Best of Both Worlds podcast: Preventing and talking with kids about addiction with Jessica Lahey

The adolescent years are hard to navigate. Young people’s brains are wired to establish separate identities for themselves, and to try risky things. What can parents do to boost the chances that this experimentation and risk-taking doesn’t lead to long-term negative consequences?

To help answer this question, Jessica Lahey joins us for this week’s Best of Both Worlds podcast. Jess is a teacher, a mother, and as it happens, a recovering alcoholic who wanted to help steer her sons away from their family legacy of substance abuse. She talks about her book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, and shares some ways to talk with kids about brain development and addiction. One important takeaway: You can start having these conversations a lot earlier than you probably think you should be having these conversations. There’s lots of great advice in here, so please give it a listen! (And check out Jess’s other work, such as The Gift of Failure, and her podcast with KJ Dell’Antonia and Sarina Bowen called #AmWriting).

In the Q&A a listener writes in about the challenges of raising children and caring for aging parents. We’d like to cover this topic more in depth, so feel free to suggest ideas and resources.

2 thoughts on “Best of Both Worlds podcast: Preventing and talking with kids about addiction with Jessica Lahey

  1. I am listening to an audio book called Being Mortal, the author was on the podcast Kelly Corrigan wonders, the book is about caring for aging parents and the state of care for the elderly in this country and others. It is a very interesting book and the podcast was great might be helpful resource if you decide to cover this topic.

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