Episode 56: Grown and Flown with Mary Dell Harrington: Parenting through the Teen Years

Released Tuesday, 3rd September 2019
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Episode 56 Grown and Flown with Mary Dell Harrington: Parenting Through the Teen Years

In the kickoff episode of The Family Brain series on parenting teens, I talk with Mary Dell Harrington, coauthor of the newly released book Grown and Flown. I heard about the Grown and Flown Facebook community from my sister in law who is the parent of teens, and although I don't yet have teenagers I knew this was a community I wanted to be a part of to prep for my future parenting years. In talking with Mary Dell, my biggest take away is that parenting never ends, which can be reassuring and daunting all at the same time. While parenting doesn't ever end, the relationship shifts over time, and I talk with Mary Dell about how she discovered a need for a resource for teen and young adult parents to help them navigate that changing relationship. Hundreds of well known writers and researchers contribute to the Grown and Flown community pages, and their insights help remind us that we are not alone in the process of parenting older children. Mary Dell Harrington has found that parents were not interested in managing the empty nest but rather learning more about the evolution of parenting over time.

You can purchase Grown & Flown on amazon (or listen in audible) and in bookstores starting September 3, 2019

You can check out the Grown and Flown website

Frances Jensen's work on teen development and her book, The Teenage Brain, A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

Frank Bruni's work on college aged kids and his book, Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be

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