Top 5 Most Popular Podcast Episodes In 2021

This week, I rounded up my most listened podcast episodes from this year. These are the episodes parents are turning to in this time of great need to find solutions to existing problems they had or new issues that have since arisen. I hope these episodes help you as they have so many others.

If you're facing something specific and you'd like my insight, don't be shy! Submit your question to be answered on a future episode. As you can see, many other parents and families can benefit from your question.

1. Help Your Teen Grow Their Executive Function

This podcast featured my interview with psychologist, ADHD and executive function expert and author, of 6 Super Skills For Executive Functioning, Dr. Lara Honos-Webb. In this powerful interview, Dr. Lara and I discussed the importance of adolescence as a time for growing executive function.  In it, we identified the best ways to engage teens in this critical developmental process.

2. Essential Steps To Prevent or Cure Destructive Teen Behavior

In this episode, I reviewed a blog post where a Mom shares her story of turning her painful relationship with her teen daughter around. I explained that like the Mom in the story ending her Control Battle, calling out destructive behavior must be done in a way that is outside of and is part of ending a Parent-Teen Control Battle. I shared a powerful method for doing just that.

3. I’m Tired Of Micromanaging My Teenager

In this episode, I responded to a Mom concerned that her 16 year-old son will never be able to manage his adult life. Mom has tried a lot of ways to motivate him, but he continues to procrastinate, not get things done, and not turn them in when he does. I offered Mom a two-pronged approach to help him grow his executive functioning and end the parent-teen control battle.

4. How Do You Set Limits With A Depressed Teenager?

In this episode, I responded to a therapist working with a family with a depressed, non-compliant teenager. The therapist is using my Parenting Course and wants guidance for how to conduct The Talk when the teenager’s world is so limited. What can they take away when he needs everything for school and even a minimal social life?

5. Don’t Set Your Struggling Teenager Up For Failure

In this episode, I responded to a Dad whose son has been suspended twice in his first year of high school. Dad is concerned at multiple levels seeing his son as lacking remorse and seeking recognition in very destructive ways. I identified the critical issues likely going on with this young man and offered the two major elements a school environment will need to provide for him to succeed.



I hope you find these podcasts beneficial like so many other parents have. If you enjoyed these topics and are eager to be the first to know about new podcast episodes, sign up for my weekly email. If you are enjoying my podcast, please stop over to my iTunes site Healthy Family Connections. Click on ratings and reviews, and write a brief review. It will let other parents know they can find value, too.

During this very challenging time for our respective countries, and in our communities and families, many folks will experience feelings and situations that are overwhelming and I want to encourage you all to reach out to your mental health community. Many individual therapists and community mental health centers are providing services by phone and video platforms.

If you're looking for a resource to help keep you productive at home while also helping you become a better parent, I've prepared a free gift just for you. It’s called Parenting Through Your Child's Second 12 Years. I know you’re thinking, "What the heck, 12 more years of parenting?" Adolescence neurologically, socially and emotionally, and often financially goes to around age 24. Yes, parenting your 20-year-olds is different than the teens. Download my gift and read and learn about the different stages of adolescence and critical strategies parents can use to avoid control battles and best support their adolescents’ quest for happy successful independence.

If you haven’t already, grab a copy of my book, Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle. Many readers have told me it is the least expensive and best counseling session they’ve ever had.

Remember: take care of yourselves; you need it, you deserve it, you’re worth it.

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