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Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting

53 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

53 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

52: What Do Parents Need to Know About Edibles?

October 19th, 2021


Dr. Lisa offers a deep-dive into the world of edible marijuana and how to talk with your child about the dangers of trying edibles. Reena asks what’s the difference between CBD and THC? How does marijuana affect the …

Welcome to Ask Lisa!

October 14th, 2021


Raising kids can be a bumpy, stressful, and uncertain process – which is why Lisa’s podcast brings her sane, informed, and practical perspective to …

51: I Hate Nagging My Kids. What Else Works?

October 12th, 2021


At what age should kids be expected to manage their responsibilities without constant reminders? Dr. Lisa explains how parents can help kids remember …

50: How Do I Build My Kid’s Confidence and Self-Esteem?

October 5th, 2021


Where do confidence and self-esteem come from? What contributes to kids' highs and lows and how can parents help kids build a sturdy sense of self-esteem? Dr. Lisa describes the age at which self-esteem tends to drop …

49: Should My Teen Socialize With Unvaccinated Friends?

September 28th, 2021


A Mom writes in from the deep South with concerns about whether to allow her daughter to socialize with a good friend who is unvaccinated. Dr. Lisa discusses the importance of framing the issue around the child’s safety …

48: How Often Should I Be in Touch with My College Freshman?

September 21st, 2021


Getting into college is hard work. So how do you raise kids who will thrive once they get there? Dr. Lisa explains how parents can prepare their kids …

47: Should Teens Be Allowed to Drink at Home?

September 14th, 2021

Dr. Lisa and Reena get a letter from parents who are torn about allowing their underaged child to drink in their home. Dad wants the child to feel …

46: How Do You Help a Kid Who Shuts You Out?

September 7th, 2021


You’ve heard people say, “I want to get this off my chest,” but what if your kid doesn’t know how to express emotion? How do you get children and …

45: I Don't Like My Kid's Friends. What Do I Do?

August 31st, 2021


Is it ever too late to help your child rethink a friendship? How do you lay the groundwork to help children choose the right people to be in their lives? Dr. Lisa explains how the friends our kids chose can also give us …

44: Seriously?! How Do I Face Back-to-School 2021?

August 24th, 2021


Dr. Lisa Damour and Reena Ninan kick off Season Two of Ask Lisa by talking about how to cope with another school year under Covid-19. They tackle a …

43: What Should My Kids Do This Summer?

June 8th, 2021


Should we be pushing children and teens to make up for lost learning this summer? Or should we let them call the shots on how they spend their time? …

42: How Do I Talk to My Child About Racism? With Special Guest: Emmanuel Acho

June 1st, 2021


Lisa and Reena are joined by guest Emmanuel Acho, former NFL linebacker, current FoxSports analyst, host of the YouTube hit "Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man," and author of a book by the same name. Most …

41: How Do I Help My Kid Find Friends Again?

May 25th, 2021


The pandemic has disrupted our kids' social lives. What can parents do to help a child make new friends if they've withdrawn from their peers? How do we help kids who are reluctant to reach out, or who rub their …

40: My Kid’s Room Is a Hot Mess. What Should I Do?

May 18th, 2021


Should you be concerned if your child has a messy, disorganized room? A mom emails asking for advice on how to handle a kid's room that feels out of …

39: How Do I Get My Kids to Stop Fighting?

May 11th, 2021


After more than a year of being stuck at home in a pandemic, it’s no surprise siblings are getting on each other's nerves. Should parents step in - …

38: How Do I Teach My Kids About Consent?

May 4th, 2021


Talking to kids about their love lives can be uncomfortable, but discussing consent is one of the most important conversations to have with our children. Dr. Lisa explains why she feels that when we focus on consent, we …

37: How Do I Know If My Child Has an Eating Disorder?

April 27th, 2021


Experts are finding that the pandemic has led to an alarming rise in eating disorders. Dr. Lisa explains how eating disorders can sneak up on …

36: Helping Kids Manage Grief and Loss

April 20th, 2021


"If the pandemic is about anything, it's about loss,” says Dr. Lisa Damour. Grief can come in different forms - from losing a loved one, to mourning …

35: Sexy Social Media. Where Should Parents Draw the Line?

April 13th, 2021


How do you talk to kids about social media postings that might cross a line? What's the best way to start a conversation with your sons and daughters about what's too sexy for public consumption? A parent writes to Lisa …

34: How to Raise an Adult

April 6th, 2021


How do you prepare kids for life in the real world? Author Julie Lythcott-Haims joins Lisa and Reena for a conversation on the non-academic skills …

33: Encore Podcast: Toolbox for Terrible Times

March 30th, 2021


As we move into the next phase of this pandemic we take listeners back to an encore presentation of "Toolbox for Terrible Times: How to Manage …

32: Lying, Sneaking, Cheating. What Keeps Kids From Being Honest?

March 23rd, 2021


There are many reasons why kids lie to parents. Dr. Lisa gives several explanations for why kids sometimes don’t tell the truth and shares stories …

31: My Kid Looked at Porn. What Should I Do?

March 16th, 2021


Talking to a child about pornography might not be a conversation most parents think of having. However, by the age of sixteen, 90% of kids have looked at porn. Dr. Lisa Damour explains that kids' interest in sex is …

30: My Kids & I Have Hit a Wall. How Do We Keep Going?

March 9th, 2021


With the one year anniversary of the pandemic approaching there are reasons to be hopeful. The infection rates are dropping and more vaccines are …

29: How Do I Get My Kid Into Mindfulness?

March 2nd, 2021


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 …

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

February 23rd, 2021


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 …

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

February 16th, 2021


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 …

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

February 9th, 2021


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 …

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

February 2nd, 2021


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 …

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

January 26th, 2021


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 …

23: I Can’t Make Sense of America. What Do I Tell My Kids?

January 19th, 2021


It’s not always easy to be the grownup in the room. What are the teachable moments for our children as we watch alarming events unfold in Washington …

22: My Kid Hates Remote Learning. What Do I Do?

January 12th, 2021


Parents are finding it hard to get their children to feel motivated about school, especially when they are learning remotely. Dr. Lisa explains …

21: How Do I Hit the Reset Button for 2021?

January 5th, 2021


Lisa and Reena kick off the new year with a look at positive psychology. What is it and how exactly does it work? How do you stay positive when …

20: Kids & Covid: Pediatrician & Covid-19 Expert Dr. Cara Natterson Answers Your Questions

December 22nd, 2020


When can your kids get vaccinated? If my child has recovered from Covid-19, how long does immunity last? How do you know when it’s really safe to …

19: How Will the Pandemic Affect my Child Long-term?

December 15th, 2020


We like to think that time can heal a lot, but when do we need to worry about the pandemic's lasting impact on our children? Lisa introduces us to the concept of “ordinary magic” - protective processes that happen at …

18: Can Online Socializing Go Too Far?

December 8th, 2020


What’s the limit for children socializing online? Many kids use social media to connect with their friends and as an escape from the monotony of this pandemic. Lisa walks us through the pros and cons of being online - …

17: 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 …

16: 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 …

15: 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 …

14: 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 …

13: 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 …

12: 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 …

11: 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 …

10: 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 …

9: 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 …

8: 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 …

7: 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 …

6: 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 …

5: 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 …

4: 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 …

3: 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? …

2: 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 …

1: 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 …

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