Earlier this year, I was honored to be named the number one family podcast to follow in 2020 by FeedSpot. I'm elated that my podcast has helped so many families since launching back in November of 2016.
I want to extend a huge thank you to all of my listeners, and especially to those parents who have submitted questions to me. I've answered lots of questions over the past four years! This week, I've rounded up the top ten Healthy Family Connections podcast episodes ever.
If you'd like me to answer a question on the podcast, don't be shy! As you can see, many other parents and families can benefit from your question. Submit yours here.
1. My Husband Undermines My Parenting
It’s hard enough when you have a control battle with your teenagers, but what do you do if you have a control battle with your spouse too? This episode is, by and far, the most listened-to episode. It's an issue I see in my office often. Many parents have found benefit in the advice I offer.
2. I Walked In On My Son And His Girlfriend
How parents react to sensitive situations is incredibly important for each person’s learning and growth. We must be the role models. Check out this episode to learn some useful tips on how to handle situations with your teenager in a mature manner.
3. My Teen Daughter Says She Hates Me
Sound familiar? Many teens become emotional and upset when things don’t go their way. It seems that no matter what efforts you put in, nothing helps. I offer solutions to help you resolve this control battle with your teenager.
4. The 3 Stage Journey from Childhood to Adulthood
Many people too often think of adolescence as one thing: teenagers. But, there are 3 very distinct stages of adolescence. If you and your kids negotiate each of these stages well together, you'll set things up best for the next leg of their journey. Listen as I break down these three important stages.
5. My Teen Daughter Doesn’t like to Socialize
Do you have a hard time getting your teenager to be passionate about social or school activities? You may be worried she isn’t developing as she should. Let me help you find peace and faith in your teenager’s nature.
6. Am I Helping or Enabling my Young Adult Child?
Many parents struggle with helping their young adult children become independent and motivated to transition into adulthood. So what is the right balance between helping them make the transition or just enabling them to rely on your assistance?
7. My Failure to Launch Son
Another great topic for parents of young adults! A lot of parents struggle with how to get their young adult children to move forward. I have tips to help your teen launch into a successful, independent life.
8. How Do I Deal With My Critical Mother?
On the 100th episode of the Healthy Family Connections podcast, I offered advice to a woman dealing with her chronically critical mother. Can you relate? Parenting comes with struggles all its own without having to worry about a family member being critical of your every parenting choice. Listen to the advice I offered this mother.
9. Why Isn’t My Son Happy?
Do you have a teen or young adult that seems content with being unhappy? Our happiness is our own responsibility. But, as a parent, you can equip your child with the tools they need to be happy.
10. Stop the Parent-Teen Chore Battle
Do you find yourself in a constant struggle trying to get your teenager to do their chores? You're not alone. Chores are a necessary routine but teens don’t quite see it that way. Learn how to get your teen and family into the groove of chores.
BONUS: "Help! I Can’t Get My Troubled Teen to Go to Counseling!"
This is a blog post I originally shared in 2016, just before I launched my podcast, and have updated and reshared a few times since then. The topic is one that has resonated with many parents over the years. For parents of teenagers, you may be facing this issue. Learn how you can have a productive discussion with your teen about attending therapy.
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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