This week is a brief solo episode from Dr. John Duffy, who wanted to take a minute to talk about the fragility of young life in today's world. It has never been more important for parents to understand that they were essentially "never a teenager" in today's world, that their world is full of perils that are very different from what we experienced growing up, and how leading with empathy is perhaps the best thing we can do for them.
Today we are talking about how crucial it is that you say the words. And they don't come easy to everyone. But find a way to focus on what matters. Your kid's well-being and maybe their life depends on it (pardon the occasional audio crackles - we think they might be exclamation points from the Universe).
Today, we are weighing in on some fantastic listener questions! How do we know the difference between normal vs more serious anxiety issues/problems associated with the new school year? And how do we keep from overreacting to the former in a way that might turn them into the latter? How do we stay in touch with our college kids without being annoying? Is it ok to tell your kids about the article in Newsweek about the boy who lost his sight because he only ate junk food? How do I get my son to share with me what's going on in school - from general things to what's going on socially? Here's our two cents!