We’re On CNN!

We have done a lot of work for CNN. Vanessa now writes a column for CNN. Please take a look at some recent ones:

Nonversations: When talking to your teen is one-sided

Perfectionist parents and their always-lacking kids

Why Are So Many Teens Sexting? with Dr Drew

Also check out some of our previous video appearances on CNN:




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  • See Vanessa on Jen and Barb’s MomLife:
  • Our iPhone app was featured on TechCrunch and the Washington Post!


  • CBS 4 3/24/2008, “Understanding the Net-Generation” Click to Play:



  • Wall Street Journal
  • Santa Monica Daily Press (article below)

  • World Journal (article below)
  • Atlanta Insite Magazine (article below)
  • Greg Mantell Show, 3/15/2008
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Playboy Radio, 12/10/2007 with TIFFANY GRANATH


See excerpts, clips and soundbites below.

Recent Press and Activity

Previous Media Appearances:

Vanessa has also been interviewed for a number of parenting podcasts and e-radio shows, here her on Sexy Mom Show by clicking here: Alana Pratt Interview.mp3

3/12/2008 Cocktail Hour with Adrienne Soresi

3/19/2008 AM 650 KGAB Philadelphia Radio 1490. Listen Here.

3/26/2008 WCOJ interview, 6:30am (PST)

3/31/2008 Foz and Tina Show! z107, 8:30am (EST)

4/2/2008 Young Turks Show

4/9/2008 Fox 5 New York

4/9/2008 CFRB Radio

4/11/2008 Watts Radio KXYL, Texas, 3:15pm PT

4/15/2008 WOCM-FM 98.1 Bulldog and The Rude Awakening Show

4/29/2008 TWIT TV Jumping Monkeys with Megan Morrone and Leo Laporte

08/08/08 Check out my interview with Andrew Robinson !

09/09/08 Interview I did at Creating Gen Y Magic

06/18/08 I was on: Parenting My Teen Podcast

05/10/08 Podcast Interview: Stressed Out and Overwhelmed: How to deal with Senioritis and School Burn-Out

06/17/08 Did a recording with Aurelia at Parenting My Teen Podcast on my post on “How to Be A Parental Sounding Board”

10/20/08 Hear me on the Kiva Spirit Podcast !

09/10/08 I was listed on AllTop.com recently, they have a great list of the top parenting blogs !

08/31/08 Talked Today on the Vic Mccarty Show about how teens are handling Sarah Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy

10/22/08 Nice post about us on TravelMuse.

07/28/08 Check out my interview on Y-Talk Radio with Bea Fields on Drugs, Alcohol and Teens (a little oral sex thrown in there too).

08/04/08 I was on Dr Matt Gomes Podcast, give it a listen!

Vanessa Van Petten In The Press

Press Clips Reproduced Below

VisionXY: October 23, 2007

Leadership Highlight

For the past six months, I have been creating a database of the top 100 leaders in America between the ages of 18-35 years of age that I believe are leading effectively and making a positive impact in their family, community, nation, or world.

One of the leaders that I recently had the opportunity to meet through a producer friend of mine was a young woman by the name of Vanessa Van Petten. Vanessa is a recent graduate from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia who is a motivational speaker that has written a book entitled, “You’re Grounded”, and has created an interactive website entitled, “RRules.com” that has been designed to help parents and teens better communicate with one another.

Aside from being a wonderful person and gift to society, one of the three main reasons that I wanted to feature Vanessa in this month’s newsletter is because she’s a great example of young people graduating from college and beginning to make a difference right away, she is also addressing an issue within our society and culture that desperately needs to be addressed, and she is tackling issues that are probably solutions to the many high school and college shootings that we have seen over the past year.

If you would like more information about Vanessa, you can visit her blog at http://vanessavanpetten.com/ to get more information about her, and for more information about her interactive website, you can visit that website at rrules.com.

From the Jewish Review:

Book starts parent-teen conversations

By Deborah Moon

As a high school senior, Vanessa Van Petten wrote a book designed to get parents and teenagers talking. Her 2007 graduation from Emory University coincided with the book’s publication. Now Van Petten is working with teens and parents around the country through seminars and lectures. She will be in Portland Oct. 8 and 9 to talk to parents one night and teens the next.

Starting with a chapter on how the physiological differences between the adolescent and adult brain create miscommunication, the book quickly moves on to practical advice—both for teens and their parents.

It was interesting to read that family meetings so highly touted in books by adults are not viewed as productive by most teens.

One piece of information I found useful was her statement on helping teens avoid burnout: “If you do not help your kids find a good balance between homework, going out and family time early in their teenage years, your kids will find it by experimenting themselves. This leads to rebellion.”

Some ideas are common sense. For instance, a teen will respond better to rules if you give them a reason. “‘Just because’ reasons for your decisions make teens resentful and angry.”

In her chapter on drugs and alcohol, Van Petten describes “the teenage drug culture EVERY teenager is in whether they do drugs or not.”

Van Petten recommends: “Do not be too authoritative when having the drug talk. … Have a discussion, not a lecture.”

I was intrigued by the teenage perspective on concrete tips for intergenerational communication, so I asked my teenage son to read the book too.

