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ASK! The Podcast

ASK! The Podcast

By ASK! The Podcast
ASK! The Podcast is an advice podcast for Teens and the Adults who Love Them.

What makes us different? We are a Team of licensed Therapists and young adults (18 - 26 year olds) answering questions of teens and parents.

Teens (12 - 20+) have lots of questions about difficult life situations and don't always have an adult they feel safe asking for help or advice--we're here to answer those questions honestly and anonymously.

Parents have lots of questions about how to help guide their kids through difficult life situations--we're here to help coach you through the struggles of parenting.
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Holidays & Family Dynamics
Thanks to Covid-19, this is the first holiday season in a couple of years that most people have restarted large gatherings for Thanksgiving and beyond.  In this episode, Beth & Syd share easy to implement ideas for dealing with stressful family interactions throughout the holidays.  We talk about how to avoid uncomfortable conversations about trigger subjects and how to learn to stop engaging.  We hope y'all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
November 12, 2021
Teens: EcoStress and how to deal with it
* This is a fairly intense episode and might trigger anxiety or depression in some people.  Please take that into account before you listen to it.  We want you to take care of you! What is EcoStress?  It's anxiety about the future of the planet (or really, the human race).  A lot of teens and young adults are struggling with anxiety and depression about the future due to climate change.  Are you one of them?  Claire, Jack, and Beth talk about why so many people are suffering from EcoStress and concrete actions you can start taking today to use your anxiety for motivation.
October 19, 2021
Parents: High Maintenance Kids & Wallflower Kids
Sometimes we have a kid who has a diagnosis (emotional, behavioral, or physical), that causes them to take up a lot of our time and energy as parents.  Syd and Beth discuss how to make sure your "easy kid" doesn't get lost in the shuffle and how to have a positive relationship with a reactive child.
October 14, 2021
Teens: High Maintenance Sibling? We got you
Ever feel like you're living in your needy sibling's shadow?  Feel like you blend into the background so your parent(s) can focus on your sibling who needs more of their time?  In this episode, Beth, Jack, and special guest Katie, discuss what it's like growing up with a sibling who has special needs and/or requires a lot of extra parental attention.
October 12, 2021
Parents: Our College Freshman looks back at the First Month
*Beth accidentally drops one F-bomb in this episode, so be warned if you don't want your kids to overhear. Our very own Dan shares valuable information from his first month as a college freshman.  He tells Syd and Beth great advice his parents gave him, concrete actions he takes to stay on top of things, and strategies he uses when he's struggling to understand concepts in class.
October 07, 2021
Teens: The University Freshman First Month
What are the first weeks of college like?  We have a couple of college freshmen who share what they wish they'd known, what they wish they'd brought or left behind, how bad homesickness can feel, and how they deal with it. 
October 05, 2021
Parents: Helping your Kids develop Healthy Boundaries
Syd & Beth discuss how to support your kids' development of healthy boundaries, teaching them to say no appropriately, etc.  As always, we love your questions!
September 30, 2021
Teens: Healthy Boundaries
Welcome to Season Two of ASK! The Podcast!  We're so glad you're here. Who needs Healthy Boundaries?  You do, I do, we all do!  Why, you ask?  Healthy boundaries help keep us balanced and safe.  In this episode, Syd and Beth discuss different types of healthy boundaries and how to know when to use them.
September 28, 2021
Panic Attacks--Parents
Do your kids have panic attacks?  In this episode, Syd and Beth discuss how to support them through it and to help them reduce (and eventually eliminate), their panic attacks.  Hey, this advice will help you help yourself if you have panic attacks! Goodbye Season One, Season Two is being recorded and edited as we speak.  Stay tuned, Season Two is coming soon!  Thank you all for an amazing Season One of ASK! The Podcast--we appreciate your listenership.  :)
September 02, 2021
Teens: Panic Attacks!!!!!
