Raising Resilient Teens

Surprise! Your kids are different from you! They’re growing up in a different world; one with more complexity and an overwhelming number of choices. Their education supports a lot of learning and information, yet limited life skills. What impact is this having on their ability to evolve as successful adults? What can you do as a parent to help? Join us and help prepare your teen to one day 'leave the nest' and confidently embrace the challenges and triumphs of adulthood.
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Sep 27, 2017

Jackie Jackson Daley is the mother of two boys ages sixteen and eight. Her older son has multiple special needs resulting from early surgical trauma, including a diagnosis on the spectrum as well as Tourette’s, cerebral palsy, PTSD and global cognitive delays. She has spent the sixteen years working to advocate for her son in the world.

Jackie received her B.A. in psychology from Stanford University in 1995 and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2001.

She has spent the past 15 years as a sex educator, working to normalize and demystify sexuality. She also has experience in somatic and neurological work as an Anat Baniel Method practitioner (based on the Feldenkrais Method).

Jackie is a certified Somatica® Method practitioner and is in private practice as a Sex and Relationship Coach.


  • Lucas: Jackie’s 16-year-old son with special needs
  • Finding the ability to push through when the feeling of “this is as good as it’s going to get” starts to set in
  • The importance of a great relationship with a special needs child
  • The abundance of information out there for new strategies to try with a special needs child
  • Finding support and resources through social media
  • The personal search for the resources to help your family
  • Listening to your child when they want independence — whether they’re special needs or not
  • Jackie’s experience letting Lucas go away to camp for a week
  • Giving special needs teens the ability to be a role model
  • Why you need to let people help you out


Sep 20, 2017

Suze Gardner is an athlete, athletic coach, and life coach.

At 19, Suze was a member of the US National Women’s Water Polo Team when she decided to make a shift. She spent the next 13 years working with teens, coaching water polo, primarily at the high school level but with some middle and elementary athletes as well. In her first season as coach at the Burlingame High School, the team earned its first CCSA tournament bid. Over the following years, Suze took multiple Burlingame Aquatic Club (BAC) teams to compete in the National Junior Olympics tournament. During her tenure as the Executive Director for the BAC, where she coached coaches and kids to realize success in prominent collegiate swimming and water polo programs, Suze found her true passion - being a life coach for teens.

Suze founded her business Inner Bridge Coaching in 2016 so that she could put all her energy into the work she loves: helping people live their most authentic life. She focuses on working with teens, the demographic she believes are most often overlooked when it comes to coaching support. Trained through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), Suze lives with her family in Alameda, CA and works with clients all over the US and Canada.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • What Suze went through when she made the big decision to quit playing water polo when she had a great chance to play in the Olympics
  • The tendency for parents to be scared and unknowingly take choices away from their children and the negative effects that has on their kids
  • What causes kids to be scared to make decisions for themselves and what can be done about it
  • The importance of spending alone time and why electronic devices are making that an incredibly rare occurrence
  • How Suze helps teens be creative as their life coach
  • Helping teens figure out what they want to do after high school
  • Why you need to ask your teens better, more variant questions than just “how was your day?”
  • Showing your teens your vulnerable side
  • Finding the form of meditation that works for you
  • Some of the best breakthroughs Suze has seen as a life coach
  • How to know if a life coach is right for your kids

Ways to contact Suze:


Sep 6, 2017

Samantha Divino is 30 years old and currently living in southern Maine, right outside of Portsmouth, with her boyfriend and dog and working as a consultant at a hospice company. Prior to the senior care industry, she was working in tech sales in Boston. Sammy realized her passion for senior care and specifically hospice, while caring for her grandfather who had terminal cancer. She was born and raised in Massachusetts and has a brother who is 3 years younger. Sammy’s parents divorced when she was 4 years old. Her dad was very much apart of their lives and they saw him every other weekend, but they were raised by their mom, who worked full time to provide for them. Sammy can say confidently that her mom was the sole reason for her resilience as a teen, which provided the foundation for her success as an adult.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Sammy’s move from corporate work into senior care
  • How Sammy’s mom’s parenting style allowed her to blossom into who she truly is
  • How being forced to adapt to changing environments early in life gave Sammy the tools to make a career change successfully
  • The pressure for high schoolers and college students to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their life -- and why they need to understand it’s okay to make a change later
  • How social media has changed the game for incoming employees
  • The worries Sammy has about allowing her future kids to stay kids for long enough and not grow up too quickly
  • How Sammy’s mom kept her grounded and instilled empathy within her
  • The positive impact that seeing their parents be vulnerable has on kids
  • How to make kids feel comfortable in their own skin and how to teach them to value themselves from the inside out
Aug 23, 2017

