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Figuring out Families

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It's in the family we learn the skills of living together. We first
learn that we are loved, understood, wanted and cared for,
and in most cases it's in the family we are formed to be who we are.

But our biggest hurts, failures and tragedies can also occur within the family.

For most of us we have to learn as we go!

For over 70 years Majellan has provided advice, shared stories
of family life and helped family members deal with the problems that arise.

We've helped thousands with their family issues.

Hosted by David Ahern.

Together we’ll set about Figuring out Families.
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Raising Healthy Kids

Raising Healthy Kids

2021-04-2730:30

Give your kids the best start in life. In this Parenting Session Dr Rosina McAlpine explains how a child can function more effectively through diet and exercise and how they play crucial roles in the physical and mental wellbeing. These are very valuable life skills for your child. The benefits of the Health and Well-being life skills for kids are that they increase a child's knowledge of nutrition and exercise and reduce the likelihood of childhood obesity and ill health. After listening to the podcast find out more at Dr Rosina’s website here --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
In this Session  Rachel explains how to use Giggle Games. These are games to help a child adjust to a new sibling, games to help with sibling squabbles and games to build lasting sibling bonds. The session is filled with great ideas on what games to use, how to use them and how effective Giggle Games are in helping children in dealing with many issues. Rachel Schofield is a Parent Coach, Professional Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists, and Mum of two boys. You can let Rachel know how you go in the Sibling Challenges she offers in each session on her Facebook page – look for the Challenge posts. Download Rachel’s free pdf Siblings Guide & Workbook that accompanies these Sessions. It gives you the key points from the podcasts, explains strategies and offers you reflection questions so you can figure out how to build better relationships between your kids. Learn more about Rachel on her Facebook page and website https://www.facebook.com/RachelSchofield.au/   rachelschofield.com/siblings Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
In this Parenting Session Rachel Schofield discusses tensions and issues amongst siblings and helps parents identify the issues that lead to most disagreements and tensions. She then explains practical strategies parents can put in place to assist their grumpy, tense children. Another important topic she covers is problems that arise when one child feels they’re not being treated fairly because an older brother or sister appears to have privileges that the younger child doesn’t because of the age difference. This Parenting Session is sure to offer relief to parents having to deal with conflict in their family. Rachel Schofield is a Parent Coach, Professional Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists, and Mum of two boys. You can let Rachel know how you go in the Sibling Challenges she offers in each session on her Facebook page – look for the Challenge posts. Download Rachel’s free pdf Siblings Guide & Workbook that accompanies these Sessions. It gives you the key points from the podcasts, explains strategies and offers you reflection questions so you can figure out how to build better relationships between your kids. Learn more about Rachel on her Facebook page and website https://www.facebook.com/RachelSchofield.au/   rachelschofield.com/siblings --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
The teenage brain is an interesting topic of discussion as most parents would agree. Author, parenting expert and CEO of Win Win Parenting, Rosina McAlpine says teens tend to be socially and emotionally immature during their teenage years. And because of this, teenagers and their issues can be problematic for parents, teachers and carers. Rosina has some tips for parents who may have one or more teenagers at home who maybe going through a rebellious stage. This podcast provides a fascinating insight into the teenage brain and despite what many teenagers believe, parents are not trying to curb their fun. Rosina says it’s all about love and connection. Dr Rosina’s Win Win Parenting program provides parents with an effective step-by-step practical approach to managing day-to-day parenting challenges. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
In this Parenting Session on Sibling Struggles, Parent Coach Rachel Schofield talks about sibling rivalries and what leads to conflict in the home. She says some families experience more problems, but there are some simple things parents can do to assist their children.  Rachel, who is a professional member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists and mum to two children, provides tips on what parents can do to ease the tension in their household. Rachel Schofield is a Parent Coach, Professional Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists, and Mum of two boys. You can let Rachel know how you go in the Sibling Challenges she offers in each session on her Facebook page – look for the Challenge posts. Download Rachel’s free pdf Siblings Guide & Workbook that accompanies these Sessions. It gives you the key points from the podcasts, explains strategies and offers you reflection questions so you can figure out how to build better relationships between your kids. Learn more about Rachel on her Facebook page and website https://www.facebook.com/RachelSchofield.au/   rachelschofield.com/siblings --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
In this important parenting session we welcome Rachel Schofield who talks about the positive results that can come from a solid relationship between siblings. She also explains why so many siblings struggle to connect and provides handy tips on what parents can do to encourage a more harmonious relationship between their children. Rachel Schofield is a Parent Coach, Professional Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists, and Mum of two boys. You can let Rachel know how you go in the Sibling Challenges she offers in each session on her Facebook page - look for the Challenge posts. Download Rachel's free pdf Siblings Guide & Workbook that accompanies these Sessions. It gives you the key points from the podcasts, explains strategies and offers you reflection questions so you can figure out how to build better relationships between your kids. Learn more about Rachel on her Facebook page and website https://www.facebook.com/RachelSchofield.au/   rachelschofield.com/siblings --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
