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Blended Family Podcast

English, Personal/Lifestyle/Family, 1 season, 277 episodes, 5 days, 19 hours, 23 minutes
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The Blended Family Podcast is a weekly show with a strong focus on strategies and methods to help your family thrive. Blended Families face many difficulties and challenges which can sometimes drive families apart. The goal of this podcast is is to help your family grow together through these challenges and create the peaceful and loving home you desire. Your host, Melissa, understands these struggles because she has a blended family of her own. When you listen to this podcast, you will see that the family life you have always dreamed of is completely attainable!
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Sudshare, with returning guest, Mort Fertel

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Mort Fertel is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at 18 years old. He has a private equity portfolio that consists of SudShare, 2 other businesses, and real estate holdings. He graduated from the Wharton School of Business, and, during a short time when he thought he might be a corporate guy, worked on Wall Street for Bankers Trust Company. Mort is also an author, creator of the first online relationship renewal system (2004), and the subject of Back from the Brink, a documentary written and directed by Toroes Thomas. Now a grandfather, success for Mort means making a difference. And SudShare makes a difference by allowing customers to enjoy life and Sudsters (washers) to have their own work-from-home business. Mort loves working with his family to revolutionize the laundry business. Mort was on this show back on episode #228, when he was discussing his book Marriage Fitness, so if you haven’t heard that one check out that episode too. In this episode, he’s here to talk about his new company Sudshare. Personal story of Sudshare and how it came to be What it was like to create a family business Tips for families who want to create a business together How Sudshare works What Sudshare costs and how it compares to other laundry services Business opportunity for Sudsters Where Sudshare is operating How to get started with Sudshare And much more! Connect with Mort Website   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Schedule an interview or coaching session HERE Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Affiliate   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
8/9/202131 minutes, 4 seconds
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Joe Pomeroy-Expert at helping business minded men become the best family men they can be!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Joe Pomeroy knows how to translate business principles into family success. Joe gained a deep knowledge of business while helping build an 8-figure company and earning his MBA. More importantly, Joe discovered how to utilize those hard-earned skills to save his marriage and his family. He went from his wife walking out the door, to having a confident, committed, and connected relationship, and now he is committed to helping other dads and husbands learn how to use those principles to be more confident in their role.  As a bestselling author and Family Leadership Coach, Joe helps business-minded men discover the new way to become the husbands and dads they once promised to be. His mantra has become: “Save the Family, Save the World.” His personal story Why businessmen become the best family men Why families and blended families should be treated like a business  How to translate business principles into family success Why some men lack confidence and how they can build it How to identify generational patterns and how to eradicate them How a partner can best support a man in his journey to greatness Joe’s 3D family framework Joe’s best advice And much more!   Connect with Joe Website Facebook LinkedIn Instagram   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Schedule an interview or coaching session HERE Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Affiliate   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
8/2/202157 minutes, 18 seconds
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Debbie Ausburn, author of the book Raising Other People's Children

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Debbie Ausburn is the author of the book Raising Other People’s Children and has spent more than 40 years working with children who've experienced trauma. Her many roles include social worker, group home parent, foster parent, and stepparent. Along with parenting seven foster, adopted, and stepchildren, Debbie has served as a criminal prosecutor, volunteer, and Board member with nonprofit organizations. She is now an attorney in private practice, counseling and defending youth-serving organizations. She says, “I make my living as a lawyer, but what I do is take care of other people’s children." Debbie’s personal story How fostering children and blended families are similar Tips on building new relationships and forming trust Helping children through trauma Sibling rivalry Advice for stepparents learning their place Helping children who have an absent parent Dealing with attitude and backtalk Debbie’s best lessons learned Her book, Raising Other People’s Children Debbie’s final advice/word of encouragement for listeners  And much more!   Connect with Debbie Website Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Buy the book HERE   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Schedule an interview or coaching session HERE Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Affiliate   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
7/26/202150 minutes, 35 seconds
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Are you feeling your feelings?

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   We all have feelings, and they are there to help us. Most of us do not know how to work with our feelings, and instead we push them down and suppress them for various reasons. This is quite common in the blended family.  It’s important that we learn to recognize and process our feelings and emotions so that they do not get trapped in the body.    My personal journey with feelings Why feelings are important How thoughts and feelings are connected Why we ignore feelings and what that does to the body My 4 step process that I made for you to help you RISE above those negative feelings  The emotional scale and how to climb it Tips for self care Tips for expressing feelings and emotions Tips for loved ones Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Schedule an interview or coaching session HERE Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Affiliate   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
7/19/202135 minutes, 21 seconds
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Gray Divorce, with Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Carol Hughes, PhD, LMFT, holds her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, achieving both summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She is also a two-time Fulbright Scholar. Carol served for ten years as an Associate Professor of Human Services at Saddleback College. In her practice in Laguna Hills, CA, as a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and family-focused divorce professional, for more than thirty years, she has assisted hundreds of divorcing families, as a therapist, child and co-parenting specialist, divorce coach, and mediator.   Bruce Fredenburg, MS, LMFT, has been a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for more than 30 years and is Board Certified in Clinical Hypnosis. He was a college instructor in Human Services at Saddleback College and at the National Medical Review School in Southern California. He also created and taught parenting classes for adoptive and foster parents. He is trained and experienced in chronic pain management, trauma, addictions, mediation, and collaborative divorce. In his practice in Laguna Hills, CA, Bruce helps families as a therapist, divorce coach, co-parenting specialist, and mediator.   The topic of this show is Gray Divorce, or divorce that takes place after the age of 50, after the children are typically grown. In this interview we discuss   Bruce and Carols personal stories What is gray divorce, and why it's becoming more prevalent Why not many people are talking about this trend What gray divorce looks like and how it differs from earlier on divorces How adult children are affected by their parents late divorce What parents can do to make the transition easier on their adult children How a couple going through a gray divorce can move forward without fear  Their book, Home will never be the same again: a guide for adult children of gray divorce And much more!   Connect with Bruce Website (Orange County Divorce coach) Website (Psychology Today) Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Connect with Carol Website (Dr. Carol Hughes) Website (Divorce Peacemaking) Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Buy the Book HERE Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Schedule an interview or coaching session HERE Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Affiliate   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
7/12/202145 minutes, 44 seconds
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Post COVID stressors, and how they affect our children, with Dr. Regine Muradian

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Dr. Regine Muradian is a licensed clinical psychologist, children’s author, speaker, consultant, and mental health advocate. In her clinical practice, Dr. Muradian works with children, adolescents, and adults who present with a wide range of emotional stressors. She specializes in Anxiety and is a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), ADHD, Depression, Eating Disorders/Body Image, and Executive Functioning Training. Dr. Muradian is also a specialist in Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessments. She has extensive medical experience and expertise.  Dr. Muradian is fluent in 5 languages and incorporates her multicultural background with her clients. Lastly, Dr. Muradian is a published children’s author. Her first book, Franky and the Worry Bees was released during the pandemic as she found children and teens were having a difficult time connecting and staying motivated over distance learning. She has two more books as part of her Franky series coming out in 2021 titled, Franky and His Homeschool Adventures and Franky and His Special Talent. Dr. Muradian knows how to keep your child motivated and help parents create positive change in their lives. In this interview we discuss    Her personal story What children and teenagers are facing coming out of COVID What some of the post covid type stressors are that might affect our kids, and how we can help them overcome those  Signs your child is having trouble acclimating to post COVID life How to help our children move forward past fear What the long term psychological effects of COVID are, and how to minimize them Anxiety and how COVID ties into that Determining whether post COVID behaviors are normal or if they require special attention Resistance to mental health help, and how to manage if a child is resistant Her program for mental health training for teachers Tips on getting kids to a positive mindset And much more!   Connect with Regine Website Twitter Instagram   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Schedule an interview or coaching session HERE Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Affiliate   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
7/5/202148 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to make your multi cultural blended family work!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   When two families come together, there are always differences in structure, tradition, discipline, and family values. Many blended families also experience cultural differences, where two families from entirely different cultures come together. This can present many challenges to a blended family, yet there are always benefits if we choose to seek them out. In this show, you’ll learn about what some of these cultural differences are, as well as how to use them to help your blended family grow closer together! In this interview we will discuss   What a multicultural blended family is Different types of multicultural blended families Serious issues that should be addressed before blending Challenges multicultural families face Tips to make things easier And much more! Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Schedule an interview or coaching session HERE Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Affiliate   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
6/28/202135 minutes, 33 seconds
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Moving Past Trauma into Peace, with expert Jolyn Armstrong

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   When her son was arrested, Jolyn Armstrong discovered that even an idyllic life can be turned upside down in an instant by catastrophe. That’s why she launched Grapevine Mindware, a counseling and coaching program aimed at helping you end the pain, find peace, and get your life back after a personal catastrophe. Jolyn’s mission is to help everyone achieve peace and joy regardless of outside circumstances.   Her personal story Grapevine Mindware’s origins and who it’s for How we can find our way out of darkness How to find peace in the eye of the storm How trauma can lead to loneliness, how to overcome that How we can protect our mental health during a crisis Tips on how to move through trauma How to live a great life after a crisis How to achieve peace And much more!   Connect with Jolyn Website LinkedIn Facebook Instagram Special page for my Blended listeners   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
6/21/202141 minutes, 42 seconds
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Resiliency and conflict resolution, with expert Kristin MacDermott

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Kristin MacDermott is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a decade of research in resilience. Her resilience-training programs have been validated in four studies with researchers from the Duke Clinical Research Institute, published in peer-reviewed journals, and proven to improve key mental health and resilience outcomes, including anxiety, depression, distress, self-efficacy, and PTSD. Kristin has designed resilience-training programs for some of the highest-performing people on the planet, including Navy SEALS and the LAPD. Her programs have been used in more than 20 hospitals across the country, including at the Duke Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health. She has also designed programs for schools, corporations, non-profits, and mentors who support at-risk kids. Kristin is the author of It Takes Two Minutes to Shift Your Mindset and Build Resilience, a book that breaks resilience down into bite-size skills you can apply to your life immediately. She has recently launched two online courses for parents, one called Resilience-Based Parenting and the other called Parenting Through Divorce. She has a private practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida where she lives with her husband of 28 years and her three children. In this interview we discuss Her personal story Why conflict resolution and resiliency work well together The MacDermott Method, Kristin’s unique practice Conflict between co parents and tips on managing it Why it’s important to get your own needs met How to stay calm in conflict Teaching our children conflict resolution Kristin’s offerings And much more! Connect with Kristin Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter Just for Blended Listeners!   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Schedule an interview or coaching session HERE Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Affiliate   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
6/7/202142 minutes, 46 seconds
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How to live a BOLD life when your family doesn't look like the norm, with Jessica Frew

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Jessica Frew is a wife, ex-wife, mom, stepmom, and BOLD action taker. She has a successful podcast called “Husband in Law” that she records with her husband, Matt, and her ex-husband, Steve. Together they are sharing their stories of love, marriage, coming out, divorce, remarriage and co-parenting to help others know they are not alone. They also co-own The BOLD Logic,  a company devoted to helping people go from living in an “I should” mindset to taking BOLD action towards keeping and reclaiming their sense of self.  Jessica is a firm believer that by knowing and understanding what it is you really want in life you can BOLDly create a life you love, no matter what your circumstances. In this interview we discuss Her personal story Her blended family and unique dynamics How her ex coming out affected the kids and family How they co parent together  What she has learned Her podcast, Husband in Law Her company, Bold Logic And much more!   Connect with Jessica Website Instagram Facebook Download your FREE workbook HERE Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Schedule an interview or coaching session HERE Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Affiliate   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                      
5/17/202140 minutes, 23 seconds
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Q and A show about me!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   This is a Q and A show about me! After years of podcasting, I realize I do not share much personal information about me, so I asked the listeners to send in some questions. I hope this show helps you get to know me better! Here are some of the questions I answer! Do I come from a blended family and what was my upbringing like? What are some of my favorite things? What is something people would be surprised to know about me?  What are my blended family regrets?  What can I not live without? What would my dream vacation be?  What is my relationship like with my ex and Shawn's ex? Did you and Shawn ever come close to breaking up? and more! Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Schedule an interview or coaching session HERE Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Affiliate   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
5/10/202127 minutes, 1 second
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Mother's Day Special, with Lynda Cormier

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5/3/202146 minutes, 39 seconds
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Moving Past Challenging Co Parenting Decisions

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   In this solo show, I'm going to talk about how to manage major parental differences in your coparenting relationship. I’ll start by reading a very important COVID question from a listener, as our current events are having a major effect on blended families everywhere. Then I’ll share tips on how to manage your differences and come to a solution in the best way possible! In this episode I will discuss Some announcments A listener question about co parents and COVID My message to blended families struggling with COVID Tips on moving past co parenting decisions and more! Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview or coaching session here!   Affiliate   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
4/26/202131 minutes, 12 seconds
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Co Parenting Like CEO's, with Elise Buie!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Elise Buie, Esq. is a passionate, creative, problem-solving family law attorney who creates solutions, not obstacles. After evacuating her hometown of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and surviving a divorce, Elise landed in Seattle and founded her law firm. Elise's practice involves all aspects of family law, guided by a collaborative philosophy and her deep understanding of complex parenting issues. Elise opened her firm during a period of personal adversity. Now in a period of global adversity, Elise's firm has experienced its most significant growth yet, which she attributes primarily to her driving force and mantra: "I can do it."   Her personal story and why she got into law Collaborative law, and why it’s beneficial How to parent like CEO’s Best ways of communication How to overcome parental differences How to set proper boundaries Why stepparents need to stay in their lane Her Maximum Mom Podcast And much much more!   Connect with Elise Website Facebook LinkedIn Maximum Mom Podcast   Resources Elise shared on the show Stepfamily Handbook Co-Parenting Handbook Partnership Parenting Radical Candor Better Apart  High Conflict Institute Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
4/19/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 18 seconds
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How to rescue your marriage, with Kim Bowen

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   KIM BOWEN is a licensed professional counselor who offers relationship therapy through her company, The Marriage Place. Her blogs and newsletters have been featured in various publications and she is the author of the book, The Love, Joy, Peace Workbook: A Couple's Bible Study. She just relaunched her book Marriage Rescue: Triage Toolkit. Her mission is to help couples build stronger, healthier and happier relationships. She has been married to her husband, John, for 30 years. In this interview we discuss Her personal story and why she chose this work Why women typically file for divorce more than men Why Kim has a pro marriage approach How to separate kids and other marital stressors from the relationship The power of one theory Tools to keep a marriage strong How does one come to a decision on whether or not to end a marriage and what questions should one be asking themselves if they are stuck Her relaunched book- The Marriage Rescue, Triage Toolkit What Kims other offerings are  Blended family success stories and much more! Connect with Kim Website Facebook LinkedIn YouTube Instagram   Connect with Me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
4/12/202147 minutes, 37 seconds
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Biddy Bedtime Stories, with podcast host David

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   "Biddy Bedtime Stories" is the internet's only sitcom style podcast for kids, pure and simple. There's nothing else like it. The humor is tailored for both the kids and the grownups. Think of it as a joint spinoff of "Mr. Rogers" and "The Office" with a hint of Bugs Bunny thrown in for good measure. David is a 10 year veteran podcaster with his family focused "Biddy Stories" podcast. He hails from Minnesota and is an elementary school music teacher, a choir director, a husband and a father to 3 outstanding children. His podcast mission is to help families understand that “If you go to sleep laughing, you’ll wake up smiling.” His personal story Why he created Biddy Bedtime Stories How teaching has influenced his work Changes he has seen in children over the last 25 years Why humor is so important for children Why Biddy stories are great for bedtime How Biddy Stories is different from other kid focused podcasts How kids and their parents respond to Biddy Stories and much more!   Connect with David Facebook Itunes Stitcher Spotify Audible   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!
3/29/202138 minutes, 27 seconds
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Rosa Garcia, podcaster, and blended mom of a multi cultural family!

