The Puberty Podcast

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THE PUBERTY PODCAST weaves together scientific research, parenting strategies, and hilarious stories to help guide adults who are raising kids through puberty. Each episode takes on one piece of this messy journey, offering both kids and adults practical, actionable advice. Join Dr. Cara Natterson and Vanessa Kroll Bennett -- puberty experts in the midst of parenting their own tweens and teens -- for the WHAT and the HOW of getting through adolescence.

Episode Date
The Battle Over How Kids Present Themselves
48:03

Everything from the clothes kids wear to their desire for makeup, piercings, tattoos, certain hairstyles and hair colors can generate stress, conflict, and drama at home. We explore why different generations see self-expression differently and how to communicate our way through it.

 

A transcript of today's episode is available below:

Transcription of today's episode

 

Shownotes:

 

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May 17, 2022
Advice from Famous Sex Educator Shafia Zaloom
01:05:52

Shafia Zaloom, author of Sex, Teens and Everything in Between, joins us for an eye-opening and reassuring conversation about teen sexuality, communication and vulnerability. 

 

Shownotes:

 

Shafia Zaloom's Website

Instagram Shafia Zaloom

Making Caring Common "The Talk"

 

Dynamo Girl Puberty Workshop Registration

 

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May 10, 2022
How to Negotiate with Your Kid
38:38

There is an endless list of points of contention between adults and tweens + teens: curfew, allowance, screen time, piercings…and on and on. This episode explores how to come up with rules and limits on these issues while making them palatable to our kids, in other words, making our rules seem like their idea.

 

Shownotes:

 

Dynamo Girl Puberty Workshop Registration

 

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May 03, 2022
Puberty Meets Perimenopause with Monica Corcoran Harel
38:43

The brilliant and hilarious Monica Corcoran Harel, writer and founder of Pretty Ripe, paints the picture of what her household looks like as her daughter experiences puberty and she enters perimenopause, or what she calls “puberty in reverse.”

 

Shownotes:

Pretty Ripe Newsletter

Pretty Ripe on IG

Jen Gunter "Menopause Manifesto"

 

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Apr 26, 2022
Hair, Hair Everywhere
55:22

Everything you ever wanted to know about when and where hair grows as kids’ bodies change, the social and emotional implications of sprouting on different parts of the body, and how to handle conversations about keeping vs. getting rid of all this new hair.

 

Shownotes:

 

Andrew Goldberg On The Puberty Podcast

 

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Apr 19, 2022
When Puberty Doesn’t Go As Expected
46:32

This special episode with Washington Post columnist Meghan Leahy and her daughter, Sophia Rasevic, walks through a family’s atypical puberty journey. Though Meghan is a parenting expert, in this episode she wears her “mom hat'' as she and Sophia share the experience of Sophia’s diagnosis with a condition that dramatically impacted her journey through puberty.

 

Show notes

Meghan Leahy Instagram: @mlparentcoach

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeghanLeahyParentCoach

Twitter: @mlparentcoach

 

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Apr 12, 2022
What Teens Need To Know About Sex
40:47

Part 3 of a 3-part series: What do kids need to know about sex and when? In this episode, we focus on conversations about sex with teens in high school and beyond. The continuation of this ongoing conversation about what they - and you - need to know about talking through these very personal topics.

 

Show Notes:

Tea & Consent video

Outspoken Education

Planned Parenthood Sex Education Resources

Amaze

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Apr 05, 2022
Talking to Tweens About Sex
38:01

What do kids need to know about sex and when? This is the second in a 3-part series answering that question. In this episode, we focus on conversations with kids from 5th grade through the end of middle school, a time when most kids enter and progress through puberty and when they’re getting health/sex education classes in school.

