Eps 328: Kirsten Cobabe Teaches Us How to Deepen Our Relationships With Teens

Episode 328

My guest this week is Kirsten Cobabe.

Kirsten has worked with families for over twenty years, supporting parents and young people navigating the waves of adolescence by becoming authentically curious and truly present.

During her time as a social worker, she was coined the Teen Whisperer. Her ability to meet young people where they are and invite parents into this world offers a new space for connection; a modern lens of radical acceptance.

Kirsten guides families into an empowered, joyful and connected life during some of the most transformative years. She has coached countless parents and caregivers, helping them to recalibrate and strengthen their relationship with their teens. 

She supports families in fostering rapport, cultivating conscious connections, transforming obstacles and restoring harmony in the home. While recognizing the unique struggles of this generation, Kirsten also sees the need to nourish the creative force behind each person she is fortunate to encounter.

As we raise our consciousness, we can raise the next generation.


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Takeaways from the show

  • How Kirsten was drawn to this work
  • The work of connecting with teenagers
  • Most powerful parenting tool is relationship
  • Small moments that create connection
  • Lifelong growth and discovery within parenting
  • Choosing relationship over control
  • Kirsten’s teen years
  • Helping teens find their inner guidance
  • Success is different for everybody
  • Stepping out of the linear lens
  • Being patient navigating early adulthood
  • Getting curious about your teen’s extreme thoughts
  • Humans seeing humans
  • Naming and validating emotions 
  • Mending relationships to come to a new place
  • Remembering our teens are doing the best they can


Kirsten’s Instagram | Website

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