Rosa Garcia is a loving mom to 7 children, yes you heard right, 7 kids, 5 bio and 2 stepchildren! Not only does she dedicate her time to her multi cultural family, but she is also the host on the Mi Familia Ensamblada Podcast which in English means My Blended family. The goal of her podcast is to help blended families in the Spanish speaking community by sharing her personal stories, what she has learned in the process of becoming a blended family, the resources that have been of help to her, interviews with experts, listeners stories and much more. In this episode we discuss Her personal story Her family’s unique start during COVID How she learned to homeschool 7 kids  What it’s like blending a family with two different cultures Some challenges she faces with her blended family Some things her blended family does very well Her podcast, Mi Familia Ensamblada Her special message to listeners, both in English and Spanish And much more! Connect with Rosa Website Facebook Apple Podcast Stitcher Spotify   My guest interview at 10CBF with Joel Hawbaker   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
3/22/202138 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Teenage Perspective, Part 2

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   This is part 2 of a 2 part series on the teenagers perspective in the blended family.    Brad Jaffe is a licensed therapist in south Florida who works with young adults struggling with mood, anxiety and personality disorders, as well as dysfunctional families. Brad believes that treatment involves not just the "identified patient," but the entire family. In addition to his private practice, he is on the corporate therapist for one of the leading e-commerce companies in the country and is an adjunct professor of clinical practice at Florida Atlantic University. He holds degrees from the University of Florida and Columbia University and studied at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis. If he has free time, he enjoys cycling, traveling and trying to train his Wheaten Terrier puppy, Gracie. In this episode, Brad and I will speak directly to your teenager in order to help them with the unique challenges they face in the blended family.  My introduction and message to your teen Brad’s introduction and message to your teen How to be ok with a family you don’t choose What if you don’t like the partner your parents pick? How to communicate more effectively with your parent What to do if your parents are putting you in the middle What if you don’t like your step siblings? Helpful resources for teens And much more! Connect with Brad Website LinkedIn   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
3/15/202123 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Teenage Perspective, Part 1

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   This is part 1 of a 2 part series on the teenagers perspective in the blended family.    Brad Jaffe is a licensed therapist in south Florida who works with young adults struggling with mood, anxiety and personality disorders, as well as dysfunctional families. Brad believes that treatment involves not just the "identified patient," but the entire family. In addition to his private practice, he is on the corporate therapist for one of the leading e-commerce companies in the country and is an adjunct professor of clinical practice at Florida Atlantic University. He holds degrees from the University of Florida and Columbia University and studied at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis. If he has free time, he enjoys cycling, traveling and trying to train his Wheaten Terrier puppy, Gracie. In this episode, Brad will help us to understand the teenage perspective, and the unique challenges they face in the blended family. Some topics discussed are His personal story Why teens of divorce sometimes feel they don’t have a voice Why teens don’t like to be in the middle of their parents How to help teens learn better communication with us What if your teen doesn’t get along with your partner or your partner's kids? Things parents do that make things worse for their teen Questions from listeners  and much more! Connect with Brad Website LinkedIn   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
3/8/202148 minutes, 19 seconds
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Habits That Could be Hurting your Blended Family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Blended families are challenging! Developing some healthy habits early on can help your blended family grow in great ways. There are also some very unhealthy habits that blended families adopt that have an adverse effect on the blended family growth. Unfortunately, the unhealthy habits are often the ones that stick, and many do not realize this until excess damage has been done. In this show we will explore some of these negative habits so that you can become aware of them, and take steps to change them! Here’s what not to do! Keeping a yours vs mine mentality Using the children as messengers  Telling the kids too much  Treating the kids unfairly  Working against the other bio or stepparent Dishonesty and keeping secrets Lack of communication and or understanding one another's needs Not establishing proper structure/boundaries  Not being consistent  Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
3/1/202132 minutes, 54 seconds
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Time To Fly, with author Eileen Robertson Hamra

Reality, as Eileen Robertson Hamra perceived it, instantaneously altered the moment authorities confirmed that the plane her husband was piloting had crashed, and he had not survived. In the process of mourning her loss, with three young children in tow, where Eileen wandered and landed was nothing short of miraculous. Between the valleys of grief and the peaks of hope, she discovered that keeping promises to those that have left this world is a lifelong act, and honoring one love does not mean foregoing the freedom and joy that is found in reopening your heart, trusting in new love, and expanding your definition of family. Her book, Time to Fly, shares her story, her insights and more. In this interview we discuss Her Story Synchronicities and signs from the universe How to cope with all of the emotions after a loss How to find gratitude after a loss How to persevere in the face of a loss How to help your children through the loss of a parent Finding love after loss Her book and much more! Connect with Eileen Website Twitter Instagram Facebook LinkedIn Buy the Book HERE Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
2/22/202149 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Addicted Child, with author Richard Capriola

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Richard Capriola has been a mental mental health and addictions counselor for over two decades. He has been licensed in Illinois and Texas. He recently retired from Menninger Clinic in Houston Texas where for over a decade he worked as an addictions counselor for adults and adolescents diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse issues. He is the author of The Addicted Child: A Parent's Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse.  In this interview we discuss His personal story Causes of addiction in children Types of addictive substances used Teenage brain and addiction Differences between boys and girls Vaping Pandemic and its affect on children Process disorders Warning signs Treatment Options Special tips for blended families Resistant teens His book, The Addicted Child and his workbook and much more!   Connect with Richard Website Twitter   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
2/15/202143 minutes, 55 seconds
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Valentines Special-How to grow together in your relationship

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   The previous year has been filled with challenges, but also tremendous growth! People have taken great strides this year in business, relationships, self work, and spiritually just to name a few. In relationships, it’s important to nurture one another through these growth processes to ensure a lasting relationship. I’ll share some tips to make sure you and your partner remain strong, no matter what life is throwing at you! Don't allow the kids or exes come between you Find common interests and have fun together  Get interested in their interests Let them grow at their own pace Help them with their struggles lovingly, not impatiently Be direct in communication, say what you need and feel Give what you want to receive Have deep intimate conversations Recognize their successes, and be their cheerleader Take care of your own growth and needs first Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates   Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
2/8/202135 minutes, 11 seconds
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Anxiety and the brain, with psychologist Sharyn Kennedy

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Sharyn Kennedy is a practicing psychologist in the UAE, who has taught thousands of clients how to successfully manage anxiety, stress and depression. She teaches her clients psychological skills based on neuroscience findings that will quickly and effectively reduce anxiety and help them manage difficult emotions. Sharyn loves helping people learn about and understand their amazing brain so they can make sense of the way they think, feel and behave. She uses powerful psychological tools and strategies to change what doesn’t work for them. Her ultimate goal is to teach people how to stay calm, capable and confident even in the face of fear and confusion, chaos and problems. Her personal story The effect of 2020 on mental health What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and how can it help us The effects of thinking on mental health How to control or manage negative thinking patterns What is ACT, or Acceptable Commitment Therapy How can we help our children with thought provoked anxiety What conditions Sharyn can help alleviate with therapy How to get a FREE report on 12 ways to change your thinking and much more! Connect with Sharyn Website for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Website for Still Mind   Check out my guest appearance on the Whinypaluza Podcast! ITunes YouTube   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Fayr The BEST co parenting app! To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
2/1/202131 minutes, 36 seconds
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Healing with Essential Oils, with Dr. Eric Zielinski

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com ERIC ZIELINSKI is the author of the national bestseller The Healing Power of Essential Oils and The Essential Oils Diet. Dr. Z has pioneered natural living and biblical health education since 2003. Trained as an aromatherapist, public health researcher, and chiropractor, Dr. Z started NaturalLivingFamily.com in 2014 with his wife to help people learn how to use natural remedies like essential oils safely and effectively. Now visited by more than three million natural health seekers every year, NaturalLivingFamily.com has rapidly become the number one online source for biblical health and non-branded essential oils education. In this interview we discuss   His personal story History of essential oils Biblical health, what it is and how to achieve it  Importance of shifting from pharmaceuticals to natural health Common uses for essential oils  His special health immune boost recipe  How to choose a proper essential oil  The Natural Living Family website  Books, programs, and membership The Natural Living Family Podcast And much more! Connect with Dr. Zielinski Website Facebook YouTube Pinterest Instagram Podcast   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Fayr The BEST co parenting app! To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
1/25/202151 minutes, 57 seconds
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Darla DeMorrow, organization specialist and author!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   About 15 years ago, Darla DeMorrow left her longtime role as a corporate business manager with one goal in mind: She wanted to do work that came from the heart. And for Darla, who is naturally highly organized and driven, helping others create more peace and beauty in their lives was the perfect fit. She launched her professional organizing company, HeartWork Organizing, and became a Certified Professional Organizer through NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals), one of only a few hundred in the world.  Darla also has a new book out called The Upbeat, Organized Home Office. In this interview we discuss   Her personal story  The origins of Heartworks, and why one can find peace through organizing Organizational challenges unique to blended families How to create a more functionable space for today's current situation Using the Sort and Succeed method How to find/create a dedicated office space  Messy and disorganized children, and can this be solved? Her book, the Upbeat Organized Home Office How one can get into the organizational business And much more!   Connect with Darla Website Facebook  Pinterest Instagram YouTube LinkedIn Buy the Book HERE NAPO Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Fayr The BEST co parenting app! To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
1/18/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 8 seconds
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Top tips from the show, updates, announcements, and more!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   I’m back after a small break! I share some updates and announcements, as well as your favorite tips from the show from the last six years! This is a big milestone show, and I am thankful to all who support the Blended Family Podcast! I also share with you the big lessons I learned in 2020! Enjoy! Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Fayr The BEST co parenting app! To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
1/11/202145 minutes, 50 seconds
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Tiffany Gravelle, author of Blended not Stirred!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Tiffany Gravelle is an author, professional events planner, and business consultant with over 25 years of experience in business development, leadership and managing high-performing teams - including her blended family of seven. She holds the Certified Meeting Planner designation from the Events Industry Council and is a Credit Union Development Educator. You will never catch Tiffany without her trusty paper planner and black coffee. When she is not celebrating everyone and everything by spreading joy and glitter, Tiffany is a mom and proud stepmom of two teenagers and three adults, the wife of a mountain bike addict, lake rat, Red Sox fan, avid reader, foodie, and dog lover. In this interview we discuss Her personal story Why she decided to write a book on blended families Her book, Blended Not Stirred The most challenging experience she’s had in her blended family Holidays in the blended family, and tips on how to get through it What she wished she could do over again And more!   Connect with Tiffany Website Instagram Facebook Buy the Book HERE   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Fayr The BEST co parenting app! To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
12/14/202037 minutes, 28 seconds
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Angela Legh, Book author of the Bella Santini Series, and Quantum Shift Facilitator

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Today’s guest is Angela Legh, author of Bella Santini in the Land of Everlasting Change. When Angela isn’t dreaming up dragons, monsters, and other magical beings, she gratefully wanders through the sumptuously beautiful woods and meadows of the Cotswold area of England. Angela is very much in touch with her inner child and finds that she cannot walk by a swing set without stopping to play.    Her personal story Her self help books Her work as a quantum shift facilitator What magic looks like and how to bring it into our lives How to bring magic into a blended family The Bella Santini Series Consciousness concepts How to overcome adversity And much more!   Connect with Angela Legh Website Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Fayr The BEST co parenting app! To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
12/7/202041 minutes, 18 seconds
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Meditation Expert and podcaster, Josephine Atluri

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Josephine Atluri’s passion is to help others overcome adversity and find joy via her meditation classes, infertility workshops, and her podcast, Responding to Life: Living Reflectively Through a Journey of Health, Fertility and Parenthood. As a meditation teacher, she guides people towards a calmer existence despite the chaos that may surround them. Her group and individual meditation sessions teach simple and practical coping mechanisms for stress, anxiety and loss to help improve the balance of mind, body and spirit for those with health and fertility struggles and other life challenges. Josephine has taught all around Los Angeles at Unplug Meditation, Equinox, Cedars Sinai, City National Bank, Hey Mama and with numerous other clients. She regularly contributes content for Motherly, Red Tricycle, The IVF Warrior, and The Fertility Circle. In this interview we discuss   Her personal story Stress and how can we move through it with more ease Triggers, how can we avoid being triggered and how can we manage those around us Meditation for the whole family Fertility and mindfulness Her podcast, Responding to Life Tips for a calmer life And much more!   Connect with Josephine Website Instagram YouTube   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Fayr The BEST co parenting app! To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
11/30/202045 minutes, 40 seconds
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Listener Q and A on some common blended family issues!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   On this solo show I will be answering listener questions! If you have questions you would like me to answer on a future show, please send them to me, [email protected].  Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Affiliates Fayr The BEST co parenting app! To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Nacho Kids Program  To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                  
11/23/202028 minutes, 34 seconds
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Karen Struck, children's book author of the Three Paws Series!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Karen Struck is the author of the inspirational children's book series "Three Paws." Her latest, Three Paws' New Family is about unique and blended families. She currently resides in California with her husband Steve, and they are empty nesters! They work in the medical field, but Karen is passionate about telling her Three Paws story, which is the culmination of the last 15 years.    In this interview, we discuss   Karen's personal story and family dynamic What inspired her to write a children’s book series Three Paws Series of books What made her choose Alaska, and those particular animals as characters What message she is hoping kids might take away from the book What is next for Karen And much more! Connect with Karen Website Facebook Twitter Buy the book Here   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP 90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                                     
11/16/202030 minutes, 21 seconds
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Billie Tarascio, family law attorney, discusses COVID, the laws, and blended families!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   When Billie was 19 her parents went through a divorce. She didn't see it coming, especially as the drama of the divorce and the resulting custody battle unfolded. Billie and her brothers were heartbroken. Their worlds were completely rocked.  At the time, she was all too aware of the role her parents’ attorneys played during this life-changing transition for everyone. Their divorce changed the course of her life. That’s when she knew then she wanted to be a family law attorney.  What she does as a family law attorney affects people’s lives, and the lives of their children for decades and she absolutely loves it. She visits the podcast to discuss how the Coronavirus has added a new layer of complexity to the already challenging world of co-parenting, specifically around masks. In this interview we discuss   Her personal story Major points of contention due to coronavirus Legal questions surrounding masks and vaccines How to co parent effectively through these challenges What to expect in the law moving forward Her other company called “I Do Over” And much more!   Connect with Billie Website ( My Modern Law) Website ( I Do OVer) Facebook LinkedIn   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                                     
11/2/202041 minutes, 36 seconds
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Florence Ann Romano, the Windy City Nanny

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Florence Ann Romano, The Windy City Nanny™ (WindyCityNanny.com), is an author, philanthropist and web series star/host who has always had a special place in her heart for children. Romano worked for over 15 years as a nanny, beginning as a 'Mommy's helper' at the age of 11. Her new YouTube Series, Windy City Nanny  premiered this past August 21st with new episodes each week. She shares her experiences in "Nanny and Me", her beautifully illustrated debut book for children making the transition from being cared for solely by their parents to having a nanny in their home. Florence has been featured on National Shows like Home & Family, The Doctor & The Diva, FOX News, Good Day Chicago, WCIU, SiriusXM and more.   Her personal story Why she wanted to become a nanny Why Florence says “it takes a village!” What she learned by being a nanny for 15 years The need for nannies in present day times  Need for nannies to assist with school, and how to find one for that need What to look for in a nanny, and how to find the perfect one Red flags to look for when hiring a nanny  Florence’s web series and blog Her book, Nanny and Me And much more! Connect with Florence Website Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10   Living the Good Life Naturally To receive discount, use promo code BLENDED                                     
10/26/202038 minutes, 5 seconds
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Heather Maguire, founder of Prism Parenting!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Dr. Heather Maguire has spent over a decade studying behavior and working with children, parents, and educators. She’s the proud mama of two kids, a professor teaching school psychology courses, and the founder of Prism Behavior which helps parents manage challenging behavior with confidence. She connects with parents on her podcast and social media, which we will talk about. Her free parenting guide, which we will also tell you how to get later, will assist parents who want to learn practical ways to motivate their kiddos.    Her personal story What is Prism Behavior, and how did it come to be? Why prism behavior is successful What types of parenting approaches do NOT work with a defiant child Some common behavior issues, and best approaches Sleeping issues Picky Eating Lying Tantrums  Heather’s offerings Podcast (Prism Parenting) Video Blog  Course (Parenting with Confidence) Advice for parents struggling with defiant children today And much more!   Connect with Heather Website Instagram Facebook Get your Prism Behavior Free Guide HERE   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   Living the Good Life Naturally-Purchase HERE To receive a discount, use promo code BLENDED   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10                                      
10/19/202058 minutes, 51 seconds
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Self care and Magnesium with Kristen Bowen, founder of Living the Good Life Naturally!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Living the Good Life Naturally was founded in 2002 as a family-owned company that focuses on natural health solutions, magnesium, clean whole food supplements, and healthy skin care products. Founder Kristen Bowen and her team strive to use only the cleanest and ethically sourced ingredients in their products. LTGLN supports the Uganda project that provides fair income to women entrepreneurs in Uganda rendering their cocoa butter in communal kitchens. They in turn use that income to feed and educate their children. Kristen empowers women with live workshops, online classes, and natural personal care products. In this interview we discuss:   Her personal story Her blended family experience  Trauma and its effects on health Why she started her wellness business, Living the Good Life Naturally  Why we cannot neglect our health and self care as parents The importance of magnesium, and how it can help us The importance of gratitude and how it can help our health  Giveaways And much more!   Connect with Kristen Website Use Promo code BLENDED for a special discount! Facebook Instagram   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are! Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   Living the Good Life Naturally-Purchase HERE To receive a discount, use promo code BLENDED   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10                   
10/12/202052 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ryan Callahan, author of Save the World, Buy a Placemat

