GOING STEADY, GOING around, being together - what did you call dating when you were a teenager? We wanted to know how the kids these days are doing relationships - and we really wanted to know what's the deal with "hooking up" and "drama" - two terms we've been hearing quite a lot from the younger set. So we asked three teens and guess what? They told us.
KTD producer Sarah Gonzales talked to Eli (19), Sydney (19) and Aviva (18) about the world of dating in high school and college and found that, perhaps, the more things change, the more the stay the same. Listen below...
Susie Carter has learned a lot about how to make relationships work in 25+ years of matchmaking
THE DATING WORLD can be a scary place and anyone who has taken the courageous leap (back) into it knows how difficult it can be to find the right person - especially if you're a single parent or have had a difficult previous relationship or two. Which is why some singles will turn to Susie Carter, Alaska's most notorious matchmaker.
Editor and founder of Alaska Men magazine, Susie Carter got her start finding dates for the single-father clientele at the daycare she ran in the 80's. Since then, she's been helping people find each other for almost three decades and, in that time, she's learned a lot about love and making relationships work.
She shared her perspective on looking for love in the last frontier with KTD producer Sarah Gonzales.
Looking for love, companionship and a life partner means dating – for better or for worse. So this time on Kids These Days! we’re exploring what happens when mom or dad start dating again after a divorce or death of a spouse, and we’ll also turn an eye to teens and dating - how are the kids these days doing relationships (or not)?
What's the best relationship advice you ever received, moms and dads? Share it in the comments below!
IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining host Shana Sheehy in the studio are two professionals with personal experience on the topic.
• Ashley M. Barrera is a marital and family therapist in Anchorage who holds master’s of science in human development and family studies from Iowa State University. She is in private practice in Anchorage where she works with individuals, couples and families on topics related to relationship enhancement, divorce, remarriage and blended family therapy. Ashley is a proud member of a blended family herself, who enjoys sharing her life with her fiancé and his six year old son.
• Kyle Bradford is the man behind ChopperPapa.com, a blog of observations on single fatherhood, divorce, relationships, dating, manhood, and other subjects he lovingly calls "intellectual roadkill". A divorced dad for 7 years, Kyle is profoundly familiar with what it means to be a parent in the "modern family". He resides with his children, ages 8 and 10, in Atlanta, Georgia where he joined us from the WABE studios.
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- Alaska's Favorite Matchmaker - Editor and founder of Alaska Men magazine, Susie Carter has been helping people find each other for almost three decades and, in that time, she's learned a lot about love and making relationships work. She shared her perspective on looking for love in the last frontier with KTD producer Sarah Gonzales.
- Teens Discuss Dating, "Drama" & "Hooking Up" - How do kids today "go out" or "hook up" -- what do those terms even mean? We talked to a few teens about the world of dating in high school and college.
- KTDontheGO: Date Night for Parents - Married couples also need to get out now and then for a little one-on-one couple time. Our AKontheGo blogger Erin Kirkland suggests skipping the traditional "Date Night" for something a little more adventurous.