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  1. Childhood, Gender Identity, and Mental Health: Insights from Dr. Elizabeth Henry Jennifer Arvin Furlong 55:42

What happens when a seasoned pediatrician and parent coach, Dr. Elizabeth Henry, joins forces with me, your host Jennifer Furlong, to untangle the complexities of supporting LGBTQ youth? How do we as parents and caregivers approach the difficult, yet necessary, conversations with our children about societal issues like school shootings and their impact on mental health? This episode promises to equip you with the understanding and tools to navigate these hard conversations.

Media bias, technology, and the raw impact of societal tragedies are no strangers to the world of our children. As we dive into our own conversation on these difficult topics, Dr. Liz offers her valuable insights on how these elements influence our children's perceptions, and the importance of being aware of your child's media consumption. We also discuss understanding your child's maturity level and how to tailor conversations that are age-appropriate, acknowledging that parental emotions can shape the way children interpret information.

Finally, we turn our focus onto the often misunderstood terrain of gender identity and the experiences of the LGBTQ community. Dr. Liz highlights the unique attitudes of Gen Z towards labels, and the high rates of depression and suicide among LGBTQ youth. We also discussed the controversial use of hormone blockers for transgender youth. Dr. Liz and I don't necessarily agree when it comes to some of these topics and it's not an easy conversation, but we absolutely 100 percent agree that it's one we all need to be able to have. So join us, as we break down barriers and foster understanding to better support our youth today.

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Jennifer Furlong Author | Podcaster | Speaker | Communication Ace

Jennifer Arvin Furlong (aka Jen) is a communication and media specialist who has kept one foot on the professional side of the industry for three decades and the other foot on the academic side teaching communication and public speaking for almost two of those decades. She is an author, speaker, media literacy advocate, and Marine Corps veteran. Nowadays she stays busy as the Communications Director for Ad Fontes Media, as Board President for Media Literacy Now, as a speaker coach for TEDxSavannah, and as the host of the Communication TwentyFourSeven podcast, “where we communicate about how we communicate.”