Mar 4, 2021
Going through the teenage stage with your children is a stressful time for everyone, but what if your teen was also a famous TikToker? Today’s guest is Kyle Kaplanis, a step-dad to four and father to a social media star. In this episode, he shares his amazing insight into using social media within the family and how to approach the needed open conversations around sex, alcohol, and everything else.
Listen in as Kyle shares his experience joining a family of four children without having any children of his own and the dynamic with his partner and her ex-spouse. You will learn why it is important to make your children feel safe and supported, the responsibility that comes with being a celebrity/influencer, and how to respond to “haters.”
2:25 - 5:05 - What Kyle’s family dynamic is like.
5:05 - 7:37 - What it was like joining a family of four children.
7:37 - 10:00 - Why Kyle let the kids come to him instead of trying to force the relationship.
10:00 - 20:20 - How Kyle and his family supported his step-daughter when she started gaining traction on TikTok.
20:20 - 27:40 - The importance of allowing for open conversations around tough subjects with your kids.
27:40 - 43:03 - The negative effects of being an influencer.
“I went into my relationship with the kids not trying to replace anybody.” - Kyle Kaplanis
“We have to remember that these kids grew up in the era of technology, so to tell them they can’t [join social media] is like saying they can’t play at the park with their friends.” - Kyle Kaplanis
“You have to remember for those who are looking for fame, it comes with a ton of responsibility.” - Kyle Kaplanis
3 Interesting Clips:
8:00 - 9:35 - Why Kyle found it so easy to join another family—without any drama.
13:19 - 14:05 - How getting involved together on social media brought Kyle’s family closer together.
20:20 - 22:00 - The importance of having open conversations with your children.
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