Charle Peck is a social science high school teacher with over 15 years experience in the education field. Additionally, she is a Certified Personal Coach and Speaker who specializes in improving the lives of families and teens by helping people realize their own strengths and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives.

Her credentials consist of a Bachelor of Science degree in Individual & Family Development, a Master’s degree in Education K-12, an Honor Specialist in Family Studies and also has training in the mental health field. Additionally, she was recognized with the 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award in the Niagara Region in 2011 and continues to grow across international borders.

Charle has been speaking to both small and large groups on topics related to stress management, challenges facing teens such as communication with parents and unhealthy relationships, and personal financial management.

Her audiences have included staff members and leaders in diverse industries including healthcare, small business, corporate, non-profit, parent groups, health and wellness industries, nursing, education, and membership organizations.

Additionally, she has trained health care specialists in the area of Atypical Child Development, which counted as continuing education credits.

Through constant research and frontline experience, Charle has realized that arming teens in recognizing their unique brain-based behavior is one of the most powerful tools in helping them successfully transition into young adulthood. She also believes that parents and other significant adults in their lives need to have this information too as they have more of an influence than they may think.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • What to do about the decline in self-reliance among teens
  • How to teach teens to learn about themselves
  • Why most adults aren’t asking teens the right questions
  • Where to get the latest research related to teen psychology
  • Finding out what your child needs by listening to them
  • The importance of face to face positive feedback for teen development
  • Self-soothing for teens, a practice that enables future success
  • How the teen brain works and how to adapt to it
  • What teens now face and worries them about the future
  • The TOP approach to conversations for getting the desired result

Ways to contact Charle:


Aug 16, 2017

Catherine is the founder and Managing Director of Personally Recommended Australia, specializing in market research and recruitment for the retail industry globally.

Catherine completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resources and Industrial Relations and has held much senior Recruitment & Human Resource positions over her 25-year career. She understands what employers look for in hiring young talent, and what makes a great candidate.

Combining industry knowledge with business street smarts, Catherine has been providing high-quality recruitment and human resource solutions to global retailers for over a decade.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • A common sense approach to raising teens who will be ready for work
  • The importance of practical skills like cooking and budgeting
  • How fostering independence needs to start early
  • Not enabling dependent behavior by over-parenting
  • Learning how to balance guidance and letting go
  • Allowing your child to look at themselves and decide who they are
  • The value of education - even if it means not pursuing college
  • Why downtime is vital for children of any age
  • Accountability and giving your child credit for their mistakes and successes
  • Why it’s OK not to be perfect
  • Self-awareness and empathy lead to having authentic conversations
Aug 9, 2017

Sheryl O’Loughlin is the CEO of REBBL, a fast-growing super herb beverage company, which produces REBBLs: organic, soulfully Crafted Coconut-Milk Elixirs with super herbs and the best ingredients of the Plant Queendom. She is also the author of Killing It! An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart. Before coming to Rebbl, Sheryl was the Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Prior to that, she served as the Co-Founder and CEO of Plum Organics, an organic baby foods company, and the CEO of Clif Bar, where she led the concept development and introduction of Luna Bar. In her three years as CEO of Clif Bar, the company's revenue doubled from $100M to $200M. Sheryl earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband, Patrick, and her two sons.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why modeling and teaching resilience means sometimes letting go
  • Taking control when you can and being flexible as needed
  • Paying attention to your body and being present to what you need
  • How to allow your children to stay in touch with what it means to be a kid
  • Finding ways to learn from experts and share knowledge with your community
  • Why you must let your children make their own choices, even when they make the wrong decision
  • Thinking beyond just getting into college and looking forward to adulthood
  • Rebalancing through constant renewal and being present to nature

