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Hosted by Mr. Patrick Reidy, Plugged In is a monthly podcast offering personal and professional insights from guests with hands-on involvement in the life of adolescents and expertise in education and related fields. Our goal is to partner with parents and adults involved in the formation of young men and women by inviting them to tune into ongoing and engaging conversations that offer insight into the lives, habits, culture, gifts, and challenges of the current generation of adolescents. We hope these insights will enable all of us to raise young men and women of deep faith, sound intellect, and exceptional character.


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Is teen life really that stressful? Are adults over-diagnosing teen "anxiety? Join this insightful conversation with veteran teen therapist and speaker, Mary Naimie. Mary gives us the real scoop on today's teen pressures, discusses their legitimacy, and suggests ways parents can navigate a whole new adolescent world.

Identify Formation Wrap Up

Pat Reidy and Cara Morales are back with this month’s Identity Formation wrap up! Tune in as they debrief about recent classroom conversations they and the IF Team had with students about the Newport Beach scandal, racism, human dignity, the college party scene, and more.

Five Movies You Have to Watch with Your Teen

Speaker, author, and podcaster Patrick Coffin joins Plugged In host Pat Reidy for a quip-filled, entertaining conversation that gets at the secret behind the movies we love. Mr. Coffin explains what is at the heart of a every great story, and explains the genius behind five classics that every family should watch together . . . more than once!

Identity Formation Recap: February 2019

This month Cara Morales and Pat Reidy join forces again with a quick summary of the quarter’s Identity Formation summation, where they talked with teens about mental health and college challenges.

True vs. Toxic Masculinity

Host Patrick Reidy responds to the Gillette Razor commercial and the mega-debate that has been ignited around it. What does it mean to be a man? Is masculinity "toxic"? Is aggression always bad?

Dr. Cliff Patterson: Relational Parenting

Teens can be a handful! Dr. Cliff Patterson gives laser-sharp advice to parents and offers them practical tips for disciplining their adolescent sons and daughters with confidence, humor, and grace.

Identity Formation Recap: November 2018

Cara Morales joins host, Pat Reidy, in a summary of the talks given to 9th-12th graders in their November Identity Formation seminars. Topics include masculinity and femininity, friendship, dating, and the hook-up culture.

Cara Morales: How To Talk to Teens About Life

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, theologian, teacher, youth minister, wife and mother, Cara Morales brings a host of creative gifts to the table and young people respond. Morales will show you how to talk to your teen about life and its challenges.

Sarah Swafford: Dating Dysfunction Among HIgh School and College Students

One of the most powerful statements you can make, says Sarah Swafford, is, "I promise not to use you." In this dynamic interview, the author, speaker, and former college RA helps parents make sense of the growing dating dysfunction among high school and college-aged kids, and makes practical suggestions for saving your sons and daughters from the drama that accompanies the hook-up mentality. 

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Patrick Reidy is the Vice President of Mission and Faith at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA. He is responsible for overseeing the faith formation of students, faculty, and staff and for ensuring mission effectiveness.

Mr. Reidy is a frequent speaker and lecturer on topics related to faith, culture, youth, and the dignity of the human person, and has spoken publicly throughout the U.S., in Mexico and in Latin America. He has had multiple radio appearances on both English and Spanish radio. His recorded presentations are available at Lighthouse Catholic Media.