Talking To Teens: Expert Tips for Parenting Teenagers

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Susan Groner, founder of the Parenting Mentor, shares her wisdom and parenting “hacks” with us. Discover my favorite tips from Susan’s latest book Parenting: 101 Ways to Rock Your World, and Susan’s #1 reason why fights break out between parents and teens. Plus, what to say instead of “Because I said so.”

Show Notes

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Do parenting books just make you feel like you’re doing a terrible job? That’s exactly how Susan Groner, the Parenting Mentor, felt. So when she was asked to write Parenting: 101 Ways to Rock Your World she became determined to make it a feel-good and easy read. 

This week on the podcast, we brought Susan on to share some of her best parenting hacks. I like Susan’s advice a lot because it’s all practical! Her book is packed with 101 tips, tricks, and hacks for “Parenting with Sanity and Joy.” During our interview, I asked her to explain some of my favorite hacks from the book and she even ended up sharing a few killer strategies that don’t appear in there.

In this episode we cover: 
  • How to turn “because I said so” into a learning opportunity for your teen
  • why it’s never too late to start family traditions
  • “getting out of the rescue business”
  • how to turn chores into “contributions”
  • the #1 cause, according to Susan, that parent-teen fights break out
Through Susan’s business The Parenting Mentor, she has honed her own method for helping coach parents through the tough times, known as the CLEARR System. She shares some practical tips for responding to teens with empathy and solution-focused conversations. Rather than jumping in and trying to fix all the problems in your teen’s world, Susan recommends taking a step back and asking them what they could do to improve things. 

Of course, that can be much easier said than done.

Learn how Susan’s CLEARR system works and come along with me as I dive into my favorite tactics from her book.

What is Talking To Teens: Expert Tips for Parenting Teenagers?

Parent-teen researcher Andy Earle talks with various experts about the art and science of parenting teenagers. Find more at