As parents, we know that there are going to be difficult conversations that we need to have — about sex, violence, relationships, substances — but it can be hard to know how to actually talk about them. That’s where author Michelle Icard can help. Her book, Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen helps guide parents through allll the talks (the easy ones and the tricky ones), from how to have them, to what to actually talk about… and a whole lot more.

You can listen right now to Michelle’s chat with Kristen, then be sure to subscribe to our podcast on Apple Podcasts so you never miss an episode!

Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen | Michelle Icard on Spawned podcast

Links and topics from our show

– How to use the B.R.I.E.F acronym that will help you have these conversations (or really, any conversations in your life) with ease.

– When should you actually have these conversations?

– Why tackling tough topics can foster connection between you and your kid.

– The talk that is often surprisingly the hardest (and nope, it’s not sex!)

– Common mistakes that parents make when having these conversations.

If you like this episode, you’ll love our episode about middle schoolers with Judith Warner, and our chat with Jordan Shapiro about parenting digital natives

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