Ways to contact Sheryl:


Aug 2, 2017

Ja’Naylah Johnson is a member of the Alameda Chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of America. At just 16, Ja’Naylah is the first girl to make it to the California State Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Competition. Ja’Naylah and eight other competitors recently went to the California State Capitol to meet with State Legislative leaders to lobby for increased funding for Boys & Girls Clubs. In overcoming life’s struggles, and with the support of the Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Ja’Naylah is a committed and driven hard-worker, as well as an advocate for her peers. She has channeled and abundance of resilience to create her own personal success story!

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The unique perspective of a teenager on the discussion about resilience
  • What Ja’Naylah has learned from her experiences as a modern teen
  • How to give your child the space to grow on their own
  • Why struggle is necessary for growth and success
  • Where you can turn for support while raising your child to be resilient
  • Having the right perspective on life regardless of age
  • Focusing on the present and not being defined by perceived shortcomings
  • Getting into a resilience mindset
  • Communicating effectively with your child throughout their development
  • What teens need from their caregivers that they might not be getting
  • That children cannot grow in their parents’ shadow - they need space to explore
Jul 26, 2017

Lisa Allanson and Lisa McDonough each have over twenty years experience in corporate Human Resources Management and Leadership Coaching. They understand what ‘makes people tick’ and have had the opportunity to observe daily, the impact of behavior on productivity and performance at work. Taking everything they know about what it takes to be successful at work, they have turned their attention to the next generation – ‘teens’, helping parents prepare their kids for life and work in the real world.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The four primary behavior styles & how they help us better understand ourselves as well as others
  • Behaviors that the ‘lion,’ ‘panda,’ ‘dolphin,’ and ‘owl’ exhibit
  • Why you shouldn’t always play to what a ‘lion’, ‘panda’, ‘dolphin’ or ‘owl’ needs but rather meet in the middle
  • The importance of talking about the different behavior styles with your children
  • Avoiding labeling your kids and instead appreciating the different behavior styles
  • Thinking about what your child needs when based on their behavior style
  • Why you don’t need to worry about kids spending time in their rooms if they’re a ‘panda’ or ‘dolphin’
Jul 19, 2017

Lisa Allanson and Lisa McDonough each have over twenty years experience in corporate Human Resources Management and Leadership Coaching. They understand what ‘makes people tick’ and have had the opportunity to observe daily, the impact of behavior on productivity and performance at work. Taking everything they know about what it takes to be successful at work, they have turned their attention to the next generation – ‘teens’, helping parents prepare their kids for life and work in the real world.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Insight on creating and enforcing boundaries in the home from a group of modern day moms
  • The big difference between how we were parented and how we’re trying to parent our kids
  • The common things that parents worry about when it comes to setting boundaries
  • Instilling in kids the values that are important
  • How we’re creating a generation of people who don’t know how to make decisions for themselves
  • What causes many parents to parent from a place of fear
  • How to help your kids boost their confidence
  • The importance of keeping open communication with your kids
  • Why both kids and adults need to understand the ramifications of putting things on social media
  • Knowing what your kids are involved in and setting limits around that
  • Modeling good behavior for your kids


Jul 12, 2017

Joanna Riley is an entrepreneur, advocate and mentor for women in technology, and the President and Co-Founder of 1-Page, a Silicon Valley technology company transforming the way companies find their best next hires using artificial intelligence.

Joanna began 1-Page based on a book authored by her father, which argued that job seekers should be evaluated on what they can do, as opposed to being judged on their previous accomplishments, experience, age or gender. In 2014 she led 1-Page to a successful IPO. Before 1-Page she built one of the United States’ leading outsourced direct sales and marketing firms, was part of the International Training Unit for the FBI, was a national rower, and earned her BA degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia where she was a full scholarship athlete.

