Your Teen with Sue and Steph

Your Teen with Sue and Steph
Susan Borison and Stephanie Silverman, best friends and co-founders of Your Teen Media, bring their magazine to life with this podcast. From interviews with experts and authors to discussions of trending topics and personal stories, Your Teen with Sue and Steph is an essential guide for raising teens today.

Middle School Matters
May 12 • 37 min
Mediocre (or just plain mean!) friends, lunchroom exclusion, and the sting of first-time rejection from a sports team or school play are all hallmarks of everyone’s least favorite years… middle school. However, according to Phyllis Fagell, this time can…
Parenting in The Age of Anxiety
Apr 28 • 42 min
The day-to-day world of today’s teens is vastly different than the one once experienced by their parents. Between social media pressures and the barage of all-too-accessible, often-troubling information, being a teen today is even more overwhelming than…
College and Disability: When IEPs & 504s Go Away
Apr 14 • 35 min
Did you know that primary school learning accommodations like IEPs and 504s have no collegiate equivalent? Kind of daunting for those with disabilities, right? Not necessarily! Elizabeth C. Hamblet, learning disabilities consultant at Columbia University,…
Sheltering (and Thriving!) in Place
Mar 31 • 24 min
The new wave of shelter in place orders sweeping the nation may feel more like a sentence of “mandatory family bonding” for the teen in your life. Dr. Tori Cordiano joins Your Teen to share her recommended strategies for keeping the peace while staying…
Coronavirus & College Students: Creating a New Normal
Mar 17 • 25 min
While coronavirus has the general population social distancing, it’s doing the exact opposite to parents and forced-to-be-at-home college students. How should families handle these tenuous circumstances? Debbie Paris, child psychotherapist and go-to guide…
Small Steps for Sound Sleep
Mar 3 • 34 min
Put down the melatonin— getting a great night’s sleep is less complicated than you might think. Dr. Marc Milstein joins Sue and Steph to share his simple tricks we can all use to get some solid rest and to create the sleep schedule of our dreams.
Boys & Sex: How To Change the Toxic Locker Room Banter
Feb 18 • 32 min
The phrase “boys will be boys” has taken on new life (and new meaning) in 2020. From the condemnation of dozens of high-profile men in the media, to conflicting messages about consent and pleasure in today’s hyper-accessible world of pornography, the…
Neurodiversity: How one mom became an advocate for her son
Feb 4 • 32 min
Debbie Reber is the founder of Tilt Parenting, an online community aimed at helping parents raise differently-wired kids from a place of confidence. In this episode of Your Teen, Debbie explains her approach to positive parenting in a world that’s not…
College Admissions: It’s All In Your Story
Jan 21 • 27 min
In many ways, the college admissions process can feel like a lottery. What can applicants do to set themselves apart from the crowd? Julie Kim, college admissions expert, has some innovative ideas for teens and parents looking to create an exceptional…
ICYMI: The Kids Are Alright After All
Jan 7 • 35 min
We’re dropping this episode in your feeds again this week, just in case you missed it in the holiday hubbub! A tell-all by Zach and Jessica, kids of Steph and Sue. The twenty-year-olds reveal high school secrets: what they got away with, what their moms…
The Kids Are Alright After All
Dec 24, 2019 • 35 min
A tell-all by Zach and Jessica, kids of Steph and Sue. The twenty-year-olds reveal high school secrets: what they got away with, what their moms should and should not have worried about, and what they now appreciate most about Steph and Sue’s parenting…
An Education in Boys
Dec 10, 2019 • 30 min
Raisinng boys mostly involves brotherly brawls and boundless energy, right? Partially, yes, but in the experience of Jennifer Fink, mother of four and creator of, raising sons is much more than just snips, snails, and puppydogs’ tails.
How College Makes or Breaks Us
Nov 26, 2019 • 40 min
In a dream world, your teen should attend the most selective college they’re admitted to… right? Paul Tough, author of “The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us,” joins Sue and Steph to bring his perspective on this subject, in addition…
Can’t You Just Try and Be Pleasant?
