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We at Family Brand want to raise a war cry to families everywhere. Now is the time to TAKE BACK YOUR FAMILY. Develop a family culture where relationships last, and each member of the family is seen and valued for who they are. It is absolutely possible to raise a family today without fear of the future. Define who you are as a family, and what you stand for. Stop looking at the future with fear and uncertainty and start looking forward with a possibility of more. More love. More joy. More connection. More resolve. The world needs strong families now more than ever. Let us show you how.
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We've kicked off our Summer series on the Family Brand Podcast, and guess who's back? It's Meg Martin, our first repeat guest. Meg and her family have this fascinating tradition of Screen-Free Summers. She's here to share all about it, including the reasons behind this decision and the amazing impact it's had on their family life. Now, Screen-Free Summer isn't about completely ditching screens. Instead, it's about cultivating a thoughtful and intentional relationship with technology. Meg was genuinely concerned about the possibility of screen addiction, especially in young boys, which sparked this unique tradition. She was determined to prevent her home from turning into a nest of 'screen zombies', and that's how Screen-Free Summers began. Meg embarked on this journey as a preemptive measure, aiming to address screen addiction before it took hold in her children. Like many of us, she was aware of the unsettling statistics on children's screen time and noticed similar tendencies in her own usage. Being a proactive person, she decided it was time for a change. Meg highlighted the addictive nature of screens - something we can all relate to when we find ourselves absorbed in social media or binging on Netflix. But it's this very challenge that transforms Screen-Free Summer from a protective strategy into an exciting family adventure. Transitioning into Screen-Free Summers wasn't an overnight process for Meg's family. They used incentives like LEGO sets or a ticket to Hamilton to make the shift more appealing.  Recognizing that changing behaviors, especially regarding screen use, is no easy task, these rewards helped to not just make screen-free time bearable, but something the kids would actually look forward to. There's more to our chat with Meg than just being screen-free. We also shared some of the fun activities Meg's family engages in when screens are off the table. So, hit play to discover more about this screen-free journey. Here's to a wonderful summer, perhaps with a bit less screen time! See you on the next episode! LINKS: Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now! The Martin Family Story on the Family Brand Podcast: Episode Minute By Minute: 0:00 Show introduction + we love the Martin family 4:00 How Meg started doing a “Screen free Summers”  6:38 How to plan your own Screen Free Summer! (Incentives are key)   14:10 When buying them off doesn’t work 16:21 What a screen free Summer is like as a parent 19:45 When you should and shouldn’t break the rules  25:42 Learning how to love your life outside of screens 28:22 How the Martins are living out their family values  30:51 Their boredom is fine 34:40 It can look however you want it to look and kids will start to self regulate 37:53 Decisions are so much easier when you know your why 41:11 Final advice for a screen free summer  
Hello, folks! Welcome back to another episode of The Family Brand Podcast with your hosts, Chris and Melissa Smith. As summer is rolling in, we can't help but hum Sublime's Summertime and start to plan our adventures and we're excited about the prospect of what the summer holds for us and our family. Before your schedule fills up with graduations, parties, BBQ's and everything in between, we want to help you plan the fun family things you've always wanted to do! Over the next few episodes, we'll be exploring the joys of summer, going screen-free, and more, with inspiring guests like Meg Martin. But that's not all; the Smith family is taking a leap of adventure this year with a grand family trip to Europe! From London to Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, and possibly Spain, we're stepping out of our comfort zone and embracing the adventure of travel. This summer is all about making memories and creating stories to tell. Are you in? If so, this new podcast series is for you! We challenge you to make your summer just as magical, whether it's through grand adventures or peaceful time at home. After all, we only have 18 summers with our children, let's make each one count! Stay tuned for all the fun and excitement. Until next time, happy summer! LINKS: Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now!   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:00 Show Introduction 2:45 Welcome to part one in our new Summer content series!  4:00 A look into the Smith’s upcoming adventure  6:18 How our family vacation reflects are family values  7:16 You only get 18 Summers with your kids  8:44 Don’t talk yourself out of the fun things in life 11:58 And it doesn’t have to be a big trip  
Hey everyone, Chris and Melissa here, back with another episode of the Family Brand Podcast. This week Melissa's is battling a cold, so Chris will be taking the reigns but we're so excited to share our thoughts with you today, particularly about a topic that's close to our hearts - "Breathe Life Into Their Dreams." In this episode, we deep dive into the profound importance of supporting the dreams of our family members. We believe that no one needs judgment, and everyone deserves love. This philosophy has been a guiding principle for us, inspired by my coach, Steve Hardison. It's so essential, especially within a family context, to offer love and inspiration instead of judgment. We're all our own harshest critics, after all. We know from personal experience how discouraging it can be when you share a dream or goal with your family and they don't support you or even dismiss your ambitions. On the contrary, one of the most uplifting experiences is when you share your dream with a family member and they wholeheartedly believe in you, offering their support. The word 'inspire' literally translates to 'breathe or blow into'. We believe that when we inspire people, we breathe life into them. Conversely, when we discourage or criticize, we suck the life out of people. We discussed an instance where a successful entrepreneur wasn't supportive of his wife's dreams, despite her aspirations requiring less financial and time commitment than his own. It's important to breathe life into your loved ones' dreams, not stifle them. Melissa has always been a beacon of support and belief for me, even when my dreams seemed far-fetched. Despite the rough patches and challenges, we've made a conscious effort to support each other's dreams, a sentiment Melissa echoes. It's never been about one person's dreams taking precedence over the other's. We've learned the importance of growing together intentionally and supporting each other's dreams equally. We hope this episode inspires you to become proactive supporters of your family's dreams. Ask them what's important to them, what they're passionate about, and how you can support them in their journey. Remember, the essence of love and support lies in breathing life into their dreams, not passing judgment. Thanks for joining us on this journey, and we can't wait to share more insights with you in our next episode. Until then, keep breathing life into each other's dreams!   