Have you ever had a panic attack?  The fear that grips you, tells you that you can't breathe, can't get enough oxygen--maybe makes you think you're having a heart attack?  Panic attacks can be really scary.  Beth and Syd talk about how to conquer panic attacks once and for all.
June 12, 2021
Parents: Happiness!
Your teen says that all they want is to be happy--what do you do?!  What do you say?!  No worries, we've got you covered.  We're talking about choices, attitude, and contentment.  In other words, how to be Happy!
June 03, 2021
Teens: Are you Happy?
How do you know if you're happy?  What is Happiness?  Is there a pill that will make you happy instantly?  Nope, it takes effort sometimes.  That's okay, we've got ya covered.  Syd and Beth talk about what happiness really is in this episode and how to achieve your perfect happiness.
June 02, 2021
Parents: ADHD and your Kid
Hey Y'all!  In this episode Sydney and Beth explain how to know if your kiddo has ADHD.  We talk about different ways to support a kid with ADHD when they're struggling to do their homework.  We also discuss different supports you can ask your child's school for--these do not give your kid a "special education" label (not that it should matter if it helps them with their education, but we know there can sometimes be stigma and judgement from surprising sources).  If you'd like more information, the resources we discussed in the episode are listed below.  If you'd like to ask us for more information, email us at or on Instagram @askthepodcast You can also check out our website for blog posts Resources from this episode:  A great source for articles and other resources to support someone you love with ADHD How To ADHD  Wonderful website and YouTube Channel with short, fun, attention-getting videos about living and thriving with ADHD Binaural Beats Sydney likes:  Binaural Beats Study        Binaural Beats Productivity        Binaural Beats Focus Music  
May 27, 2021
Teens: Got ADHD? Squirrel!
Hey Y'all!  There's been a lot of talk about ADHD lately, including on TikTok!  How do you know if you have ADHD?!  You're good, Syd and Beth talk about how to know, what to do if you do have it, strategies to deal with it naturally (without meds) and strategies that also help support you in addition to your meds.  Remember to send us your questions!   Resources mentioned in this episode will be in a related blog post on our website,
May 25, 2021
Real Talk about Divorced Parents
Our ASK! Team members, Claire & Sean, talk about what it's like when your parents divorce.  Sometimes it doesn't change your life; sometimes it does.  Claire and Sean share their experiences living in the world of their parents' divorces.  Are your parents broken up?  Divorcing?  Let us know what's going on with you--we're here to listen and support you.
May 18, 2021
Parents: Co-Parenting like a Boss!
Do you share a child(ren) with your Ex?  Is it stressful or ugly every time you have to exchange the kid(s)?  We talk you through strategies to survive and thrive Co-Parenting with your child's other parent.  #coparentinglikeaboss #coparentingsuccess #askthepodcast #divorcedparents #betterparenting #exescanbefriends #coparentingforyourkid    Shoutout to: #kidswritejokes 
April 29, 2021
Teens: Got Divorced/Split-up Parents?
Heyyy!  This week we're answering a question about how to deal with parents who aren't "together" anymore and who say mean things about each other to you all the time.  Sometimes it's just one parent who is bitter or angry, but sometimes it's both parents.  We share strategies on how to help your parent(s) understand they're just hurting you and themselves when they complain about their ex.  Are your parents separated/broken up?  Tell us about it.  Maybe your parents are rocking co-parenting--we'd love to hear positive stories about what they're doing right.  If you're struggling with a situation send us your questions.  #askthepodcast #kidsofdivorce #stopfightingoverme
April 27, 2021
Teens: Got Bullies?
Bullying.  It sucks.  Nuff said.  But sometimes it's hard to determine if you're really being bullied or if you just don't like what someone is saying.  In this episode, Beth & Syd lay out the differences.  Then we share strategies for dealing with bullying.
April 22, 2021
Parents: Bullying
Hi Parents!  This week we're defining Bullying and then we offer suggestions on how to support your teen if they're being bullied.
April 15, 2021
Parents: Angry Teens, Part Two: When your teen has been harmed
This episode follows up on our previous episode for parents about teen anger.  In this episode Beth & Sydney address the anger and other emotions that teens struggle with when they've been violated or harmed in some way (date rape, physical bullying/beaten up, hate crime, pedophile online, etc.).  We share strategies for supporting and talking with teens.  As always, we love your questions so send us a DM or email.  
