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Raising Teenagers

Updated: Jul 6, 2021

Welcome to the Marriage and Martinis’ Friday Five!

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5) "Never Have I Ever" called the Marriage and Martinis Voicemail

Did you know we have a voicemail now? We’re so excited about it and we want YOUR messages!! This week, we’re asking you to call in and give us really fun, ridiculous, serious, sarcastic and real “Never Have I Ever” questions about ANYTHING including parenting, relationships, sex, aging, work…..literally anything!! Just beware: it may wind up on the podcast!! Call 732-344-0574 - we are so psyched to hear from you!

4) What’s The First Question You’re Asking Your Teenager?

Our episode (out today) with the founders of Grown and Flown covers so many important topics involving raising and interacting with teenagers. One of the biggest takeaways from the conversation for me was how I’m greeting my 14-year-old when she walks through the door from school. Sometimes I’m so anxious about her schoolwork that I immediately want to know how a test or a project went. However, it’s time for me to take another approach if I want her to walk in the house relaxed and feeling truly safe. Actions like this one come from such a good place but have way more negative ramifications than we realize. Mary Dell and Lisa discuss so many amazing studies in this episode.

Below is a list of a few books that are great resources for parents or teens and tweens (or just to get a head start even if your kids are younger).

3) One Million Reasons to Be Grateful!

This week the Marriage and Martinis podcast surpassed one million downloads. In the world of podcasting, that’s a big number, and we are so grateful to every one of you who have listened, pressed the subscribe button, rated, reviewed, shared episodes with your friends, and have been so supportive through everything while Adam and I expose ourselves to the world. We will keep sharing our truth so that others will feel safe enough to do so also.

2) Favorite Memes From The Week….

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1) Date Night Questions

(from this upcoming Monday’s episode, “How to Ensure That The Holidays Don’t Suck, With Life Coach Amy.” (I think this episode is so awesome and brings up so many important topics to make the next month easier and more enjoyable for all of us!) These questions are supposed to be answered by both partners. Please try to be good listeners. MORE SUPPORT, LESS JUDGMENT. *No couples were harmed in the writing of these questions.

  • What do you remember most from your holidays growing up? What’s your favorite memory?

  • Is there a tradition you’ve started as a couple that you absolutely love? If yes, what is it and what do you love about it? If not, is there one you can think of that sounds really special to you?

  • If you had to describe how you want this holiday season to feel, what three words would you use?

  • Is there something manageable your partner could do this holiday season to make it less stressful and more enjoyable for you?

  • If you feel any sense of discomfort going to your family/your partner’s family for the holidays but are still planning on going, what are some small gestures (holding hands, whispering words of solidarity in your ear, staying nearby) your partner could do to make it a little more comfortable?

If you have kids:

  • What do you most want your kids to experience this holiday season?

  • Is there something you would like to add/takeaway from your family’s holiday to make it different than previous years?

  • Do your kids have any needs you want to think about when planning the holidays so they aren’t more stressful for them? (i.e. introverted, naturally anxious, easily overwhelmed , etc.)

  • Do those same three words from above apply to the holidays for your kids, or are there different words you want to use for their experience?

For more prompts and questions for open and honest communication, plus bonding challenges and strategies for discussion, get our Date Night Questions Experience ebook.

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