1. Raising Teens in a Hypercompetitive Culture with Cindy Muchnick Dr. Cam 28:56

If you want your teen to thrive within our current hypercompetitive culture and uncertain landscape, this episode is for you.   

In this episode  I’m joined by Cindy Muchnick, Educational Consultant and author of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness and Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World, which Katie Couric selected as one of the top 11 fall parenting reads

Cindy shows us how we can best support our teens without having to frantically tutor, manage, and helicopter them.  

7 points to the Parent Compass

  1. Intact relationships
  2. Living a life with purpose
  3. Being confident and secure in one’s capabilities
  4. Attending a “right fit” college
  5. Having a zest for exploration and developing insatiable curiosity
  6. Being able to self-advocate
  7. Embracing new challenges and the mistakes/failures/faltering that come along the way.

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Cameron (Dr. Cam) Caswell, PhD, the “teen translator,” is an adolescent psychologist, family success coach, and co-creator of Thriving School Community, a revolutionary program designed for schools to improve student, staff, and parent well-being.

For over two decades, she has been helping parents build strong, positive relationships with their teens through improved communication, connection, and understanding. Dr. Cam is a TEDx speaker, host of the Parenting Teens with Dr. Cam podcast, co-creator of the “I Am Enough” teen 12-week workshop, author of Power Phrases for Parents: Teen Edition, and co-author of Improving School Mental Health: The Thriving School Community Solution.

Dr. Cam is the mom of a teen too, so she not only talks the talk, she walks the walk!