In 2016, she was awarded the Most Powerful and Influential Women Award by the California Diversity Council, and the Power 30 Under 30 for Professional and Community Excellence.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The biggest challenges for employers when it comes to hiring great talent
  • Why the future workforce needs to understand how they can be enabled to create vs. consume
  • How failure helps teens learn and provide the motivation to get things done
  • Why parents need to support and encourage their teens to try new things
  • Why it’s so important for teens not to become addicted to instant gratification
  • Teaching teens the importance of embracing uncomfortable situations
  • How the list of what is important in a career has changed for millennials vs. 10 years ago
  • How it can be difficult for teens to understand that social media is not the reality
  • Putting your kids in creative situations where they can have focus


Jul 5, 2017

Evan Carmichael #Believes in entrepreneurs. At 19, he built then sold a biotech software company. At 22, he was a VC helping raise $500k to $15mil. He now runs, a popular website for entrepreneurs. He breathes and bleeds entrepreneurship. He’s obsessed. He’s aiming to help 1 billion entrepreneurs to change the world. He’s set 2 world records, uses a stand-up desk, rides a Vespa, raises funds for Kiva, wears 5-toe shoes, and creates Entrepreneur trading cards. He speaks globally but Toronto (#EntCity) is home. He loves being married, his son, salsa dancing, DJing, League of Legends, and the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s the author of “Your One Word,” the powerful secret to building a life and business that matter.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • A story that taught Evan to not live with regret and miss out on opportunities
  • How exposure to opportunity is one of the biggest challenges for teens today
  • Evan’s belief that every human being has an inner genius inside
  • Giving your kids flexibility and freedom to discover their passions
  • Why it’s super important to provide a shield for your kids against what tradition and society attempt to force on them
  • Helping your kids find what is most important to them and what they value most
  • Using the one-word principle
  • Having confidence in your path and staying true to it
  • Allowing your kids to figure things out on their own with your support and guidance


Jun 28, 2017

Lisa Allanson and Lisa McDonough each have over twenty years experience in corporate Human Resources Management and Leadership Coaching. They understand what ‘makes people tick’ and have had the opportunity to observe daily, the impact of behavior on productivity and performance at work. Taking everything they know about what it takes to be successful at work, they have turned their attention to the next generation – ‘teens’, helping parents prepare their kids for life and work in the real world.

Lisa McDonough is also a parent to six children - three teenage step-children and three younger children of her own. In this episode Lisa M is joined by Lilian Gonzalez, and interviewed by Lisa Allanson, to explore the joys and the challenges of step-parenting in a blended family.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The top 3 challenges of being a stepparent, according to Lisa McDonough
  • The difference in dynamics between a first-time family & a blended family
  • How roles can easily get ‘stuck’ in a blended family
  • The need for biological parents to resolve their feelings & concerns about their previous marriage
  • Where a lot of the breakdown comes in the role of a stepparent
  • Why it’s important for a family to blend & set expectations at the beginning
  • How a stepparent can handle getting met with a defensive reaction from a stepchild
  • Why you shouldn’t parent through the filter of guilt
  • The benefits of having family meetings consistently & developing household rules
  • The challenges of a stepparent raising resilient teens with no authority
  • Why the guilty parent syndrome is more amplified in a biological parent than a stepparent
Jun 7, 2017

Robert Mallon is co-founder of Rusty Lion Academy. He and his business partner, Bill Watkins, are best friends who together have over 80 years of professional experience as leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, and coaches. For years, they kept hearing from men struggling to grow their companies and careers without screwing up their lives. That's why they founded Rusty Lion Academy.

When men master their process, they get what they want most in the most important areas of their lives. When they do, they live present and fulfilled while still making the Big Impact they were put on this earth for.