 

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Apr 01, 2022
What School Aged Kids Need to Know About Sex
33:50

What do kids need to know about sex and when? This is the first in a 3-part series answering that question. In this episode, we focus on conversations with kids from Kindergarten through the start of middle school. We’ll help you build a foundation of anatomically correct vocabulary, consent, and privacy, offering age-appropriate and inclusive language.

 

Show Notes:

Your Whole Body Book

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Mar 29, 2022
Goodbye to Anxiety with Dr. Terri Bacow
44:24

Anxiety is a humongous topic of conversation these days, especially increasing rates among kids. Dr. Terri Bacow, author of Goodbye Anxiety, helps sort through what falls into this category, points to the best resources for help, and offers anxiety-management tools for kids and the adults who love them.

A transcript of today's episode is available below:

Transcription of today's episode

 

Show Notes:

Goodbye Anxiety

Website: https://www.drterribacow.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drterribacow/

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Mar 22, 2022
From the Horse’s Mouth: Older Teens Give Puberty Advice
50:21

Sometimes, the very best advice comes from a person who’s just out the other end of an experience. Listen in as our interns give the inside scoop on what adolescents need to know and how that information is best delivered. 

 

Show Notes: 

The Puberty Portal

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Mar 15, 2022
Menstrual Equity with Melissa Berton of The Pad Project
40:24

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are joined by Melissa Berton, co-founder of The Pad Project and Oscar winning producer of Period. End of Sentence. Barriers to safe menstruation exist across the US and around the world, caused by financial, cultural and hygienic constraints. This eye-opening episode provides a window into the challenge faced by so many.

 

Show Notes:

The Pad Project

Period. End of Sentence. Documentary

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Mar 08, 2022
Jessica Yellin on How to Talk to Teens About War
25:09

Jessica Yellin, award winning journalist and creator of #NewsNotNoise, talks about where to get the best news and how to use history to contextualize what we’re seeing in Ukraine at this moment. Her social media-based platform offers teens (and adults!) a view of the news that values fact over fear mongering. 

 

Show Notes:

Social: 

IG: @jessicayellin

Twitter: @jessicayellin

TikTok: @newsnotnoise 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/NewsNotNoise/  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewsNotNoise

Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/news-not-noise/id1585743634

Newsletter: https://newsnotnoise.bulletin.com/ 

 

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Mar 04, 2022
It’s Sex Ed Season in America
51:08

What do schools cover - and what don’t they - in the famous Sex Ed curriculum? Turns out, there are lots of guidelines, but little consistency from school to school. We’re taking a deep dive into what kids are *supposed* to be learning, why they might not get that education, and the holes that parents/trusted adults need to fill at home. 

 

Show Notes:

Overview of National Sexuality Education Standards

Downloadable guide to National Sexuality Standards

Amazing Me Education

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Mar 01, 2022
Rachel Simmons on Being Honest and Authentic with Kids
42:41

Rachel Simmons, New York Times bestselling author of The Curse of the Good Girl, Odd Girl Out, and Enough As She Is, applies her years of research and work with adolescents to offer guideposts for empathetically raising kids. This conversation explores practical ways to support our tweens and teens with authenticity.

 

Show Notes:

Odd Girl Out

The Curse of the Good Girl 

Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives

 

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Feb 22, 2022
The Importance of Air (Down There and Everywhere)
43:51

As bodies grow, new smells emerge from head to toe, hair sprouts in dark, moist places, and both sweat and fluid begin to flow. To solve for odors, rashes and infections, there is a free remedy: AIR. This episode is all about how we can help our kids use air to keep their bodies healthy.

 

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Feb 15, 2022
Mallika Chopra on Adolescent Self-Reflection
57:18

Meditation and self-reflection are practices everyone - including kids - can use to manage life’s stresses. In this unique episode, in addition to describing how breathing exercises and meditation impact the brain, Mallika leads us through a few very short ones. Listen… relax… and carry these tools into your daily life.

