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Oct 20, 2021

René Brooks continues as our guest host of Distraction for ADHD Awareness Month with an in-depth conversation about neurodiversity and Black men. René is joined by John Hazelwood, a mental health advocate and awesome human who is using his voice and experiences to help others.

In this conversation John shares some intimate details about his personal mental health journey and speaks about the importance of finding a safe space with people you can relate to. John also stresses the necessity of expressing, not suppressing, your emotions as the pair talk about some of the intricacies of being a Black man with ADHD. 

John on Twitter: @j0n_j0n

John on Instagram: @adhd_j0nj0n

ADHD Mens Support Group on Instagram

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Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Distraction welcomes Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Oct 18, 2021

René Brooks continues her stint as guest host of Distraction during ADHD Awareness Month! Today's episode is the third and final part of a conversation René had with ADHD advocates: Rhashida Perry-Jones, founding coordinator of CHADD in PhiladelphiaNathalie Thandiwae, a neurodiversity resource navigator who helps parents identify and support their child's unmet needs; and Dr. Loucresie Rupert, a child and adult psychiatrist who focuses on neurodiversity, as well as foster care and adoption. 

The episode begins with our guests talking about the importance of parental self-care, as all three are mothers of children with ADHD. Nathalie says, "Our children are intense, and our commitment to them is intense" when talking about why parents need a break.

The conversation moves into a discussion about culturally relevant ADHD resources for Black and Brown children with our guests sharing information about neurodiverse Facebook groups, websites and other places to find connection and community with people of color. "It's very lonely trying to navigate all of this by yourself," René shares in this episode while talking about the origins of her blog, Black Girl, Lost Keys.

Rhashida's Facebook group, Parenting and Caring for Black and Brown Children with ADHD can be found HERE. You can reach Rhashida directly by emailing her HERE.

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Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Distraction welcomes Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Oct 14, 2021

Today our guest host René Brooks continues the conversation about the unique needs of children of color with ADHD. This episode focuses on the lack of knowledge about neuroscience in many practitioners, providers and educators; and how the burden to teach them often falls on parents' shoulders.

Listen to hear our guests' experiences, as well as some insightful advice for parents on navigating the system, including managing expectations, dealing with implicit and explicit bias; and how to reframe your child's behavior for school professionals.

Rhashida Perry-Jones is the founding coordinator of CHADD in Philadelphia. Nathalie Thandiwae is a neurodiversity resource navigator who helps parents identify and support their child's unmet needs. And Dr. Loucresie Rupert is a child and adult psychiatrist who focuses on neurodiversity, as well as foster care and adoption. All three of today's guests have children with ADHD. 

Rhashida's Facebook group, Parenting and Caring for Black and Brown Children with ADHD can be found HERE. You can reach Rhashida directly by emailing her HERE.

We'll be releasing more of this conversation in a future episode so keep an eye out for it, or subscribe to Distraction wherever you listen so you don't miss an episode!

Distraction welcomes Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Oct 12, 2021

Today our guest host, René Brooks is joined by a trio of amazing women for a conversation about the unique needs of Black children with ADHD.

Rhashida Perry-Jones is the founding coordinator of CHADD in Philadelphia. Nathalie Thandiwae is a neurodiversity resource navigator who helps parents identify and support their child's unmet needs. And Dr. Loucresie Rupert is a child and adult psychiatrist who focuses on neurodiversity, as well as foster care and adoption. All three of today's guests have children with ADHD and share their experiences and advice for other parents of Black and Brown neurodiverse children. 

We'll be releasing more of this conversation this week so keep an eye out for it, or subscribe to Distraction wherever you listen so you don't miss an episode!

Distraction welcomes Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Oct 7, 2021

We're welcoming Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, to Distraction as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself.

Today our guest host is joined by Inger Shaye Colzie, a psychotherapist and ADHD leadership coach, for a conversation about accommodations. They talk about the treatment journey and how you have to figure out what you need help with, and then practice asking for it.

As you'll hear in today's episode, René says advocating for yourself is a skill that you need to develop, as there are things that she would never have dreamed of asking for when she was first diagnosed, that she doesn't think twice about asking for now. 

The pair also talk about the give-and-take aspect of accommodations, and how everyone needs help in some part of life, whether they have ADHD or not. And that's where your strengths can come into play, as you'll hear them discuss. 