LINKS: Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now! Denzel Washington’s Graduation Speech: Podcast Episode with Dan Martell:   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:43 Welcome back and an intro into Inspiration!  1:27 The true definition of inspiration  7:18 When the opportunity arises this is what support looks like 9:35 How to respond when your dreams are not being supported 14:15 Sometimes you will have to stand up for your dreams 19:37 Wisdom of Denzel Washington everyone needs to hear 24:54 The two inspirational voices that changed our marriage and business 30:17 How many different people can you breath life and possibility into their life  
Welcome back to the Family Brand Podcast! In this episode, Chris is joined by Justin Donald, the founder of The Lifestyle Investor and a Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Justin shares how his business was born out of his desire to be a more present husband and father. As entrepreneurs, it's easy to get caught up in our businesses and unintentionally neglect our families. Justin shares how he shifted his mindset from being a businessman first to being a family man first. He began scheduling family time first, blocking out work around those commitments. Justin emphasizes the importance of being intentional about growing together as a family. Without intentionality, families can grow apart. He and Chris discuss the rarity of adult siblings who remain close and how designing intentional relationships can help create lasting bonds. Interestingly, Justin also shares how even the most successful entrepreneurs, like Warren Buffet, have regrets about sacrificing family for business success. This serves as a reminder that we should aim to prioritize our families as much as our businesses. You'll also hear about the book "Shoe Dog" by Phil Knight and how it relates to Justin's experiences in Japan with his family. The book highlights the importance of family and how it shaped Knight's success. Hit play to hear more about Justin's insights on being a lifestyle investor and prioritizing family, and listen to the full episode!   LINKS: Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now! Links For This Episode:  Justin’s Book, “The Lifestyle Investor:” The Lifestyle Investor Podcast:   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:00 Show introduction 0:45 Welcome Justin Donals, the investment world’s new Warren Buffet! 3:50 How to know if you are putting your family first 13:58 Have the success AND a lifestyle that allows you to be present for your family 23:58 If you don’t know anything about investing, here’s how you start! 30:15 Sneak Peak of Justin’s “10 Commandments” of investing 34:15 We have a responsibility of being charitable and giving back  
It's time for another episode of the Family Brand podcast! Today we continue our series where we explore the different strengths that make up strong families. This week, we're talking about the importance of talking in families. According to research from the University of Nebraska, strong families are ones that talk often, about anything and everything, as well as about challenging and difficult topics. This is a crucial aspect of family life and can make a huge difference in building strong relationships and fostering trust. At the Family Brand, we believe that having open communication is one of the most important family values. Talking about anything, without judgment, creates a safe space where family members feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings. This type of communication also helps to build a culture where family members are more likely to reach out to each other when they are struggling, instead of feeling isolated and alone. One of our Family Brand stories is a powerful example of the impact that open communication can have on a family. A member of our beta testing group shared a story about growing up in a family where they had a rule to share when they were struggling. This rule was instilled by the mother, who wanted to make sure that no one had to struggle alone. Years later, this individual found themselves struggling with drug addiction and at their lowest point. The thought of the family's rule popped into their head and they reached out to their mother for help. The mother's response was one of love and support, rather than judgment. She immediately offered to help and flew out to rescue her son, ultimately saving his life. This story highlights the power of open communication and the impact that it can have, not just in the moment, but for years to come. It also shows the importance of reinforcing the message that family members can talk about anything, without judgment, and that they can share when they are struggling. By modeling this behavior, parents and other family members can create a culture of trust, where everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings. This type of communication can lead to stronger relationships, greater understanding, and a more supportive family dynamic. So, this week, we encourage you to take a step back and think about the communication dynamic in your own family. Are there any areas where you can improve and encourage more open and honest communication? By making this a priority, you can help to build a stronger, more supportive family unit, where everyone feels comfortable talking about anything, without fear of judgment. LINKS: Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now!   Episode 2: Your Words Create the Culture in Your Home:   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:00 Show Introduction 0:42 Strong families talk 5:13 We don’t struggle alone 8:54 No one is worth of my judgment, everyone is worth of my love 11:32 Who can I be for this child right now? 13:55 It’s harder with family because you are invested in the outcome 16:57 Talking takeaways for your family 19:06 How to spark conversation: Best, worst, weirdest 22:01 Takeaways recap plus a bonus takeaway!  