 

Show Notes:

Just Be Series by Mallika Chopra

 

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Feb 08, 2022
The Do-Over (AKA The Best Parenting Tip Ever)
43:24

A humongous part of raising tweens and teens is messing up. We all make rules but then change our minds; give incorrect information; or simply lose our cool for no good reason. Here’s a dirty little secret: we can always take a do-over. This episode is about the anatomy of a do-over using painfully ridiculous examples from our own lives.

 

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Feb 01, 2022
Unicorn Space for All with Eve Rodsky
59:36

Most parents say they just want their kids to be happy. What if happiness comes when we find our “Unicorn Space” – a place at the intersection of purpose and meaning? In our conversation with Eve Rodsky, author of Unicorn Space and New York Times bestseller Fair Play, we explore how our expectations of our adolescents, our communication styles and willingness to share our own vulnerabilities can help our tweens + teens find their Unicorn Space. 

 

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Show Notes:
https://www.everodsky.com

 

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Jan 25, 2022
The Brave New World of Period Products
57:42

Everything you ever wanted to know about period products and were afraid to ask, from the old standby pads and tampons to brand new disruptors like menstrual cups and period underwear. This entertaining and informative tutorial walks through the many ways menstruators can catch their flow.

 

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Jan 18, 2022
The Grandparent Episode with Henry + Zoe Winkler
01:03:37

Our episode with Henry + Zoe Winkler is a father/daughter master class on how grandparents play loving, supportive and epicenter-of-fun roles in their grandchildren’s lives. If we’re lucky, children have grandparents who can act as an extra set of trusted adults,  helping them navigate the twists and turns of childhood. But every parent knows that when it comes to grandparents, the rules tend to get thrown out the window - cake for breakfast anyone? We laughed and cried during this inspirational conversation with a very special family… we think you will, too.

 

Show Notes:

Alien Superstar Book Series

This Is About Humanity

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Jan 11, 2022
Body Positivity in Puberty with Zoe Bisbing of The Full Bloom Project
01:07:14

In this episode we tackle the complex challenges in trying to achieve body positivity in puberty with Zoe Bisbing, psychotherapist and co-founder of The Full Bloom Project, a body positive parenting resource. Zoe offers a thoughtful approach to all of the fraught topics around weight and body image during adolescence, as well as guidelines - and tremendous wisdom - for creating a body positive home.

 

Show Notes:

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Jan 04, 2022
Pediatrician Kelly Fradin on Talking to Younger Kids about their Bodies
41:29

For any parent wondering how to talk to younger kids about their bodies, Kelly Fradin (AKA) @adviceigivemyfriends is an amazing resource. Conversations about changing bodies really should start before bodies morph - Kelly walks through what to say when and how. Plus, in this episode you’ll get a peek into the talks pediatricians have with tweens and teens when they kick parents out of the exam room.

 

Show Notes:

http://instagram.com/adviceigivemyfriends/

http://facebook.com/adviceigivemyfriends/

http://adviceigivemyfriends.substack.com/

http://adviceigivemyfriends.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Pandemic-family-through-COVID-19-ebook/dp/B08DDLJ96J/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=parenting+in+a+pandemic&qid=1615247207&sr=8-3

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Dec 21, 2021
Care and Keeping with the Original Author Valorie Shaefer
43:09

We sit down with the original author of The Cara and Keeping of You, Valorie Schaefer, who describes in technicolor how the first volume of The Care and Keeping of You came to be and her personal journey writing a cult classic book about puberty.

 

Show Notes:

The Care and Keeping of You 

The Care and Keeping of You 2

Dynamo Puberty Workshops

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Dec 14, 2021
All About Acne
54:18

One of the most common questions - and worries - about puberty: zits. Why do we get them? Where? When? And what can be done? Get everything you need to know about acne, backne, buttne, and more…

 

Show Notes:

Dynamo Puberty Workshops

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Dec 07, 2021
Busting Adolescent Myths with Dr. Nina Shapiro
45:44

Does eating oily food give you acne? Is breakfast the most important meal? Do we really need to drink eight glasses of water a day? Dr. Nina Shapiro, pediatric otolaryngologist, joins us to bust some adolescent myths and discuss her new book Ultimate Kids' Guide to Being Super Healthy, a terrific guide for helping kids understand the science behind why adults make the rules they do.