Like René, Inger Shaye was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, and was a therapist for 15 years before being diagnosed herself. Learn more about Inger Shaye Colzie on her website by clicking HERE.  And you can find  her Facebook group here: Black Women with ADHD

From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Oct 5, 2021

We're welcoming Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, to Distraction as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. Today she is joined by Inger Shaye Colzie, a psychotherapist and ADHD leadership coach, for a conversation about how to work in conjunction with your therapist, psychiatrist or other healthcare provider so you can actually make progress and move forward. They also talk about how to navigate "the ADHD conversation" with your family and why you don't necessarily have to tell them anything. 

Like our guest host René, Inger Shaye was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, and was even a therapist for 15 years before being diagnosed herself. They talk about how the lack of ADHD education for professionals affects Black women and children in particular, as they are much less likely to be diagnosed.

The pair also talk about the importance (and difficulty) of finding a culturally competent provider who understands where you are coming from. René shares the story of feeling like a fish out of water the first time she went to talk to someone, and how that changed when she found the right therapist.

Learn more about Inger Shaye Colzie on her website by clicking HERE.  And you can find  her Facebook group here: Black Women with ADHD

From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 30, 2021

It's the end of September and that means it's time to say goodbye to our guest host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota. In this ep, Alisyn shares a farewell message with our listeners, and we share a little behind the scenes audio from our recording sessions with the longtime news anchor and first time podcast host! 

We're welcoming Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, to Distraction as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, who also has ADHD herself. She has some really interesting episodes planned for October. Take a listen to hear some of what René has in store for our listeners! Mark your calendar for Rene's first episode on Tuesday, October 5th!  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 29, 2021

We're welcoming Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, to Distraction as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, who also has ADHD herself. She has some really interesting episodes planned for October. Take a listen to hear some of what René has in store for our listeners! 

From the Black Girl, Lost Keys website:

René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

And mark your calendar for Rene's first episode next Tuesday, October 5th!  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 28, 2021

You might know Greg Montgomery from his time in the NFL with the Houston Oilers, the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Ravens. His accomplishments as an NFL punter include being named All Pro and playing in the 1994 Pro Bowl, All AFC twice and All Time Best Punter by The Oilers. But as good as he was at football, Greg struggled with his mental health. 

He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1997 and became a vocal advocate for raising awareness about mental health struggles. Unfortunately Greg succumbed to his own mental health struggles in 2020 when he died by suicide. His family speculates that social isolation resulting from the pandemic contributed to his death.

His sister, Margot Montgomery Moran, joins our guest-host Alisyn Camerota, to share her brother's story and talk about the foundation that she, along her with father and other brother, Steve, created to honor Greg and continue his mission of helping others with mental illness, The Gregory H. Montgomery Jr. Foundation. Alisyn grew up in the same town as the Montgomery family and was a friend of Greg's as you'll hear her talk about. 

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. We can all help prevent it. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for your or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential support 24/7. CHAT is also available at National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.org

Or visit BeThe1To.com to find the 5-step safety plan for emotional crises mentioned in this episode. #BeThe1To

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts about this podcast to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 23, 2021

Are people born with a natural ability to recover quickly from difficulties or is this a skill that can be learned? That's the subject of today's conversation between our guest host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota and Lenore Skenazy, founder of the Free-Range Kids movement and Let Grow, the organization that's leading the movement for childhood independence. 

As Lenore says in this episode, "...there are some things that need tension, need a little bit of resistance for them to get strong and resilient... That's why people do weight training, right? You need something pushing against the bone for the bone to become stronger. And children need something in their lives that's isn't just simple an obvious and pleasant and a trophy for them to become strong too, for them to become anti-fragile." 

Alisyn and Lenore discuss the importance of letting children do things on their own, and Lenore shares some simple steps parents can take to help a child increase their independence in a way that is comfortable for both kids and parents.

Learn more about the Let Grow organization and download a FREE copy of the Let Grow Independence Kit HERE.

Get a copy of Lenore's book, Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow, HERE.

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts about this podcast to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 21, 2021

Anxious parents weren't born over night, but a shift can be pinpointed to 1984, when the first missing child's picture was put on a milk carton as part of the National Child Safety Council's Missing Children Milk Carton Campaign. At the same time, the 24-hour news cycle was coming into existence and local stories were frequently becoming national news, a rarity prior to this new news cycle. As a result parents became increasingly aware of the dangers  that could befall their children, and the "helicopter parenting style" become more of the norm than the exception. 