Welcome back to another episode of the Family Brand Podcast! Melissa here, I'm so excited to share with you all about this amazing guest we had on the Family Band podcast, Katie Wells, also known as Wellness Mama! She's a mom of six with a background in journalism, who took her health struggles into her own hands and started researching to find answers. After years of faithful work, her research turned into a blog and podcast, and she’s now written over 1,500 blog posts, three books, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and wellness!  During our chat, Katie shared how she got started on her wellness journey and gave great advice on how to become your own primary healthcare provider. She emphasizes the importance of small, daily foundational habits that can make a huge difference in your overall health in the long term. And as a mom, she believes that moms have an incredible ability to change the course of society and that women are a force of nature, especially moms. We also talked about balancing work and family life, and how to raise kids to become independent and self-sufficient adults. I loved how Katie shared her own experiences and tips on parenting and creating a household culture that involves everyone in contributing to the family. Katie's story and advice were so inspiring and encouraging. If you're looking to improve your own health and wellness or your family's, I highly recommend checking out Wellness Mama's blog and podcast. You won't regret it! LINKS: Wellness Mama Website: Wellness Mama Podcast: id886538772 Wellness Mama Facebook: Wellness Mama Instagram:   Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now!   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:00 Show Introduction 0:42 How Katie became the “Wellness Mama” 5:42 Katie’s take on work/life balance 10:03 Looking for where to start to improve your health? Start here! 22:04 The importance of hydration for everyone in the family 24:16 You can’t outsource your health  25:33 Educating your kids and ways to learn outside of the school system  33:49 Helping your children develop a healthy pride in themselves  38:29 Katie’s new company and how she is helping families eliminate toxins 40:39 Advice from Katie on how to balance everything as a mom 42:27 What it can look like to involve your family in the creation of family culture 49:33 To be a present mom is better than being a perfect mom  
Hey there, friends! It's Chris and Melissa, and we are so excited to be back with you for another episode of the family brand podcast. You know, let's be real, marriage can be tricky, and ours is no exception. One thing we've been discussing lately is the importance of being true to our word. It's about doing what we say we're going to do, and it's a lesson that can really benefit our families. Sometimes, keeping our word can be a challenge, especially when life gets busy, but it's so important to make the effort. Take our recent experience, for example. Our son, Trip, really wanted a new basketball hoop to practice with at home. We agreed to get one this week, but as the days flew by, we found ourselves at the end of the week with no hoop. Instead of brushing it off and delaying the purchase, we decided to honor our word and buy the hoop that day. Putting it together tested our patience (and nearly our marriage! haha), but in the end, we're glad we followed through. It's essential to practice being true to our word, not only for ourselves but also to set an example for our kids. So, what about you? How do you ensure you keep your word and teach your family the value of integrity? Remember, it's not about being perfect; it's about making an effort and learning from our experiences. Let's keep the conversation going and support each other in our journey to build strong, happy families. Reach out to us  or join the Family Brand Program today - links below!    LINKS: Links for this episode: Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now!   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:42 Marriage isn’t always perfect!  3:13 Why strong families talk and the idea of “being your word” 7:00 Here’s how we are currently trying to put this into practice in our family 14:11 The definition of integrity and why it’s important 18:49 There’s an element of integrity and keeping your word in being on time 28:22 What are you giving your word to this week?  
Hey everyone, Melissa here from the Family Brand Podcast. In our latest episode, I had the pleasure of talking to Eric Knoff, a lifelong entrepreneur and co-founder and co-CEO of Webconnex, a software company that powers event registration, ticketing, and fundraising for some of the biggest brands in the world. Eric is that he believes most entrepreneurs became entrepreneurs because of a transformational experience in their childhood. And as someone who had a unique and amazing upbringing that led him and his siblings to become entrepreneurs, Eric wrote a book called "Raising Entrepreneurs" to guide parents on how they can apply the same principles with their own kids. During our conversation, Eric shared how he was raised to be an entrepreneur and how his parents played a pivotal role in shaping his childhood experiences. He talked about how they fanned the flame of his dreams and interests, whether it was wanting to work at a road construction site or becoming a fighter jet pilot. And as he got older, he started his own ventures, including selling corn from the family farm at the age of 10. What we loved about Eric's story is that he believes anyone can learn entrepreneurship as an adult, but having a leg up by being raised to be an entrepreneur gives you a different perspective on the world. And that's what he hopes to impart to parents through his book – the principles and experiences that can shape their kids to become entrepreneurs or just have an entrepreneurial spirit that's valuable across all fields and industries. As someone who's always been interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, I found Eric's insights to be fascinating and inspiring. I'm sure you will too! Hit play and let us know your thoughts! Reach out to us via the links below and don't forget to check out Eric's book "Raising Entrepreneurs" for more guidance on how you can raise entrepreneurial kids. Thanks for listening!   LINKS:   Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now! Links For This Episode:  Raising Entrepreneurs Book on Amazon:,aps,165&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=familybrand16-20&linkId=88e47b013113e47155f16d1af268a1e5&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl   Eric on Instagram: Episode Minute By Minute: 0:42 Welcome to the show Eric Knopf 2:16 How Eric’s parents accidentally raised an entrepreneur 5:56 Why would someone want to raise an entrepreneur anyway? 7:45 The inspiration for Eric’s book and how it ties into our jobs as parents 14:36 Encouraging entrepreneurship is not saying your identity is what you do 16:47 Do we develop a fear of what people think or are some people more inclined to that? 19:27 What do you then tell them to do with the money? 23:18 The things Eric’s parents did on accident we can do with our kids on purpose 26:15 But what if an entrepreneurial venture is unsuccessful for your kids? 30:39 One of the major takeaway from Eric’s book 35:34 How to get a copy of Eric’s book  
