Navigating the turbulent waters of raising a teenager is different now than when our parents raised us. With technology, they are exposed to so much more than they are ready for. We also are facing new challenges like the pandemic and societal issues.
In this episode, Marc Fienberg is going to teach us how to raise a teen in today’s world. He is the bestselling author of Dad’s Great Advice for Teens and we talk about the tough conversations we need to have with our kids. He tells us why we should encourage our kids to not focus on making us happy.
He also tells us how to get our kids to open up about sex, drugs, and other uncomfortable issues so that they can make the best decisions even when we aren’t around.
You have to change your strategies and reinvent yourself as a parent all the time.
It doesn’t matter that Marc Fienberg is an author, movie director, strategy consultant, entrepreneur, owner of The Great Advice Group, husband, and all-around nice guy. What matters is that he is the father of four kids, two of whom are teens. He has served as a life coach to his kids for more than sixteen years, and since none of them have been rushed to the emergency room or spent a night in jail yet, it seems like his Great Advice is working.
Dad’s Great Advice for Teens: Stuff Every Teen Needs to Know About Parents, Friends, Social Media, Drinking, Dating, Relationships, and Finding Happiness
Being a teen ain’t easy. Luckily, Dad’s Great Advice for Teens provides 25 short pieces of unorthodox Great Advice, filled with humor, wisdom, and inspirational quotes, to help teens:
- Build confidence
- Make good decisions
- Stay positive when problems arise
- Be productive with their time
- Take action toward their goals
- Develop close relationships
- Create new, positive habits
- Follow their passion
- Trust their gut
- Take smart risks
What You’ll Learn
Marc began writing advice for his own four kids who needed different guidance at different stages. Each would receive their own book of advice on their 13th birthday.
Marc’s career as a Hollywood director.
Push kids to find out what makes them happy.
Even though you share your genes with your parents. You don’t share your dreams with your parents.
What is a condom virgin?
No one waits till marriage anymore. Sex is an adult thing to do, because the repercussions are adult. Kids need to know the real consequences of disease and pregnancy.
How to reconnect with a teen who is drifting away from you.
Marc says the later he stays up with his kids, the more likely they are to share.
As a parent, you will get the most information when you don’t look at them.
Dealing with the pandemic
Don’t shield your kids from the news. They need to know how serious this is. People are dying.
How to give kids the tools they need to make good decisions when we’re not with them
Tell your kids to go with their gut. There is science behind the instincts we feel.
Talk to your kids about the bad decisions you’ve made. They can learn vicariously through your mistakes and it also helps them feel like they can be honest with you.
Marc Fienberg’s Link
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