Alisyn's guest today is author Lenore Skenazy, who coined the term "free-range kids" after making headlines for letting her 9 year old ride the subway alone. Through her organization, Let Grow, Lenore is on a mission to make it easy, normal and legal to give kids back some freedom.  

The pair talk about why parents are so much more anxious now and how society has shifted from sympathizing with parents to blaming them when something bad happens to a child.

Get a copy of Lenore's book, Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow, HERE, and learn more about the organization Let Grow HERE.

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts about this podcast to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 16, 2021

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by Bethany Johnson and Dr. Margaret M. Quinlan to continue the conversation about why so many moms feel like they're never good enough at home or at work.

"The threshold for women to be called a bad parent is far lower than it is for men still, and that's an institutional thing..." Bethany says in this episode.

The trio talk about how having a helpful partner can make a big difference when raising kids, but it will never make up for some of the systemic problems that exist, like the lack of good childcare. They also talk about a better way we can support moms and each other on social media that does not involve offering advice.

Our guests today co-wrote the book, You're Doing It Wrong! Mothering, Media, and Medical Expertise and share some of the historical underpinnings of why so many mothers struggle with feelings of shame and guilt regarding their kids. 

Bethany L. Johnson (MPhil, M.A.) is a doctoral student in the history of science, technology and the environment at the University of South Carolina and a research affiliate faculty in the department of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studies how science, medical technology, and public health discourses are framed and reproduced by institutions and individuals with structural power from the 19th century to the present; specifically, she studies epidemics and reproductive health. She has published in interdisciplinary journals such as Health Communication, Women & Language, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Women's Reproductive Health. 

Margaret M. Quinlan (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Communication Studies, Director of an Interdisciplinary Minor, Health & Medical Humanities and Core Faculty Member of the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She examines the nexus of public perceptions of medicine, science, and technology, both historically and presently. She investigates the role communication plays in public understandings of medical expertise, illness, wellness, caring, treatment, health, and healing. Dr. Quinlan has authored approximately 40 journal articles, 17 book chapters and co-produced documentaries in a regional Emmy award-winning series (National Distribution with PBS and available on Amazon).

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts about this podcast to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 14, 2021

Most moms have experienced "mom guilt" or "mom shame" at some point in their children's lives. On today's podcast we talk about the very real, historical reasons why this happens, and about the long-running sentiment in the United States that a woman's true job is to be a good mother. And now with the added pressures of measuring up on social media and taking care of your family in a pandemic, it's no wonder so many moms feel inadequate. 

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by Bethany Johnson and Dr. Margaret M. Quinlan for a fascinating conversation about the history of mom guilt in America. The pair co-wrote the book, You're Doing It Wrong! Mothering, Media, and Medical Expertise and share some of the historical underpinnings of why so many mothers struggle with feelings of shame and guilt regarding their kids. 

Bethany L. Johnson (MPhil, M.A.) is a doctoral student in the history of science, technology and the environment at the University of South Carolina and a research affiliate faculty in the department of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studies how science, medical technology, and public health discourses are framed and reproduced by institutions and individuals with structural power from the 19th century to the present; specifically, she studies epidemics and reproductive health. She has published in interdisciplinary journals such as Health Communication, Women & Language, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Women's Reproductive Health. 

Margaret M. Quinlan (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Communication Studies, Director of an Interdisciplinary Minor, Health & Medical Humanities and Core Faculty Member of the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She examines the nexus of public perceptions of medicine, science, and technology, both historically and presently. She investigates the role communication plays in public understandings of medical expertise, illness, wellness, caring, treatment, health, and healing. Dr. Quinlan has authored approximately 40 journal articles, 17 book chapters and co-produced documentaries in a regional Emmy award-winning series (National Distribution with PBS and available on Amazon).

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts about this podcast to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 9, 2021

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in the United States and as Dr. John Draper says in this episode, "It's not going to be the mental health system that fixes this. It's going to be parents, schools and the media that's going to make a difference." 

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by Dr. Draper, the project director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, to continue the conversation from this week's previous episode. 

Alisyn and he talk about the shortage of mental health care resources available and the good news about what parents can offer their kids that therapists can't. They also discuss the critical importance of talking about suicide and why you shouldn't shy away from the subject.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for your or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential support 24/7. CHAT is also available at National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.org

Or visit BeThe1To.com to find the 5-step safety plan for emotional crises mentioned in this episode. #BeThe1To

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts about this podcast to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 7, 2021

The rates of suicide have increased by 10% every year for the past 5 years, and have gone up steadily since 2007. Why is this happening and what can we do about it?