Hey everyone! Welcome back to the Family Brand Podcast, it's Chris and Melissa here. We're excited to be back and chatting with you today. Melissa's been killing it on the podcast, we've got some amazing interviews coming up, and even a summer series in the works that we can't wait to share with you all. Today, we're diving into two of the strengths of strong families that we've been discussing over the past few months. These strengths are based on the most comprehensive research ever done on what makes families strong, and we're excited to share them with you all. First up is the strength of belonging, which we both believe is at the heart and center of everything. Creating a culture of belonging in our homes is essential to everything else we do as a family, and we've seen firsthand the incredible impact it can have. We recently heard a story about a family whose 14-year-old son felt like he didn't have a voice in the family, and as a result, didn't feel like he belonged. His parents were devastated to hear this, but instead of punishing him or trying to force him to change, they decided to love him unconditionally and accept him for who he was. Over time, they noticed a significant change in their relationship with their son. He started talking to them more, hugging them, and opening up about his feelings. It just goes to show that when we help someone feel like they belong, it can work wonders for our relationships. As parents, we need to ask ourselves what we can do to create more of a culture of belonging in our homes. It's not just about having a mission statement or values, it's about making sure everyone in our family feels loved and accepted unconditionally. If we can do that, we can raise children who know who they are, love who they are, and believe in themselves. We hope this episode has given you some food for thought and some actionable steps you can take to create more belonging in your family. And don't forget to check out our website for more resources on this topic and all of the strengths of strong families. Thanks for listening, and we'll catch you next time on the Family Brand Podcast!   LINKS: Links for this episode:   Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now!   Episode Minute By Minute: :00 Introduction, 7 critical categories 1:01 What’s coming up on the Family Brand Podcast 1:47 What makes a Strong Family - Part 2 2:55 The research and idea behind belonging 4:23 Why we believe “belonging”  7:24 What a culture of belonging looks lile 9:16 Do all family members feel like they belong in your family? 16:01 How to grow in appreciation for others: Pick the flowers but leave the weeds 21:11 The power of the 10 second hug and showing affection 26:23 A beautiful review from our friend, Melissa  
Hey everyone! Chris and Melissa here from the Family Brand Podcast. Today on the show, we dive deep into the incredible impact books have on our lives, shaping various aspects from parenting and personal growth to business and relationships. We share our experience of starting a family book club as an exciting way to bond and learn together. By involving our children in the process of selecting books, we encourage them to explore new topics and discover the joy of reading. Creating a culture of reading within the family is essential. We discuss the importance of having books readily available at home and being intentional about setting an example by reading ourselves. This helps our children see reading as a natural and enjoyable activity. We also talk about the power of library visits in fostering a love for reading. Regular trips to the library not only provide access to a wealth of resources but also create a sense of excitement and adventure for children who may not be as naturally inclined to pick up a book. During our conversation, we emphasize the importance of finding the right type of books for each person, both children and adults. Everyone has different interests, and it's crucial to find books that cater to those interests. This helps make reading enjoyable and engaging, increasing the likelihood of developing a lifelong love for books. We share some of our favorite books and the ways in which they've impacted our lives. From inspiring personal growth to offering practical advice for business and relationships, these books have played a significant role in our development. Additionally, we touch on the historical significance of books and the incredible privilege we have today with easy access to a wealth of knowledge thanks to the internet and platforms like this.  How can you encourage your family to read more? Maybe a trip to the library or picking a book off the shelf and reading to each other at night could help. Hit play then go put your nose in a book!  Let’s connect! Reach out to us on instagram. Links below!  LINKS: Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now!   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:45 Welcome to our new episode and new studio! 4:28 How do you get your kids to read books though? 9:04 Fear of regret can be a great motivator for reading 11:00 Why we don’t want to take the information age for granted  13:00 Does it matter what you’re reading or that you’re reading? 16:59 Advice for parents who have kids that struggle with reading 20:09 The battle we all face with our devices 23:41 Books we’re currently reading and the new family book club! 27:00 Why audiobooks are a great investment  
Hey everyone, it's Chris here, and I can't wait to tell you about my recent chat on the Family Brand podcast with the awesome Shelli Baltman and Fiona Stevenson. These two amazing ladies are all about helping people tap into their creativity and reach their full potential. They started their own boutique innovation agency called The Idea Suite back in 2015, and they've been making waves in the world of creativity and innovation ever since! Shelli and Fiona are part of this fantastic mastermind group I'm in, and they were some of the first to try out the very first version of Family Brand. During our talk, they emphasized the importance of teaching our kids to be adaptable, creative, and full of ideas in today's fast-paced world. They're also really passionate about helping underserved groups, including kids, by teaching them creative problem-solving skills they'll need to thrive in life. Their passion led them to co-write an amazing book called "The Greatest Helmet of All Time: Using our Heads for Creative Problem Solving." They share the same six-step process they use with their clients to help kids (and grown-ups) come up with innovative ideas and solutions. One of the main points from our conversation was the importance of teaching our kids that they're not just creative, but that they're creators. Shelli and Fiona explained that it's about embracing the identity of being a creator and knowing you can create anything. This powerful mindset can help our kids face challenges with confidence and resilience. Shelli and Fiona also talked about the importance of finding a balance between consuming and creating. They encouraged parents to teach their kids to create more than they consume, so they're active participants in the world rather than just passively taking things in. My chat with Shelli Baltman and Fiona Stevenson was seriously inspiring and full of great insights. I'm so thankful for their friendship and the amazing work they do to help unlock people's creative potential, both young and old. Definitely check out their book, "The Greatest Helmet of All Time," and keep an eye out for more from these two fantastic women!   