He thought the book had some good advice and that the section on the pressures today’s teens face was essential reading for parents. But some of the suggestions—such as ideas for positive reinforcement—reminded him too much of the way he works with preschoolers. And he said the suggestion to find activities of common interests for teens and parents to share, seemed pointless. He said even if an activity was appealing to both, teens aren’t likely to want to do it with their parents.

I guess the book succeeded—We’re talking.

“You’re Grounded! How to stop fighting and make the teenage years easier. A teenage perspective,” by Vanessa Van Petten, 2007, iUniverse, Lincoln, Neb., $13.95, 119 pages.

Featured in the Wall Street Journal
Away, Away and Up
On Campus, and Studying Abroad, With Vanessa Van Petten

Special to The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition

On her 21st birthday, Vanessa Van Petten spent time with her friends and sipped chilled champagne. The happy celebration was interrupted only by freezing wind gusts, the sound of yaks grunting and chest pains caused by breathing oxygen-thin air at 20,000 feet above sea level.
Not a typical birthday celebration for a college student, but then, this wasn’t just another day on campus. Vanessa was on the second leg of a junior-year study-abroad program that took her to Australia, China and, eventually, Camp 1 of Mount Everest in Tibet.

“I’m not a hiker. I’m not a climber. I’m athletic and I run, but I’m not a huge camper,” says Vanessa. “It scared me, but it was the ultimate challenge. It seemed like I could do anything if I could climb Mount Everest.”

Vanessa’s journey began 7,000 miles away and two years earlier on the campus of Emory University, where she enrolled in a beginner’s Chinese language course. “Chinese was the second class I walked into as a freshman,” she remembers. “I couldn’t even say hello in Chinese.” Eventually, though, she became confident enough to choose Chinese and international studies as her majors. “I not only fell in love with the language,” she says, “but I really started to like the culture, because it was so different from my own.”

Hip-Hop Thesis
When the Chinese department approached Vanessa about writing an honors thesis, she chose an unusual topic: Chinese underground hip-hop. To conduct her research, she first traveled to Sydney, Australia, during the first semester of her junior year at Emory to take Asian-studies courses and meet with English-speaking Chinese researchers. Then, she traveled to China in the spring for research and additional coursework at a university in Shanghai.

There, she found an academic environment very different from the one she knew in Atlanta. A typical Chinese dorm might have eight people in one room. And the students are “all about school,” she says. “The universities are so competitive to get into because there aren’t that many universities and they are all state-run.” Since school is so important, Chinese students party a lot less than Americans, she says. Another major difference she found is that Chinese students don’t get to choose a major. “Kids take two examinations in high school: The first examination is to get into college, and the second examination tells them what their major will be.”

With much greater freedom to explore, Vanessa took classes such as Asian Film and Fiction, Basic Chinese History, and Indian Philosophy, which were taught in English. “Classes are really important because they give you a structure to your day,” says Vanessa. “But in China, I learned more walking to class on the street than I did in the classroom.”

After class, she went club-hopping to research the Chinese hip-hop scene for her thesis. “Trying to get in with the Chinese gangsters to interview them about my thesis was one of the most interesting experiences,” she says. “When I say ‘gangsters,’ I mean totally fake gangsters,” she adds with a laugh. Vanessa says the Chinese rappers’ lyrics are open and raw but very different from rap lyrics in America. She discovered that underground Chinese rap is often about love, admiration of hip-hop as a musical form, and dealing with the monotony in everyday life; however, she adds that Chinese hip-hop sounds just like ours. “They even steal some of Jay-Z’s beats and rap in Chinese with their own lyrics,” she explains.
Vanessa describes study abroad as a life-changing experience that gave her a global perspective. “There are a lot of orphans there who don’t have enough to eat,” she says, “I’m very thankful for the things I have now.” She says she experienced a “reverse culture shock” upon returning to see the excesses of American life.

Vanessa says she also was surprised to experience discrimination when she was abroad. Chinese shopkeepers would often overcharge her, assuming that she was rich because of her nationality and race. “It made me realize how people see us and it changed my view of myself,” she says.
Rough Terrain

But Vanessa points to her Mount Everest trek as the moment she knew study abroad had changed her. She almost didn’t go because she was scared of altitude sickness or falling during the hike. Conquering the mountain-and her fears-involved a long plane flight to Tibet, four days traveling over rough terrain in an SUV, and a treacherous climb up the freezing mountain. The best part, she says, was coming down off the mountain and feeling a strong sense of accomplishment. “I did it, even though everything was stopping me.”

Vanessa recommends that students interested in going abroad get their mandatory coursework out of the way early on, so they can fit in a semester or two of study abroad and still graduate on time. They should also start researching scholarships and saving money months ahead of time, as a study abroad can involve higher costs than staying on campus. The college study abroad office offers information on countries, programs and possible side expeditions, and advice from upperclassmen who have returned from abroad can help you determine which programs are worthwhile.
Studying abroad is a tough step for many students, because of the prospect of stepping into an alien culture all alone, without family or friends from home. But Vanessa says that only enhances the learning experience. “I feel like when people go abroad with a safety net, they don’t venture out and try to meet new people or talk to other foreign students,” she says. Other students considering study abroad fear missing a semester’s worth of memories at their home campus. “You do miss out by studying abroad,” she says. “It’s a lie if people tell you that you don’t. Life goes on without you.”

But, she adds, “you come back with so many new experiences that you’ve moved on way further than a lot of people who stayed at normal college. You grow as a person.

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