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Ryan Callahan is an accomplished author, husband, foster and adoptive dad, and an advocate for vulnerable children. He spends his days coaching, counseling, and helping families go from surviving to thriving. He Joins me to talk about his book, Save the World, Buy a Placemat! In this interview we discuss   His personal story Why he decided to write the book Save the World, Buy a Placemat The evolution of family meals over the years Benefits of family meal time for the mind, body, and soul Tips for successful mealtimes How to implement mealtimes even if it’s late And much more!   Connect with Ryan Website Facebook Instagram Buy the Book HERE   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP   90 Day Reset Program The Conscious Parenting Revolution  To receive a 10% discount, use promo code BLENDED10                   
10/5/202043 minutes
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5 Ways COVID will have an unprecedented effect on divorce, with attorney Jacqueline Newman

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Jacqueline Newman is the managing partner at the matrimonial law firm Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP in Manhattan. Jacqueline's practice consists of litigation, collaborative law and mediation. She specializes in complex high net worth matrimonial cases and also in negotiating prenuptial agreements. The author of The New Rules of Divorce, Newman has appeared as an expert commentator on various television and radio shows and has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications, including Fox's Business, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, The New York Times, Woman's Day, Glamour, the New York Post, Reuters.com, Crain's New York Business, U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider, Time.com, USA Today, Yahoo Parenting, Woman's Day, CNBC.com and The Huffington Post.     Her personal story What prompted her to work in this area of law Impact of  COVID on divorce around the country Five ways COVID-19 will have an unprecedented and historic impact on divorce  Tips on how to navigate challenges surrounding masks, vaccines, etc Her book, The New Rules of Divorce, Twelve Secrets to Protecting Your Wealth, Health, and Happiness And much more!   Connect with Jacqueline Personal Website Company Website Email Buy The New Rules of Divorce HERE Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP                     
9/28/202046 minutes, 52 seconds
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Interest Based Learning and Homeschooling Options with expert Jen Lumanlan

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Jen Lumanlan holds an M.S. in Psychology (Child Development) and an M.Ed., and is the host of  Your Parenting Mojo podcast which is a reference guide for parents of toddlers and preschoolers based on scientific researchers and the principles of respectful parenting.  In each issue she examines a topic related to parenting and child development from all sides to help parents understand how to make decisions about raising their children.  She lives in California with her husband and daughter.    Her personal story  COVID and how it’s affected schooling How to decide between in person education as opposed to homeschooling How we can plan for the future  Courses on education and homeschooling The Parenting Mojo Podcast Future projects Advice for listeners And much more!   Connect with Jen Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest   Finding your Parenting Mojo Membership Child’s Learning Mojo Membership Homeschooling Mojo Course Confident Homeschooler Short Course Pandemic Pods in a box Course Your Child's Learning Mojo Membership Schemas Blog post (mentioned in interview) Hold on to Your Kids (Book mentioned in interview)   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP                     
9/21/20201 hour, 1 minute, 8 seconds
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Conscious Parenting Revolution with Katherine Sellery

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Katherine Sellery, 3x TEDx speaker, has taught thousands of parents in a Conscious Parenting Revolution for resilient, considerate, centered and empowered kids who know their inner voice and honor it. Katherine has been coaching parents, children and executives on conscious communication for over 16 years. In this interview we discuss   Her personal story How the conscious parenting revolution came to be What is Conscious and effective parenting, and why it’s helpful to you and your child How this method of parenting can help the relationship between parent and child Tips on effective communication Discipline do’s and don'ts  How to not give your power away Course that Katherine offers (beginning Sept 28, 2020) And much more!   Connect with Katherine Website Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn   Upcoming Webinar (September 28, 2020) 90 Day Reset Program - Use Promo Code BLENDED10 Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP                     
9/14/202055 minutes, 25 seconds
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Crisis Fatigue with Dr. Carole Lieberman

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Carole Lieberman, M.D., M.P.H. is a board-certified Beverly Hills psychiatrist and an award-winning and bestselling author. She was trained at NYU-Bellevue and at Anna Freud's London Clinic. She has served on the Clinical Faculty of UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute for years.  When Dr. Carole isn't seeing patients or testifying at trials as a forensic psychiatrist/expert witness, she's working as a three-time, Emmy-honored TV personality who has appeared on Oprah, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News, HLN, ET, ABC, CBS, NBC and many more.  Additionally, Dr. Carole hosts two radio shows/podcasts and travels the world speaking about her books, especially her latest book for children (and their parents and teachers), Lions and Tigers and Terrorists, Oh My! How to Protect Your Child in a Time of Terror.   Her personal story Current events, COVID, and how it's affecting people Crisis fatigue-what is it, and why are we seeing so much of it Ten symptoms (and solutions) of crisis fatigue How to help our children through these times And much more!   Connect With Dr. Carole Website (The Terrorist Therapist) Website (Dr. Carole) Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP                     
8/31/202047 minutes, 40 seconds
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Exploring Personalities and Enneagram, with Ian Cron

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com    IAN MORGAN CRON is a bestselling author, psychotherapist, Enneagram teacher, Episcopal priest, and the host of the popular podcast, Typology. His books include the national bestseller, The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, his novel Chasing Francis, and the spiritual memoir Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me. Known for his transparency, humor and depth of insight into the inner workings of the human heart and mind, Ian uses the Enneagram personality-typing system as a tool to help leaders cultivate self-awareness and emotional wisdom. He is a sought-after speaker, thinker and advisor to a growing roster of clients such as the Discovery Channel, Ramsey Solutions, Michael Hyatt Company, Warner Brothers Music, OCLC, among others. He and his wife, Anne, have three children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.   In this show we discuss   His personal story  What brought him into working with Enneagram  What an enneagram is, and why it’s important  How personality types affect our parenting style Some examples of parenting types, and their pitfalls Why knowing your family’s personality types can help create a healthier blended family  What the report includes  His podcast, Typology Business Made Simple, the online enneagram course The Road Back to You (his book)  His Youtube channel And much more!   Connect with Ian Cron Website Get your Enneagram HERE (use the code BLENDEDFAMILY for a 10% discount) Order the book The Road Back To You Typology Podcast Business Made Simple YouTube   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP                     
8/24/202047 minutes, 49 seconds
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April and Loren Kirk, Co Parenting Past Chaos

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com April and Loren are the hosts of the Co-Parenting Past Chaos Podcast.  They are the wife and former wife of the same man.  Collectively, they co-parent six children, all while living in the same neighborhood.  During their three-year courtroom, custody battle, they encountered several trials and tribulations.  Despite the past, these two courageous women have worked very hard to create an everlasting friendship.  Their goal to shed a positive light on co-parenting, while advocating for better communication for the parents of children in broken homes. Together, they hope to use their experience to build a community of blended families that focus on putting the children’s needs above their own. They join this episode to discuss   Their personal story How their relationship has evolved over time How the rest of their family interacts together  How they handle discipline and structure Benefits of being best friends with the other mom Challenges of being best friends with the other mom Advice for families who do not have this type of relationship  Their Co Parenting Past Chaos podcast And MUCH more! Connect with April and Loren Website Instagram Facebook Podcast   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP                     
8/17/202037 minutes, 13 seconds
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Cynthia Cummins, Real Estate Expert and blogger

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Cynthia Cummin’s is a top Realtor and mindful living expert in San Francisco, with 3 decades’ of hard-won wisdom on everything to do with home and real estate. Her blog - RealEstateTherapy.org - addresses the deeper meanings of home and real estate, and her perspectives on that subject shed new light on a topic that’s usually reduced to a recitation of statistics and top-ten tips for the homeowner. In this interview we discuss Her personal story Her blended family, and how it’s helped her in her business Why she loves real estate Her blog, Real Estate Therapy The importance of a good living arrangement in a blended family Things to consider before buying a home  How to create peaceful space, and the importance of finding it in a home What are some changes people can make to a home to make it work rather than feeling like they have to separate or find a different home How important is it to consider our children’s feelings throughout the process of buying a home, and what are some things we should think about when it comes to making the transition smooth for them? How can we bring a little mindfulness onto our own homes And much more!   Connect with Cynthia Website Blog Facebook Twitter Linkedin Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!        
8/10/202040 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Importance of Holding Space

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   The current state of affairs in our world is leaving many confused and downright angry. Regardless of anyone’s viewpoint, I think we can all agree that we see the very worst in people lately. In this show, I’m going to share why it’s important to hold space for those people, even if we do not agree with them or their actions. In the home it is equally as important to hold space for those close to you. I’m also going to give you tips on how to do it, as well as what not to do! Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP                     
8/3/202014 minutes, 42 seconds
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A Co Hosting Show with Listener Christina!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Christina is back for a second time, once again getting vulnerable. She shares some recent events in her blended family in the hopes it can help others! Connect with her in our private facebook group! Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP                     
7/27/202051 minutes, 33 seconds
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Motivational speaker and youth mentor, Michael Arterberry joins the show!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com     Connect with Michael Website Facebook (personal) Facebook (Youth Voices Center) Linkedin Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
7/20/202056 minutes, 14 seconds
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Timothy Clark on Leadership and the Blended Family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Tim is founder and CEO of LeaderFactor and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the author of 5 books and has extensive leadership skills.  The book we will be discussing in this conversation is called the 4 Stages of Psychological Safety.  Tim has written more than 150 articles on leadership, change, strategy, human capital, culture, and employee engagement. He is a highly sought-after advisor, coach, and facilitator to CEOs and senior leadership teams and he has worked with leading organizations around the world. In this interview,  he is going to explain how the information is just as relevant in the home as it is in the workplace. In this conversation, we discuss   His personal story The book, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety, and who it’s for Importance of leadership in a blended family Description of  the four stages, as referenced in the book Lots of tips on leading a blended family And MUCH MORE! Connect with Tim Website Linkedin Buy the Book Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
7/13/202051 minutes, 21 seconds
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Marriage Fitness, with Mort Fertel!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Mort Fertel is a leading authority on the psychology of relationships with a global reputation for saving marriages. He’s the creator of Marriage Fitness, a relationship renewal system that has saved millions of couples from marital crisis. Mort is also the author of the book Marriage Fitness: 4 Steps to Building & Maintaining Phenomenal Love. Mort is here to share his proven strategies for creating a fulfilling, successful relationship. In this interview, we discuss His personal story of trauma Why he is passionate about helping couples with their marriage Divorce rates and blended families (why blended families are challenging) Why tackling your marital problems is NOT the answer to relationship success 3 fundamental flaws of traditional marriage counseling 7 secrets for fixing your marriage What is Marriage Fitness, the program and book Parting advice for listeners  And much more!   Connect with Mort Start Here Website LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                   
6/29/202047 minutes, 12 seconds
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Father's Day Special!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   This Father’s Day, I am featuring two special stepdads!    Jeff Cairo is a stepdad who is really loving his new role in the blended family. He and his step daughter get along so well, that Jeff was inspired to write a book about it. He joins the show to share his experience and his book!   Connect With Jeff Cairo Website Buy the book Recipe of a Stepdad HERE   Gerardo Campbell is a stepfather veteran of 16+ years. Back in 1995, there were little, if any, resources, information or coaching available for stepfathers. So he became a stepfather equipped with the very best intentions combined with his own perceptions, expectations and very little outside preparation. Reflecting back he understands why his marriage ended in divorce. Now, through his website, he wants to share with you his experience, his lessons learned, and the lessons learned from others.    Connect With Gerardo Campbell Website Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!
6/22/202043 minutes, 27 seconds
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A Co Hosting show with my listener Rachel

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   I’ll discuss some current events, including the current show of racism in the world. Then I’m joined by a listener who shares her experiences of a blended family in this co host special! Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP                     
6/15/202044 minutes, 35 seconds
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My husband joins me to talk about Covid, our blended family, and our recently celebrated anniversary!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   My husband Shawn joins the show, as we celebrate an anniversary this week! We discuss how the current events are affecting our blended family, as well as how it might be affecting yours! Updates, tips, and we will also be answering some listener questions! In this episode, we discuss our recent anniversary How we feel about current events How we are are dealing with covid life Some listener questions relating to covid and much more!   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Check out the BEST co parenting app, Fayr To receive a special discount, use promo code Blended!   Check out the Nacho Kids Program! To receive a special discount, use promo code BFP                     
5/25/202048 minutes, 53 seconds
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Mothers Day Special, (STEP)MOM: A Dual Memoir, by Erin and Tina Gipford

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Erin and Tina Gipford are the co-authors of (Step)Mom – A Dual Memoir: How We Navigated Divorce, Remarriage & Co-Parenting With the Same Goal. . . Happy Children. The book, written by biomom Erin, and stepmom Tina, uses stories from both women to offer a raw, funny, sometimes-awkward, and hopefully inspiring look inside the crazy world of “co-parenting.” They both join me to discuss their book. In this interview we discuss Their personal story Why they decided to write the book and what it’s about Feelings of jealousy What their children and husband/ex think about the book Their best co-parenting tips And much more! Connect with Tina and Erin Website Facebook Pinterest Instagram   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                   
5/11/202043 minutes, 12 seconds
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Parental Alienation with expert Joseph Goldberg

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   A recognized expert in parental alienation, Mr. Goldberg was the first educator in the United States to co-author and revise divorce education programs to include curriculum content in parent-child relational problems, specifically in parental alienation, realistic estrangement, and enmeshment. These divorce education programs are accredited by the courts in more than 500 counties across the U.S.  Parents may access these programs online and receive a Certificate of Attendance at www.OnlineParentingPrograms.com   Mr. Goldberg is a member of the prestigious Parental Alienation Study Group, which is led by Dr. William Bernet, and he is the author of a continuing educational course, “Diagnostic Criteria for Clinical Practitioners in the Treatment of Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome,” approved by the American Psychological Association for 18 CECs.    He joins the Blended Family Podcast to discuss his work in the area of Parental Alienation, and he shares how he helps families with a better process than previously employed by so many. In this discussion we will cover   What Parental Alienation is Why parents do this to their own children The impact of stress on both parent and child How Parental Alienation is still evolving Why Mr Goldberg has chosen to focus his efforts here Other important factors to look at with Parental Alienation What can we do to combat Parental Alienation How to find an expert to help you And SO much more! If you have a problem or a concern about parental alienation  we suggest you read this article to understand why you should employ  the services of a Mental Health Consultant like Joseph Goldberg.   https://www.parentalalienation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/pamentalhealthconsultantarticle.pdf   Connect with Joe Goldberg Website Facebook   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
4/27/202041 minutes, 56 seconds
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FAYR-This app is going to change your co parenting relationship forever!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   As a separated father of two young children, Michael found himself overwhelmed by the legal, financial and emotional costs of divorce on his family. After 20 years in the homebuilding industry, Michael hung up his hard hat to create a tool that would not just improve his family’s life, but would also help the other 55 million divorced co-parents in the US. Despite his success on the Apple tv show "Planet of the Apps" and partnering with Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael's guiding light remains the same: working everyday to be his best self for his kids.    He joins the show to share his amazing co parenting app called Fayr. In this interview we discuss His personal story How Gwyneth Paltrow came to be partnered with Fayr What is Fayr, and what prompted the creation of it Each feature of the app in detail Shared Calendar  Built in Messaging System Expense Tracker Geo Location Log File Vault Private Journal Parenting Report Professional Portal Export Reports The Cost of Fayr (use BLENDED! for discount) The Future of Fayr And More!   Connect with Michael/Fayr Website (use BLENDED! For 20% off purchase, can be used for          you and your ex!) Twitter Instagram   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
4/20/202043 minutes, 21 seconds
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Co hosting show with Ben and Kelly!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Ben and Kelly are special listeners who have a story to share. They have a child support issue that has caused extreme hardship on their blended family, and they want to share what they have learned so that it may help some of you!    Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
4/13/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Covid-19 Special Episode with guest Kerrie Hartman!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Covid 19 is affecting the entire world right now. No matter where you are, you are feeling the effects of the virus, and the effects of the fear around you. My special guest Kerrie Hartman, from the Girlfriends Guide to Blending, joins me to discuss how to navigate these uncertain waters. We are here for you and your blended family. If you have tips to share, please email me or join the conversation in the facebook group! Connect with Kerrie Website Instagram Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
4/5/202050 minutes, 31 seconds
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Coronavirus tips for your blended family!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   No matter where you are in the world right now, you are being affected by the coronavirus in some way. This special episode is to help calm your fears and talk about best practices for your blended family, such as how to stay out of fear.   What's been going on in the world How to stay out of fear Coronavirus tips for blended families How to keep your kids calm How to make the best of working from home How I can help And more!    Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
3/16/202019 minutes, 48 seconds
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A Co hosting show with my listener Sandy!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Listen to this candid conversation I have with one of my listeners about her own blended family! Connect with her in the private facebook group.    If you would like to join me on a future episode, just sign up for a mini session using the scheduling link below! I would love to connect! Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
3/9/202045 minutes, 25 seconds
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Co Hosting Episode-Cassandra Thurston joins me

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Enjoy this wonderful conversation I have with one of my listeners! Cassandra shares how she manages her blended family! If you want to join me on the show as a cohost, email me!  Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
2/17/202049 minutes, 13 seconds
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Special Bonus Episode! Preview of FAM-For All Moms!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Special Bonus Episode! From Audioboom, comes an amazing new podcast with hosts Susan Yara and Sharzad Kiadeh. Listen to the clip from their show, and then head on over to subscribe to FAM-for All Moms!   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
1/29/202011 minutes, 27 seconds
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I explain my mysterious illness! Listen if you want to know where I've been!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   I know that I have been very inconsistent with the show! I’ll explain where I’ve been, what has been going on, and where I'm headed.  I’ll finally explain this mysterious illness that has been plaguing me, as well as why I think it happened. Last, I’ll share some tips on the importance of self care!    Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
1/27/202013 minutes, 26 seconds
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Donna Sager Cowan, Children's Book Author!