Robert is a proud husband, father, and grandfather (with two more grandbabies on the way!) currently living in Georgia.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Robert explains how the brain is not fully developed until between the ages of 22-24 years old
  • The challenge men/fathers face of not being present in where they are, whether at work or at home
  • Freedom Bootcamp training for men
  • A great example of what every dad should do with their daughters
  • Teaching the importance of goal-setting in teens
  • How most men base their self-worth on how they do at work
  • The importance of teaching teens that there are other parts to life outside of school
  • A personal story on letting your teens work through their problems on their own
  • Why teens need to make their own choices in life


May 31, 2017

Claire Ketchum holds a BS in psychology and a K-12 Teaching Certificate from Hobart and William Smith College. She is also a Certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach through The Institute of Transformative Nutrition.

Claire is on a mission to teach teens how to break out of the Chronic Stress Loop, so they can create healthy habits, manage expectations better, experience more success and remain happy and healthy in school and beyond.

Claire blogs about how parents can help their teens manage stress better, gives Stress Less Workshops at schools such as Rumsey Hall School and The Taft School, writes for Thrive Global and The Live, Love and Eat Magazine, and teaches teens one on one how to stress less utilizing her signature Creating Healthy Habits Coaching process.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Poor eating habits: what causes some teens to develop them
  • The main stressors facing teens today
  • What a chronic stress loop is: how to manage it a healthy way
  • Strategies for teens to break unhealthy habits
  • How parents can be a partner in helping teens create healthier habits
  • Helping kids understand how what they eat and drink affects them
  • Top ways to help navigate stress and develop healthy habits in our teens
  • Honoring what your kid’s strengths are
  • Having a general practice in place for stress relief
  • The best strategy to help lower your body’s natural reaction to stress


May 24, 2017

Dr. Marcie Beigel is the author of the #1 Bestseller “Love Your Classroom Again.” She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate, and also earned a Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University and has a New York State Certification as a Special Education Teacher and Administrator. Over her 20 years of working in behavior, she has helped thousands of families and educators master behavior in the small beings in their care. She is a columnist at New York Parenting and has recently been a guest expert on NBC, Fox, and Pix11.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The three key principles for communicating with and having a great relationship with your kids
  • The importance of encouraging your teen to share their point of view and what they are experiencing
  • The power of validating your teen’s point of view
  • Helping teens differentiate between positive and negative attention
  • How you can help shape your child’s story in the early years
  • The biggest stressors for teens today and their impact
  • How some conditions that are being coded as ‘medical’ can be changed behaviorally
  • Behaviorally ‘changing the loop’ to help break feelings of anxiety
  • Teaching your teens how to problem solve for themselves
  • The toughest challenge around changing behavior: consistency
  • The Behavior Boost Program @


May 17, 2017

Mercedes Samudio, LCSW is a parent coach, speaker, and author who helps parents and children communicate with each other, manage emotional trauma, navigate social media and technology together, and develop healthy parent-child relationships. Over the course of her career, she has worked with adoptive families, foster families, teen parents, parents navigating the child protective services system, and children living with mental illness. Mercedes started the #EndParentShaming movement as well as coined the term Shame-Proof Parenting using both to bring awareness to ending parent shame. Mercedes is a leading parenting expert and has an amazing following on social media that allows her to reach the hearts of thousands of parents who feel heard and seen on their parenting journey. She has been featured on The Huffington Post, US News and Report, Woman's Day, LA Parent Magazine, CBS LA, and Kids In The House. Mercedes seeks to empower parents to believe that they are already great guides for raising healthy and happy children.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Mercedes’ background
  • Recent research on child development that provides insight into raising ‘healthy humans’
  • What is driving parental fear in raising healthy humans?
  • The research on emotional attachment and how this predicts growth into healthy humans
  • How much is enough when it comes to ‘controlling’ your children
  • Finding your unique parenting voice and how it can help you combat shame
  • Why conflict is so important in the parenting journey
  • The importance of realizing that you’re raising a human that has to be capable of functioning without you
  • Teaching kids how to get their needs met
  • Being curious about what your kids are interested in and why this matters
  • Giving yourself the space to figure out what really bothers you
  • Why you need to understand what’s appropriate for your child