 

Show Notes:

Ultimate Kids Guide to Being Super Healthy

Dynamo Puberty Workshops

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Nov 30, 2021
When You Didn’t Grow Up Talking About IT with Mary Pat Draddy, LMSW
57:22

How do you talk to your kids about complicated things when you didn’t grow up in a home that did? Our guest this week is Mary Pat Draddy, LMSW and Dynamo Director of Workshops, with her journey as someone who didn’t grow up talking about puberty and now makes her profession as someone who does. Mary Pat shares how she filled her information gap as an adult and how she’s chosen to raise her own kids. 

 

Show Notes:

Dynamo Puberty Workshops

The Care and Keeping of You Series 

It’s Not the Stork

Girls & Sex

The New Puberty

Beyond Birds and Bees

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Nov 23, 2021
Adolescents Don’t Have to be Assholes with Melinda Wenner Moyer
45:33

We want to raise our kids to be good people, but easier said than done, right? Science journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer and author of “How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes” joins us on this episode to tackle big topics like lying, sexism and consent. 

 

Show Notes:

Dynamo Girl Puberty Workshops

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Nov 16, 2021
The Science of Late Bloomers
55:52

There’s a timeline for puberty - when it starts and how fast it proceeds - which means that there’s also “early” and “late.” Layered on top is the relativity of puberty: when everyone else is going through it (or not), the person who’s not (or is!) feels out of sync. This episode explores the science behind the timing of puberty and how adults - both parents and doctors - might approach a late bloomer.

 

Show Notes: 

Decoding Boys by Cara Natterson

Dynamo Workshop on Female Puberty

Dynamo Workshop on Male Puberty

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Nov 09, 2021
Dr. Louise Greenspan on Puberty’s Dramatic Shift: Earlier but Not Faster
01:18:48

Over the past two decades, puberty has crept up earlier and earlier, redefining what it means to be “early” or “late.” But why? Is it the food we’re eating? The water we’re drinking? The cosmetics we use? The medications we take? Is it caused by stress? Or screens? If we just had a culprit, we could fix this. Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Louise Greenspan, author of the lauded book The New Puberty, has the answers.

            NOTE: This is one of our longer episodes, but it’s so packed with information and insights, we didn’t want to cut it down. So listen in one sitting or break it up into smaller bits – you won’t regret listening all the way through!

 

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Show Notes:

http://thenewpuberty.com/ 

 

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Nov 02, 2021
Hygiene...Or Lack Thereof
01:00:32

For so many adults, addressing kids’ hygiene -- keeping their bodies clean, smells at bay, zits minimal, and all the rest -- feels really tricky. We never want to shame kids, but we all want them to learn how to take care of themselves. So what topics need covering? And what’s the best way to say what we think they need to hear? This week’s episode is all about hygiene…or lack thereof.

 

Show Notes:

Link to image of hydrophobic and hydrophobic images of soap: http://www.planet-science.com/categories/under-11s/chemistry-chaos/2011/06/soap---how-does-it-get-things-clean.asp

 

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Oct 26, 2021
Having the TALKs...by Personality Type
44:00

How we talk to our kids about complex topics like puberty and sex depends both on our kids’ personalities are ours, too. There is no one-size-fits-all on how to have these tricky conversations. In this episode, Vanessa and Cara break down the cast of characters in both the kid roles and the adult roles, offering up guidance for having these talks in our families while making room for the different temperaments involved.

