Episode 67: Michelle Icard – Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen

Michelle Icard is a speaker, author and educator who helps kids, parents, and teachers navigate the complicated social world of early adolescence. Her newest book is Fourteen Talks By Age Fourteen. That guides readers between the fourteen essential conversations parents need to have with their kids before they start high school. It talks to you about the simple conversations to the really big conversations. The book covers hygiene, alcohol, sex, repuation, friendship, freedom. So many topics in this book that I was underlining and taking notes on. My oldest child is 9 and I felt like it was a great time to read this book!

Michelle is a CNN parenting writer and a member of the Today Show Parenting Team. Her work has been featured in publications like the Washington Post, People Magazine, the Chicago Tribune. She has a middle school leadership program that is amazing. 

What we talked about:

4:25- What Michelle experienced that made her interested in studying early adolescence

7:05- What we can do to prepare our children for adolescence

10:40- Giving your kids freedom even when it’s hard

14:00- Helping our children realize that we are a safe place

19:30- The B.R.I.E.F. conversation model and why that is important when talking with your kids about both simple and hard stuff

30:45- Talking to our kids about reputation

35:15- Helping your children navigate friendships and relationships

40:35- Communicating with our kids what fairness really means

46:10- Having older kids

48:40- End of podcast questions

Show notes:

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Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen

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Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

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