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The Parent Pep Talk is a heartfelt and humorous podcast filled with advice and understanding from empathetic experts, honest parents, and teens who are willing to talk. It’s for all parents looking for a little perspective, a few well-tested tips, and the feeling that you're probably doing a lot better than you think, even if it doesn’t always feel like it. 

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The Parent Pep Talk is brought to you by:

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How the Podcast Works

Each podcast has three segments.

The first segment is an interview with an expert. This is a person who not only understands the topic but also understands parenting, so the advice is going to be really practical and realistic.

The second segment is called “Off the Record” where a panel of kids answers your questions. It’s a great way to get some insights into what your kids are thinking.

The final segment is “Taking One for the Team.” This is when a fellow parent “takes one for the team” by sharing an awkward story that might not paint their kid, or their parenting, in the best light but it hopefully helps the rest of us realize that there are no perfect kids, no perfect parents, and that we’re all doing our best.

Plus, every episode includes a Safe Kids Tip of the Week.

Gary Karton, Host

Gary started his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the last 20 years working in the world of nonprofits to help children and families. He is currently the Content Advisor for Safe Kids Worldwide. Gary is the author of The Last Akaway and The Rock of Sarraka, the first two books in an award-winning fantasy adventure series for middle-grade readers. He is also the co-author of No Free Lunch, One Man’s Journey from Welfare to the American Dream. Finally, Gary is the father of two boys and has been on a 19-year journey to learn everything he can about parenting.