Interview with Your Teen Magazine Editors

Hi everyone,

I was thrilled to have my article on how I Was Uncontrollably Angry After Giving Birth in Parents Magazine.  In it I write, “

Right after I delivered my gypsy-eyed daughter by emergency cesarean section, I remembered I needed to call the phone company over a mistake in the bill. Hopped up on pain medication and sobbing tears of frustration, I yelled at the customer service person “you can’t do this to me. You are overcharging. It’s not fair.”

My husband heard my screaming from the hall, came into the room, and gently took the phone away. “I’m sorry, my wife just had a baby, and she’s exhausted and worn down,” he said. “We’ll get back to you at another time.”

“Estelle, you need to calm down,” he said.

It would not be the last time he told me that. Read the rest of the article here. 

Speaking of parenting. That’s the theme for today.


It was great interviewing Susan Borison, editor/co-founder and Sharon Holbrook, managing editor of Your Teen for Parents Magazine.

Susan and Sharon spoke with me for the ASJA Direct Podcast here.

You can check out all the other podcasts there as well, including an ASJA Conference Preview.

Here is a little bit more about Susan and Sharon.

Susan Borison went to law school, passed the bar, and then chose a different path. After years of raising her five kids and marathon volunteering, Susan co-founded Your Teen Media. The goal was to create a resource for her friends, herself, and anyone with teenagers who was looking for that old-fashioned playgroup support peppered with expert advice. Twelve years later, the distribution has expanded and the delivery methods have changed but the mission remains the same.

Sharon is the managing editor of Your Teen magazine. In addition to Your Teen, her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and many other publications. Find her on Twitter at @sharon_holbrook.

Susan and Sharon answered my pressing questions, offering insight into their lives and choices.

EE: What was/is your biggest challenge as a parent yourselves?

SB: It’s so hard to pick one. The biggest challenge was an outgoing extrovert raising a shy introvert. It took me forever to understand that teaching her how to behave like an outgoing extrovert was not helpful. That’s benign and easy to admit. Harder challenges involved social drama that pulled me in as a peer instead of a parent. I could be heard saying, “And then what did she say?”

SH: I really, really thought I would be a far more patient parent. I always thought I was easygoing and relaxed. But it turns out I need plenty of reliable alone time and that I’m perhaps more uptight than I thought, at least when it comes to parenting. Just ask my kids.

EE: Who is your role model and why?

SB: My go-to person for parenting advice is Amy Speidel, a parenting coach with Conscious Discipline. She offers a perspective that is always new and humbling and often makes me cry. But always makes me more effective as a parent.

SH: My mom and I are different in many ways, but she was (and is) my first and most important role model of a parent. No one is more reliable, more sensible, or more fond of children. My husband teases me whenever I start sounding like my mother, which is increasingly often. “That’s not so bad,” I always reply.

EE: Do you have a favorite quote or rule about parenting teens/tweens?

SB: I wish.

SH: I think teenagers (and younger children) are far more capable than we often give them credit for, and they deserve both our respect and our high expectations.

EE: What is your favorite memory from when you were a teenager?

SB: Being with my friends at overnight camp. I waited all year to get back there.

SH: One thing I loved about being a teenager (and, frankly, miss a little) was the heady feeling of laughing, laughing, and laughing some more over something, anything, nothing. As long as I was with my friends, life was hilarious and giddy.

Thanks ladies!

15 thoughts on “Interview with Your Teen Magazine Editors

  1. Elizabeth O

    Parenting is such a fascinating subject because we view it from so many different lenses and styles. The same applies to teen years and our memories of it.

  2. Megha

    After I became a mom I love reading interviews related to parenting. I am definitely going to check the links.

  3. Heather

    I’ll have to check this one out. I haven’t heard of it, but it sounds awesome.

  4. Stephen

    I think it is sweet that her mom is her hero and inspiration.

    Very cool interview.

  5. Porsha Carr

    Parenthood can be a crazy thing. Thank you for shining light on it with this blog

  6. kristin

    Oh wow see this I needed to read for my own teen/

  7. Elizabeth Tired Mom Supermom

    This is a really great article. Thank you for all the great links.

  8. Sara Welch

    I have three kids, and I feel like every stage of their life brings different challenges for them, and for me! Great read!

  9. Paula Schuck

    I have two teens and can confidently say there is no harder stage yet. They test me like NOBODY’s business some days. I am checking this out and might look into whether they take guest submissions. Thanks.

  10. Funke Olotu

    I think teenagers (and younger children) are far more capable than we often give them credit for, and they deserve both our respect and our high expectations. – this quote is my favorite part of this post, teenagers are more capable than we think, i mean, I’m one so I know.

  11. Subhashish Roy

    I liked the interview. Would check out the links. They seem interesting.

  12. Colleen

    Great read. I love conversation surrounding parenting. It’s always good to have discussion to get more information and inspiration.

  13. Stacie

    I love this interview. I think it’s so wonderful to see the people behind the work. I think it’s great that they talked about their mom experiences.

  14. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Writing about parenthood is a niche that never goes out of style. I am glad that I came across your article. The links you included are really interesting reads.

  15. Snehal

    I want to know the entire story. Well, I am all ears to such real-life incidents as it could make anybody angry. Gotta check out the link to read.

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