Season 1, Episode 16

Strengthening Families: Exploring What it Takes to Build Happy Homes

Jun 27, 2023

Parents and caregivers protect the emotional health and well-being of their children by establishing routines and expectations. Our guest shares how we can make small changes in our daily lives to strengthen these connections with our family members.

Susan McKeown is passionate about helping caregivers strengthen their relationships, especially couples who are in the throes of raising their family and trying to juggle all the demands. To build a strong foundation for our families, she stresses the importance of self-care and the benefit it has on those you love. When parents and caregivers have support, resources, and coping skills, they can then show their children they care, communicate their expectations and stay connected, even through challenging times.

Explore more on the topics and themes discussed in this episode:

Susan McKeown – Learn more about Susan’s books Beyond the First Dance, A Guide for Couples to Think Beyond their Wedding Day and Beyond the Tango, A Guide to a Thriving Marriage while Juggling Careers, Kids, and Chaos , her workshops on healthy relationships, strengthening marriage, and lessening stress at home and at work.

Partnership Resources for Dealing with Family Issues – This website provides a list of resources to support families in New Hampshire.

FASTER (Families Advocating for Substance Treatment, Education, and Recovery) – A family support group held every Tuesday from 6:00- 7:30 pm at Waypoint, 464 Chestnut St. Manchester. Call Susan or Patrick at (603) 668-4859 or (603) 860-9809 to confirm.

NH Children’s Trust – A database to locate a Family Resource Center near you.

Recovery Friendly Workplace – Encourages a healthy and safe environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction.

Host & Guests

Featured Guest:

Susan McKeown

Host: Christin D’Ovidio


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Susan McKeown is a graduate of St. Anselm College and Northeastern University’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program. She worked with families as a pediatric nurse practitioner for over forty years and is a Certified Prevention Specialist, educating and advocating on issues of mental health and substance misuse. Susan and her husband have presented workshops to over 4,000 engaged couples on issues that affect married life. In 2020, she earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Southern NH University. Susan is an author and speaker promoting healthy relationships, strengthening marriage, and preventing divorce. Susan published her first book, Beyond the First Dance—A Guide for Couples to Think Beyond their Wedding Day, for those contemplating marriage. Her second book Beyond the Tango—A Guide for a Thriving Marriage while Juggling Careers, Kids, and Chaos is now available through independent bookstores, her website, and Amazon. She currently speaks to businesses to help employees balance the stress of home and work. Susan and her husband Patrick have raised four children and are blessed with two grandchildren.

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