May 10, 2017

Lisa Allanson and Lisa McDonough each have over twenty years experience in corporate Human Resources Management and Leadership Coaching. They understand what ‘makes people tick’ and have had the opportunity to observe daily, the impact of behavior on productivity and performance at work. Taking everything they know about what it takes to be successful at work, they have turned their attention to the next generation - ‘teens’, helping parents prepare their kids for life and work in the real world.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The importance of parental guidance in managing social media activity
  • Recent stories on the downside of social media - increasing incidences of cyberbullying, harassment and suicide
  • Helping your teens to understand the consequences of their actions on social media - educating them on safety and respect for self and others
  • How the dopamine hit that comes from positive reinforcement on social media compares to addiction
  • Why teen girls need to appreciate that who they are is enough & not feel the need for constant validation from others
  • The level of comfort that comes with the use of social media
  • What you want your story to look like on social media & how this can affect your career
  • The decline of emotional intelligence due to increased use of technology
  • Teaching kids how to technology responsibly
  • How kids are missing out on the experience of just being a kid - being present and living in the moment
  • The story of Yolocaust


May 3, 2017

Drew McLellan has worked in advertising for 25+ years and started his own agency, McLellan Marketing Group in 1995 after a five-year stint at Y&R and still actively runs the agency. He also owns and runs Agency Management Institute (AMI), which serves 250+ agencies small to mid-sized agencies (advertising, digital, marketing, media and PR) every year, so they can increase their AGI, attract better clients and employees, mitigate the risks of being self-employed in such a volatile business and best of all — let the agency owner actually enjoy the perks of agency ownership. AMI is the only agency network that is run by an active agency owner. It offers:

  • Public workshops for agency owners, leaders and account service staff
  • Owner peer networks (like a Vistage group or AAAA’s forums)
  • Private coaching/consulting for agency owners
  • Annual primary research with CMOs and client decision makers about their work with agencies
  • The highly praised podcast Build A Better Agency

Drew often appears in publications like Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, Agency Post, AdAge, CNN, BusinessWeek, and many others. The Wall Street Journal calls him “one of 10 bloggers every entrepreneur should read.” He also speaks at leading agency conferences and is often cited in agency-centric content for his expertise in the industry. When he’s not hanging out with clients or agency owners and their staff, Drew spends time with his daughter and pondering why the Dodgers can’t seem to get back to the World Series. Drew has a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, but alas, he cannot remember their fight song.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why marketing is woven into every aspect of our lives
  • Why you need to teach your kids good problem-solving skills
  • How important it is to choose how you show up in the world
  • Why we need to hold people both capable and accountable
  • Why you must teach your teens how to navigate challenges
  • Why you need to trust your teen's ability to stand on their own
  • Why your teens need to acknowledge when they mess up and how they are going to repair the damage
  • Why it’s important to show your kids who you are
  • Creating an environment that acknowledges that mistakes are okay
  • Helping your teens to understand that when they break the rule there are consequences
  • Why you shouldn’t just hand your kid the resource - engage in it together


Apr 26, 2017

For more than 20 years, David Mammano has been a serial entrepreneur. Having started seven companies from scratch, he thrives on starting and growing businesses.

Today he thrives on helping others start or grow their businesses by infusing the latest entrepreneurial principles into their strategy.

Relevant experiences include being a three-time Inc. Magazine 5000 Growth Company, the host of the Avanti Entrepreneur podcast, a TEDx speaker, an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester, and the author of business and college planning books.

David has started, sold, franchised, licensed, and taken on partners as well as investors with his companies. He’s done it all.

David graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Advertising. He is also a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program, an executive education program offered through the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

David’s community activities include being a local board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a local board member for Junior Achievement, and starting his local EO Chapter.

In 2004, David published his first book, "101 Things You Can Do To Become an Outstanding Young Adult." His second book, "Make Love in the Workplace," a guide to awesome culture in the office, was published in 2014.

David is a prolific speaker — speaking at hundreds of business and education events.

