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Building Connection & Prom

Chris and Karlie offer practical tips for helping teens build healthy connections and ways to help teens experience the best of prom.

Stress & Teen Terms

Anxiety and stress were rampant in a pre-covid world, but now (dare we say it?), stress has become a pandemic. Join us as we explore how to connect with teens to combat stress. You’ll even learn what all the cool kids are saying these days and how to interpret it. Fair warning: Use these terms at your own risk.

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Boundaries & TikTok

Chris and Karlie talk boundaries and why they are important in any relationship, but especially with teens. Karlie also offers insight into TikTok.

Building Connection & Prom

Building Connection & Prom

Chris and Karlie offer practical tips for helping teens build healthy connections and ways to help teens experience the best of prom.

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Stress & Teen Terms

Stress & Teen Terms

Anxiety and stress were rampant in a pre-covid world, but now (dare we say it?), stress has become a pandemic. Join us as we explore how to connect with teens to combat stress. You’ll even learn what all the cool kids are saying these days and how to interpret it. Fair warning: Use these terms at your own risk.

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Boundaries & TikTok

Boundaries & TikTok

Chris and Karlie talk boundaries and why they are important in any relationship, but especially with teens. Karlie also offers insight into TikTok.

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Restorative Practices with Sarah Sampson

Restorative Practices with Sarah Sampson

In this episode, Chris and Karlie talk to Sarah Sampson about the basics of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Restorative Practices. Sarah gives some great insight into how to use belonging circles and sentence stems to have difficult conversations around race and privilege. She talks about some practical uses for restorative practices in the home and at school while also giving advice on how to advocate for SEL resources at your students’ schools. Remember, you don’t have to have all the answers – difficult conversations are uncomfortable. But it is important to empower teens to have these discussions by giving them a safe place to practice. Let’s give teenagers a place to grow and learn!

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Education and Race with Dr. Jackson

Education and Race with Dr. Jackson

Recently, Chris and Karlie got to have a conversation with Dr. Tishara Jackson about race, and especially how it impacts the education system and our teenagers. Dr. Jackson is an intervention counselor in a local school district and has been a friend of Teen Life’s for a long time! We are thankful for her advice on how to start race conversations, the appropriate language and terminology to use, and how we can educate ourselves. This podcast episode is full of resources, tips, and a different perspective that is needed. Our schools are not always equal, and no matter the race, teenagers are aware of the racial discussions that are taking place in our country right now. Let’s take a minute to listen and learn how we can have these conversations well to empower the teenagers in our lives!

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5 Areas of Focus for Social Distancing

5 Areas of Focus for Social Distancing

Here we are…still social distancing! In this podcast episode, Chris and Karlie discuss 5 different areas of focus that can help shape this unique time of social distancing. They will talk about the importance of physical movement, mindful moments, self-care, tech breaks, and generosity. It is so vital that you take care of yourself and encourage teenagers to do the same. We might have to change our expectations, and that is OKAY. But let’s make the best of this time of social distancing due to COVID-19! While we hope that life can return to “normal” soon, we want to continue to equip teenagers to grow, learn, and thrive today while also maintaining hope for the future.

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