Links For This Episode:    Link to Buy Book: Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now!   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:44 What’s inside today’s show 1:32 Get to know Shelli Baltman and Fiona Stevenson 3:12 How limiting stories can start to take away our creativity  3:58 Some of the ideas behind the book, “The Greatest Helmet of All Time” 6:56 Teaching our kids they can be creators and contributors  13:25 Why it’s so important to teach kids that they can be innovative and solve problems 16:38 How to find this life changing book 17:37 Why Chris endorses The Idea Suite  
In this episode, we chat with the one and only Michael Hyatt, the founder and chairman of Full Focus. You may know him from one of his many life changing books or coaching programs! Today we talk about his new book, Mind Your Mindset, and how it can help parents like us take control of our thinking to achieve success in all areas of life, family and business.  As parents, we are often juggling so many things, from work and household duties to our children's needs and activities. It can be overwhelming and stressful, and sometimes it feels like we're not making any progress towards our goals. Michael Hyatt believes that by taking control of our thinking and mindset, we can achieve bigger, better, and extraordinary results. Michael talks about the concept of the narrator, the voice inside our heads that interprets the facts of our existence. He explains how we can learn to distinguish between the facts and the stories we build based on them. He also shares how our thoughts inspire our actions, and our actions determine our results. By tinkering with our thinking, we can create a positive and productive mindset that will help us achieve our goals as parents. We also talk about how our lives are made up of the stories we choose to believe. As parents, we often tell ourselves negative stories about our parenting abilities, our children's behavior, or our work-life balance. Michael encourages us to reframe these stories and choose to believe positive and empowering ones instead. As parents, we know how important it is to set a good example for our children. By taking control of our thinking and mindset, we can teach our children the value of a positive attitude and a growth mindset. We can show them that anything is possible if we believe in ourselves and work towards our goals. Be sure to listen to the end to hear some of Michael’s incredible tips and insights on parenting, staying connected as a family, how to love your kids as they leave the house and so much more. His advice is something all parents and entrepreneurs can learn from!  We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did. Michael's insights and advice on taking control of our thinking are truly inspiring and applicable to all aspects of our lives as parents. Don't forget to check out his new book, Mind Your Mindset, for even more tips and strategies on achieving success.   Links For This Episode:  Get The Book: Website: Social:  Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Twitter: NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now!   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:44 Welcome Michael Hyatt to the Family Brand Podcast 1:06 How we met Michael  2:21 A look into Michael’s new book  6:16 The key to taking control of your mind 11:30 The power of taking personal responsibility  16:30 Teaching your kids to say sorry 18:22 The difference between a story and the truth  23:11 One of Michael Hyatt’s #1 leadership tip 27:20 Parenting advice from Michael Hyatt 31:25 Creating a great place for your family to come 37:40 What drives your kids away as they get older 43:30 How Michael raised daughters that believe in themselves   
Every year, our family chooses a word, a scripture, and a quote that serves as a guide for our decisions and actions. We have hinted at this process on the podcast over the years but we have never made a full episode breaking down the full process until today! This fun and easy experience has been one of the most transformative things we have done in our family.  It all started when Melissa and I realized that setting individual goals every year wasn't working for us. We would always fall off the wagon by January 15th. So instead, we started picking a word or a phrase to live by for the year. This idea evolved into choosing a family theme and it's been a game-changer for us.  Our family theme for this year is "Simplify and Expand," and our scripture is Matthew 6:33: "But seek first the Kingdom of God and all his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." Our quote for the year is: "Fill your life with lots of experiences, not lots of things. Have incredible stories to tell, not incredible clutter in your closets." The process of choosing our family theme is a collaborative one. At the end of each year, we reflect on what worked for us and what didn't, and we have conversations with our children about the year we've had as a family. This year, our goal is to simplify our lives, starting with decluttering our home, so we can have more space for meaningful experiences. They come prepared with their own scriptures and quotes that align with the theme, and we all vote on the one that embodies the theme the most. It's a fun and meaningful way for our family to come together and focus on what's important to us. This simple progress has brought so much joy and connection to our home that we will never go without it! If you want to start creating your own Family Brand or if you don't know where to start when it comes to setting goals or intentions as a family, start with our Family Brand Course! Get 20% off now when you use the promo code "PODCAST" at: LINKS: Website: Social: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter:   NEW: What Culture are You Creating In Your Family? Take the Quiz Now! Episode Minute By Minute: 0:54 This topic has been a long time coming! 1:43 Why we have a theme, a scripture and a quote for every year  4:29  Our theme, scripture and quote for 2023 5:36 Why we are simplifying our lives this year 9:44 How this progress can help you live more intentionally  14:00 A look inside our Family Brand Program 15:12 Why we won’t leave our family's future to chance  17:00 How we define a strong family  19:17 It may be hard work, but it’s always worth it. 20:15 How to start creating your Family Brand (20% off discount with promo code: PODCAST)
