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Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting

29 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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28: Bored, Sad, & Smoking Weed: How Do We Talk to Kids About Drug Use?

February 23rd, 2021

26:40

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

25:57

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

28:31

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

28:12

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

27:46

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

28:39

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

28:09

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

26:32

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

28:57

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

25:36

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

30:32

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

30:00

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

28:59

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

28:03

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

27:20

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

28:30

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

26:05

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

27:03

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

31:23

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

31:09

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

29:44

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

30:32

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

28:18

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

25:55

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

25:33

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

26:40

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

25:38

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

25:50

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 …

Trailer

July 29th, 2020

1:39

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

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