ABOUT THE PODCAST

Are Gen Z-ers being “held back” by their Gen X-er parents? Although teens and parents may live in the same household, we’re learning that they come from very different worlds. Father and son duo Aidan and Ash tackle the differences between their generations in a brand new podcast, Hold Me Back. Committed to bridging the growing generational divide, Aidan and Ash approach each episode with a hot (and sometimes controversial) topic to discuss, debate and challenge how teens today are being brought up. 

EPISODE TOPICS

  • Is Swearing Really a Big Deal?
  • Youth Sports: You Think This is a Game?
  • Left to their Own Devices: Screen Time
  • For Love or Money
  • Do Not Disturb: Parents, Teens & Privacy
  • The Content War: Parenting in an R-Rated World

Each presents research on the subject matter and then debates it from their respective perspective (Gen X or Gen Z). At the end of each episode, the two take part in what they call the “You Convinced Me” section, where they discuss what the other generation has taught them. Through each episode, Gen X and Gen Z (parent and teen) listeners are able to see where they could possibly be holding back the other generation from living their best and happiest life, and hear advice for how they can bridge their own family’s generational gap.

Available on Apple, Spotify, Google, as well as Overcast, Castbox, Pocket Casts, Luminary, Stitcher, Player FM, Amazon Music, Listen Notes, Podchaser.

ABOUT THE HOSTS

Aidan, the Gen Z-er, is a 16-year-old who is going into his junior year of high school. He has a broad range of interests, including Star Wars, complex math problems, volunteering, and participates on his school’s swim and water polo teams as well as the Model UN club. Aidan loves a good debate, so that is where the podcast idea began. 

Ash, the Gen X-er, is Aidan’s dad. He is a clinical psychologist specializing in family therapy and has been an executive at some of the most prestigious companies in the world (he’s currently a CMO), he sits on multiple boards, and is co-author of The Ten Worlds: The New Psychology of Happiness (HCI Books).

TALKING POINTS and TIMELY TIE-INS

  • Summer Sloths: Screen time vs. being productive, should there be a balance? Don’t  teens need a break? Who decides?
  • August is Back to School: Managing school and grades – be a helicopter parent or let them figure it out for themselves?
  • August is Happiness Happens Month – How a parent’s view of their teen’s happiness is vastly different from the teen’s view (the first episode shares great stats for this one)
  • International Youth Day – August 12 
  • Summer youth sports programs and fall school sports seasons – How to find common ground in dealing with expectations and pressures between parent and teen
  • September is Self Improvement/ Self Care Month – Tips for both parents and teens
  • Tips for starting a safe and open minded dialogue with your teen/parent
  • Suicide Prevention Week – September 5-11  
  • International Day of Peace – September 21 
  • International Podcast Day – September 30 
  • National Be Nice Day – October 5 
  • World Mental Health Day – October 10

REVIEWS from podcast listeners and subscribers

“Your sports episode made me realize how many stop signs I have blown through with my kids. This has been eye opening on so many different levels. I have sent this to almost all of my friends. Most importantly, I had my wife listen to it also, because it made me realize some of the things our parents did that we were taking forward, and not in a good way.” 

“These dialogues are a great mix of opinion informed by science and feisty—if friendly—conflict between a father and son who clearly love and respect each other. The research teaches me things that I can immediately put to practical use. A great resource!” 

“We had three generations listen to the podcast on swearing. It was a great listen and easy to relate to as a gen-x dad of three gen-z kids. Insightful, funny and fast-paced, it will definitely entertain you and your family. I am subscribed and can’t wait to hear what’s next…” 

“As someone with teenage kids, this podcast provides thoughtful, well thought out dialogue about how to bridge the divide between more than just parents and teens, but can extend to the workplace and other social situations where the age gap is apparent. Definitely a recommendation to everyone.