Neil Brown

Neil D. Brown, LCSW, is a family therapist, author and podcast host. He talks with us about how to stop power struggles with your teens, disengage from the power struggle with our tweens/teens, how to raise empowered children, and ending the parent-teen battle.

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In this episode, we talked about:

  • Control battles – when the pattern becomes so chronic and self-perpetuating that the relationship (parents pushing and kids resisting) becomes such a predictable event and happens regularly
  • Adolescence – period of time when kids are moving from childhood to adulthood; need to make own decisions and function more independently – how do we make this a gradual experience that is safe and sane
  • How do we get there?
  • When parents and teens get locked in a repetitive pattern, it locks everything up and the kids don’t grow and develop the way they should
  • Change the pattern, defeat the pattern (the best) – what behaviors feed it, what starve it, how do we break the pattern?
  • Empowering your children; raising them to feel empowered
  • Should you be best friends with your kid?
  • Anxieties of raising teens


Neil Brown’s book

More about Neil:

Neil D. Brown, LCSW, is a family therapist, author and podcast host. Brown has worked with families, couples, and individuals for more than thirty years. Deeply steeped in the theory and practice of family therapy, Brown uses a simple yet profound method of empowering parents and their adolescent youth to put an end to destructive control battles for good. You can read more in Brown’s book: Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle (available at local booksellers and online). Neil’s podcast Healthy Family Connections is available to download at iTunes. To learn more about Neil and his work visit:

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