RoyPetitfils

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About RoyPetitfils

Roy Petitfils is a licensed counselor, award-winning author, speaker and internationally recognized expert in understanding and raising teenagers. You can find him giving TedTalks about communication with teens and on his podcast Today's Teenager.

Helping Perfectionist Teens

In this episode, Roy explores the surprising way that anxiety manifests among many teens today: perfectionism. The teen who has to do most things absolutely perfectly, like homework with little point value or getting upset when not making a perfect score on a test are teens struggling with [...]

By |2019-01-07T17:55:25+00:00January 18th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Existential Depression In Teens

In this episode, Roy explores a form of depression that many adults are unaware young people are experiencing: existential depression. This type of depression is often a of psychological and spiritual experiences in which matters of life and death, freedom, intimacy, and ultimate meaning weigh heavily on a [...]

By |2019-01-07T18:22:49+00:00January 15th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Helping Teens Define Success

  In this episode, Roy addresses one of the greatest sources of anxiety for teens today: the pursuit of an unhealthy and often unconscious definition of success. Roy uses the example of teens who suffer panic attacks after failing tests to address what grades and performance really mean [...]

By |2019-01-07T18:22:28+00:00January 11th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Helping Teens Regulate Emotions

As Roy explains in this episode, more and more teens are having difficulty regulating their emotions. Being “emotional” and having a roller coaster of feelings is a normal part of being a teenager. Yet many teens experience this intensity at unhealthy levels and for extended lengths of time. [...]

Dealing With Teenage Apathy

It’s easy to see how one could assume that today's youth doesn’t care as much as teens once did. Over the years, Roy has discovered several, at times overlapping, reasons teens become apathetic. Many parents and other adults will comment or complain that teens don't care about school, [...]

By |2018-11-30T23:51:49+00:00December 28th, 2018|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

13 Reasons Why Season 2

In this episode, Roy addresses the second season of the controversial Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. Roy begins by detailing the plot of the first and second seasons and then explores the positive and negative elements of the series. Roy offers strategies and talking points for adults who [...]

By |2018-11-30T23:46:40+00:00December 21st, 2018|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?

In this episode, Roy addresses one the questions he's most frequently asked by parents: how do you know how much screen time is enough for kids and how do you know when they're spending too much time on their devices? Roy believes that while there are no exact [...]

By |2018-11-30T23:52:42+00:00December 18th, 2018|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Explaining Vs. Excusing Behavior

In this episode, Roy discusses the difference between letting teens know that we understand their reasons (or lack thereof) for explaining their behavior and giving them a pass for their behavior, thereby excusing it. Roy suggests that as caring adults, we do teens no favors by excusing their [...]

By |2018-11-30T23:52:58+00:00December 14th, 2018|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Advanced Communications Tips For Talking With Teens

It's common for teens to say things to us or about us that provoke strong emotions in us. In this episode, Roy offers strategies to avoid inflicting your emotional reaction on your teen while also acknowledging the incident instead of pretending it didn't happen. Among the strategies Roy [...]

By |2018-11-30T23:53:04+00:00December 11th, 2018|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Interview with John Hodges Davis

In this episode, Roy interviews young adult, John Hodges Davis. John shares his journey as a child and a teen pursuing a golf scholarship and a professional golf career. In his Junior year, John and his family discovered that he was born with hip dysplaysia, ultimately leading to [...]

By |2018-11-30T23:53:11+00:00December 7th, 2018|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments