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This is the first episode of The Portal which was 100% recorded at home, during quarantine, under social isolation. The guest is none other than my own son Zev Weinstein and the recording was timed to straddle his midnight transition from being 14 into being 15 years old. 

Zev is currently a 9th grader who occasionally posts to his YouTube Channel GenerationZ (https://www.youtube.com/c/GenerationZW) and his Twitter Account @Zev__Weinstein (https://twitter.com/Zev__Weinstein). In this episode, we sit down to discuss history, poetry, COVID19, jewish humor and other issues, as well as the three questions I am frequently asked about on the topic of parenting: 

A) What is the proper approach to parenting a child whose learning differences are significant? 

B) Do you have any novel approaches to parenting? 

C) What is the best way to parent young boys in a world that cannot find a shared positive vision of masculinity worth celebrating? 

Rather than attempt to answer these questions entirely on my own, I thought it would make sense to bring Zev onto The Portal to discuss them with me in his own distinct voice. I hope you will enjoy this episode in the spirit with which it was recorded, and that you will encourage Zev to speak on issues of Generation Z. They are already quite well equipped to discuss how they view the generations above them in handling the world, whose stewardship they will soon inherit. 

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Transcript

For a transcript of the audio essay at the beginning of this episode, see link below:

[I have kept my son, his face, gender and name off of Social Media almost completely for 13 years to preserve his options and anonymity. He has now asked to come forward with a YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCUrd25…]

Everyone wants to know what the generation after the Millenials makes of this world and what will they be like when the come of voting, working, and consuming ages. So, why don’t we just ask them? I’m lucky to have one at home, but if you don’t have one living under your roof you can borrow mine as he’s starting a channel.

I often get asked about my approach to parenting and perhaps this models a bit of it. Here I chat briefly with my son Zev,13, about what it is like to have such a tumultuous time as the current era for your developmental environment. If you don’t have a Generation Z member with whom you can discuss their various lenses, I can say that I feel I’ve learned a lot from having Zev as a guide who always enriches my perspective and often corrects me in this area to keep me from error.

You can follow Zev by subscribing to his YouTube CHANNEL, GenerationZ by clicking the link below: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCUrd25…

His first introductory video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/PQo_rmkWuho