Nov 12, 2019 • 27 min
Lian Dolan of Satellite Sisters joins Sue and Steph for some good old-fashioned gab, sharing stories of sisterhood, life behind the microphone, and keeping the familial peace.
A Your Teen Halloween
Oct 29, 2019 • 16 min
Celebrate Halloween with a fun-sized episode from Sue and Steph! They discuss Your Teen’s complicated relationship with Halloween, Producer Hannah reads some spooky Facebook comments, and Lian Dolan shares why we should be generous Halloween night.
Do Popular Kids Really “Peak” In High School?
Oct 15, 2019 • 35 min
Would abolishing homecoming courts radically reinvent the traditional social hierarchy of American high schools? Dr. Robert Faris thinks it just might. Join Steph and Sue for a conversation with Dr. Faris as he demystifies the changing landscape of social…
The Inner Lives of Teens, Unfiltered
Oct 1, 2019 • 34 min
Does your teen struggle with depression or anxiety? Are you worried that they secretly might be? Alexa Curtis, social media influencer and host of Life Unfiltered with Alexa, gives us her insight on warning signs to keep an eye out for, along with her…
Never Done: Our Job as Parents Doesn’t End When They Leave Home
Sep 17, 2019 • 32 min
Finally, your kid is off to college. Your time parenting is done… right? Lisa Heffernan of Grown and Flown joins Sue and Steph to talk about just how false that idea is, and how to best parent those who have only technically left the nest. Make find out…
Turning Around Teenage Entitlement
Sep 6, 2019 • 38 min
We all want the best for our kids…but what happens when they end up feeling that the world owes them the best? Amy McCready, author of The Me, Me, Me Epidemic, helps us learn the best ways to check our kids’ entitlement without picking a fight.
When Anxiety Drains Your Teen’s Tank, Here’s What You Can Do
Aug 20, 2019 • 35 min
Let’s face it: parenting a child who experiences anxiety can be a major challenge for all parties. Dr. Tori Cordiano, Research Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, gives Sue and Steph her best advice for maximizing the potential and…
Why We Need to Parent Like Dolphins
Aug 6, 2019 • 25 min
Do you ever wonder what your teen would be doing if they weren’t on their phone? Through her groundbreaking digital literacy program Cyber Civics, Diana Graber, author of Raising Humans in a Digital World, is helping kids, teens, and adults across the…
It’s More Than What We Say, It’s How We Say It
Jul 23, 2019 • 34 min
Are you ever mid-conversation with your teen when they suddenly ask you to stop yelling at them? Since when is what you’re doing considered yelling? It’s more complicated than you think. Wendy Mogel, author of “Voice Lessons for Parents,” explains. Get…
Give Respect to Get Respect (Even When It’s Hard)
Jul 9, 2019 • 34 min
This week, Sue and Steph chat with educator and true teen whisperer Amy Speidel about the importance of modeling the attitudes we want to see in our teens, plus the huge rewards that small changes can make in our parent-child relationships.
Want To Be A Good Mother? Be Good To Yourself
Jun 25, 2019 • 25 min
Being a caregiver means constant emotional output. After acting as a nurturing force all day long, who makes sure mom is feeling nurtured and emotionally refueled? Suniya Luthar of Authentic Connections is creating the space for mothers to support one…
Life Skills Your Teen Should Know Before Graduation
Jun 11, 2019 • 29 min
How do parents ensure that their college-bound kids have the launch skills they need to thrive on campus… and what are parents unconsciously doing to prevent these skills from taking shape? This week, author of How To Raise an Adult and former Dean of…
Embracing the Gift of Failure
May 28, 2019 • 33 min
Sue and Stephanie are thrilled to be sharing their first episode of Your Teen with Sue and Steph! They share the origins of Your Teen Media, share some of their most meaningful “a-ha” moments as parents, and are joined by friend of the show Jessica Lahey,…
Coming Soon!
Apr 19, 2019 • 0 min
Sue and Steph are excited to announce their new podcast, which brings the Your Teen Magazine to life. They’ll talk with parents, experts, and teens to support listeners through the journey of parenting. Podcast debuts May 28 with a new podcast every other…