With many children in today’s society are currently navigating through emotional challenges, learning and attention issues, or family stressors/pressures on the home front, we need to think more carefully about different ways to support children’s motivation and engagement, both in the classroom and at home. Joining us today on this episode of  The Blended Family Podcast to share how to assist your child in developing his/her sense of worthiness is Donna Sager Cowan, the creator of The Superhero School Series and the author of the forthcoming children’s book, With The Curiosity Of A Cat (book #2 in the series). As the youngest child in a large family, Donna felt lost in the crowd. She entertained herself by making up stories and friends to play with. By age 5, Donna had taught herself to read, and that began her imaginative journey to dreamy castles with princes and fairy godmothers.  Donna is a grandmother, random fact-finder, and encourager. And yes, she believes she’s a superhero. She resides in California with her family and four cats. In this interview you will hear:   Her personal story Why going back to school can be very challenging for kids What brought her to this line of work and why a superhero school series.  Why blended families can affect children and their self worth The book, With the courage of a mouse.  What kids today struggle with, especially with school and social media How do you know if your child feels worthy or not?  How can we help our children make sure they have a good view of self How can you help a child who suffers from low identity, can you reverse this? What's next for Donna-the future of the book series  And much more!   Connect with Donna Website Buy her book HERE   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                   
1/20/202041 minutes, 10 seconds
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Co Hosting show with listener Christina!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Another co hosting show with a listener! Christina joins us to discuss her own experiences in her blended family! Do you want to share your story on the show? If so, just schedule a consult with me by using the link below!    Some things we discuss are Her personal story What it’s like being in the military and having a blended family Her tips on being close with stepkids Her relationship with bio mom Her own childhood experience in a blended family And much more! Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
11/4/201951 minutes, 8 seconds
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Question and Answer! Shifting your mindset!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Mindset is everything! Did you know your mind is the most powerful tool you have? Are you aware that you can control your thoughts, therefore enabling yourself to look at your blended family in a different way? I will be answering some listener questions, and showing you how a simple shift in perception can help to change your mind! Some topics are money, love, stepkids, and ex spouse! If you want me to answer one of your questions, just email me!  Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
10/28/201933 minutes, 49 seconds
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Co Hosting show with listener Marc!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Another co hosting show with my listener Marc! He shares all about his blended family and how he makes things work! Get a dad's perspective on how he deals with common blended family issues! Some things we discuss are    His personal story Transitions and visitations Parental alienation Raising kids in a blended family Struggles of a father during and after a divorce How being a middle school teacher and parenting middle school children feels  Puberty  Coparenting And more!   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!   Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
10/14/201955 minutes, 19 seconds
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How to cope with being away from your partner!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   There are many circumstances that force temporary separations in a marriage or partnership. Many people are taken away from the home for business. Military families know all too well the pain of separation for long periods of time. Other couples sometimes leave for family obligations or trips for their leisure. No matter the circumstance, it can be hard for the entire family. I share some tips to make the separation easier on everyone! Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are! Learn how to get out of DEBT here! Learn how to create an affordable WILL and ESTATE here!                   
10/7/201926 minutes, 14 seconds
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LegacyShield with Michael Babikian

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   My guest, Michael Babikian is President and CEO of LegacyShield, a consumer engagement service that provides comprehensive legacy planning tools and services. These tools provide to every consumer the resources typically available only to the ultra-wealthy.    In this interview, we discuss His personal story of why he created Legacy Shield Legacy Shield’s easy process What makes Legacy Shield different What is included with Legacy Shield The importance of having an estate plan And much more!   To learn more about Legacy Shield or to get started, email me HERE!   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                       
9/16/201941 minutes, 53 seconds
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Children's Book, Love Grows and Grows, by Shannon Forster

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   My guest Shannon Forster,  who has created a children's book called Love Grows and Grows, is helping so many families.  Her story shows that ALL types of families are special!!!!! The book now has a global audience and is  a "must have" book for all co-parenting and blended families after a divorce.   The book has characters styled as human-hybrid flowers; which themselves are a metaphor for growth and evolution towards love.  The story follows young siblings Flora and Leaf as they transition into a new and unfamiliar life between two homes- one with Mom, and one with Dad and his new wife.  Their journey highlights the challenges associated with creating extended families: a child's apprehension of meeting someone new, and eventually choosing to accept and embrace this person to become a part of their secular world.  With love and patience, we see a mom and a step-mom model a wonderful example of how to put their children first, working together to create a blended family with happy and confident kids. This example of unconditional love is what empowers Flora and Leaf to embrace a new definition of a typical family, and cultivate a new "normal" that benefits everyone involved.   Connect with Shannon Website Instagram Facebook Buy the book on Amazon   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                   
9/9/201930 minutes, 51 seconds
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Co Hosting show with my listener Stacy!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Join me and my co host Stacy, as we talk about her experiences in a blended family. I love these co host shows, and I would love for you to join me! Schedule a mini session (below) if that sounds like fun.   I also share some financial 101 on budgeting! How do you know how to allocate your money in a budget? I’ll give you a simple formula as a guideline!  Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                   
8/12/201956 minutes, 42 seconds
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Gabrielle Hartley, divorce expert, joins me to discuss her book Better Apart

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Gabrielle Hartley is a leading divorce attorney, mediator, coach, author and speaker.  Her new book, Better Apart; The Radically Positive Way to Separate (Harper Collins) is the first book of its kind to combine the life changing, healing wisdom of mindfulness, meditation and yoga with practical advice and legal wisdom to get the reader through and beyond the divorce.    Better Apart was named “the conscious uncoupling how-to” by People Magazine.  She has also been featured throughout media channels including The New York Times, The New York Post, Yoga Journal, & Mind Body Green. Gabrielle is the founder of Better Apart Divorce Coaching, Co-Parenting and Mediation Services as well as live and online class for individuals and professionals working with divorce. She speaks around the nation on radical self care.  In her practice, she is known for a unique, non-toxic approach to divorce that she developed over two decades in practice. Gabrielle is committed to smashing the divorce stigma. She served as court attorney for Judge Jeffrey Sunshine in NYC matrimonial court and is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. She currently resides in Northampton, MA with her husband and three sons.   In this show we discuss Her personal story Her book, Better Apart Self care Mediation and coaching services Co Parenting Peaceful conflict resolution Healthy divorce BYE Divorce retreats And much more!   Connect with Gabrielle Website TwitterFacebook Instagram Instagram (for Better Apart) LinkedIn   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                   
8/5/201950 minutes, 22 seconds
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Another co hosting show with guests Laurie and Eric

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Another co hosting show! I’m joining by a great couple who want to share their story!  In this discussion, we talk about  Their personal story  What it was like being a widower Online dating How to honor the memories of a lost one How his work with counseling helps his own family Relationship with her ex and new partner  Some of their challenges And much more! Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                   
7/29/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 51 seconds
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YouTubers, Esther and Jay Hutchison join me to talk about This Big House!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Esther Hutchison and her husband Jay are family YouTubers/Relationship coaches, who are followed by thousands, and whose content from their channel has been featured in the Daily Mail.  Esther and Jay’s experience lend their hearts to passionately motivate people to make the best with what they have. Wherever they are in their relationships. They also inspire others to grow closer in their marriage and families though their hardships and mistakes. Esther and Jay live in Florida with their big blended family of seven children!  In this interview, we discuss: Their personal story  Their You Tube channel, This Big House What it’s like raising kids in different age groups What it’s like being in an interracial blended family  Mistakes to avoid when blending a family How to keep the relationship alive And much more! Connect with Esther and Jay Website YouTube Channel Instagram This Big House Video on Finance  Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                       
7/14/201952 minutes, 59 seconds
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A Cohosting episode with Kerrie Hartman!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Another co host episode today with one of my listeners! Plus I share my financial tip of the week, which is the importance of teaching kids to save money from a young age. We discuss How she and her partner met How her blended family is structured What it’s like raising kids in different stages of life Co parenting challenges Gender differences in kids How they created a good sibling environment in their home Relationship with bio mom Her podcast And more! Connect with Kerrie Instagram Check out her podcast, Girlfriend’s Guide to Blending Families   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                  
6/24/201949 minutes, 19 seconds
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Father's Day Special, with Joel Hawbaker

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Joel W. Hawbaker is a high school teacher and a soccer coach in Alabama where he lives with his wife, his two daughters, and their two rescue dogs Butterscotch and Bruiser. He is also a professional speaker and author, focusing on leadership, education, and especially blended family life. He has been remarried for five years, and he seeks to inspire other blended families to live a more harmonious life through grace, patience, and mutual respect. When he grows up, Joel wants to be a fighter pilot and a black belt. He joins me for this Father’s Day special to talk about his own journey with fatherhood in a blended family. In this interview we discuss His personal story Why he is in his current line of work Challenges in his own blended family His 10 Commandments of blended family life And much more! Fathers Day article from National Geographic, History of Father’s Day Connect with Joel Website Facebook Facebook Group Twitter LinkedIn   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!
6/17/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 3 seconds
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Jessie Norman joins me to discuss the Moving on Podcast, and her awesome blended family!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   I am joined today by another co host, Jessie Norman. Jessie is also a podcaster looking to make a difference in the blended family world. She hosts the Moving on Podcast along with her husband, and they make an amazing team. She’s so down to earth and full of great tips.   In addition, I bring you a finance tip of the week, where I give you some facts about life insurance, and why it’s essential for every family.   Connect with Jessie Website Email Facebook Instagram Podcast Instagram   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                  
6/3/201954 minutes, 54 seconds
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200-Stepmoms Day, and the Stepmoms Club, with Kendall Rose

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Stepmothers Day is one week after Mother’s Day, and so I thought it would be fitting to have a show for my stepmoms! My guest, Kendall Rose is an accomplished public speaker who has been a featured guest and provided commentary about blended family legal and financial challenges and solutions, to leading media outlets. She joins me to discuss her book, The Stepmoms Club, How to be a stepmom without losing your money, your mind, and your marriage.   Her personal story How the Stepmother’s Club came to be The book Financial aspects of blended families Biggest challenge for stepmoms Importance of self care Mothers Day, and how it affects stepmoms Stepmoms and bio moms stigma How to start your own stepmoms club The Stepmom Jewelry   Connect with Kendall Rose Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Buy the book HERE Buy the Stepmoms club necklace HERE Buy the Stepmoms club bracelet HERE   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                  
5/20/201949 minutes, 19 seconds
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Mother's Day Special

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   My Mothers Day message to all of my very special listeners, both bio and stepmoms alike. Plus my 5 tips to start practicing self care TODAY!     Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                  
5/13/201921 minutes, 51 seconds
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198-But it's your family, Dr Sherrie Campbell joins me to talk about her new book!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Joining the podcast is Sherrie Campbell, the author of But It’s Your Family...Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath. Toxic family abuse is always two-fold. The first layer of abuse is the original poor treatment by toxic family members, and the second is someone’s denial of the ways in which abusers treat and harm them. Loving someone doesn’t always mean having a relationship with them, just like forgiveness doesn’t always mean reconciliation. A significant part of healing comes with accepting that there are some relationships that are so poisonous that they destroy one’s ability to be healthy and function best. But It’s Your Family is a remarkable account of what it means to cut ties to toxic family abuse and thrive in the aftermath.   Sherrie shares her personal story, and then we take a deep dive into the topic of what it’s like to have a toxic person in your life, and how to break free!   Connect With Dr. Sherrie Campbell Website Email Facebook Twitter Instagram Buy the book HERE Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                  
5/6/201951 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 197-Parental Alienation with expert Wendy Perry

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   After enduring what has been called “the worst known case of parental alienation and the most corrupt family court case in the history of Tarrant County Texas” Wendy became motivated to break the silence about parental alienation.  In 2014, Wendy’s court case was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary Divorce Corp. She has not stopped fighting for the rights of alienated parents since. Wendy’s passions and strengths include giving educational presentations to the public and professionals, giving TV and radio interviews, giving support to targeted and alienated parents as well as conference and event planning.  Whether it’s experts or advocates or families, one of Wendy’s gifts is bringing people together for awareness, education and support.   She joins us for a second time to discuss her personal story, as well as what we can all do to help bring awareness to parental alienation.   "Parental Alienation can happen to ANYONE so it should matter to EVERYONE!"   Connect With Wendy Perry Website Email YouTube Facebook Online Support Group   Skyfall Digital Media Website Email Linked In Facebook   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                  
4/22/201945 minutes, 42 seconds
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196-Debt Relief, with Charles Hughes and Tony Gaeta of Debtmerica

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   The debt crisis is real and is affecting millions of Americans. Those of us in blended families often incur more debt, whether from expensive divorces, child support, or additional children to raise. Sadly, most Americans don’t even have $400 saved up for an emergency! It saddens me to see so many people hurting, which is why I choose to partner up with Debtmerica, a leading company in the debt relief space. Charles Hughes and Tony Gaeta join me on the show to discuss the debt problem, and how they help families get out from underneath it. In this show we talk about   Their own personal story of how they ended up in their current career The debt crisis in our country Children and credit Different options for handling debt The Debtmerica solution Their tax relief program And much more!   Do you want to see if you qualify to work with Debtmerica? Click HERE to set up your FREE financial review ! Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                  
4/15/201948 minutes, 29 seconds
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195-Nacho Kids (Not Your Kids), with Lori and David Sims

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Lori and David Sims join me to discuss their own blended family journey, and how their experience led them to create a community. Together they created Nacho Kids (Not Your Kids) and then went on to create the Nacho Kids Academy. They saw a need to help people in an unconventional way, and they have helped a countless number of families. In this interview we discuss   Their personal story Why they created Nacho Kids How the name was created How to step back and why The Nacho Kids Academy And so much more! Connect with Lori and David Website Facebook Facebook Group Nacho Kids Academy (use BFP to receive your first month at a discount) Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here
4/1/201947 minutes, 19 seconds
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194-Co Hosting series with Summer Felix-Mulder

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Join me for another great co hosting show with Summer Felix-Mulder! She is an entrepreneur who is juggling many things as well as her blended family. Summer has lots of tips on how she makes it all work! We talk about teenagers, coparenting, finding bonding time with one another's children, discipline, her own podcast, and more!   Finance tip of the week Have you planned your retirement? If not, you are not alone. Many people don’t think about one the most important things we all have to face. Ignoring it does not make it go away. Schedule a free financial review with me for more information on your retirement, or any other financial concerns you have!   Connect with Summer Blog Podcast Facebook Instagram Email Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here                  
3/25/201951 minutes, 23 seconds
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193-Co Hosting Series, with Tracy Poizner

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Another great conversation with a listener! Join Tracy and myself as we discuss blended family life, and her personal story!   If you want to co host a show with me, please schedule using the link below!   Finance tip of the week   Do you have a financial plan in place? If not, how can you be sure to meet your goals without one? Don’t allow fear to stop you from setting up a clear plan for you and your family. Schedule an appointment with a trusted financial professional. I offer this for free as a courtesy to my listeners. Schedule a free financial review using the link below!   Connect with Tracy Website Facebook Group Spectacular Stepmom Special Freebie 3 Secrets of Successful Stepmoms DoTerra   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here                  
2/25/201957 minutes, 21 seconds
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192-How are you showing up for your partner?

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   I’m back with a solo show!   Finance tip of the week Do you have an emergency fund? It’s not if an emergency comes up, it’s when! You should have 3-6 months of expenses saved up for emergencies, that way it will not put a strain on your blended family. For more help, I offer free financial roadmaps. Schedule using the link below!   Topic How are you showing up for your partner? Valentine's Day is always a perfect reminder to evaluate your relationship. Both partners need to put in 100%, not just 50%. I am offering ten ways to show up for your partner. Implement these to improve your relationship!   Have patience with them Make time for them Be their biggest cheerleader Be present with them when you're together Be a good communicator Don’t nitpick Stop applying pressure Don’t keep score Don’t compare them to others Always have their back Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here                      
2/11/201930 minutes, 41 seconds
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191-Co Hosting with Lisa

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Listen in on a conversation with a listener in part of my co hosting series!   Do you want to join me next time? I’m looking for people to share their stories! Schedule using the link below!   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here
1/21/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 51 seconds
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190-Kellye Laughery joins me to discuss her book-Blended Well, how to infuse your family with hope and healing in 30 days.