Reflect on your family, in particular your grandparents influence in your life. For many of us grandparents have had a big influence on our lives. But this can often be tricky in families as role modelling is an important way for children to learn. But where values may be different grandparents need to honour their children’s way of parenting, while at the same time honouring the grandparent they want to be. In this most informative Parenting Session, Psychologist, Lecturer and Grandmother of six, Dr Robyn Mills explores the role of grandparents today and how they can truly enrich the lives of their grandchildren. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
In this Parenting Session on Bullying we introduce Dr Robyn Mills, a grandmother of five who has worked in the health field for 47 years in areas such as psychology, nursing and natural medicine. She’s also a co-founder of Win Win Parenting along with Dr Rosina McAlpine. Robyn says the introduction of new technologies has made bullying worse because it can now occur 24/7. She says bullying occurs amongst all age groups and if it’s not tackled when children are young, it can continue well into adulthood. Robyn also says bullying takes many forms but has some handy tips on how to ‘bully proof’ your child. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
Win Win Parenting. In this Majellan Parenting Session with Dr Rosina McAlpine we explore Win Win Parenting and how it supports parents to successfully navigate through the ups and downs of family life and learn practical strategies to manage parenting challenges. Dr Rosina’s Win Win Parenting program provides parents with an effective step-by-step practical approach to managing day-to-day parenting challenges without requiring discipline, punishment and rewards. Teaching children life skills to become successful, cooperative and caring members of your family and society. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
In our new podcast series, Parenting Sessions, we interview Dr Rosina McAlpine, who is an author, parenting expert and CEO of Win Win Parenting.  Win Win Parenting supports parents to successfully navigate the ups and downs of family life. Dr Rosina believes managing home life more confidently leads to less stress and better outcomes for children and a more harmonious family life.  Parents learn practical strategies to manage day-to-day parenting challenges such as struggles with technology, emotional outbursts and keeping calm even in the most volatile situations.  Dr Rosina appears regularly in the media and her innovative evidence-based parenting programs support parents locally and internationally. In episodes to come in early 2021, Dr Rosina discuses Win Win Parenting and understanding the teenage brain and why teenagers can seem ‘erratic’.  Listen to an early release session by Dr Rosina " Emotional Intelligence" here Visit majellan.media for more podcasts and a whole lot more about families. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
New Parenting Sessions with parenting  expert Dr  Rosina McAlpine In this Figuring Out Families podcast we talk to Dr Rosina McAlpine, who’s an author, parenting expert and CEO of Win Win Parenting which supports parents on how best to navigate through the ups and downs of everyday family life.  Win Win Parenting also provides practical strategies for parents on how to manage the challenges of raising their children.  In this first episode of our new Parenting Sessions, Dr Rosina explains in simple terms what emotional intelligence is and the five aspects of emotional intelligence including empathy and managing your emotions. Enjoy. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
There is no perfect way to parent and sometimes we are going to get it wrong! As we know children are constantly growing and developing and it is important that our parenting also needs to be open to change and development. Research tells us that healthy parent child relationships require both connectedness and flexibility and importantly parenting needs to be balanced. In a healthy parenting relationship children also need boundaries and lots of love and a wonderful sense of connection. We’ve been entrusted to a special relationship with our children. Derek explores parenting and reminds us to stop and cherish what’s before us as parents. At whatever stage of parenting you are this Focus session is not to be missed! Need more? Derek Boylen is an experienced relationship counsellor and is available for private consultation. To enquire about private sessions with Derek, or have a specific question about family and relationships answered go to our website majellan.media and complete the enquiry form here  Enquiries are made in the strictest confidence. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
One of the most common challenges for couples, especially younger couples is where the extended family interferes with relationships and it can feel like you are the ‘meat in the sandwich’ dealing with conflicts between your partner and your extended family. Derek explores the many  reasons for meddling and shares ways to deal with an extended family member who may be causing issues. Another issue Derek covers is having to set boundaries with extended family members. He provides some great strategies on how to set boundaries which is one way of strengthening relationships between all concerned. Need more? Derek Boylen is an experienced relationship counsellor and is available for private consultation. To enquire about private sessions with Derek, or have a specific question about family and relationships answered go to our website majellan.media and complete the enquiry form here  Enquiries are made in the strictest confidence. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
Family finances is one of the most difficult things to talk about and less than 10% of families have a budget.  Finances can also be one of the biggest relationship breakers – especially when money gets tight or we get into difficult times. Different ideas or –‘habitudes’ - about money can create unnecessary stress on relationships and because there is no romance in speaking about finance most of us don’t cover the topic with our loved ones. Derek explains how to have conversations about money, how to be aware of the different views each of us may have about money and describes how we can budget in a positive way. Regardless of your financial position this Focus Session will be of value. By Majellan Media Because family matters most --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
