We’ve had a slew of amazing guests on our Spawned podcast recently, who have offered helpful advice on how to raise our kids. This week, we add another one to the list: Dr. Madeline Levine, a New York Times bestselling author, whose book Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World, is now at the top of our parenting must-reads.

On this episode, she shares stories and insights gained from years of experience as a psychologist and researcher, all of which we think you’ll find immensely fascinating and actionable. From “soft skills” (and why they are hardly “soft”) to mental health issues in teens and what’s causing them, to what parents can do right now to teach their kids things many of us originally thought you were just born with, Liz and I are still talking about how informative this episode was, and we hope you will too.

You can listen right now, but also, take a few seconds and make sure you’re a subscriber so that you never miss an episode. If you have a few moments and can leave us a review, that would be amazing!

And PSST: stick around after the show! We have a special SPAWNED EXTRA surprise for you at the end of this episode that you won’t want to miss.



Ready or Not: A new book by Dr. Madeline Levine | Spawned Episode 249

If you loved this episode with Dr. Levine, you’ll love our past episodes with Dr. Ken Ginsburg. Take a listen!


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Written for You, a new romance novel by Robin Bielman: Check out our interview with her on Spawned

And don’t miss our special SPAWNED EXTRA with Robin Bielman, author of Written For You, out now at Amazon.com.Kristen has a quick  little chat with Robin about coffee, hot guy names, and writer’s block at the end of our regular Spawned episode. We hope you enjoy these short little interviews with amazing authors, brought to you by our sponsor Entangled Publishing.

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Madeline: You can’t help but be inspired by the performance by 11-year old Nandi Bushell with the Foofighters!

Liz: This cold brew maker is the best! (And it’s under $30!)

Kristen: These Penguin Mini books are a great way to get your reading in and stay off your phone when you’re on the go.

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