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by Dr. John Draper, the project director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, to talk about the alarming rise in suicide attempts, particularly in girls aged 12-17. They discuss what triggered this increase and to what extent the pandemic and resulting social isolation have contributed to the problem. 

Alisyn also shares some of her own personal struggles with depression as a teenager as well as her concerns for her own kids' mental health.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for your or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential support 24/7. CHAT is also available at National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.org

What do you think of this episode? Email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 2, 2021

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by her twin 16-year old daughters and Dr. Lea Lis, The Shameless Psychiatrist, for part two of a revealing conversation about what dating and romance is really like for teenagers today. 

Building on the conversation from our previous episode, Dr. Lis reminds us that boys shouldn't be left out of this conversation. "I see so many of them are just lost," she says. "They don't connect. They can't form bonds. Moms and dads don't say anything. They'll talk to the girls. And they don't say anything to boys," Dr. Lis can be heard saying in today's episode. 

Dr. Lis shares some practical advice about how to talk to boys about sex, and offers detailed suggestions for "coming of age rituals" to help young men and women navigate their passage into adulthood. 

You'll also hear Dr. Lis' best tips for teenagers on how to navigate relationships and sex. 

Parents need to be having these conversations with their kids and this episode will give you the skills and tools to start the dialogue. 

Dr. Lis book, No Shame, Real Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Self-Confidence, and Health Relationships is available HERE

Let us know what you think! Email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Aug 31, 2021

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by her twin 16-year old daughters on the podcast for a revealing conversation about what dating and romance is really like for teenagers today. They are joined by Dr. Lea Lis, The Shameless Psychiatrist, for a candid conversation about the rise of the hook-up culture, why your first sexual experience should be special, and how parents from the 80's need to back-off a bit and not force their own teenage experience on their kids. 

Dr. Lis shares some insights about how the pandemic has affected relationships, how to talk to teen girls about sex and prioritizing their own pleasure, as well as the shame that many feel if they're "not being a nice girl" and how to counter it. Dr. Lis recommends teens "set expectations up front" before a situation arises.

Dr. Lis book, No Shame, Real Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Self-Confidence, and Health Relationships is available HERE

There's a lot to dive into in this episode so please let us know what you think! Email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  And keep an eye out for the rest of this conversation when we release it on Thursday!

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Aug 26, 2021

Our guest-host and mother of three, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, continues her conversation with longtime ABC News correspondent (and fellow mom of 3) Gloria Riviera about the prevalence of mom guilt in our society, and how we can change our current childcare system to alleviate the guilt so many working parents feel. They talk about who is getting it right and where we should look for inspiration, from countries to corporations and even our own military.  

Gloria shares the startling fact that only 4% of US companies offer some form of childcare assistance, and talks about some of the things progressive workplaces like Patagonia are doing to retain new parents as employees.  

The pair also talk about the preschool meeting moment when Gloria stopped striving to be a perfect parent.  

Gloria's latest project, No One Is Coming To Save Us from Lemonada Media, a limited-series podcast she hosts featuring Kristen Bell, explores America's broken childcare system and how we fix it. Take a listen! 

We want to hear from YOU!! Let us know what you think! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. 

Aug 20, 2021

If you're a mom chances are you've experienced mom guilt. Unless you're like our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, who hasn't felt guilty as a mom, ever! This week Alisyn Camerota, speaks with longtime ABC News correspondent Gloria Riviera about the pressures of motherhood and why many moms feel like they can never do enough. 

The two highly successful working mothers talk about where they think mom guilt comes from and Gloria, a mother of three, talks about being a good role model for your kids, even if that means missing one of their events.

"I want my kids to know that I do other things that make me happy and make me satisfied," Gloria says in this episode. "And so if I have to miss something because I'm doing something I love, A, doing something I love provides for my family and B, it's important to who I am as a person now..." she continues.

They also talk about how the pandemic and other recent events have ushered in a new era of news reporting where it's okay to show more emotion. 

Gloria's latest project, No One Is Coming To Save Us from Lemonada Media, a limited-series podcast she hosts featuring Kristen Bell, is about America's broken childcare system and how we fix it. Take a listen!

We want to hear from YOU!! Do you experience "mom guilt" and if so, where do you think it comes from? Let us know! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. 

