Understanding Teen Stress & Anxiety with Emer O’Donnell — A Parent's Guide to Building Love And Connection

Emer O’Donnell has over 20 years of experience in psychology, working in global organizations and as a qualified behavioral change coach. She joins the show to discuss the critical and timely topics of stress and anxiety in our teenagers. 

Emer’s book is called Understanding Teen Stress & Anxiety.

A warning for listeners: this episode features a brief discussion of teen suicide. 

Our conversation covers:
  • Teens are bombarded with messages that they’re not good enough. Where does that come from?
  • What’s going on in the teenage brain?
  • Sources and risks of stress and anxiety
  • “Bad day behavior” and how this shows up and works
  • Why young people struggle to connect and form positive relationships
  • What impacts the quality of a parent's relationship with their teenager?
  • Parents: what we want vs. what we do
  • Tips for active listening and delivering feedback to support your teen
Understanding Teen Stress & Anxiety: A Parent's Guide to Building Love And Connection is available wherever you get your books. Find it on Amazon or learn more at http://www.teenreconnect.com/EmerODonnell 

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About today’s guest
With over 20 years of experience in psychology, working in global organisations and as a qualified behavioural change coach, Emer O’Donnell, in 2016, recognised a gap in young people's education. She went on to build a company that proactively gives them the tools to learn how to live a life they love to guard against tragedies like suicide. Emer now focuses all her work on empowering young people, parents and educators to create meaningful connections and relationships, emphasising the importance of well-being for sustained performance. Emer is passionate about making a difference, believing that young people deserve better. Follow her on LinkedIn

About the host
Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies. He is a leadership development and performance coach for professionals in a range of industries and consults with organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry to help communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano and LinkedIn

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Creators and Guests

Ross Romano
Ross Romano
Co-founder of Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies. Strategist, consultant, and performance coach.
Emer O'Donnell
Emer O'Donnell
Founder Of TeenReconnect. Author. Coach. Trainer. I Work With Individuals, Youth Organisations & Educators To Empower Young People To Live Lives They Love. Created The Q Pathfinder App & The 7Q TeenReconnect Programme.
Understanding Teen Stress & Anxiety with Emer O’Donnell — A Parent's Guide to Building Love And Connection