David is most proud of his family in Victor, NY, including three young children, Gianluca, Melania, and Alessio. His hobbies include family activities, reading, cooking, eating, exercise and repeated attempts at humor.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The story behind the Next Step Magazine and how it grew to be a franchise
  • Why David loves helping youth find out naturally who they are
  • Why teens are experiencing large amounts of anxiety and the amount of pressure that is being put on them
  • The value of internships
  • The importance of your teen going with their heart and passions when deciding on a career path
  • Why parents need to “chill out” and let their kids find their own way
  • Doing things that build up your inner core to be a better person
  • The powerful health benefits of providing service to others
  • Ensuring that your child is a well-adjusted adult by the time they leave your house
  • Changing your viewpoint of “This is happening to me” to “This is happening for me”


Apr 19, 2017

Mitch Matthews is co-founder of the BIG Dream Gathering, a serial entrepreneur, speaker, and author. His DREAM – THINK – DO podcast helps people to dream bigger, think better, and do more… and has been rated #1 by the Huffington Post.

Mitch’s personal dream is to help launch a million dreams in his lifetime. Bringing this goal to colleges and universities across the country, the Big Dream Gathering is now more than a series of events; it's a movement – a movement of people giving themselves permission to dream and helping each other to achieve those dreams.

Mitch brings to our show a unique perspective of what it takes to turn a dream into a reality and the role of a resilience mindset in forging success.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Mitch’s background
  • Why Mitch believes that dreaming needs to be separate from thinking
  • Why it’s important to celebrate learning
  • Why you must give yourself permission to dream
  • Letting kids make decisions for themselves
  • Why it’s important for parents to engage their children and ask them questions
  • Having your children dig into their virtual mentor
  • The importance of having your kids talk about their dreams and helping them ignite their passions
  • Why you need to have the ability and willingness to say no
  • Why Mitch is a big fan of doing biographies with your kids


Apr 12, 2017

David Covey is the 3rd son of Stephen R. Covey, and he grew up with 7 Habits his whole life. He worked 16 years at FranklinCovey (FC) which included 8 years in the United States and 8 years Internationally. He managed both the USA and international business. He left FC after his father retired to set up SMCOV, as well as three additional companies. SMCOV helps companies expand globally through licensing. David has also co-authored two business books for release in Spring, 2017.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • David’s background & how the 7 Habits philosophy was instilled in him growing up
  • The three biggest challenges facing teens
  • Why screen time is such a big concern for kids today
  • Why you need to have a strategy to make things happen
  • Why you need to help teens build up their resilience reservoir
  • How “scoreboarding” can be beneficial to help parents track teen’s activities
  • How travel can be such a life-changing experience for teens
  • Why life is really about service to others
  • Why we need to talk more about the blessings that we have
  • The importance of teaching our children that mistakes are part of the process & to love challenges
  • Why you need to be patient & not overreact during phases


Apr 5, 2017

Amy Anderson is an Emmy Award-winning writer, speaker, entrepreneur, former senior editor of SUCCESS magazine and creator of Transformative Writing for Non-Writers. If you’d met her 20 years ago, you’d never believe any of this was possible. Within two more years, she was a daily drug and alcohol user, suffered seizures and hallucinations regularly, and lost nearly all of her relationships. She lived in a place with no running water, phone, or heat. She weighed 78 pounds, rarely bathed, and nearly died multiple times. Then one day, by an act of grace, she got sober. That was 15 years ago.

After getting help and staying sober, Amy finished her college degree in English and later did graduate studies in creative writing. She landed a job at the local ABC-TV affiliate and earned two Emmy Award nominations and one win for her work at the station. She started her own freelance writing business in 2005 and for three years worked with clients all over the country and remotely served on the editorial staffs of several magazines. From 2008 to 2012, she served as Managing Editor and then Senior Editor of SUCCESS magazine, where she worked with and interviewed acclaimed experts, celebrities, and leaders, and learned the essentials of success in life and business.

