• Summary

  • This podcast is for adolescents and the adults who annoy them. You want to have a good relationship with your teen and you also have to get them ready for the real world. Jenny Debevec, a counselor and academic consultant with 20 years working with teens, helps you maintain your sense of humor, offering motivation, advice, and support as we walk this sometimes smelly road. You will hear fun discussions and let’s get real interviews with parents, kids, and experts about topics like college applications, sex and gender identity, social media, relationships, learning disabilities, parent self-care, divorce, and more! If you need a laugh, a little advice or just want to know you’re not alone, listen in.
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Episodes
  • Episode 6: SEX and Empowered Puberty

    Dec 15 2021


    In this fun and uplifting episode we take a look at one of the biggest land mines and causes of tongue tied-ness of raising our generation in bloom: sex and puberty .

     What are the most pressing concerns of teens and their adult caregivers  today? 

    What do teens want to tell you but can’t? 

    What does our evolving understanding of sex and gender identity mean in terms of sex education?

     Featuring our guest experts from One Medical Nina Metsovaara, FNP, and Maya Brooking, PA. For more information about their program, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/o/one-medical-kids-28900536473

    This episode we are sending proceeds from every download for the next month to MyGenderDolls. MyGender Dolls are a therapeutic tool in which kids can select bodies, genitals, clothes, and other accessories as a way to visualize their anatomy and genders, so all kids can see themselves represented and know they are valid.

    For questions, comments, or to hire Jenny for academic consulting or guest speaking, email smellsliketeenparent@gmail.com.

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    19 mins
  • Spotlight on Huckleberry Youth Programs: Interview with Executive Director Doug Styles

    Dec 11 2021

    Bringing you a special interim episode spotlighting one of the organizations Smells Like Teen Parent supports with every download our listeners make. For each download from episode four, creator Jenny Debevec will donate a dollar to this organization. 

    Huckleberry’s mission is to educate, inspire, and support under served youth to develop healthy life choices, to maximize their potential, and to realize their dreams. Since 1967, they have been providing San Francisco and Marin youth and their families with a network of services and opportunities by caring peers and adults.

    For teens and their families everywhere, adolescence can be a difficult time. Many low-income youth face additional barriers, risks and pressures, making these years even more critical. Though challenging, adolescence presents a unique opportunity to change course and make choices that will lead to a more promising future. For over 50 years, Huckleberry has partnered with teens and families to overcome adversity.

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    13 mins
  • Teen Friendships: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward!

    Nov 24 2021

    In this podcast episode we take a look at Adolescent Relationships: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward. What makes adolescent friendships so important? How can we help them get through conflicts and heartbreak? What are ways to support teens making healthy friends and setting boundaries?  Hear the latest research, honest reflections by adolescents themselves, and advice for our parent listeners. 

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    15 mins

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Insightful and fun!

I really enjoyed this podcast. Jenny Debevac is a high school counselor and a parent, so her experience with adolescents is both broad and deep. What makes an adolescent successful? What is success anyway, and why do we define it differently for adults and teenagers? The podcast is full of interviews with teachers and students, making for a lively and thoughtful discussion of the issues that face teens and their parents.

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Insightful. Honest. Helpful.

Loving this podcast and looking forward to more to come!! A teen perspective (Jenny’s daughter) is helpful. This podcast is such a breath of fresh air and I so appreciate the emotional validation.