Infidelity is more common than we think and often it is painful and hidden for couples; 25% of couples will experience infidelity and it’s a problem equally for both men and women. However, there are more ways people can be unfaithful beyond physical or emotional infidelity. When there has been emotional or physical infidelity it can be difficult, and a big part of the challenge will be the emotional imbalance within the relationship. In this Focus Session, Derek covers some basic principles about how to first start talking about it as couples and how they can recover and build an amazingly strong relationship, deeper than they imagined possible, even after infidelity, if they are willing to work on it. For more great resources on relationships and family visit majellan.media  Need more? Derek Boylen is an experienced relationship counsellor and is available for private consultation. To enquire about private sessions with Derek, or have a specific question about family and relationships answered go to our website majellan.media and complete the enquiry form here  Enquiries are made in the strictest confidence. Majellan Media because family matters most --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
Welcome to Figuring out Families by Majellan Media where we look at the issues affecting families in the modern world. At Majellan, because we believe family matters most, we’ve produced several resources to help all families be the best they can be. We are very pleased to be joined by Derek Boylen, an experienced marriage and relationship counsellor and a lecturer in relationships at the University of Notre Dame. We have put together this most valuable series which we are calling the Focus Sessions. In this short overview we highlight aspects of family relationships and how this series can help in strengthening your family relationships. We hope you’ll find the series beneficial and get some insights on issues you may face in your family. Hosted by David Ahern, Majellan Media Visit majellan.media for many more resources to help make your family the best it can be. Need more? Derek Boylen is an experienced relationship counsellor and is available for private consultation. To enquire about private sessions with Derek, or have a specific question about family and relationships answered go to our website majellan.media and complete the enquiry form here  Enquiries are made in the strictest confidence. Majellan Media because family matters most --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
In this Focus Session of Figuring out Families, marriage counsellor Derek Boylen talks about what to do when there appears to be no hope in a relationship. The types of pressures on families today are far greater than ever before so Derek discusses what can be done to ease the pressures and puts forward a number of suggestions on how to seek professional help if the family situation is deteriorating.  He adds that if the relationship breaks down without hope of resolution, there are things couples can do to protect themselves and their children. If you feel the relationship is over this episode is for you. Derek Boylen is an experienced relationship counsellor and Lecturer in relationships at the University of Notre Dame  Need more? Derek Boylen is available for private consultation. To enquire about private sessions with Derek, or have a specific question about family and relationships answered go to our website majellan.media and complete the enquiry form here  Enquiries are made in the strictest confidence. Majellan Media because family matters most --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
Intimacy play an important part in all relationships. However, we tend to think of intimacy in terms of emotional or physical connection. In this session Derek explains what intimacy means and shows us that there are actually twelve facets of intimacy. As you listen, you will discover what these 12 facets are, how important it is to share intimacy in family relationships, how to expand a couple’s capacity to experience closeness and how we can overcome the vulnerability that we sometimes feel during ‘intimate’ moments. This is another valuable episode to help you make your relationship and your family the best it can be. Your host is David Ahern Need more? Derek Boylen is an experienced relationship counsellor and is available for private consultation. To enquire about private sessions with Derek, or have a specific question about family and relationships answered go to our website majellan.media and complete the enquiry form here  Enquiries are made in the strictest confidence. Majellan Media because family matters most --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
Continuing our Focus Series of Figuring out Families, marriage counsellor Derek Boylen speaks about the importance of work/life balance.  Never has this been so important, especially due to the difficulties we are experiencing with coronavirus. Work/life balance can lead to all sorts of stresses on families, financial and otherwise. Derek provides tips on what couples and families can do to ease these pressures and believes organisation and setting goals are key to a more harmonious family home. Need more? Derek Boylen is an experienced relationship counsellor and is available for private consultation. To enquire about private sessions with Derek, or have a specific question about family and relationships answered go to our website majellan.media and complete the enquiry form here  Enquiries are made in the strictest confidence. Majellan Media because family matters most --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
In the latest focus session of Figuring out Families with Derek Boylen, we explore community. The current pandemic has revealed much about society today and how we live in community. When we are deprived of communion with our neighbours it can impact on our mental health, and test the sturdiness of our social fabric. Derek explains how a strong sense of community is vital for the wellbeing of our relationships with loved ones. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/figuring-out-families/message
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