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Parenting a Teenager: How Technology Has Changed the Context of Parenting and What That Means for Parents, Children & Teens

book image for ME's parenting a teenager guest, Joani GeltmanThe explosion of new technologies over the last 20 years has opened a whole new world to children and teens, posing both opportunities and challenges for kids and parents alike. The adolescent years probably always have presented issues that make parents uncomfortable. But technology has raised the stakes with threats like online bullying, sexting and texting while driving – just to name a few of the pressures that can arise while parenting a teenager.


Drawing on her experience as a longtime social worker and student advisor, Joani Geltman offers guidance on all this and more in her book, A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids about Sexting, Drinking, Drugs and Other Things that Freak You Out. Hear all about it in this week’s Mom Enough show!


What issues associated with parenting a teenager make you uncomfortable or hesitant to discuss them with your child? How do you oversee your child’s access to technology and how well do you think your approach is preparing your child to use technology carefully and wisely?


For Joani’s blog, click here.

For our interview with Dr. Laurence Laurence Steinberg, click here.

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  1. Nena on May 20, 2017

    “There’s a strange new creature living under your roof.” That’s funny but accurate. All parents were teens once, the difference though is that we didn’t experience all these problems brought about by the internet. “A Survival Guide To Parenting Teens” is surely a good read as Joani Geltman is such an expert. I like her blog a lot. By the way Marti, your “Being a Reflective Parent, Raising Reflective Children” tips are very helpful.

  2. Stacy on May 20, 2017

    Thanks for listening to our show and for your kind words, Nena!