Have you ever stopped to think about what makes a family or a company truly successful in the long run? I mean, sure, you can have a great message, a compelling story, a solid strategy, and strong values, but what if I told you that the number one thing that can drive growth, foster meaningful relationships, and create a positive environment is actually culture? We know you've probably heard the word "culture" thrown around a lot, but do you really know what it means? To us, culture is simply the environment that surrounds us and how we treat each other. It can be within a company, within a family, or even as customers or clients in a business. Recently Chris worked with a branding agency that was doing amazing things, and he was blown away by their culture. People loved working there, they supported each other, and they got stuff done. And the crazy thing was, they didn't even have any stated values or mission statement. It was all just part of their culture, the way they treated each other, and how they showed up. And that's the thing about culture, you can't not have one. Every family, every company, every group of people has a culture, whether it's by design or just by default. So, wouldn't it be amazing if we could create a culture that inspired us to be better, where we could be our authentic selves, and where we felt good just being there? That's why we are so excited to tell you about our new Family Culture Quiz on our website! It's a 10-question quiz that will give you a score and show you the one essential ingredient to having an amazing family culture! Take the Quiz Now! And the best part is, no matter where you rank, there are practical things you can do to improve your family's culture. So, don't just take our word for it, go check out the quiz for yourself and see what the research says about the power of culture in a family or a company. Trust us, it will be worth your time! >CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE QUIZ< Website: Social: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Twitter: Take our Family Culture Quiz and learn The One Essential Piece of An Amazing Family Culture:   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:56 The most common question we hear from families and organizations 1:44 Why culture is the foundation for success  5:24 Practical ways we experience culture every day 6:00 Our definition of culture  7:14 Is your culture created by design? 10:22 How to take our family culture quiz  13:54 How to find out the #1 thing that creates a family culture   
Welcome to this week's episode of The Family Brand Podcast! We are recording from the North Shore, and feeling happy and nostalgic about living here full-time.  Recently, we have been getting a lot of questions about our Family Brand program so we decided to take a few of the core principles we teach and unpack them one at a time here on the podcast. We are starting off this series with "we prioritize."  This is where we self-identify our priorities and how we can show up more powerfully and present for our kids and loved ones. Research from the University of Nebraska highlights the six things that make a strong family the first strength they discuss is prioritizing family. When parents prioritize their family, everyone's life changes for the better and has positive effects for years to come. We understand this one is easier said than done, all the distractions and commitments that modern life brings. That's why we are keeping it simple and want to encourage you to just ask yourself… “Am I building a life around my family or building my family around my life?” You may have to read that question again to let it sink in. It can be profound and confronting at the same time.  Hit play to hear our list of practical ways we are prioritizing our family in 2023 and building a life where everyone feels loved and seen. If you want to take these ideas even further and start applying them in your own family, here is some homework for this week's episode!  To take this month's theme of prioritizing family to the next level. This month Chris and Melissa challenged everyone in the Family Brand Program to have a screen-free day and just play together as a family. This activity could look different for every family, but trust us the memories are with it! Overall, we hope you use this episode as a reminder that making family a priority takes intentional effort, but the benefits are immeasurable. And remember, "it's not about being perfect, but it's about being intentional."   More Of What’s Inside: What the research says about creating a strong family Why it’s harder than ever for families to stay connected Practical ways to prioritize family are having family meals together  What entrepreneurial families need to remember  How to know if your family is getting enough from you  Why we are so passionate about this topic Awareness is key to prioritizing family How to show up even in the small things And much more! Links For This Episode:  Family Brand Podcast-Importance of Family Meals with guest Karlie Burnham: Website: Social:  Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Twitter:  Free course: Episode Minute By Minute: 3:01 How these principles build on each other  4:47 Most families feel like they are too busy 5:39 Practical examples of prioritizing family  7:04 Why we have meals together as a family  8:00 Common lies entrepreneurs tell themselves  9:40 How we are learning to connect more  11:00 Is your family getting your best?  13:38 The power of showing interest in their interest  14:44 Recap and action steps for every listener this week  
Hey, it's Chris and Melissa back for another Family Brand Podcast!  This is a special recording for us because we're back on the North Shore of Hawaii! We love this place and feel like it's where we really gained a lot of momentum with our podcast. If you have been listening for a while, you know we've recorded over half of our episodes here. Being back reminds us there's just something special and magical about this vibe that attracted so many amazing people to support us. Thanks again for listening to our show! We find it an honor to spend time with you every week.  Today we're chatting about the idea of life as one big adventure. We talk about our own experience of living on the North Shore in 2021 and how we felt called to take our family on an adventure, selling everything we owned and moving there. Although we moved back to Arizona, we're back in Hawaii for the month of February, taking advantage of a unique opportunity that came up. A lot of people have been asking us about our kids' school, but we believe that life is meant to be lived, and that we can choose how we want to live and raise our kids. We see life as one big adventure, meant to be lived and played to win. This may sound easier said than done, but over the last few years we have learned how to live outside the box and not let things like school systems or others opinions hold us back from experiencing all life has to offer.  