalist Reena Ninan.

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