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Kellye Laughery is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Play Therapist, and the owner of The Center for Family Unity. In 2008, she graduated from Hope International University with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Since then, she has helped thousands of blended families beat the odds by combining traditional therapy with unconventional tools and processes like pet therapy, play therapy, sand table therapy, and whole family counseling.   In this interview, we talk about   Her own childhood experience with a blended family Her own divorce Why she decided to incorporate religion into her line of work Her book, Blended Well, how to infuse your family with hope and healing in 30 days. And much more   Connect with Kellye Website Twitter Facebook Private Facebook Group Instagram Pinterest Buy the Book Here Special Offer -50% discount!  60 days of short yet extremely powerful videos that empower you to create the blended family you really want! Plus, receive a  FREE a book by Pam Farrell, the 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make Connect with Me Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here                  
1/7/201934 minutes, 27 seconds
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189-Updates and Announcements, plus some tips for peace this holiday season!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com It’s been a while since I came on and just had a chat with you. Listen to this week’s show for updates and announcements. I also share three tips to help you stay in peace this holiday season.   I wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here                  
12/17/201814 minutes, 30 seconds
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188-Should you stay or should you go? With Sharon Pope

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Sharon Pope is a certified Master Life Coach and a Six-Time #1 International Best-Selling author, specializing in love and relationships. She helps women in struggling marriages determine if it’s time to stay and re-commit or lovingly release the marriage. She has been published dozens of times including in the New York Times. In this interview we discuss:   Her personal story Factors that affect blended families when divorcing How to determine what the deal breakers are in a relationship Taking responsibility of what’s yours How she helps clients Her ebook And much more!   Connect with Sharon Website Facebook Twitter Get the ebook here   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here                      
12/3/201839 minutes, 31 seconds
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187-Co hosting Series with Courtney!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Join me for another co hosting show with a great listener! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
11/20/201845 minutes, 32 seconds
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186-Mail Order Monster movie, with Paulina Lagudi

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   After graduating Chapman University, Paulina Lagudi moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in filmmaking. Since then, she’s written, directed and produced multiple short films and is releasing her family feature film MAIL ORDER MONSTER this November. In this interview, we discuss   Her own personal experience with a blended family Why she created Mail Order Monster What the movie is about Interesting facts about each cast member The overall message of the movie And more!   Connect with Paulina/Buy the film Movie website Movie IMDB page Movie on Itunes Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here
11/5/201829 minutes, 56 seconds
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185-Co Host Series, with Ashlee Garland

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   I continue the co host series with another listener, Ashlee Garland. She has a blended family of 7, so 5 kids, one of whom is special needs. She’s got a whole lot going on yet continues to have a positive attitude through it all. We discuss   Her personal story What it’s like raising a special needs child in a blended family Her step children’s challenges having dealt with an absent mother How she manages to keep a positive attitude And much more   Connect with Ashlee in our private facebook group! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
10/29/201849 minutes, 31 seconds
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184-Co Host Series, with Amy Novakovich!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   This is the first in a new series of shows where I am joined by a co host. This is not just any co host though, this is one of our own listeners. This week, I am joined by Amy Novakovich, who is a mother and stepmother, as well a business owner and podcaster. You’ll see that we had so much to talk about, including:   An introduction to her own blended family What it’s like raising toddlers and preteens at the same time Some preteen challenges Her relationship with her husbands ex What it’s like running a business Time management Her company, Nova Wealth Management Blended families and finance Her podcast, the Nova Wealth Show And much more   Connect with Amy Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
10/15/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 45 seconds
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183-Anna DeAcosta returns to talk about Triggers!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Anna DeAcosta is the creator of The Mindful Stepmom series of guided-audio meditations, designed to help stepmoms cope with common challenges and feelings faced along their journey. Having worked for years in medical and family care-giving research, Anna understands that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to families. She's an adult child of alcoholism and divorce, and understands that the challenges we face as moms and stepmoms are an opportunity for personal development and healing. Anna is a mom and full-time stepmom who lives in Peru with the love of her life and their 4 children. Anna is a stepmom coach and intuitive guide, helping stepmoms connect with their inner voice & deepest desires to create a life of peace and purpose, no matter what chaos is going on around them.   After a year, she returns on the show to talk about triggers! In this episode we discuss   What she’s been up to this year Her Meditation CD What triggers are The importance of identifying them Her 4 step process to eliminate triggers And more!   Connect with Anna   Website Facebook Instagram Meditation CD Workbook for triggers Listen to her last  episode HERE Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
10/1/201831 minutes, 28 seconds
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182-Listener Questions

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Listener questions show. Please send your questions to [email protected] or post in the private facebook group. This episode, a stepmom whose boyfriends son is less than excited about their relationship. Then, a stepmom who is frightened of her stepson. Last, a question about whether the relationship comes first or the kids. Enjoy! Support Songfinch Use BLENDED for your $20 discount! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
9/24/201814 minutes, 33 seconds
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181-Setting Realistic Expectations

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Some updates on what’s been going on in my life lately.   Also, setting realistic expectations for yourself and your family. Is your perfectionism causing you to be unrealistic? If you want to feel happier and have less stress, you need to listen to this episode! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
9/17/201812 minutes, 44 seconds
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180-Listener Questions

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Join me as I answer some listener questions that came up in the private facebook group!   A  stepmom who questions her daughters erratic behavior from one home to the other. What to do with picky eaters in your blended family. Challenges of a blended family home where both parents are widows   Send your questions to me so I can answer them for you! The last show of every month is dedicated to listener questions!   Support my sponsor Songfinch! Use BLENDEDFAMILY for a $20 discount!   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
8/27/201820 minutes, 6 seconds
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179-Healthy co parenting with your ex!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   How well do you coparent with your ex? Is this an area that you think could be improved? Healthy co parenting really helps children thrive. My top ten tips for better co parenting with your ex are   Put your anger aside Get better at communicating Compromise Respect the other parent Be considerate and share Make important decisions together Establish a relationship with your ex’s new partner Pick your battles Give your ex room to parent Keep your children’s best interests first Support my sponsor Teami Blends Tea HERE Use promo code BLENDED to save 25% off your purchase of $49.99 or more Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
8/20/201821 minutes, 17 seconds
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178-Josh Zepess, World Financial Group, and my new career!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Josh is a corporate America escapee who, after 20 years successfully climbing the ladder as a design engineer and manager, realized that it was leaning on the wrong wall.  He first realized that his 401k he believed in so much wasn't going to retire him no matter what he did. After feeling misled about money, he started looking around and saw that he had spent years working really hard making his employer a lot of money yet had little to show for it.   He traversed through the gym industry, franchises, and other things before finding a home in WFG.  His passion to help others, the desire to get paid what he was worth, and build a business he could be proud of was fulfilled with this company.  He is now looking to build the Starbucks of financial services across the southeast. He truly believes that no family should be left behind when it comes to money.   In this interview, he joins us to talk about World Financial Group, and why we both are a part of it! We also discuss   What World Financial Group is, and how we are helping people What types of services World Financial Group offers How World Financial Group educates our clients What sets World Financial Group apart from other financial services How World Financial Group helps people solve challenges What can parents do to help their children have a better financial future And much more   Connect with Josh Website Email Facebook Buy the book Adulterated Here Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
8/6/201822 minutes, 33 seconds
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177-Stepmom Listener Questions

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   I answer some listener questions today from our private facebook group!   First, a stepmom dealing with a high conflict bio mom who wants to tell her how to run her household. Then, a stepmom who loves her role, but is being made to feel like she is overstepping. And last, a bio mom who is interfering with a stepmoms plan for bedroom arrangements for her kids. Maybe some of you can relate with the challenges these stepmoms face! Support Songfinch Use BLENDEDFAMILY for a $20 discount! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
7/30/201818 minutes, 2 seconds
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176-Which comes first, your relationship, or your kids?

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Blended families require a lot of balance. Many parents struggle because they don’t know which should come first, their relationship with their partner, or their children. There are different factors you can look at, but ultimately, the attention you spend both on your partner and your kids needs to be carefully managed. You will also find that this balance can shift around over the years at different stages of your children's lives. Teami Blends Tea Use promo code BLENDED for 25% off your purchase of $49.99! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
7/23/201821 minutes, 48 seconds
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175-How to Fight Fair!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   How well do you resolve conflict in your life? We all have conflict in our relationships, but oftentimes, we don’t know how to resolve them in a healthy way. Conflict is a normal part of every relationship, and so we need to learn how to deal with it in a way that helps us grow together. In this show, my top ten tips to fighting fair, plus I’ll share what you might be doing wrong!   Maintain Control Take a break Pick and choose your battles Stick to the topic Listen Communicate well Shift your perspective Recognize that no one is perfect Learn to apologize Learn to forgive   Learn more about the Single Parent Summit Website Facebook Instagram   Teami Blends Tea Use BLENDED for 25%off your purchase of $49.99   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
7/16/201833 minutes
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174-Charla Miller returns, her story of reunification with her son!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Charla Miller is a successful author who used traumatic events in her life to propel her forward. She wrote a book called, Wonder and Beauty: My Journey From Heartbreak to Healing Through the Wonder of Horses. Her story is paving the way for others to see that their pain from loss isn't the ending but a launching point to even greater connection to those they love and so much more.   Charla returns to talk about the reunification with her son, which she did not know was coming when she was on this show back in December. To hear that first interview with the full story, click here.   In this interview we discuss   A recap of her personal story of parental alienation How the reunification came to be Her emotions during that time What it was like spending a week together with her son for the first time in years What her future looks like Her personal message to parents suffering from parental alienation Horse therapy and much more   Connect with Charla   Website Book Facebook Blog YouTube Instagram   Teami Blends Tea, click here Use BLENDED for 20% off your purchase of $34.99 or more! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
7/2/201842 minutes, 20 seconds
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173-The Blame Game, and How to Stop Playing it!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   The blame game is something we all play. It’s easy to point fingers at someone else, but is it really helpful to the situation? In this episode, learn why playing the game holds you back, as well as learn how to stop playing it. GoFundMe for Florida tragedy click here Support my sponsor Teami Blends Tea here Use the promo code BLENDED for 20% off your purchase of $34.99 Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
6/18/201818 minutes, 35 seconds
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172-Special guest Andrea Santiago Malcolm shares how knitting helps her cope

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Andrea Santiago Malcolm is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Therapist.  In that time, she has found she really loves working with couples who are ready to own and revitalize their sexuality with a mix of real talk and a sense of humor. She believes that sex is natural, important, and nothing to be embarrassed about!  Andrea is also a Cancer survivor and enjoys helping others navigate that space as well. She’s a stepmother and knows what it’s like to have all the joys and challenges that come with her role as a step-parent. Andrea enjoys assisting others in dealing with similar life stressors because she has a lot to draw from and can offer real talk and genuine empathy, coupled with easily applied solutions to these challenges. She teaches multiple coping mechanisms, including therapeutic knitting, which is an evidence-based, portable, and fun way to cope with life. Andrea’s private practice, 363 Therapy, has two offices in South Florida:  one in Boca Raton and the other in Fort Lauderdale.   In this conversation, we discuss   Andrea’s personal story Her cancer diagnosis What is therapeutic knitting What are the benefits of therapeutic knitting What services Andrea has to offer And much more   Connect with Andrea Website Facebook   Other resources mentioned in the show www.ravelry.com www.knitpurlhunter.com Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
6/4/201829 minutes, 5 seconds
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171-Stepparents who want their partner to sever ties with the ex

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   There are many cases where a new partner wants their mate to sever ties with an ex. Whether you are a stepparent wanting this, a bio parent struggling with this, or an ex dealing with it, it can be tricky. You’ll hear two listener questions which show examples of this in the show, plus my advice to them. There are many reasons why this happens, and many reasons why it’s best to overcome it. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
5/21/201816 minutes, 57 seconds
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170-Mother's Day Special, with Kristen Skiles, of Stepmomming.com

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Kristen Skiles is an Air Force wife and [step]mom to a beautiful 7-year-old. She runs on coffee, wine, and Amazon Prime, and she blogs at stepmomming.com where she provides comfort and guidance for overwhelmed stepmoms, encouraging and helping them to write their own happily ever afters. Kristen wholeheartedly believes that [step]momming is what you do, it’s not who you are.   In this episode, we talk about   Her personal story Her relationship with bio mom The challenges she faces in her own blended family Tips and advice on making it work Her blog, stepmomming.com And so much more! Connect with Kristen Website Facebook Instagram Pinterest Free 5 day stepmom course-Write your own happily ever after! Click HERE Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
5/7/201839 minutes, 56 seconds
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169-Help your angry child cope with divorce, plus listener questions!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Whether your divorce happened recently or long ago, you might find that you have a child who remains angry. There are many reasons for this, which I talk about in this show. It’s important to learn the reasons so that you can help them move past it in a healthy way. I also tackle some listener questions on the topic. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
4/23/201822 minutes, 36 seconds
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168-Letting go of Guilt

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Feeling guilt is something we all struggle with. Parents tend to feel guilty over every mistake, decision, or circumstance of their lives. Yet, feeling that guilt doesn’t change situations or  make anyone feel better. What can you do? Use my 5 step process to help you ease out of guilt so that you start feeling better today!   Identify the issue causing the guilt Determine whether the guilt is healthy or unhealthy Forgive yourself Apologize if necessary Learn and grow from the experience Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
4/9/201816 minutes, 1 second
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167-Financial and Estate Planning for Blended Families, with Michelle Thompson

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Michelle Thompson is an attorney and Certified Financial Planner™ helping blended families reach their financial goals.  Prior to joining IRC Wealth, she had her own law practice where she focused on estate planning, primarily serving blended families.   In this interview, we discuss   Her personal story Why she decided to help blended families in her career What families need to set up The difference between a trust attorney and a financial advisor Some listener questions And much more! Connect with Michelle 678-733-4358 Website Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
4/2/201838 minutes, 36 seconds
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166-Listener Questions

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   This week, some updates on me, and a first listen to the anniversary gift that Songfinch created for my husband! I also tackle some tough listener questions. One mom is unsure of how a man can love her and her kids, a man who is tired of getting disrespected by his step daughter, and a woman whose boyfriends daughter is using manipulation to come between her and her boyfriend. Send in your questions to [email protected] and I might use them on a future show! To make a custom song using Songfinch, click HERE Don't forget to use the promo code BLENDEDFAMILY to save $20!   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
3/26/201825 minutes, 45 seconds
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165-Importance of Connection in your Relationship

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Connection is such an important element of relationships. There are four main types of connection that are necessary for strengthening your relationship. They are emotional, physical, intellectual, and soul. In this episode, I explain what they all are, and how to improve them. Plus I give you my favorite bonding exercises. The better balance you can achieve, the more fulfilled you will be as a couple. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
3/12/201821 minutes, 8 seconds
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164-Holistic Healing, with special guest Carla Van Walsum

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Carla was trained in the Netherlands in Clinical Psychology, Holistic Therapies, and Family Constellations, and owns HeartBased Solutions, a holistic practice for individuals, parents, and families. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in the USA.  For over 20 years, Carla has been an internationally recognized teacher, therapist and facilitator in the areas of relationships, heart-based parenting, women empowerment, inherited family trauma, and emotional healing. She is the creator of Happy Parents, Happy Home, Awaken to Your Happiest Life!, Success Acceleration and Women Empowerment Topics. Carla has helped many clients create quantum progress through her unique combination of psychological, spiritual, and metaphysical approaches. Her extensive study of proven healing modalities from Europe, America, and Eastern countries provide the foundation for her work. Carla is a master in healing acute and life-long patterns of emotional pain, struggling family relationships, in clearing blocks, limiting beliefs, communication and inherited family traumas. She teaches others how to develop the relationships and life they desire. Her methods work, as evidenced by her happy clients and their testimonies.   In this interview, we discuss Her personal story What she offers Difference between a holistic psychologist and a traditional psychologist Non violent communication Constellation work Being a mother to her own teenagers Disrespectful children Differing parenting styles Effective communication And much more   Connect with Carla Website Website for Happy Children Happy Home Facebook Twitter Coaching packages, click here Special Bonus deal, click here Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
3/5/201843 minutes, 21 seconds
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163-Listener Questions

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   I will answer your questions on this episode of the blended family podcast! First, a mom who needs help explaining to her son why his dad is absent. Then, a question on whether or not a relationship could work with a couple who doesn’t share the same faith. Next, a struggling stepdad who feels pushed to the side when bio dad came back around. And last, a mom who is frustrated with her ex who doesn’t take proper care of the kids when he has them.   Do you want me to read your question on a future show? Send them in to my email below, facebook message me, or send me a voicemail via speakpipe.   Hope to hear from you soon! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
2/26/201819 minutes, 14 seconds
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162-When a Biological Parent is Absent