In this episode we encourage others to think of life as an adventure too and to question the "shoulds' ' and "supposed tos" that you may not even realize you are living by. We know that stepping outside the box can sometimes mean facing criticism, but we believe that the criticism says more about the criticizer than the criticized.  We encourage everyone to have the courage to truly live! If you know another powerful couple or friend who needs to hear this reminder, help us spread the word and share this episode with them.    More Of What’s Inside: An analogy that proves your limitless  How life experience can be more powerful than reading It’s okay to step out of the box What to do when you face criticism  Living an adventurous life encourages others to do the same Gradually becoming more adventurous still counts Why we are back in Hawaii for a month The Inexplicable Laws of Success And much more!   Links For This Episode:  Book- 'The Inexplicable Laws of Success' by Singh Virend and Verusha Virend: Website: Social: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Twitter:  Free course: Episode Minute By Minute: 1:00 Why we are back in North Shore  3:30 We moved for a month  6:30 is life just one big adventure? 9:04 Common regrets at the end of life 10:21 What does living life look like to you? 13:11 Why most people really criticize you  14:13 Our encouragement for you today 16:16 Step #1 to creating your dream life
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re bringing you a subject we’ve never had before on The Family Brand Podcast… Many of you will be excited because we have gotten a few requests for this topic. If you are new here, this will be a memorable first introduction to us! Haha Hit play to hear how to have better sex and intimacy in your marriage! Our guest today is Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, a relationship and sexuality coach with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Jennifer’s teaching and coaching focus on helping Christian individuals and couples achieve greater satisfaction and passion in their emotional and sexual relationships. In this episode, we discuss common sex struggles that couples face at different stages of marriage, including Chris and Mellissa’s own experiences. They delve into cultural standards for what makes a "good" parent, and how these standards can negatively impact our sexual relationships. They also talk about how to know if your marriage is imbalanced, and the negativity effects of making your children your identity. Jennifer provides practical advice for breaking out of your current routine, and reigniting the passion in your relationship. She covers the importance of communication and understanding your partner’s needs, as well as tips for keeping the spark alive. Whether you’re a newlywed or have been married for years, this episode is full of valuable insights and advice for taking your sexual relationship to the next level. So grab your partner and get ready to take notes!  PS:  To learn more about us or Jennifer, check out our links below!  More Of What’s Inside: Common sex struggles at different stages of marriage Chris and Mellissa’s sexual history  Cultural standards for  what makes a “good” Moms/Dads  How to know if your marriage is imbalanced  The negative effects of making your kids your identity  How to break out of your current rut and routine  The #1 thing you can do to be “sexy” to your spouse Meliisa’s experience at Jevvier’s workshop  How to understand your fantasies  And much more!   Links For This Episode:  Course: Workshop and Recourses: Podcast: Book- ‘Come as You Are’ by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D:  Website: Social:  Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Twitter:  Free course: Episode Minute By Minute: 0:58 Welcome to today’s episode 2:28 How Jennifer became a Sex and Relationship coach 5:24 How important is sex to marriage? 11:18 The common challenges in sex and marriage 15:55 How to create more desire in your relationship 25:40 Tips for empty-nesters  29:17 What makes really good sex 34:11 Understanding your fantasies  40:13 Finding your sense of self and self-worth  44:13 The dynamic of desire  47:13 Why Jennifer started prioritizing sex 50:36 Books and resources to learn more  52:07 Jennifer’s tips for all couples listening
As a busy entrepreneurial family, you are faced with hundreds of ways to invest your time, money, and energy daily. But are you investing where it really counts?  We believe the best investment we can make as spouses and parents is always in our own personal growth and self-development. But what happens when one person in the couple grows more than the other? Welcome back to another episode of the Family Brand Podcast! In this show, we share the importance of growing together in marriage rather than growing apart. We understand this can be easier said than done. We all grow at different speeds and in different ways. Plus, when you have young kids, you and your spouse may be in different seasons in life when it comes to careers or personal goals. Recently we took a trip to Texas together, and it reminded us of how far we have come in our own personal development journey. Trust us, we aren’t anywhere near finished, but we are proud of the journey so far. Hit play to hear our advice for growing together with your spouse, practical examples of how we learn and have shared experiences together, how to respond if your spouse doesn’t want to grow with you and so much more.  Being willing to try new things and step out of our comfort zones to grow and become greater is one of the best gifts we can give our kids. They are watching our every move and learning how to do this thing called life so let’s show them how to invest in their greatest asset, themselves!  Ps: To learn more about our Family Brand Program, check out: More Of What’s Inside: What prevents relationships from growing apart How Melissa developed her own identity and new skills Our recent trip to Austin, Texas Why we take four annual getaways together to focus on personal growth How to spark conversations by sharing a podcast The importance of self-awareness Overcoming the victim mentality Growing apart can happen to every couple  And much more! Links For This Episode:  Song- Ben Platt "Grow as We Go" Family Brand Podcast-How To Plan and Execute a Couple's Trip: Website: Social: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Twitter:  Free course: Episode Minute By Minute: 0:42 What inspired today’s conversation 2:06 The special ability only leaders have 6:27  The importance of growing together  8:30 How Melissa’s personal development journey started  11:36 The value of a shared experience  15:00 The truth about growth and transformation 17:38 Lyrics all couples need to hear  19:41 What to do if you’re the only one growing 21:35 Only you can take ownership of you