Then in 2012, she relaunched her own business, Anderson Content Consulting LLC, and has worked with companies like Advisors Excel, Ryan, Predictive ROI, and Dell, as well as with clients like John Assaraf, Darren Hardy, John Addison, Stacy Tuschl, Shawn Achor, and Todd Duncan.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Amy’s personal story on her path to resilience
  • Why Amy believes there is a genetic component to some behaviors
  • How Amy learned to mask what was happening on the inside with a false exterior
  • How the idea of feeling what someone else was feeling changed Amy’s life
  • How your innate value is no different than the day you were born
  • Why you need to honor your child’s feelings
  • Why you shouldn’t let your choices identify who you are
  • How we form our own belief systems as children
  • Why you should consider praising for the practice of something rather than the result
  • Why children need boundaries & a safe place
  • Why a parent needs to set aside what they get from having a relationship with their child


  • Support for families of alcoholics - Al-Anon
Mar 29, 2017

Dr. M. Alex Peterson is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California (PSY18593) with a specialty in child and adolescent neuropsychological assessment. He has been in private practice in Oakland, CA since 2006. He was previously employed as a neuropsychologist through the Neurology Department with Children's Hospital Oakland. He completed his postdoctoral training through the Neurology Department with Oakland Children's Hospital where he is subsequently employed.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Dr. Peterson’s background
  • What’s involved in a neuropsychological assessment
  • How electronics & media are impacting the way children are being raised today
  • How we’re raising teens in a time of academic pressure
  • Why we need to set limits on electronics from the start
  • Why Dr. Peterson thinks we hold our children to unrealistically high expectations
  • Why parents need to develop a more collaborative approach in raising children
  • How over-scheduling leads to anxiety & depression
  • Why we need to nurture children’s passions
  • Teaching our children to take initiative
  • The absence of basic life skills & how this affects all aspect of our children’s lives


Mar 22, 2017

A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home (2015) and Raising Happiness (2011). Drawing on the latest scientific research on positivity, productivity, and elite performance, Carter demonstrates a sweet paradox: by doing less we can actually accomplish more.

A sought-after keynote speaker and executive coach, Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on the HuffingtonPost,,, and several other websites.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Christine’s background
  • Why people think success & happiness are at odds
  • Why passion is a particular form of happiness & how kids might be missing it
  • Why you shouldn’t be a helicopter parent
  • Helping your children make transitions and why this is so important
  • How ‘struggle’ helps your children grow
  • Why health & happiness are the most important things
  • Teaching kids not to focus on their own happiness
  • Why it’s so important for kids to contribute to their households
  • The importance of having your kids sign contracts


Mar 15, 2017

Heather Ann Havenwood is a serial entrepreneur and regarded as a top authority on Digital Marketing, Sales Coaching, and Online Publishing Business Strategies. Heather Ann has been named Top 50 Must Follow Women Entrepreneurs for 2017 by the Huffington Post. She has also been called Chief Sexy Boss™ (nickname from her Amazon Best Seller book Sexy Boss™: How Women are Beating the Big Boys), and others call her an Icon Creator or the Wizard Behind the Curtain.

In 2006, she started, developed, and grew an online information marketing publishing company from zero to over $1 million in sales in less than 12 months. Starting without a list, a product, a name or an offer, Heather Ann molded her business partner into a successful guru now known as an expert in his field. She has instructed, coached and promoted hundreds of entrepreneurs leading them down the path to success in making money from their knowledge and leveraging it online.

Heather Ann now is nationally syndicated radio show host of The Win where she shares her incredible story of success and loss as an entrepreneur and her true happiness in a completely compelling and vulnerable way that audiences can relate to and always learn from. She talks about achieving The Winners Edge, from losing it all and discovering her true passion in owning her businesses and serving her clients by helping them achieve their goals.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Heather Ann’s background
  • Why your teenager needs a coach
  • Why your teenager should be reading books outside of what is popular today
  • How being resourceful will help your children
  • How communication skills are a problem with children and young adults today
  • Why children today think they are “special” and deserve to be given certain things
  • Why children today are not being called out on bad behaviors
  • Why you shouldn’t be asking your children what they want to do for the rest of their lives
  • How to help your children understand their value


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