Category: adolescence

Which extra-curricular activities are most important?

Episode #102 – Which extra-curricular activities are important to prioritize? Question of the Day:  Dear Torie, Everything is opening back up again and I am excited but a bit overwhelmed. I’ve got 3 kids: ages 8, 10, and 13 and all of sudden, there are so many choices! Summer camps, Science camps, Sports camps, Swim … Read more…

Socially Uncomfortable Teen

Episode #99 – Socially Uncomfortable Teen Question of The Day: “I see my 15 year old being anxious anytime she has to interact with anyone in person! It’s as though she’s lost her confidence to talk to someone face to face.” “I have two teens, a 15 and a nineteen year old. One of the … Read more…

My middle schooler identifies as tri-gender

Episode 96 – My middle schooler identifies as tri-gender. Question of the Day: Dear Torie “I’m wondering if you know of resources (books, podcasts, sites, etc) about gender identity? My middle schooler revealed last week that she identifies as trigender… which I hadn’t even heard of! She explains it as not connecting with any one … Read more…

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Helping Your Teen with Social Anxiety

Episode #95 – Helping Your Teen with Social Anxiety Question of the Day: “I’m worried about my daughter. She is 14, a freshman in high school, and socially seems to be withdrawing more and more. Her grades are fine, but she chose to continue online learning instead of returning to school and this concerns me. … Read more…

Not coping well with online school

Not coping well with online school Question of the Day:  “Yesterday our superintendent said the re-opening plan for January isn’t going to happen, I’m just feeling sick this morning. Private schools have been on a hybrid model for months. At this point there are no more acceptable excuses. This is horrible for our kids.  A … Read more…

My teen is using marijuana to cope with stress

Episode # 87 Question of the Day: Dear Torie,  “My oldest son just confided in me that he has been using marijuana to cope with COVID anxiety, the stress of online school and the sadness of missing so many things. How do I respond? Is he telling me because he’s concerned? Does he want me … Read more…

Should I push my child if I think it’s good for her?

Episode 86 – Should I push my child to play at a higher level? Question of the Day: Should I push my child to do something uncomfortable if I think it will be good for her?  “My daughter is one of the best athletes on her team. She is good enough to try out for … Read more…