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   There are many reasons why a family may find themselves in the position of raising a child without the other biological parent. There could be a death, therefore leaving someone a widow or widower, left to raise their kids alone. Unfortunately, there are lots of absent parents out there because those parents have made a choice to abandon their kids, leaving the other parent to pick up the pieces. There are parents who are serving time in jail. Others who serve in the military. Then there are others who live out of state, so perhaps they are involved, but only minimally. Regardless of the cause, the children can suffer greatly. There are ways to help a child through this, as well as ways to cope as the sole parent. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
2/19/201819 minutes, 30 seconds
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161-Tips on Appreciating Your Relationship

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   With Valentine's Day this week, I thought it might be good to share some tips to appreciate and nurture your relationship. Couples in blended families are often so overwhelmed with stress and chaos, that they neglect to put in the work to help their relationship grow. In this show, I’ll give you an exercise to help you see your partner in a different light. I also give you my 5 top tips for appreciating your relationship which are   Date night Communicate Connect Be the anchor for your partner Love unconditionally Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
2/12/201815 minutes, 35 seconds
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160-Valentines Special, with Erik Newton of Together

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Erik Newton is a former family law attorney who describes himself as someone who’s “been through a thousand divorces and still believes in love.” Ushering couples through divorce wasn’t easy for Erik, a romantic from birth, but it turned out to be the ideal medium through which to understand the entire life cycle of a relationship. As a result, Erik has a unique, real-world comprehension of what makes one marriage thrive and another fall apart.   During his time as an attorney, Erik racked up a few accolades: He founded a successful law journal, built the largest and fastest-growing family law firm in the Bay Area, and was named a Super Lawyer three years running. He also teamed up with a psychologist friend to lead premarital courses for couples, hoping to give them the skills they’d need to stay out of his office. Ultimately, his calling to help couples build healthy relationships superseded his legal career, and he decided to dedicate himself full-time to creating a place couples could go for information, inspiration, and a big dose of truth. That’s when Together was born.   Erik joins me to talk about His personal story His business, Together, and it’s mission The “work” involved in relationships His experiences working with couples over the years His own relationship And much more   Connect with Erik Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
2/5/201840 minutes, 29 seconds
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159-Childhood Depression and Anxiety

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Childhood depression and anxiety is on the rise. We are living in a world that can be difficult for adults to navigate, and even more difficult for our younger generation. It’s important to know the signs of depression in adolescents, as it can look quite different from adult depression.  In this episode I talk about   My own children's struggles with depression and anxiety Why kids today suffer more with depression than we did Signs of depression in kids Treatment options Suicide Prevention Hotline 1 800-273-8255 Suicide Prevention Lifeline Website Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
1/29/201820 minutes, 37 seconds
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158-Listener Questions

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   I’m answering some tough questions sent in by listeners. First, a woman who says her grown stepkids are jealous of her, and she’s having trouble with that around holidays. Next, a question about what to do with old albums and keepsakes, especially when moving to a new place with a new partner. Then, a listener concerned about the drama the ex wife brings to her relationship. Last, a meddling mother in law who chooses the ex wife over her own son.   If you want to send in a question or topic idea for a future show, please email me! All feedback and questions are welcome! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
1/22/201820 minutes, 19 seconds
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157-How to stand in your power

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Do you stand in your power? Unfortunately, many of us do not know how to do this. Standing in your power means that you honor yourself. It means that you know what you want and do not want, you know what you like and do not like. You stand strong for what you believe in and desire, and you don’t back down from your beliefs and desires just to please other people. You become the person responsible for your own happiness.   Use my 5 step process to help you finally become the person you want to be, the person who stands in their power. You will find freedom and happiness if you can master them!   Pause Think Feel Trust Act Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
1/15/201822 minutes, 45 seconds
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156-New Year Updates and interview with Jody Dean, author of Roxie the Doxie

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   It’s good to be back from a small break! New Year updates, announcements, an interview, and a giveaway!   Dr. Jody Dean is a clinical psychologist with 28 years of experience specializing in children, adolescents, and athletes. Her medical affiliations include Senior Clinical Account Executive, United Healthcare and Aetna; Director, and Employee Assistance Program at Hughes Electronics and DirecTV. She earned her PHD in clinical psychology in 1987 and her masters in clinical psychology in 1985 from California School of Professional Psychology. Jody has authored numerous magazine and professional journal articles. She continues to consult from her home in Wildwood Missouri, where she lives with her three dogs, including Roxie.   She joins me to discuss her book, Roxie the Doxie, a wonderful book to help children through adoption and other family transitions, such as blended families. Connect with Jody Dean Website Facebook Twitter Buy the book HERE Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
1/8/201817 minutes, 49 seconds
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155-End of year reflection and hopes for the New Year!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   When the end of a year approaches, it’s always a great time to reflect, as well as dream up new possibilities for the year ahead. I invite you to write a new script of your dream life. Let’s make next year the best yet for you and your blended family!   Please note, there will not be a show on December 25 or January 1. I will be spending some time enjoying my family, and I hope you do the same!   Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year! Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
12/18/201717 minutes, 18 seconds
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154-The struggles of being a stepparent

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Being a stepparent comes with so many challenges, and those challenges can damage blended families. Bio parents aren’t always aware of the difficulties that their partners face. Here’s what to expect in this episode   Listener emails Common struggles of stepparents Solutions to some of those struggles Tips for the hurting stepparent My plea to the bio parent Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
12/11/201727 minutes, 51 seconds
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153-Wonder and Beauty, Charla Miller shares her story and book with us!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Charla Miller is a successful author who used traumatic events in her life to propel her forward. She wrote a book called, Wonder and Beauty: My Journey From Heartbreak to Healing Through the Wonder of Horses. She currently resides in Boise Idaho with her partner and is involved in the world of equine therapy. Charla also travels as a destination makeup and hair artist and brings her concept of beauty to all she meets.   Her story is paving the way for others to see that their pain from loss isn't the ending but a launching point to even greater connection to those they love and so much more.   In this interview we discuss   Her personal story of parental alienation The pivotal moment in her life where she had to make an important decision How she got involved with horses How horse therapy helped her heal Reunification with her son Her book, Wonder and Beauty, and why she wrote it And much more Connect with Charla   Website Book Facebook Blog YouTube Instagram Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
12/4/201726 minutes, 59 seconds
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152-Stop taking things so personally!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Many of us walk through life taking things very personally, which can affect our lives greatly. It causes much suffering. The relationships we have with others can also be affected when we take everything to heart. Ten tips to help you learn to not take things personally! Avoid toxic people Have realistic expectations Determine how important the situation is Work on your self confidence Don't give away your power Don't jump to conclusions Understand that it’s not always about you Learn how to delete your imaginary trash bin Stop caring what others think of you Surround yourself with people who love and understand you Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
11/27/201718 minutes, 23 seconds
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151-Exes who are over involved!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Do you have an over involved ex? Or maybe you’re married to someone whose ex is over involved? There are reasons why exes feel the need to hover and criticize your parenting. They may make excessive phone calls, demonstrate helicopter parenting, or they might not think you are fit to parent your own child. Whatever they are doing, boundaries must be set. Learn all about this and how it affects your current relationship this week on the show! Purchase your own song from Songfinch HERE Listen to my personal songfinch creation HERE   Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
11/20/201720 minutes, 12 seconds
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150-Differing parenting styles in the blended family, with special guest Shawn Brown

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Blended families are already difficult to navigate. When a couple has parenting styles that differ from one another, it can be quite a challenge. What do you do when you and your partner parent differently? How can you make it work? My husband Shawn joins me to talk about our own challenges in this area. We talk about   Our parenting styles when we first met Mistakes that we made in the beginning How to be fair but also treat each child as an individual Differences of parenting when custodial or noncustodial What we learned from one another and how you can too The importance of open communication And much more Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
11/13/201732 minutes, 51 seconds
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149-Dr. Jennelle, on same sex marriages and blended families

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Dr. Jennelle is a PhD Psychologist and Relationship Advisor working with individuals and couples who want to improve communication, collaboration, and harmony in their relationships. Dr. Jennelle focuses on non traditional relationships and family structures (i.e., female same-sex couples, divorced/remarrying couples, and blended families), helping to navigate the challenges in these complex dynamics by developing skills that lead to stronger partnerships, better parenting, and greater peace.   She joins me to talk about her personal experience with a same sex relationship and marriage. In this episode we discuss   Her personal relationship story Challenges she faced How her step children handled the transition How to come out to family and friends How to deal with negative reactions from others Family dynamics of a same sex blended family And much more!   Connect with Dr. Jennelle Website Facebook Twitter   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
11/6/201739 minutes, 10 seconds
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148-When people wear disguises

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Halloween is a perfect time to talk about disguises! People put on masks on a daily basis to cover up who they really are, or what they struggle with emotionally. Living authentically is the only way to overcome this. How can we help others who haven’t figured this out? Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE for a $5 discount Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
10/30/201713 minutes, 51 seconds
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147-Spirituality, Energy Work, Empaths and Highly Sensitive People

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Spirituality is not a topic often discussed here at the blended family podcast, but it is becoming a popular practice. Learn how spirituality can help you and your blended family grow. Also learn how to determine if someone you love is an empath or a highly sensitive person, and what that means. We also talk about vibration, and how to elevate it. Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE for a $5 discount Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
10/23/201722 minutes, 24 seconds
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146-Working with difficult and uncooperative exes!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   We all have exes, and many of us are dealing with exes who are difficult and uncooperative. Since there is not much we can do to change who they are or what they act like, we can only focus on ourselves. There are things we can do to make these interactions more pleasant.   Work on better communication Treat your relationship with the ex as a business transaction Seek help from your ex's family members or friends Respond without reacting Don't fight back Don't seek revenge Don't use the kids as messengers Don't try to change your ex Find support for yourself Stay consistent Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE for a $5 discount Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
10/16/201721 minutes, 48 seconds
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145-The emotions of the non custodial parent

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com There are many emotions that a non custodial parent feels. Many people think it is an easy role, but they forget that it’s not always the wanted role. Many non custodial parents wish things were otherwise. In this show I share what these emotions are., I also I give 5 tips for both custodial parents and the partners of non custodials to help those in the non custodial position. And some special words of encouragement for my fellow non custodial parents.   5 tips for the custodial bio parent or stepparent   Have empathy Don't make it difficult for your child to communicate with their parent Keep the lines of communication open Notify them of special events or functions so they can attend Don’t make them uncomfortable at these events.   5 tips for the partner of the non custodial   Offer emotional support Don't make them feel guilty for spending time with the kids Give them space after dropoffs Allow your partner to build a relationship slowly with your kids Don't make them feel guilty for communicating with their ex Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE for a $5 discount   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
10/9/201726 minutes, 1 second
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144-Embracing Authenticity Part 2, with special guest Anna Seewald

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Anna Seewald is the founder of Authentic Parenting®. She is a speaker, author and a parent educator. She also has a popular Podcast on iTunes called Authentic Moments. She is a mom to a vibrant 9 year old who doesn’t approve of her fashion choices. As a child she survived through a severe earthquake. She lost her young mom. She has been through trauma, pain, and a lot suffering. With a strong passion helping children Anna dedicated her life working with abused, neglected, orphaned, institutionalized children and juvenile delinquents.   After nearly 20 years she realized that it is through helping parents she can help children.   Today she is supporting parents around the world by moving from traditional ways of parenting into more peaceful, conscious ways by making sense of their past life experiences, healing from trauma, building effective communication, practicing non- punitive discipline and setting limits with love and kindness.   In this interview we discuss Her personal story Her mission Her definition of being authentic What happens when parents are not authentic The Authentic Moments Podcast How to teach our children to be authentic And much more Connect with Anna Website Facebook Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE for a $5 discount Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
10/2/201734 minutes, 34 seconds
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143-Embracing Authenticity, Part 1

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Becoming a more authentic person is something mostly everyone struggles with. In this show we cover what you need to know, including   What it means to be authentic Why do people struggle with authenticity Children and authenticity What it looks like to be authentic What it looks like to be someone who is not authentic Blended families and authenticity How to become more authentic And more Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
9/25/201719 minutes, 43 seconds
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142-Finding the gift in a storm, plus an interview with Anna DeAcosta, creator of the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Hurricane Irma came through my state and left her mark. However, Florida will come out stronger after all this. The same can be said with the storms of life. We all go through hard times, but when we can find the gift or lesson in the storm, we can overcome anything. Also, an interview with Anna DeAcosta, the creator of the fabulous album The Mindful Stepmom, Guided Meditations for Peace and Flow in your Blended Family. Connect with Anna Purchase the Album Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
9/18/201732 minutes, 54 seconds
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141-Storm update, and a special song by Songfinch!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Because of hurricane Irma, there is not a topic this week. My family and I have been preparing for this storm, as it is threatening to hit my state of Florida.   In the meantime, listen to my special song by songfinch, that was created for my bonus children! See the lyrics below!     Sometimes reminiscing Feels like yesterday to me When you met 10 years ago With your dad at Mikkey D's And since then you've gotten close Happy she could watch you grow She could say she loves you both But then you already know   Already know, no love is lost From 2 young kids to young adults The whole time with you has been awesome Wouldn't trade it for a second It's a blessing When she step into the house and see you all Always know that you can call Anytime you need to talk   So she can say she proud of both of you She think your the bomb, bomb, bomb Glad to be your second mom, mom, mom Honestly she just gets glad again Heart so full of love She had somebody write some raps To send to Shawnie and to Madison   When you came in my life That's when it changed for me And I love you so much So glad that I could be in your life Promise you could count on me But you both already know it This right here's a bonus song   Yeah, you both already know it This right here's a bonus song   Yeah yeah, you both already know it This right here's a bonus song   Now Shawnie is sincere A good heart that makes you cheer He loves music, he loves football Pick a concert he'll appear And he looks just like his dad Makes you smile from ear to ear Your stepmoms your biggest fan Just in case that wasn't clear   Madison she's super driven Super strong, in it to win it A competitive cheerleader No one's better When she goes for something   Both got hearts of gold And their talents all their own Your stepmom loves how you've grown And turned the house into a home   Here's her way to say she's proud of you She think your the bomb, bomb, bomb Glad to be your second mom, mom, mom Honestly she just gets glad again Heart so full of love She had somebody write some raps To send to Shawnie and to Madison   When you came in my life That's when it changed for me And I love you so much So glad that I could be in your life Promise you could count on me But you both already know it This right here's a bonus song   Yeah, you both already know it This right here's a bonus song   Yeah yeah, you both already know it This right here's a bonus song   When you came in my life That's when it changed for me And I love you so much So glad that I could be in your life Promise you could count on me But you both already know it This right here's a bonus song Yeah, you both already know it This right here's a bonus song Songfinch Promo code BLENDEDFAMILY Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
9/11/201710 minutes, 8 seconds
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140-Integrating yourself into a new family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Meeting your new partner's extended family can cause a lot of anxiety. You might not be sure of how you will be received. This week, I talk about how to cope with meeting new family members, such as in laws, siblings, cousins, etc. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
9/4/201717 minutes, 16 seconds
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139-Teens and Sexuality, with Sibel Guelseren

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Sibel Guelseren is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Board Certified Masters Addictions Professional, Board Certified Sex Therapist, and Life Coach with over 20 years of Experience.  Sibel earned a Master of Education Degree and a Specialist in Education Degree, both specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Florida. She is also a Graduate of CoachU's 3-year prestigious Coaching Program and works with clients on various life and work issues.     In this episode, she helps me with some common issues of teenagers and sexuality, as well as helps me answer some listener questions. We talk about   Differing parenting styles surrounding sexual education How to communicate with your kids about sex How to help our children go through puberty Sexual attraction between step siblings Setting boundaries and structure for pubescent children Teenagers clothing choices Boundaries around sleepovers And more!   Connect with Sibel Website Facebook Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
8/28/201732 minutes, 7 seconds
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138-I'll be happy when... Plus a family interview!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Finding and achieving happiness is something many of us work on every day. Being part of a blended family can make you feel at times like happiness is impossible to find. In this episode I share my top ten happiness boosters. Be happy NOW, because now is all we have!   Meditate Forgive others Stop complaining Have gratitude Smile and laugh more Practice self care Do something that fulfills you Do for others Cut out negativity Be kinder to yourself.   I’m also joined by one of our own listeners for a family interview with Sharon Kelly.   Connect with Sharon Facebook page Email Instagram Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
8/21/201740 minutes, 47 seconds
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137-Accepting a stepparent in your child's life

