HEALTHY FAMILY CONNECTIONS addresses the many dilemmas facing parents, couples and kids, offering out of the box solutions that empower listeners to confidently meet their parenting challenges.
Being a family in our era is challenging under the best of circumstances. Parents contend with a culture in transition and competing ideas for parenting. Neil Brown, author of parenting hit “Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle,” is a master family therapist with a talent for providing clarity amidst the confusion, addressing common concerns as well as serious problems.
Held Hostage By Our Son’s Suicide Threats
In this episode, Neil responds to a Mom whose young adult son threatens suicide when she talks with him about getting a job or growing up. He has bipolar disorder, is “in treatment” and isn’t showing any bipolar symptoms . She says it feels like she’s living with a terrorist. Neil shows Mom how to not allow herself to be held hostage, take her son’s threats seriously, and get things moving forward.
Am I Holding My Special Needs Kid Back?
In this episode, Neil responds to a Mom struggling with her son about what school to enroll in for next year. Son has special learning needs, but just wants to go to the big local high school and be treated as a “regular kid”. Mom fears he won’t be successful and doesn’t look forward to trying to get the administration to accommodate his needs.
My Son Can’t Get Motivated
In this episode, Neil responds to a Dad whose 16 year-old son is depressed, unmotivated and piling up zeros in his classes. Dad doesn’t want to “come down on him” and add to his depression and wants to know what to do.
Too Much Teen Independence
In this episode, Neil responds to a Mom whose 17 year old is living with his girlfriend, going downhill, and not communicating with his parents.
They Turned Mom Into The Family Sheriff
In this episode, Neil responds to a Mom whose husband agrees with their teenage son, that there’s no difference between Mom having a martini and their son smoking a joint. Substance abuse and teens is of course bad news, but that’s the easy part. Neil gives Mom a plan to change the destructive family dynamic.
Is Our Parenting All Wrong?
In this episode, Neil shares powerful insights from the book Hunt, Gather, Parent by Michaeleen Doucleff. In this groundbreaking book, Michaeleen, an investigative reporter writes what she learns living in three different hunting and gathering cultures with her hard to manage toddler in tow. Her experiences and insights contradict much of what we believe about good parenting.
Wish I Tuned in Earlier
Neil Brown has an excellent podcast for parents dealing with teens. The questions that listeners posed are so relevant to all. He offers sensible solutions to help both parents and teens through a difficult time to become a more loving family. I just wish I tuned in two years ago. I might have saved myself and my 17 year old a lot of heartache.
Not relevant to real situations
I was excited when I found this podcast as a single parent. I tuned into the episode re: what to do if your teen doesn’t want to visit the other parent. None of the tips were realistic for the real world as many split families either have 1) legal agreements they have to abide by; and/or 2) one parent isn’t reasonable to let the teen make their own choices. Felt this podcast was the core of someone’s opinion and not based on actual experience. Needs more research for topics host hasn’t personally experienced.
One of my favorite books and podcasts
I love his approach and his book. It’s encouraging for parents and kids and it’s no nonsense. His advice is easy to follow and doable.