23 episodes

It's in the family we learn the skills of living together. We first
learn that we are loved, understood, wanted and cared for,
and in most cases it's in the family we are formed to be who we are.

But our biggest hurts, failures and tragedies can also occur
within the family.

For most of us we have to learn as we go!

For over 70 years Majellan has provided advice, shared stories
of family life and helped family members deal with the problems that arise.

We've helped thousands with their family issues.

Join us in this new podcast series. Together we’ll set about
Figuring out Families.

Figuring out Families Majellan Media

    • Kids & Family

It's in the family we learn the skills of living together. We first
learn that we are loved, understood, wanted and cared for,
and in most cases it's in the family we are formed to be who we are.

But our biggest hurts, failures and tragedies can also occur
within the family.

For most of us we have to learn as we go!

For over 70 years Majellan has provided advice, shared stories
of family life and helped family members deal with the problems that arise.

We've helped thousands with their family issues.

Join us in this new podcast series. Together we’ll set about
Figuring out Families.

    Faith and Spirituality in Families- Focus Session with Derek Boylen

    Faith and Spirituality in Families- Focus Session with Derek Boylen

    In this session we explore how faith and spirituality effect relationships in the pressure of daily life.

    Derek and David are joined by special guest Karen (Derek’s wife) to explore the importance of taking time to strengthen our ‘spiritual being’ and how in doing so we build closer more loving relationships.

    Topics covered in this session:


    The meaning of spirituality
    Spirituality, faith or religion?
    How we experience spirituality in the day-to-dayness of life.
    Learning to see our family members with new eyes. How to behold them.
    Opening space in your family for spiritual conversations to occur more naturally
    Thinking about what you’d like to pass onto your children and how to be intentional
    Finding people your family can journey in faith with.
    First steps if you’re very new to this but want to explore faith and spirituality more.


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    • 33 min
    Love Languages, Focus Session with Derek Boylen

    Love Languages, Focus Session with Derek Boylen

    What are love languages? Put simply, they are the ways we show love and interpret love back.

    It is the language we speak when expressing love.  And it is important to know that your love language may be different to that of your loved ones. This means there is room for misinterpretations and can be a cause for lack of connection.

    In this Focus session Derek describes what the five love languages are and shows us how we can express our love more deeply – to our partner and our children in their love language.

    If you have or haven’t heard of love languages before you will enjoy the way Derek presents this most interesting topic


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    • 30 min
    Problems and Relationship Repair - Focus Session with Derek Boylen

    Problems and Relationship Repair - Focus Session with Derek Boylen

    All relationships are tested at one time or another and there is nothing wrong with a good argument. In fact, it can be healthy.

    Arguments in a relationship are inevitable! Even if we had the best communication skills in the world there are still going to be times when we have different expectations or goals or values which can to lead to a disagreement of some sort.

    In this session we explore the steps to help address problems when they arise and how disagreements and arguments can in fact enrich a relationship.

    Join David and Derek to find out more.


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    • 31 min
    Keeping Fun and Romance Alive - Focus Session with Derek Boylen

    Keeping Fun and Romance Alive - Focus Session with Derek Boylen

    When we think about what it takes to build strong lasting family relationships we often focus on the big guns of trust, honesty, loyalty, etc. However, an essential part of meaningful relationships is also fun, humour and laughter. Those are also play a big part of the job of building a healthy family life.

    Having fun and including romance in relationships is a choice, not something we do, just when we feel like it. In this session Derek talks about the importance of planning for fun in the family and explains what love rituals are and how to keep romance alive in your relationship.


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    • 32 min
    Love Maps, Focus Session with Derek Boylen

    Love Maps, Focus Session with Derek Boylen

    Having a strong loving relationship usually means you have a good understanding  of what is important to your family members. 

    In this Focus Session we explore Love Maps and how they can help to gain a deeper knowledge of the people we care most about and therefore build stronger relationships.

    Understanding Love Maps gives us a valuable means of getting to know and appreciate our partners and children better to help avoid conflict, and most importantly build strong, loving bonds.

    Derek and David discuss what Love Maps are, how to grasp them and how to apply the knowledge to make our relationships the best they can be.

    This is a fascinating session


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    • 31 min
    Communications Part 2: Focus Sessions with Derek Boylen

    Communications Part 2: Focus Sessions with Derek Boylen

    In part two of our Communications session we take a closer look at how emotions impact on our relationships and how we communicate.  
    We are also joined by some special guests to get children's perspective on communication.  

    We suggest you listen to part one first. Click Here to go to Part 1 .

    Communication is the theme of the second session of our focus series with Marriage Counsellor Derek Boylen.

    As much as good communication can build positive bonds and mutual respect, so can poor communication remove trust and break down the foundation of a relationship.

    An entire series could be focused on this topic alone. However we have condensed the subject into two incredibly informative sessions, with part I & II.


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    • 35 min

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