 

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Oct 19, 2021
The Blessings of Wendy Mogel
01:00:52

Wendy Mogel, clinical psychologist and New York Times bestselling author, discusses raising kids through adolescence, a time of the “greatest anguish and the greatest ecstasy.” With humor and honesty, Wendy advises us to be “emotional archaeologists” with the kids we love and learning to “keep quiet, keep captivated and keep respectful” when navigating this tricky time as caregivers.

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Oct 12, 2021
Andrew Goldberg on Big Mouth and Being A World Famous Early Bloomer!
50:05

Andrew Goldberg, co-creator of Big Mouth, the hit Netflix animated series about puberty, and world famous early bloomer, joins us in conversation about what it felt like to be the first of his friends to hit puberty. Andrew shares his experiences from those fraught years, what was talked about and what wasn’t, and he discusses how he and his wife are choosing to raise their own children based on what their adolescent experiences were. This is a heartfelt episode that we think teens in the same boat would appreciate, but there is some language that may not be welcome in all homes so please listen first before sharing with your teen.

 

Show Notes:

Shafia Zaloom website

Big Mouth on Netflix

Barry Michaels on gratitude

 

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Oct 05, 2021
Someone Has to Go First...The Early Bloomers
44:48

There isn’t ONE time to start puberty or end puberty and someone has to go first. In this episode, Cara explains the science behind early puberty and we explore the social and emotional impact of being an early bloomer. Plus you get to learn what an orchidometer is! This is a great episode to listen to with your kids.

 

Shownotes:

Dynamo Girl 

Guy Stuff by Dr. Cara Natterson

Care and Keeping of You Series by Dr. Cara Natterson 

OOMLA 

Ruling Our Experiences Girls’ Index 

 

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Sep 28, 2021
Dr. Hina Talib with a DEEP DIVE on Periods
01:06:04

Dr. Hina Talib, adolescent medicine specialist and host of the popular @teenhealthdoc on Instagram, joins us for a deep dive on periods. We discuss menstruation as a vital sign, what’s considered normal for teen menstruation and what’s not, when to worry and when to seek advice from medical providers. We’ll cover everything from mittelschmerz (WHAT?!!!) to endometriosis, so tune in for accessible expert advice on all things teens and periods! 

 

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Sep 21, 2021
Erections & Nocturnal Emissions (AKA Boners & Wet Dreams)
43:22

Erections and nocturnal emissions – AKA boners and wet dreams – are big pieces of puberty that often go unmentioned unless they’re punchlines in a joke. Which is a big conversational miss, because these topics can cause unnecessary confusion, shame, worry, or awkwardness. In this episode, we break down the science behind boners and wet dreams (and yes, we use the language that kids use) and then bring in a special guest to offer practical ways to help males manage these unexpected and uncontrollable experiences in puberty.

 

Note: Listen first on your own to make sure you’re comfy with our language, but we think this is a great episode to listen to with your kids!

 

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Sep 14, 2021
Dr. Lisa Damour on Return to School Resilience
01:08:59

Dr. Lisa Damour, New York Times bestselling author, columnist and co-host of the Ask Lisa Podcast, joins us for a back-to-school episode on lessons learned from the previous two school years under Covid. This episode explores the adaptability, emotional honesty and family rituals we developed and how we can use them in constructive ways to create new models for parenting as we move forward.

 

Show Notes:

Lisa Damour’s New York Times column

Ask Lisa Podcast

Untangled by Lisa Damour

Under Pressure by Lisa Damour

 

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Sep 07, 2021
Dr. Molly Colvin on the “Consistently Inconsistent” Adolescent Brain
01:05:04

Dr. Molly Colvin helps us understand the upsides and the downsides of the adolescent brain, in and out of pandemic. Her adage that tween and teen brains are “consistently inconsistent” provides critical insights for adults navigating the ways to communicate with and support the adolescents for whom we are caring. Dr. Colvin’s offers guidance for when we should push their “growth edge” and when we should accept that this is how things are going to be for a while... 

