The Family Couch

Episode 50: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Your LGBTQ Child

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with John Sovec about how to support your child who identifies in the LGBT community.  Sovec is passionate about helping teens and parents with the coming out process. We jump in and discuss what a hetero-normative experience is.  Sovec asks the question, “When did you have to come out as...[ read more ]

Episode 49: Creating a Legacy for Your Family

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Laura Weissman about how to create a legacy for our children. We dive in and discuss how a family can define what a legacy means to them.  Weissman believes that most people think of family history and genealogy. Alternatively, the financial legacy is what people think of.  Weissman’s focus...[ read more ]

Episode 48: Parenting Through the “Launch” Phase

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Carol Adkisson, LMFT, about parenting through the “launch” phase of childhood.  This is a process that is imperfect and difficult. We jump in and discuss what a parent should expect of their children during this phase.  Adkisson provides that teenagers are scared to death during this time. When she...[ read more ]

Episode 47: Minding the Gap in Conscious Parenting

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Casey O’Roarty about minding the gap in conscious parenting.   We jump right in and discuss controversy surrounding positive parenting and the misconception that it makes children defiant.  O’Roarty provides that she hears more often that children are entitled instead of defiant. People confuse positive parenting with permissive parenting....[ read more ]

Episode 46: Mental Strength for Parents and Children

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Amy Morin, the author of two amazing books that talk about mental strength as humans and parents.  She loves discussing this topic and the way to become a mentally strong person. We dive right and discuss the definition of mental strength.  Morin describes it as having three different parts....[ read more ]

Episode 45: Supporting Healthy Stepfamilies

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Marquita Johnson, a Licensed Professional Counselor, about stepfamilies and the dynamics that come with part of being in a stepfamily.   We dive right in and discuss qualities that a stepfamily has that other traditional families may not have.  Johnson provides that different parenting styles is number one.  Another...[ read more ]

Episode 44: How to Talk About Diversity With Your Child

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Dr. Deidra Sorrell about how to talk about diversity with children as well as discussing her book on this topic.   We dive right in and discuss what sparked Sorrell to write a children’s book discussing diversity.  She has two children of her own and had both of them...[ read more ]

Episode 43: Empowering Parents of Children Living with Severe Emotional Disturbance

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Dr. Stacy Haynes about how to help parents feel empowered when they are raising children who have mental and emotional disorders and have been labeled as defiant or disrespectful.  Haynes is a counseling psychologist who has been in the profession for about 20 years.  Her focus is on children...[ read more ]

Episode 42: Getting to the Bottom of Why You’re Yelling!

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Diane Dempster, a leadership coach, about how to create more calm and peace in your home and how to have more awareness of yelling and how we speak to our children.  Dempster works with parents of children with attention and learning issues.  Dempster deems them “complex kids.” (more…)

Episode 41: Raising Healthy Children in a Chaotic World

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk Meghan Leahy, fellow parent coach, about how to raise children in a chaotic world.   (more…)