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Welcome to the Mastering Midlife Podcast where we explore life at it’s most stressful and most productive.  We will be featuring conversations with experts in the field of Mental Health, Executive Leadership, Business, Health, Exercise, Nutrition, Sex, and Relationship.  Midlife is a powerful time, and together we will learn to “thrive when the world asks the most of us.”

Apr 29, 2019


Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is a Registered Psychologist, author, parenting expert, and a mother of two. She has been supporting parents and children for over fifteen years and is widely considered as an expert on all things family related. She is also a regularly invited speaker, media guest, and blogger for various websites such as The Huffington Post and the author of Discipline Without Damage, a book that helps parents raise their children in a way that isn’t detrimental to their personal growth. 


Vanessa joins me today to discuss the various topics that come up regarding teens. She shares what parents should expect from their kids and how they can prepare for them. She explains some of the more common behavioral changes in teens and how parents should respond. Vanessa also describes the more physiological aspect of teenage growth and why it’s critical to understand how it affects teens. 


“Your teenagers look like young adults, but they really still need you.” - Dr. Vanessa Lapointe 


Today on Mastering Midlife: 


  • The pitfalls of parenting teenagers and what to expect when that time comes. 
  • Common mistakes parents make when their kids become teens. 
  • An internal "program" embedded within every parent. 
  • What "see it, feel it, then be it" means. 
  • Teenage growth, hormones, and brain activation. 
  • Why everything that happens is not random. 
  • Going beyond reason and logic when it comes to parenting teens. 



Dr. Vanessa Lapointe’s Words of Wisdom: 


  • You can be divorced and still be a whole family. 
  • The human brain doesn't fully develop until the mid to late ‘20s. 



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