Parents' Guide to

Hold Me Back

By Diana Baron-Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Father-son debates bridge generational gap; mild language.

Podcast Mental Health & Wellness Independent Average run time: 60 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 8+

Better at improving my relationship with my kids than any book I have read - and I've read a lot!

Binge worthy! I am so grateful for this podcast. It has me thinking about what my kids are experiencing growing up with social media. It has helped me think about grades, sports, popularity, motivation, you name it from a clinical psychologist and family therapist's POV as well as that of a very articulate and thoughtful teenager. I've read a ton of parenting books, but this has made me think about things very differently and changed my relationship with my kids for the better. Well worth a listen for the whole family. Be warned, there is some swearing, so if you're sensitive to that maybe listen first on your own. In our experience, it didn't register with my kids as I think they hear it all at school. I wish this had been available when my kids were younger (I have teens) as it definitely would have changed some of the decisions we made. Glad I have it now, as the College Admission episodes are really helping us think about college. Can't wait to see what they talk about next.
age 13+

Thoughtful Father-Son Debate Backed by Research

This is a FANTASTIC podcast! Not many places can you hear a healthy & insightful dynamic on such a wonderful mix of topics between father & son. They cover all the important issues facing teens, parents, and families today, and always showcase the research to back up their points. They're a ton of fun to listen to, as well. Aidan & Ash are terrific. Can't recommend enough!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (2 ):

The show is a thoughtful examination of how norms and rules for teens are changing due to the ongoing evolution of technology and media. Led by father and son in the thick of these questions, Hold Me Back offers equal measure of raw, personal discussion and thorough engagement with research. Listeners may be surprised by the nuanced contract that emerges between father and son as a result of each conversation. Meanwhile, the Difrawi's dynamic together is a treat and it's clear how much the two respect one another.

As a teenager, Aidan is unafraid of sharing his strong opinions and disagreeing with his father. Ash gives a deeper insight into the parent perspective and how many of the topics discussed also seep into other family dynamics. In one episode Ash is candid about how him and his wife had to seek to therapy because of their differing opinions on their son's grades. This compelling podcast explores what a collaborative approach to crafting rules and expectations could look like for parents and teens.

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