April 07, 2021
Parents: Angry Teens
Dealing with a moody, brooding teen?  In this episode, Beth & Syd talk about how to work constructively with your teen to help them conquer their anger.  We ran out of time to record the second half of the episode, dealing with anger/moodiness as a result of bullying, assault, or other harms done to your child.  We will follow up with the second half soon.  If you have questions for us please DM us on Instagram or Twitter, or send us an email at #askthepodcast #helpangryteen #angryteen #parentofteen #parentingteen
April 01, 2021
Teens: Got Anger? We can help!
Ever feel just pissed off at the world and you don't know why?  Been bullied or otherwise hurt and feeling overwhelmed with emotion/hate and don't know what it is or how to deal with it?  We've got you covered.  This week we're talking about ANGER!! #askthepodcast #angryteen #angry #angermanagement #anger #angryelf  #pissedoff #parentsofangryteens
March 31, 2021
ASK! Team talks about Social Media and Happiness
Claire and Dan talk about how social media and Influencers can impact happiness positively or negatively, it's up to you. #socialmediainfluencers #influencersinfluencehappiness #choosehappiness
March 26, 2021
Learning about Allyship with Angelica Kang, Chief Diversity Officer
In this episode of ASK!, Beth interviews Angelica Kang who is the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) for the City of Albany, NY.  Angelica shares some of her experiences growing up as a Chinese-American and she talks about the importance of underrepresented and vulnerable populations working together to change systemic racism.  We recorded this interview prior to the tragic murders in Atlanta earlier this week.  Angelica joined us earlier tonight on Clubhouse to continue our discussion.  If you have questions for Angelica or us please message us on Instagram or email us at
March 20, 2021
Does Social Media Really Affect Us?
In this episode, our experts talk about their thoughts on how social media and in particular, influencers, affect us all. What does social media do to us and how can we change this? Beth and Syd answer this!
March 16, 2021
Tourette Syndrome: From the perspective of a parent of a child, and of someone, who has it
Penny, Valerie's mom, talks about what it was like growing up with Tourette Syndrome (TS) without knowing what it was and then raising a child with Tourette's and how she tried to make Valerie's experience better.  Penny shares valuable insight into TS and gives parents helpful advice about helping kids understand TS (both kids with it and kids without who meet someone with it).
March 12, 2021
18-year-old with Tourette Syndrome Interview.
18-year-old Valerie talks about her experiences with Tourette Syndrome.
March 05, 2021
The Experts talk about Consent in the Me, Too era
How do you handle consent as a young person?  How do you teach your kids about consent?  This is a huge topic and we begin to tackle it.  Let us know what questions you have about consent. or message us on Instagram @AskThePodcast
March 02, 2021
Experts tackle trust with teens and parents
In this episode, Beth and Syd talk to parents and teens about their thoughts and experience with trust. Is it right to look at you child's phone? How much should I trust my kids? These questions will be answered.
February 11, 2021
Team on hover parents
Today, we are talking about hover parents. We go over how they affect kids and their friends. What can you do?
February 09, 2021
Experts Answer
Beth and Syd talk about their thoughts on Crumbling relationships and getting into the workplace with anxiety.
February 04, 2021
Breakups and getting into the workforce with the team
Dan, Sean, and Jack talk about their experience and thoughts on break-ups and crumbling friendships. They also go on to talk about entering the workforce while suffering from anxiety.
February 02, 2021
Motivation with the Team
In this episode, the team goes over motivation.
January 19, 2021
Resilience with Rushka
Today, Beth is interviewing Rushka about her childhood and how she used resilience to become the woman she is today.
January 12, 2021
This was supposed to be our first episode where we introduce our team.
January 08, 2021
The Experts Conquer Rejection
In this episode, Beth and Sydney talk about some of the best ways to deal with rejecting someone.
January 07, 2021
Rejection With Sean and Jack
This episode, Sean and Jack go into their experience with rejection. They look at rejection from a "teen's" standpoint.
January 05, 2021