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Accepting a step parent into your child's life can be difficult for many reasons. In this episode I explain why, and I will give you some ground rules to follow.   No bad mouthing No competing Practice better communication with your ex and their partner Take your own feelings out of the equation Be there for your child without interfering Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
8/14/201717 minutes, 31 seconds
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136-What I've been up to, listener questions, and a giveaway!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com This episode I talk about some of my own recent struggles, and what I’ve learned from them. Plus I answer some listener questions.   What to do when two parents have completely different parenting styles How to help children who have been taken from their mom What to do when you don’t like the choices the other parent is making for your kids in their home   And a giveaway! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
8/7/201721 minutes, 11 seconds
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135-Estate planning for blended families, with Katie Brewer

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Katie Brewer started Your Richest Life because she believes that every professional should have access to a financial planner. Katie helps clients alleviate their stress about money by helping them clarify their goals, identify and eliminate obstacles to those goals, and create a financial action plan to achieve them.  Katie has accumulated over 10 years of experience working with clients and their money. She is no stranger to hard work as she pursued both her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification and her MBA while working full time. Katie has been quoted in articles in The New York Times, Forbes, Money, Lifehacker, and Real Simple and she regularly blogs about financial planning topics. She often speaks to groups about financial education.   In this episode, she joins me to talk about estate planning, which is a sensitive and challenging topic for blended families. We talk about   What is estate planning 9 things to keep in mind when planning an estate What makes blended family estate planning different Setting up a guardian What can go wrong when an estate is not planned When is the right time to plan an estate Who can set up an estate Listener question And much more   Connect with Katie Website Twitter Facebook Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
7/24/201723 minutes, 10 seconds
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134-Positive sides to being a stepparent!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Being a stepparent certainly comes with challenges, but it does have its plus sides too. In this episode I will share what those are so that you can shift your perspective.   You get to be the fun one You do not have to be the disciplinarian You are looked at differently than mom or dad You get to develop your own special relationship You can be influential in their life You get to help a family You get to walk away or get a break You bring new perspectives in the mix You are listened to in a different way You can learn a lot about yourself from being a stepparent Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
7/17/201713 minutes, 19 seconds
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133-Living in the shadows of someone

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Living in the shadows of an ex or a deceased partner can be really difficult to navigate. Both situations have similarities, but both need to be handled in different ways. We will talk about photos, memories, family and friends, and children in this episode. Plus I’ll share three emails from listeners about this topic. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
7/10/201724 minutes, 23 seconds
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132-How to love your teenagers

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com     Raising teenagers can be extremely challenging and frustrating. As parents, we can get caught up in the negativity of it all, and we can forget to enjoy the journey. Hopefully this show can help to shift your perspective a bit, so that you can see the joys in between the madness!     Listen to my interview on the Couple Money Podcast here     Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
7/3/201718 minutes, 19 seconds
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131-Anxiety, with special guest, Stephanie Dalfonzo

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Anxiety is something that many people suffer from nowadays, especially in a blended family. Even children are more prone to anxiety now than ever before.   My guest, Stephanie’s Dalfonzo’s first career was as Stevie Knox,” one of South Florida’s most popular radio DJs during the 80s and early 90s. Shifting careers as she raised her children, she delved into the Healing Arts. Over 20 years later, Stephanie is now a Speaker, Spiritual Healer and Coach, Yoga Teacher and Certified Hypnotist (among other things). Sharing inspirational empowerment with simple action steps. Stephanie empowers women to move from anxiety, fear, stress and despair to freedom, peace of mind and joy in their lives. She has freed thousands of people, from  ages 8 to 82, from their fears, stress and anxiety.   In this interview, we talk about   Her personal story What anxiety actually is and what it feels like Why anxiety seems to be more prevalent these days Medication and anxiety Children and anxiety And much more   Connect with Stephanie Website Twitter Facebook Free download of quick and easy coping skills for stress, anxiety and fear         Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
6/26/201744 minutes, 13 seconds
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130-Father's Day Special with my husband, Shawn Brown

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Happy Father's Day! My own husband and favorite dad, Shawn,  joins me this week to talk about his own parenting journey this year, which has been especially challenging. We talk about   What life was like before he had custody of his son Emotions he experienced when he gained custody Some of the challenges he faced this year Guilt he has experienced Some positives that happened this year His advice on why it's important to be open with the kids Aspirations for the coming year Advice to other dads And much more         Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
6/19/201736 minutes, 53 seconds
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129-Stepparents with no bio children, often called the childless stepparent

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Stepparents who have no bio children of their own are commonly called childless stepparents. They deal with issues and emotions that are unique from bio parents and stepparents who are bio parents as well. In this episode, I will discuss those issues, which are   Feeling unimportant Feeling like you take a backseat Feeling unqualified or being told that you are Feeling like you're missing out on time and experiences Feeling worried about having a child of your own Feelings of jealousy Feeling like an outsider Feeling like you’re not respected Feelings of anger and resentment   Also I will discuss some ways to help overcome the above issues, which are   Acknowledge and accept your feelings Involve yourself Bond with the child Be yourself Communicate your needs and feelings Practice self care Have date nights and alone time Separate your feelings for the child from bio parent Don't take it personal     Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
6/12/201729 minutes, 11 seconds
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128-Living arrangements, together or separate

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Deciding whether to live together or apart is a big decision for a blended family. Some blended families need to try it both ways to decide which works best for them. In this episode I outline ten things to consider when making this important decision. Plus I’ll list some pros and cons of both.   The length of your relationship The quality of your relationship The ages of your kids The relationship between the stepkids How well do you and your partner co parent How do the kids feel about the situation What is your value on a stress free and peaceful life What is the difference in expenses from one home to two Shared care of living together opposed to caring for children alone What is your ideal family vision   Read this article from the Huffington Post! This Blended Family Doesn’t Live Together And They’re Happier For It     Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
6/5/201723 minutes, 16 seconds
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127-Author Amy Baker, Co parenting with a Toxic Ex

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Amy Baker has a PhD from teachers college of Columbia University. She has 25 years conducting research on parent-child relationships and child maltreatment. She is an author or co-author of 8 books and over 100 articles. She is a nationally recognized expert in parental alienation. She has trained legal and mental health professionals around the country and served as an expert in courtrooms in the US and Canada. She also provides telephone coaching to help targeted parents enhance their relationship with their alienated children.   In this interview we discuss Her personal story How to prevent parental alienation Loyalty conflict Methods to cope with parental alienation And much more   Connect with Amy Website Twitter Buy the book Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
5/22/201732 minutes, 48 seconds
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126-Unacking Mental Illness, with John Cordray

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Many of us know someone who suffers from mental illness. Whether it’s a partner, a child or stepchild, or an ex spouse, it can be difficult navigating that terrain, especially in a blended family. My guest today, John Cordray is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor and he owns a private practice in St. Louis, Missouri. John is also very active as a Mental Health advocate on social media and his podcast, The Mental Health Today Show. John’s passion is to help as many people who are struggling with a mental illness and to help end the stigma that so often is associated with Mental Health.   In this interview we discuss His personal story His podcast and youtube channel How to cope with an ex who has a mental illness Narcissism Protecting children whose parent has mental illness How to cope when your partner has mental illness Listener questions Teenagers and mental health And much more Connect with John Website Podcast Website Facebook Twitter Youtube channel Instagram Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
5/15/201744 minutes, 58 seconds
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125-Mothers Day Special! Interviews with Shawn Fink, Mary Grace, and Casey DeStefano

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Happy Mother’s Day! For this Mother’s Day special, I am featuring three mom podcasters that I think are making a big impact in the world! Shawn Fink is the founder of The Abundant Mama Project and the author of “The Playful Family” and “The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow.” She is the mother of twin girls, Jadyn and Liana, and a family wellness coach for mothers around the world. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen.com, Scary Mommy, Dr.Green.com and The Shriver Report. Connect with Shawn Website Facebook Twitter Mary Grace is the host of The Global Mom Show Podcast, a show that helps moms cultivate a global perspective in their own life and in their children's'. Mary Grace is a wife, a mom of three boys, a former expat and development worker, and a freelance writer for nonprofits and businesses. She has a master's degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the SIT Graduate Institute, and she has studied and worked abroad in Germany and India, and traveled many other places as well. Today she makes her home in the US, where one of her goals is to stay connected with a global view of life. Connect with Mary Grace Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Free Guide 10 ways to create a global home, no matter where you live Casey Destefano is an accomplished Director/Producer with more than 20 years experience in Film and TV. She has worked with companies such as: NBC, FOX, HBO, DreamWorks, Universal Studios, The Disney Channel & Nickelodeon. Currently she owns her own boutique marketing agency where her team specializes in utilizing video to help women led-businesses build strong powerful brands. In addition, Casey is the host of the hit podcast, "Women with Balls…in the Air," where she coaches her audience to have successful careers and abundant family lives without pulling their hair out! Connect with Casey Website Facebook Twitter   Questions for my moms to answer!   What is the thing you enjoy most about being a mom? What makes you proudest as a mom? What is your best mom superpower? What do you want your kids to remember most about their childhood? If you had to name three positive adjectives about you as a mother, what would they be? Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
5/8/20171 hour, 11 minutes, 38 seconds
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124- A story of abuse, part 2, interview with Linda Ricci

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Linda Ricci, another special listener, also reached out to me in the efforts of sharing her story of abuse. Both her and my last guest, Lisa Paige, met through our private facebook group, where they discovered they had a similar experience. Linda also feels it is her calling to help others, and she feels getting her story out is the first step. In this interview we discuss:   Her marriage How the abuse started How religion played a role in her marriage What prompted her to leave after 20 years How the kids handled things Narcissistic characteristics of her ex husband How her ex is doing today What she learned from her experience Her new relationship Her words of wisdom Resources she recommends   You can connect with Linda in our private facebook group! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
5/1/201744 minutes, 44 seconds
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123-A story of abuse, interview with Lisa Paige

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   One of my special listeners, Lisa Paige, has reached out to me in the hopes that I would share her story. This is a personal story of abuse, but she has persevered! Lisa now has a better relationship and a blended family! In this interview she shares:   About her family How the abuse started Why she stayed for so long What triggered her decision to leave How she decided to let her husband know she was leaving him What happened after the divorce Where life took her after the divorce Lessons she learned along the way Words of wisdom to others who are stuck in abusive relationships   If you want to connect with Lisa, you can find her in our private facebook group. She feels it is her mission to help others who are in a similar place as she was. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
5/1/201730 minutes, 5 seconds
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122- Parental Alienation and PAAO, with special guest Wendy Perry

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   As an alienated parent and victim of family court corruption, Wendy Perry (formerly Archer) became motivated to bring awareness and education about parental alienation out of the shadows. Her advocacy work has included coordinating and hosting the annual Parental Alienation Awareness Day event in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas and other large events such as the Parental Alienation Symposium drawing attendees from around the world, hosting monthly support group and advocacy meetings, meeting with legislators in Washington DC about family court reform as well as doing TV, radio and magazine interviews to raise awareness and education.  The corruption in Wendy’s family court case was so extreme that it was featured in the documentary Divorce Corp.  Having previously served on the board of directors for PAAO Canada and as a co-founder of PAAO USA; Wendy has most recently co-founded and serves as one of the officers for the non-profit organization PAAO International.     In this interview we discuss The parental alienation awareness organization What is parental alienation What is the difference between parental alienation and parental alienation syndrome Some personal letters from victims of PA Difference between PA and gossip How to help children who are affected by PA What steps to take if this is happening to you or your children How to help support the cause And more   Find out more about Wendy and the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization Website Facebook page Facebook group Twitter Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
4/24/201738 minutes, 22 seconds
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121-Dealing with transitions in a blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Every blended family has to deal with transition days, and every child deals with transitions in a different way. Most parents and step parents dread this, as they know they are in for some behavior that can be out of character. In this episode I’ll talk about   Transition day behaviors Why transitions are hard for our children Why transition days are hard for parents What parents can do to make things easier for both themselves and their kids Importance of working together with your partner Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
4/17/201722 minutes
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120-Managing illness

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   When you’re a parent in a blended family, you don't have time to get sick. Unfortunately, it happens, and it’s never convenient. It’s important to learn some tips to prevent illness, but I also have tips for when find yourself under the weather.   Don't be afraid to ask for help Seek medical help if necessary Do the bare minimum Let go of perfectionism If your home with the kids, make it easy on yourself Let go of the guilt Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
4/10/201718 minutes, 4 seconds
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119-Finances and the blended family, with Elle Martinez

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Elle Martinez is the creator of Couple Money, a personal finance site and podcast focused on helping spouses build their marriage and wealth together. She shares tips, advice, and stories from her own journey and others about dumping debt, taking care of family, and dealing with sticky situations that many marriages encounter.   She joins me for a discussion of finances and blended families. In this interview we discuss   Her personal story The couple money podcast Bank accounts in blended families Child support Debt Childrens expenses Saving money College funds Estate planning And much more! Elle recommends NAPFA National Association of Financial Advisors GuideVine   To connect with Elle Website Facebook Twitter Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
4/3/201746 minutes, 11 seconds
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118-tips for better communication with your ex

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Most divorced couples lack great communication skills, which makes co parenting much harder than it needs to be. Healthy communication with your ex creates a peaceful environment for your children, and also sets a great example for them that they will model when they grow up.   My 15 tips for better communication with your ex are   Never use the kids as a go between Never argue in front of the kids Learn to pick and choose your battles Avoid being sarcastic, disrespectful, and rude Set boundaries, and stick to them Don't bring up the past when communicating Practice empathy Treat your ex the way you want to be treated Put your children first Texting and email should be your chosen method of communication Choose your words carefully Monitor your tone Avoid topics that will trigger your ex Learn to listen Learn to compromise   Listen to my interview with Dr Jennelle on The Big Change of Heart Podcast! Click here, and find episode #44 Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
3/27/201723 minutes, 10 seconds
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117-Speaking positivity into our children

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Our children get enough negativity in the outside world. At home, we need to counteract that by building them up. A healthy self esteem is so important for children to have, and it is our job as parents to help them have a positive self image. We can change their story, and teach them how to change their own. Some ideas to help are   Notice when they do something right Tell them you are proud of them Compliment them every day Tell them they are beautiful   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
3/13/201712 minutes, 34 seconds
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116-Surviving childhood sexual abuse and trauma, with Rachel Grant

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Rachel Grant is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse. She works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse who are beyond sick and tired of feeling broken, unfixable, and burdened by the past. She helps them let go of the pain of abuse and finally feel normal.  Her program, Beyond Surviving, has been specifically designed to change the way we think about and heal from abuse. Based on her educational training, study of neuroscience, and lessons learned from her own journey, she has successfully used this program since 2007 to help her clients break free from the past and move on with their lives.  Rachel holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She provides a compassionate and challenging approach for her clients while using coaching as opposed to therapeutic models. She is also a member of San Francisco Coaches and Survivor Force CSA. In this interview, we discuss Her personal story Why people don't seek help What impact a survivor's abuse can have on their blended family Her program, book, and podcast Signs to look for to determine if our own child is being abused And much more! Connect with Rachel Grant Website Twitter Facebook FREE 9 page guide Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
3/6/201733 minutes, 58 seconds
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115-When an ex tells stories about you

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   It’s hard enough dealing with divorce as it is. When you have an ex who makes it harder by telling stories about you, it can seem unbearable. Especially when it results in your children or other people turning against you. Unfortunately we cannot control others or what they do, but we can learn how to cope, to save our sanity. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
2/27/201721 minutes, 11 seconds
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114-When it's hard to love your stepchild!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   One of the issues many stepparents face, is the inability to really love their stepchild. It’s rarely spoken of, as those who feel that way are ashamed to admit it. After tons of emails from listeners who struggle with this, it’s evident that this is an issue that people really need help with. In this show, you’ll learn how to deal with these feelings, how to determine where they are coming from, and how to understand things from your step child's point of view. Plus some tips and ideas to work on that relationship for the benefit of the entire blended family. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
2/20/201721 minutes, 41 seconds
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113-Three types of intimacy you need in your relationship

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Intimacy is an essential part of every relationship. Parents can be so caught up with raising children, that they allow the intimacy to fall away. There are three important elements of intimacy in a romantic relationship, which are sexual, emotional, and physical. All three are important and a couple should learn how to create a balance of all three. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
2/13/201719 minutes, 39 seconds
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112-Relationship advice with Dr. Jennelle

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Dr. Jennelle is a PhD Psychologist and Relationship Advisor working with individuals and couples who want to improve communication, collaboration, and harmony in their relationships. Dr. Jennelle focuses on nontraditional relationships and family structures (i.e., female same-sex couples, divorced/remarrying couples, and blended families), helping to navigate the challenges in these complex dynamics by developing skills that lead to stronger partnerships, better parenting, and greater peace.   She joins me on the show to discuss Her personal story How can a new couple work on their relationship in a blended family How can a long term couple work on their relationship in a blended family What to do when family members don't get along How to not allow family relationships to come between your partnership How can a couple not allow an ex to damage their current relationship Exercise and tips to nurture your relationship What Jennelle has to offer The Big Change of Heart Podcast Connect with Jennelle Website Facebook Podcast consultation Workshop on the Art of Arguing Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
2/6/201732 minutes, 5 seconds
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111-Attitude is everything

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Maintaining a good attitude in a blended family is something that is difficult, but not impossible. Bad attitudes can trickle down to everyone in the family, so it’s very important to learn how to manage our own. We also need to help our children manage their attitudes. There are some way to help you lift yourself up out of a bad state of mind, such as breathing, stopping the negative self talk, or finding something to do that brings you joy. My favorite tool is the emotional scale, a tool I learned from Esther and Jerry Hicks, from the book Ask and it is Given. You find where you fall on the scale at any given moment, and you try to gradually climb higher. Below is the scale for your use.  I’ll also talk about some tips that will help you deal with others who are having bad attitudes around you, so that you can remain peaceful.   Joy/Appreciation/Empowered/Freedom/Love Passion Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness Positive Expectation/Belief Optimism Hopefulness Contentment Boredom Pessimism Frustration/Irritation/Impatience Overwhelment Disappointment Doubt Worry Blame Discouragement Anger Revenge Hatred/Rage Jealousy Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
1/30/201719 minutes, 54 seconds
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110-Why does parenting hurt so bad?

