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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 184

Helping Parents & Teens Navigate Through Life's Toughest Issues - Part 1

with guest Dr. Jessica Peck

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | November 29, 2022 | 31:17 min

Episode 184 | In this episode, Dr. Peck shares about her book and how to navigate through life's toughest issues. As a pediatric nurse practitioner in primary care, over the last 20 years Dr. Jessica Peck has engaged, encouraged, equipped, and empowered families to raise holistically healthy kids.

Today's Guest(s)

As a pediatric nurse  practitioner in primary care, over the last 20 years Dr. Jessica Peck has  engaged, encouraged, equipped, and empowered families to raise holistically  healthy kids.  She guides parents to help navigate challenging parenting  moments to escape shame and stigma with grace, hope, and courage. 

A native Texan, she is  a clinical professor at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of  Nursing. An internationally awarded nursing leader, she served as president  of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Some of her  recent awards include: Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year, American Nurses  Association Advocate of the Year, American Association of Nurse Practitioners  Advocate State Award for Excellence, Lillian Wald Humanitarian Award from the  National League for Nursing, and Distinguished Alumnus at both the University  of Alabama and the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Most importantly, she  has been happily married to a rocket scientist for nearly twenty-five years  and is a mom of four teens.

A passionate advocate for underserved  children and anti-trafficking, Dr. Peck equips families to promote physical,  mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual health. She especially loves  encouraging parents in her clinical practice and equipping them to build  healthy relationships with their children. She speaks to nurses all over the  world while also reaching out directly to parents so they feel engaged,  equipped, encouraged, and empowered to raise resilient, holistically healthy  kids.

Dr. Peck is an  accomplished author of dozens of clinical articles for peer-reviewed  journals, is a regular contributor to parenting magazines, and is a frequent  guest on radio and television shows to promote the health of children. She  has been a regular guest on The Nurse Practitioner Show on Sirius XM’s Doctor  Radio and has also appeared on syndicates for CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox.


Recognizing signs mental health in our teens can be difficult in this day and age. Dr. Jessica Peck talks about the importance of connecting with our teens face to face and shares some tips to better understand where our teens are struggling.  We have to view the world as they see it if we want to connect with or influence our teens worldviews. They discuss the L.O.V.E parenting model as well.

Some topics covered:

• It takes a village to parent kids.  Have someone who is a neutral party that they feel safe and comfortable with, especially in divorced households.

• Teens care about what we think of them.

• Kids today feel the need to be perfect or insta-ready.

• The L.O.V.E. your teen model is 1. Listen 2. Offer open ended questions 3. Validate their emotions 4. Explore next steps together.

• Most common mental health issues in teens today are anxiety/depression and eating disorders.  Some factors for these issues can include genetics and environmental.

• We tend to over-spiritualize mental health and think our faith isn’t strong enough in some cases.


Thanks for listening to Episode #184, Helping Parents and Teens Navigate Through Life’s Toughest Issues Part 1and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach more than FIVE MILLION downloads!

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