HEALTHY FAMILY CONNECTIONS

Out of the Box Thinking for Family Success


with Neil D. Brown

HEALTHY FAMILY CONNECTIONS



Healthy Family Connections is sponsored by NeilDBrown.com

Our mission is to empower parents, teens and couples in every family in the U.S. and beyond with skills for healthy interpersonal connections. It’s a mission we can achieve by engaging people, one conversation at a time, and providing ways to upgrade the dynamics of their interactions. Our motto is "out-of-the-box solutions for family success.”

Will you be the next family that gets empowered?

If so, there are two ways you can get started right now …

1. Sign up at neildbrown.com for a weekly family tip in your inbox to improve connections in your daily life … and

2. Ask a question and we’ll answer it on a Healthy Family Connections podcast episode. 


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Description

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.

  • What To Expect From the Healthy Family Connections Podcast

    Released on November 8, 2016 Duration: 00:05:40

    In this first podcast, Neil gives context for this podcast series. We all want our families to be healthy and happy. We aren’t always prepared for the inevitable challenges to creating this health and happiness. This podcast provides practical guidance for creating, and sustaining, healthy dynamics in your family, dealing with the way the world is changing around us and the uniqueness each of us brings to our family.

  • How Much Screen Time is Healthy?

    Released on November 8, 2016 Duration: 00:05:19

    Our question in this podcast comes from Jess, from Oakland, California. Jess asks, “How can we set aside screen time, without constantly arguing about it?” Neil provides a way to think about screen time and how to deal effectively with the behaviors that surround it.

  • Sisters Who Won’t Get Along

    Released on November 15, 2016 Duration: 00:11:02

    Family gatherings are the hallmark of the holidays. If there are sibling issues in our families, the holidays can be a time when they surface and we may feel anxiety about this. In this episode Neil gives insight and instruction to the mother of two teenage+ daughters who won’t get along.

  • Stop The Fight And Watch Your Relationship Grow…

    Released on November 23, 2016 Duration: 00:11:44

    In this podcast Neil answers a question posed by Anna, asking how to maintain her “adult side” when she finds herself in a heated argument with her husband. Neil deals with fighting at the personal and the relationship level and gives solid advice for how to get through emotionally painful situations

  • What To Do With A Chronically Lying Child

    Released on November 29, 2016 Duration: 00:14:02

    Neil responds in this episode to a question about lying and developing trust and honesty in a child who has chronically lying behavior. You’ll learn a perspective that will empower you to be a parent skilled in helping your kid to develop honesty - in a way that is practical and authentic for both you and your kid.

  • Helping Your Depressed Teenager

    Released on December 6, 2016 Duration: 00:08:54

    In this episode, Helping Your Depressed Teenager, Neil addresses a question for Tracy, a mother in Victoria, Australia, concerning a child who says “he doesn’t want a life.”

  • My Inlaws Are In Our Business

    Released on December 14, 2016 Duration: 00:09:48

    The focus in this episode is about setting and holding healthy boundaries in families. Thanks to Jeremy, of Aptos, California, for asking an honest question about a situation that comes up all the time. My Inlaws are in my Business.

  • Ending the Teacher-Teen Control Battle

    Released on December 20, 2016 Duration: 00:13:45

    Thanks to a question from Jessica in Gainesville, Virginia, Neil expands the control battle strategy conversation beyond the family environment to a middle school classroom, demonstrating step-by-step how “The Talk,” key in transforming control battles in families, can also be used successfully by teachers with their students.

  • Help! My Teenager Won’t Do His Schoolwork!

    Released on December 27, 2016 Duration: 00:12:05

    Shannon of Santa Cruz, California, asks what to do about a teenager who won’t do his homework! Neil provides insight into potential reasons for this which could require additional support, such as ADHD or other situations, and provides a strategy for empowering a teen to develop the ability to embrace challenge and take ownership of their own success.

  • Setting Limits With Your Special Needs Teen

    Released on January 3, 2017 Duration: 00:11:22

    Neil responds to a question posed by Jennifer of Oslo Norway, who asks how to best parent her teen who has been diagnosed with autism after a “break-down.”

  • Parental Burnout - End It and Thrive

    Released on January 14, 2017 Duration: 00:11:23

    This week’s question is from April of Santa Cruz, California. April is asking “when should your wants and needs overrule your kid’s wants and needs?”… Neil gives practical tips for doing just that. Sign up for our weekly newsletter and receive a free checklist to help you de-termine whether you and your teen are having a power struggle or a control battle. Enter your email address here >> http://eepurl.com/bjMAiX Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit

  • My Highly Anxious Daughter

    Released on January 21, 2017 Duration: 00:11:05

    This week’s question is from Jennifer of San Francisco, California. Her question is about her youngest child who, different from her older siblings, seems especially anxious and angry. There are lots of pieces to this scenario and Neil addresses them with actionable advice. Sign up for our weekly newsletter and receive a free checklist to help you determine whether you and your teen are having a power struggle or a control battle. Enter your email address here >> http://eepurl.com/bjMAiX Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit

  • How to Raise a Strong Minded Child

    Released on January 24, 2017 Duration: 00:09:09

    Jasiri of San Jose, California asks, “What are appropriate and effective methods of discipline for outspoken, independent and highly intelligent 6-8 year olds?” and Neil gives context for the question itself and a learning approach for such a spirited child to develop the skill of cooperation without making her gifts wrong. Sign up for our weekly newsletter and receive a free checklist to help you determine whether you and your teen are having a power struggle or a control battle. Enter your email address here >> http://eepurl.com/bjMAiX Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit

  • Active Gifted Kids

    Released on February 1, 2017 Duration: 00:09:52

    Are we being picky if we require our gifted straight “A” son to get physical exercise? In this episode Neil discusses the importance of physical activity and setting limits with gifted kids, an excellent question from Marie of Dallas, Tex-as. Sign up for our weekly newsletter and receive a free checklist to help you determine whether you and your teen are having a power struggle or a control battle. Enter your email address here >> http://eepurl.com/bjMAiX Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit

  • How To Raise A Spiritually Aware Child

    Released on February 11, 2017 Duration: 00:11:19

    This episode is focused on a question from Priyal from India, who is currently living in Iowa City, Iowa, and it’s one Neil never anticipated being asked. Priyal asks, “How do you help a child establish a relationship with God? How do you make him or her spiritually aware? And at what age?” Sign up for our weekly newsletter and receive a free checklist to help you determine whether you and your teen are having a power struggle or a control battle. Enter your email address here >> http://eepurl.com/bjMAiX Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit

  • Staying Connected With Your Teenager

    Released on March 6, 2017 Duration: 00:10:07

    In this episode, Neil addresses a question from Lisa, of Aptos California. Lisa’s 15 year old son spends a lot of time avoiding being at home and being with his parents, saying his parents are boring. She wants to know what she can do about this. Sign up for our weekly newsletter and receive a free checklist to help you determine whether you and your teen are having a power struggle or a control battle. Enter your email address here >> http://eepurl.com/bjMAiX Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit

  • Helping Emotionally Abused Adult Children

    Released on March 9, 2017 Duration: 00:10:31

    In this episode, Mike of Salinas, is worried for his 39 year-old daughter. He’s concerned about the possibility of emotional abuse in her relationship with her 55 year-old boyfriend. Mike asks Neil how to intervene without causing further problems. Sign up for our weekly newsletter and receive a free checklist to help you determine whether you and your teen are having a power struggle or a control battle. Enter your email address here >> http://eepurl.com/bjMAiX Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit

  • Healthy Expectations for your Depressed Teenager

    Released on March 15, 2017 Duration: 00:13:19

    Healthy Expectations for your Depressed Teenager Should a parent lower expectations if their teen is dealing with mental health Issues? Let’s say you’ve already tried some combination of therapy, wilderness experiences, a residential treatment center, psychiatry, medicine, and your teen is still depressed and doesn’t want to go to school, complaining of head-ache, stomach ache, fatigue etc. Will requiring your kid to go to school cause them to get even worse? Should you excuse their absence from school, or should you let them suffer the consequences of an unexcused absence? What’s the best way to be a good, responsible parent and have the best out-come for your kid? This question goes to the very heart of successfully treating depression in teenagers. Listen in for actionable advice for what you as a parent can do. Sign up to get your free checklist to help you determine whether you and your teen are in a normal power struggle or a more destructive control battle - Enter your email address here >> http://eepurl.com/bjMAiX Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit

  • Turn Self-doubt & Burnout into Empowered Parenting

    Released on March 22, 2017 Duration: 00:16:43

    In this episode, Tracy of Victoria, Australia, wants to know how to deal with her 16 yr. old son who wants to be treated like a young adult yet isn’t managing his responsibilities. Neil addresses this question by helping listeners understand how parental self-doubt and burnout undermine empowered parenting and the ability to set healthy limits. Neil then inspires listeners to turn 3 critical causes of self-doubt and burnout into empowered parenting. Sign up for our weekly newsletter and receive a free checklist to help you determine whether you and your teen are having a power struggle or a control battle. Enter your email address here >> http://eepurl.com/bjMAiX Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit

  • Don’t get Stopped by your Arguing Teen

    Released on April 4, 2017 Duration: 00:17:38

    At a recent presentation to middle school parents, parents wanted real solutions to dealing with aggressive pushback from their teenagers. In this podcast Neil shows listeners how to deal with four common forms of teen pushback and gives parents the critical skills to avoid Control Battles and Parental Burnout and set their teenagers on a healthy path forward. Sign up for our weekly newsletter and receive a free checklist to help you determine whether you and your teen are having a power struggle or a control battle. Enter your email address here >> http://eepurl.com/bjMAiX Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit

  • How to be a perfectly imperfect family

    Released on April 18, 2017 Duration: 00:09:55

    Raising successful kids means teaching our kids to be comfortable with failure. In this episode Neil finds the concept of personal vulnerability emerging in many places and all pointing to the same thing, vulnerability, courage, and success all go together. Neil introduces listeners to a book by parents, Dale and Monica Vernon, How Imperfect Parents Lead Great Families as an example of embracing our vulnerable, imperfect selves as critical to our growth and success as parents. Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit

  • How we can all feel listened to

    Released on April 25, 2017 Duration: 00:10:55

    A former client helps Neil learn that he needs to not take clients’ understanding basic concepts for granted. In this episode, Neil takes the basic concept of “listening” that many of his clients are struggling with, and breaks it down so we can all understand and be understood in a more productive way. Then he challenges listeners to take the one week test. Sign up to get your free checklist to help you determine whether you and your teen are in a normal power struggle or a more destructive control battle - Enter your email address here >> http://eepurl.com/bjMAiX Have a question for Neil? Submit it now for discussion on a future episode of The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: http://neildbrown.com/submit