 

Show Notes:

That ‘Brain Fog’ You’re Feeling Is Perfectly Normal

https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2020/04/22/cognitive-change-stress-coronavirus-molly-colvin

 

Why You Can't Shake Pandemic Anxiety

https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2021/03/09/covid-19-pandemic-psychological-recovery-molly-colvin

 

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Aug 31, 2021
The Path Through Puberty: Order of Operations
51:10

The word “puberty” means the process of sexual maturation - by the end of puberty, a person has the ability to reproduce. But the path through puberty is not a stepwise ladder where one part of the body changes, then another, then another. Rather, it’s a winding path, a checklist of physiological shifts that happen in no particular order. This episode walks through the details of what happens to the body during puberty, with an emphasis on the fact that while the list of changes is fairly universal, their sequence is not at all. The body’s going to do what the body’s going to do when it feels like doing it.

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Aug 24, 2021
Roger Bennett on his English Adolescence
01:01:25

Roger Bennett, author of #1 the New York Times bestseller (Re)Born in the USA and co-host of the popular Men in Blazers podcast, shares the hilarious and painful experiences of his English adolescence of the 1970’s & 1980’s. He discusses what passed as sex-ed at that time, what it felt like to be a (very) late bloomer and when was the moment everything changed. This episode is intended for people above the age of 14.

 

Show Notes:

Men in Blazers 

Reborn in the USA

 

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Aug 17, 2021
Leaving Our Baggage at the Door
41:13

One of the hardest things about raising kids through puberty is leaving our own baggage at the door. Our past experiences are seared into our brains and we’re so tempted to talk about them, but so often, our kids don’t want to hear about them. We need to let their puberty be their puberty. This episode is about why it is critical that we leave our puberty baggage at the door and how we can do that (most of the time…)

 

Show Notes:

Dynamo Workshops for Families

Raising Good Humans Podcast

 

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Aug 10, 2021
Dr. Aliza Pressman on Parenting the Emotional Rollercoaster of Puberty
44:50

Dr. Aliza Pressman, host of the Raising Good Humans Podcast, joins us to discuss the ways we can respond to the emotional ups and downs of parenting kids in puberty. Aliza’s practical and actionable advice boils down to this: what’s going on for our kids and how can we meet them in a kind and constructive way? This episode looks at a few common scenarios we face when raising adolescents and walks us through different options for handling those tricky moments.

 

Show Notes:

Raising Good Humans Podcast

Eve Rodsky’s book Fair Play

Uncertain Parenting: The Unspoken Language of Teens

 

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Aug 03, 2021
When Is My Daughter Going To Get Her Period?!!!
46:03

The number one puberty question we get asked is: when is my daughter going to get her period?!!! And while no one can say for certain, this episode will cover what are red herrings and what are true signs that her period is coming. Listen in for some practical information as well as Cara and Vanessa’s own first period stories.

 

Show Notes:

 

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Jul 27, 2021
Nick Kroll On Being Late To The Puberty Party
01:02:01

Nick Kroll, comedian, actor and Big Mouth creator, sits down with Vanessa Kroll Bennett (his sister) and Dr. Cara Natterson for an honest conversation about what life was like as someone late to the puberty party. The episode is not quite as hilarious (or dirty) as Big Mouth but just as authentic. Nick offers a window into how being a late bloomer affected him in good and hard ways throughout the course of his life.

 

Show Notes:

 

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Jul 20, 2021
Why Does Talking About Puberty Even Matter?!!!
51:24

In the very first episode of The Puberty Podcast, Dr. Cara Natterson and Vanessa Kroll Bennett make the case for why talking to kids about puberty matters. It boils down to this: if we want to keep kids healthy and safe, we need to talk to them about puberty (but you should still listen to the episode!)

 

Show Notes:

 

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Jul 20, 2021
The Puberty Podcast - Trailer!
01:23

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Jul 13, 2021