Have you ever thought, “I REALLY wish I/we had more time!” If so, you are going to love this episode. Dan Martell is an entrepreneur, angel investor and became a highly sought-after coach in the SaaS industry after exiting three technology companies within a ten-year period. He’s also an Ironman athlete, philanthropist, husband, and father of two incredible boys. We recently had the opportunity to take him and his wife, Renee through our Family Brand Level Up Your Family program. This week he launched his amazing book ‘Buy Back Your Time’. Dan is an expert when it comes to figuring out how to free up more of your time so you can do the things that light you up while making more income and a bigger impact in the world. One of the things we constantly hear from families is they don’t feel like they have enough time. And, oftentimes this seems impossible for families to figure out how to take back their time. There are so many demands coming at them from every direction. In this episode, Dan will share some really creative and practical ways that every family can take back more of their time, so they can focus on being a family, doing the things that light them up, and making a big difference in the world. In fact, we have already begun to experience the benefits of what Dan teaches. Recently, we implemented one of his strategies to buy back a significant amount of time each week that we are now using to further our mission of building and strengthening families. If you like this episode, check out the links below to connect with Dan or join the Family Brand Program!  More Of What’s Inside: A first look into Dan’s new book - Buy Back Your Time Practical examples of how we are creating more time in our week You deserve to make your life a little easier by outsourcing  Invest in activities that bring you happiness and financial success How to support your community by outsourcing and delegating tasks like meal prep, grocery shopping A million-dollar lifestyle is more achievable than you think! Common struggles that hold back most families from living their dreams Why Dan is a raving fan of the Family Brand Program How Dan positively transformed all the relationships in his life And much more!   Links For This Episode:  Dan on Instagram: Dan on LinkedIn: Book- "Buy Back Your Time" by Dan Martell: Website: Social: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Twitter:  Free course: Episode Minute By Minute: 1:28 Get to know Dan Martell 2:13 The biggest changes most families struggle with  4:30 The moment everything changed for Dan 7:33 When Dan started buying his time 10:50 Dan’s advice for every family who needs more time 13:26 Overcoming the shame of outsourcing  18:34 Teaching your kids responsibility even when you outsource help at home 22:28 the power of investing in your family  28:00 Learning from others and how they save time 34:48 Reframing your mindset to worthiness and possibility
Parenting is a challenging journey, full of uncertainty and self-doubt.  It can be hard to know if you are doing the right thing when it comes to parenting your kids and loving them on an individual level to ensure all their needs are met both emotionally and physically. Welcome back to the Family Brand Podcast! Melissa here for another show and If you agree with the statement above, this episode will blow your mind. Fair warning before you dive into today’s content, you may want to grab a pin and paper or your digital equivalent so you can take notes. This episode is packed with valuable tips all parents need to hear!  Hit play to meet the one and only Crystal Haitsma. Crystal is known as the “parenting coach” and talks with us about how to trust yourself as a parent. Crystal has a unique approach to parenting and I was excited to hear more about it face-to-face.  I stumbled upon Crystal's Instagram and after scrolling through a few posts I had to know more. I  was immediately drawn to her connection-based parenting method. Crystal explains that the connection-based parenting method is all about building a strong relationship with your children and It's about being present, listening actively, and understanding your child's perspective. It's not about being tyrannical or controlling but rather about being a guide for your child and learning how to help and love them in the best way possible. For most of us, this approach to parenting is 100% the opposite of what we experienced growing up.  Learning how to parent in a new way can seem daunting at first or your temptation may be to run out and grab every book you can find on parenting and self-development you can find. Either way, you’ll learn during our conversation that building a better relationship with your child may be easier than you think. Why? Because you have everything you need to succeed inside you. Crystal reminds us of the fundamental truths of self-care and how if we take care of ourselves we can better serve our kids and families. You’ll also hear her advice on how to trust your intuition, how to overcome the battles in your mind, how to not repeat the pain of your past and so much more.  It's okay to make mistakes and remember that being a perfect parent is impossible. However, we know there is always room for growth! We look forward to relistening to this episode over and over again to learn more from Crystal. To reach out to us or learn more about our guests, follow the links below!    More Of What’s Inside: Crystal’s approach as a parenting coach Why it’s so easy to want a certain behavior from your kids It’s never too late to change your relationship with your kids Self-healing is both daunting and empowering The difference between thought work and emotional work What to do if you feel like melting down Melisa gets coached live on the podcast How Crystal got started parenting coaching  The power of connection based parenting And much more!   Links For This Episode:  Instagram: Crystal's Podcast: Crystal's Parenting Personality Quiz: Link to Crystal's Mindset Journal for Parents: Book- By Gordon Neufeld- "Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers": Book-by Deborah MacNamara PhD- "Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (Or Anyone Who Acts Like One)": Website: Social:  Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Twitter:  Free course: Episode Minute By Minute: 0:52 How Crystal and Melissa met  1:33 What Crystal does as a parenting couch 7:01 What is connection-based parenting  9:35 How to show up with different energy with your kids 14:50 Shifting your perspective as a parent 17:01 Why it’s important to connect with your teenager  22:28 You have the power inside of yourself for you or your kids 27:18 Your past will affect your parenting  31:47 How to start being a better parent today 35:20 What to do when you’re overly stimulated 40:02 Teaching your kids how to process emotions  45:57  How to learn more from Crystal  47:57 Books about parenting you may love 51:33 How to take control of your thoughts and mindset
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