Aug 19, 2021

We're kicking off our 6th season of the podcast with a series of episodes hosted by CNN anchor, Alisyn Camerota! Alisyn is the mother of three teenagers and will be speaking with celebrities, experts and other professionals to talk about the issues families are facing right now. 

Today we're sharing the second part of Alisyn's conversation with with actress, entrepreneur and mother of four,  Heather Dubrow. The star of The Real Housewives of Orange County and Alisyn talk about why moms feel pressure from social media, the surprising fact that your teenagers don't always hate you, and Heather shares some solid advice for parents.

And of course they talk about Heather's return to reality television for the 16th season of Housewives, and what the experience has been like for her and her family.  

Next week, Alisyn speaks with ABC News correspondent Gloria Riviera, about the struggles working parents face in the United States to find quality, affordable childcare and her new podcast series featuring Kristen Bell that explores this issue, No One Is Coming To Save Us. Gloria also reveals her own struggles with "mom guilt" as the two talk about the vast differences in how they were brought up in the 1980s, versus their own kids today.

That episode drops on Tuesday!  

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Reach out with your questions and comments by sending an email to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

 

Aug 17, 2021

We're kicking off our 6th season of the podcast with a series of episodes hosted by CNN anchor, Alisyn Camerota! Alisyn is the mother of three teenagers and will be speaking with celebrities, experts and other professionals to talk about the issues families are facing right now. 

Today Alisyn speaks with actress, entrepreneur and mother of four,  Heather Dubrow. Alisyn and the star of The Real Housewives of Orange County talk about the challenges of raising teenagers who are prepared to leave the nest, talking to your kids about sex, drugs and alcohol; and whether nature or nurture has more sway when it comes to who your kids grow up to be. Heather also shares her best advice for raising happy and well-adjusted kids. 

Remember to listen on Thursday to hear part two of Alisyn's conversation with Heather! They talk about mom guilt (something neither one of them experiences), how to raise grateful human beings, and how to support your kids no matter what they're going through. 

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Reach out with your questions and comments by sending an email to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

 

Aug 11, 2021

When we launched Distraction 5 years ago, the world was a different place. The pandemic has changed us, and our daily lives. So for our sixth season, we're expanding the scope of Distraction to include conversations about these new challenges. 

And we're kicking things off with our first guest-host, Alisyn Camerota! Alisyn is a journalist, author, and anchor of CNN Newsroom with Victor Blackwell. She's also the mother of three teenagers. Alisyn has some incredible episodes and guests lined up that include discussions about parenting, motherhood, mental health and more. Take a listen to hear the details!

And mark your calendar for our first episode of Season 6, next Tuesday, August 17th! Alisyn will have a very special first guest! 

As always you can continue to reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com! 

Aug 10, 2021

The Olympic Games may be over, but we're still feeling the excitement of the past few weeks. So that's why we're re-sharing this conversation with 3-time Olympic gymnast and gold medal winner, Muriel Grossfeld, from our very first season. Ms. Grossfeld talked about her experience and what it takes to be an elite-level athlete. This episode also features a conversation with the author of The ADHD Affected Athlete about how ADHD actually helps people excel in certain sports. 

This episode was originally released in August 2016. Sadly, Ms. Grossfeld passed away in January of 2021 at the age of 80. 

https://www.amazon.com/ADHD-Affected-Athlete-Michael-Stabeno/dp/1412032423

Aug 5, 2021

The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade over three years ago stunned many of us. Listen back to Dr. Hallowell's reaction to the news in this mini Distraction from June 2018. (Season 6 starts later this month.)

"Life is messy," he says. "Let's not be phony or drive people into hiding with the terrible constrictions of shame," Dr. H goes on to say.

Dr. Hallowell has long been on a mission to end the stigma of mental illness. He shares his thoughts on celebrating human life in all its forms, the good and the bad, and getting people the help they desperately need.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with someone, or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org where online chats are available 24/7.

 

Aug 3, 2021

She’s taught thousands how to take action and realize their dreams through her award-winning show, MarieTV, and training program, B-School. Full of inspiration and optimism, Marie Forleo lives her life by the mantra, “Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.” Listen as she and Ned talk about cynics, fear and getting what you want out of life.

http://marieforleo.com

http://www.stevenpressfield.com/the-war-of-art/

This episode was originally released in June 2016. Season 6 begins soon!

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