Pragmatic Parenting: Managing Digital Delirium and Raising Sane Kids with Dr. Alex Packer & Neil Brown LCSW

Original Air Date Wednesday, November 24, 2021 

Parenting in the digital age is a journey none of our ancestors had to traverse.

And, until now, there were very few guidebooks for parents who are negotiating this new territory. Questions such as — How involved should parents be in their young adults’ digital life? Can a child’s developmental journey be disrupted by excess social media usage? Or, Do well-known parenting rules of the past, such as modeling the behavior you want your child to exhibit, apply to technology?  To reveal the data, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen asks two educators to discuss their parental guidebooks and provide their expert insights on this newly charted subject matter. Award-winning author, Dr. Alex Packer describes the key takeaways from his newest book, Slaying Digital Dragons: Tips and tools for protecting your body, brain, psyche, and thumbs from the digital dark side. And, therapist Neil Brown LCSW shares actionable strategies from his work Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle: Resolve the Power Struggle and Build Trust, Responsibility, and Respect.

Dr. Alex Packer — Managing Digital Delirium:

  • Alex wrote Slaying Digital Dragons to empower teens to join the resistance against big tech. [1:51]
  • Digital devices are assaulting the brains of teenagers during an extremely formative period of their development. [5:24]
  • The impact of the pandemic on social media habits and what the Metaverse may bring to the future reality. [15:19]
  • What parents can do to model good behavior and empower teens to be mindful of their social media use. [19:22]

Alex J. Packer Ph.D. is an educator, psychologist, and award-winning author of numerous books for parents and teens. He received his Ph.D. in educational and developmental psychology from Boston College and his master’s degree in education from Harvard. 

Book: Slaying Digital Dragons: Tips and tools for protecting your body, brain, psyche, and thumbs from the digital dark side


Alex J. Packer

@HowRudeBook on Twitter


Neil Brown LCSW — Raising Sane Kids:

  • Raising kids is difficult and no parent can do it perfectly. [29:31]
  • In young adults, identities can shift from being a family member to being in a peer group. [31:37
  • In his book, Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle, Neil describes how parents can anticipate the pattern of resistance. [38:17]
  • Strategies for parents who are running out of bandwidth when raising their children. [42:20]]
  • All learning styles and parenting styles are necessary because children are not all the same. [50:39]
  • Neil describes how his process can be intensified when dealing with out-of-control youths. [54:17]

Neil Brown LCSW is a graduate of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. He became a student of Structural Family Therapy and Brief Therapy from which he evolved his own highly actionable therapeutic model for helping families transform out of unhealthy family patterns.

Book: Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle: Resolve the Power Struggle and Build Trust, Responsibility, and Respect


Neil D. Brown

@NeilDBrownLCSW on Twitter

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@NeilDBrownLCSW on Instagram

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