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   This show, I’ll share with you what’s been going on in my life, and why parenting hurts for me right now.   Also, a fabulous family interview with Alex Thompson, who seems to know some tips on how to successfully manage a blended family! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here                     Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
1/23/201730 minutes, 48 seconds
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109-positive discipline with Casey O'Roarty

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Casey O’Roarty is a wife, mother, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and ICF Certified Coach.   Casey facilitates parents in how to build stronger, more authentic relationships with themselves and the children in their lives. She encourages grown ups to recognize and embrace the challenges of parenting as opportunities to model, teach and practice the skills we want our children to learn to embody. Casey lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, 13 year old daughter and 11 year old son.   In this interview we discuss Her personal story Her Joyful Courage podcast Challenges of parents she works with What is positive discipline and how does it work Family meetings Discipline and blended families Mindfulness How to work with Casey And much more Connect with Casey Positive discipline Website Positive discipline association Joyful Courage website Connect on Facebook Facebook Group Connect on Instagram Connect on Twitter   Family meeting ecourse Membership course Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
1/16/201754 minutes, 6 seconds
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108-Dealing with Overwhelm

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Many blended families cause feelings of overwhelm. Not only are blended families more complex, there is usually so much more to do and handle. In addition, many of the challenges blended families face add to the overwhelm. Although these feelings are magnified during the holiday season, they really can carry on all year long. My top ten tips to deal with overwhelm are   Get in the present moment Put it all down on paper Only handle what you can Meditate Learn to say no Tame your inner perfectionist Let go of control Take a break Do some breathing exercises     Quit judging yourself Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
1/9/201717 minutes, 36 seconds
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107-Battle the holiday boredom, plus a family interview

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Holidays can be crazy! Battle the boredom with some ideas to keep the kids busy over the break. Plus a family interview! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
12/19/201625 minutes, 33 seconds
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106-National Runaway Safeline, with Maureen Blaha

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Maureen Blaha is the executive director of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), an organization with the mission to keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. She joins me to talk about about this very important topic. Some of what we cover is below.   What exactly is the National Runaway Safeline What does NRS do to help children and their parents Blended families and runaway youth Warning signs to look out for Runaway prevention How children can help their friends Runaways and LGBTQ youth         Learn more about the National Runaway Safeline here Hotline-1800-RUNAWAY Learn more on facebook Learn more on twitter   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
12/12/201628 minutes, 6 seconds
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105-Considering the feelings of others

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com     Sometimes we forget to consider the feelings of other people. We make assumptions about what they think, and why they act the way they do. We tear people down because we think our way is better. We judge and criticize. These behaviors aren’t going to help you or your blended family.           Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
12/5/201621 minutes, 28 seconds
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104-Happy Thanksgiving, stuff about me, and more!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Straying from the regular format, this show is on a more personal note. I open up about some of my own struggles this Thanksgiving. We also talk about some of our activity in the group. I answer a listener question about the holiday season, and then talk about how to make the holidays work. Not my usual but I hope that you can take something from it!         Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
11/28/201618 minutes, 56 seconds
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103-Infidelity with Brad and Morgan Robinson

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Brad is an international expert in affair recovery.  He sees couples exclusively and has helped many couples through the blended family process.  Brad and Morgan own and operate Marriage Solutions a group marriage counseling practice with locations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK.   In this interview, we discuss Their personal story How does a divorced couple move past an affair Helping children heal Healing from a previous divorce so it doesn't affect your current relationship What steps to take to heal after an affair How to determine if you should work things out or not How to regain trust And much more   To connect with Brad and Morgan Connect on the website More about Brad More about Morgan       Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
11/21/201645 minutes, 38 seconds
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102-Living in the present moment

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Living in the present moment is so hard to do. With the chaos of a blended family and the stress of the modern world, it can feel impossible at times. In this show, some ideas to help you become more present, so you can enjoy life a little more.   Meditate Stop worrying Stop dwelling on the past Forgive past hurts Stop overthinking Focus on each day as it comes Be mindful   Yesterday is history Tomorrow is a mystery Today is a gift That’s why we call it the present.   Also enjoy a family interview with listener Renee Dekker     Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
11/14/201631 minutes, 17 seconds
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101-Ten Ways to boost your child's self esteem!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Many children suffer from low self esteem. As parents, it is our job to recognize these signs, and help our kids develop a better sense of self worth. My ten ways to help are   Give positive reinforcement Compliment them often Allow them choices Put them in a sport or hobby Give them responsibilities Help them set goals Work on your own self esteem issues Help them with their self dialogue Teach them about mistakes Show unconditional love   And a few things NOT to do are Do NOT do everything for them Do NOT compare them to others Do NOT name call           Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
11/7/201622 minutes, 58 seconds
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100-Celebrate 100 shows!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Very special celebration of my 100th episode! Just an overview of what I have to offer, plus a special announcement and contest!           Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
10/31/201614 minutes, 18 seconds
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99-You can't please everyone!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Are you a people pleaser? I’m here to tell you that you can’t please everyone! I know all too well the struggle that you are going through, which is why this episode is dedicated to helping you! I’ll tell you what it means to be a people pleaser, why it is, and how it relates to your blended family. Also my ten tips to help you overcome it, which are below   Set your boundaries Learn how to say no Don’t apologize Learn how to place value on yourself Become peaceful with the idea that not everyone will like you Let go of the guilt Pull back from those who take advantage of you Ask for what you want Do something for yourself Figure out the source of your people pleasing Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
10/24/201622 minutes, 8 seconds
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98-Bell Pack Books. with Carrie Ellis-Berg

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com A great conversation with Carrie Ellis-Berg, who has been an elementary school teacher for ten years. Together as a blended family, she and her husband have four children. After realizing the need for children’s books on blending, she felt called to share fun and exciting stories that would help parents and children learn, grow, and adapt in their new family structure. She hopes that her stories will foster and strengthen relationships within the home.   We talk about Her personal story What prompted her to do this work What the books are about Her own positive and negative experiences in her own blended family   And much more!   Connect with Carrie Check out her website Connect with her on facebook Connect with her on Twitter   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
10/17/201622 minutes, 30 seconds
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97-Are you dealing with a taker?

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   In life, there are givers and takers. When we deal with takers, we often feel like they drain our energy. We feel frustrated with their lack of concern for our own needs and wants. Sometimes takers naturally gravitate towards us because we are givers. What should you do if you are dealing with a taker in your life, or in your blended family? Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter  
10/10/201615 minutes, 59 seconds
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96-Encountering setbacks in the blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Setbacks are a part of life, but when they affect our blended family, they can feel insurmountable. This week, I have 5 tips to help you overcome setbacks with ease.   Accept and acknowledge the issue Dont place blame Find your strength Give it time Find what you can learn from the experience   Also enjoy some motivational quotes on overcoming setbacks!   It doesn’t get easier you just get stronger   I don’t pay attention to the world ending. It has ended many times and began again in the morning   One small crack does not mean you’re broken, it means you were put to the test and you did not fall apart   It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light   Go as long as you can, and then take another step.   Affirmation: Setbacks Motivate Me Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
10/3/201616 minutes, 33 seconds
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95-When people make us uncomfortable

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Oftentimes, people can make us uncomfortable when it comes to their reactions to our blended families. Strangers can approach us with questions or stares. Simple outings to a park or restaurant can prompt reactions from others. Other times, an ex or even in laws can make us feel uncomfortable too. Some of this just comes with being part of a blended family, but we still need to know how to manage it, and how to not take it personally. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter  
9/26/201617 minutes, 33 seconds
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94-Dealing with difficult people

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Dealing with difficult people is a part of life. When a difficult person is part of your blended family, whether a partner, an ex spouse, a child or stepchild, things get more complicated. We cannot always cut that person from our life.  Instead we need to learn methods of how to deal with them, and how to manage our own emotions.   Also, another family interview! I speak with Matthew Cochran from Tampa Florida. He tells us all about his own blended family.   Check out his podcast, Beauty and the Beard here Check out his podcast, the MJC podcast  here Check out his facebook group called Tactical Dads here Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter  
9/19/201624 minutes, 56 seconds
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93-Using the law of attraction to create the blended family you want!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Cassie Parks is a best-selling author, champagne lover and lifestyle design strategist. Her passion is helping her clients create a life they love quickly and easily.   In this episode, she tells us how to use the law of attraction to create the blended family you’ve always dreamed of. Some topics we discuss What is the law of attraction (LOA) Cassie’s personal story of how LOA worked in her own life How we can use it to help our blended family Common mistakes and how to avoid them And much more! To connect with Cassie Parks: Visit her Website Manifest it Now Podcast Happily Ever After Podcast Connect with her on Facebook Connect with her on Twitter Connect with me: Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
9/12/201625 minutes, 43 seconds
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92-Ease back into the school year, plus another family interview!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Starting a new school year can be hard on kids, especially if they are starting a new school. There are ways we can help them ease into it, so they can have a successful year. My five top tips for this are Establish a routine Help them get organized Familiarize them with the school Monitor your own emotions Communicate regularly   Also listen to a new family interview with our listener Amy Osowski! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
8/29/201634 minutes, 28 seconds
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91-A break up story, with Lauren Jean

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Lauren Jean is a single momma, author, and podcast stylist. Thru her obsession with her own podcast and self development she discovered that teaching and connecting others are her superpowers. She is putting them to the test now through her signature program passion to pod which trains podcaster wanna be’s to voice their message through their very own podcast. Lauren is also a fellow listener, and joins the show to tell her personal break up story. She knows the pain of deciding to end a relationship and break up a blended family. She shares Her personal story Problematic issues in her relationship When she knew it was over How the break up affected the children And much much more   Lauren's story is hers only, and not intended to tell other families what to do. She is just here to tell us that sometimes things don’t work out, and life goes on. Connect with Lauren   Listen to her podcast on stitcher Listen to her podcast on itunes Connect on facebook Connect on Instagram Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
8/22/201637 minutes, 4 seconds
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90-Sibling Influence in the Blended Family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   In blended families, it’s common to be concerned about how all of the children will influence one another. Even though this is normal behavior, you still want to control it, because bad habits are not what we want our children picking up.   Also, listen in on our first family interview, where we learn more about one of our listeners and their blended family. This week we feature Debbie Harmon. If you are interested in participating in one of these interviews, please email me for more information.   Debbie's  blog Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
8/15/201625 minutes, 55 seconds
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89-Julie Lythcott-Haims, How to raise an adult

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Julie joins me on the show to talk about her book How to raise an adult: Break free of the overparenting trap and prepare your kid for success   Julie Lythcott-Haims served as Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising at Stanford University, where she received the Dinkelspiel Award for her contributions to the undergraduate experience. A mother of two teenagers, she has spoken and written widely on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, and her work has appeared on TEDx talks and in Forbes and the Chicago Tribune. She is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.   You will hear us talk about What motivated her to write the book Where this shift in parenting came from Why our children lack basic life skills Where the school system is failing us How to work with different parenting styles Why divorce causes overparenting How do we turn things around Damage that overparenting causes   Connect with Julie Visit her website Connect on personal facebook or book facebook Connect on personal  twitter or book twitter Buy the book Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
8/8/201638 minutes, 40 seconds
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88-Help! The kids are ruining my life!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Do you ever feel like your children are ruining your life? Or do you feel like they are ruining your dream of a perfect blended family? Parenting is hard, and managing a blended family is a huge challenge. We all struggle with feelings like this. Some of the issues you might be dealing with are Sleep deprivation Lack of spontaneity Lack of a social life Lack of sex life Unorganized home Health problems Career struggles Financial struggles Overpaying child support Manipulative children   Don’t struggle with guilt, we know you love your kids, but they just don’t make it easy sometimes! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
8/1/201625 minutes, 56 seconds
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87-Dealing with insecurities in the blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   It’s very common to struggle with insecurities in a blended family. Whether you are a bio parent, a stepparent, or a child, you all may experience some form of insecurity. In this episode, we will talk about the different types of insecurities, and what we can do to help eliminate them from our life. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
7/25/201619 minutes, 57 seconds
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86-Keeping your sanity in the summer

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   We all tend to feel a little insane over the summer, especially when managing a blended family! In this show I’ve got some tips for you to help you keep the kids busy, keep yourself calm, and stay sane while the kids are out of school! Listen to my interview on the BadBoy Breakthrough Podcast here Check out Lorna’s Badboy Breakthrough podcast on itunes Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
7/18/201621 minutes, 1 second
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85-Blended families and adult children

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   It’s not discussed as often, but many blended families struggle with issues pertaining to their adult children. Whether about financial concerns, splitting time, wills, or mistreatment of a partner, the issues are very different than what we deal with when children are young. In this episode, I’ll discuss some common struggles and what to do about them. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
7/11/201616 minutes, 5 seconds
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84-Don't focus on what you cannot change!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   There are things in our lives and blended families that frustrate us. Some of these things we have power to change, but many we do not. There’s no sense in focusing attention to the things we have no control over. In this episode I give you a simple exercise to help you determine what deserves your attention, and what doesn’t.   Create a master list of everything in your life that you you wish you could change or improve.   Then each item gets placed on one of three lists titled: Things I can change Things I might be able to change Things I cannot change   On the first two lists, write action steps for each item. These are things you can do to improve or change the situation. Then you implement those action steps in your life to create change!   The last list, you are going to put away, and drive all of your focus away from it. Focus all of your energy on the positive and on what you have the power to make better! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
7/4/201613 minutes, 44 seconds
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83-Kate Anthony, "Become a better you to become a better mom!"

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Kate Anthony is the incredible mom, coach, and personal development superstar behind “How To Not F*ck Up Your Kids.” Kate uses her 20+ years of personal and professional experience to help moms uplevel their emotional intelligence, become better parents and raise happier, healthier kids. With both her group and 1:1 programs, Kate offers her clients a breadth of expertise, tools, and skills for customized results that make the greatest impact on their lives.   In this interview, we cover Kate’s personal story The most common issues Kate's sees in her work Why blended families could really benefit from this program Why it’s so important to fix these issues Kate's coaching program Why she works mostly with women Kate’s manifesto Kate’s upcoming podcast   Check out Kate here Website Facebook Instagram Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
6/27/201628 minutes, 50 seconds
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82-Pulse Attack, plus Shawn joins me to talk about Father's Day

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   My husband Shawn joins me on this episode to discuss the recent Pulse shootings in our home state of Florida.   We also discuss Father’s Day, and Shawn gives some advice to other dad’s, and mom’s too! To Donate to Pulse victims GoFundMe #OrlandoStrong Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter  
6/20/201619 minutes, 9 seconds
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81-Coping with Conflict in the Blended Family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Dealing with conflict is a life skill that has less to do with resolving the problem, and more to do with how we handle it. Sometimes we can fix things, but when we can’t, we need to know how to cope and live our life. We can’t control others, only ourselves and how we deal with things. Blended families can be full of conflict, especially when dealing with exes. Learn some ways to manage conflict  in this episode. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
6/13/201618 minutes, 29 seconds
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80-Our Wedding, with Shawn Brown

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   My husband Shawn joins the show to discuss wedding details. We talk all about the recent nuptials including our most favorite and least favorite parts, our exes involvement, how we included the children in the ceremony, and much more. Plus Shawn helps me answer a listener question! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
6/6/201624 minutes, 14 seconds
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79-Celebrity Blended Families

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Celebrities are just like us! Many of them are balancing blended families, and on this show, I’ve got a list of ten for you.   Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Steve Harvey and Marjorie Bridges Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen Brad pitt and Angelina Jolie Terry and Rebecca Crews Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher Kris and Bruce Jenner Huffington post article about Jada Pinkett, click here Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter  
5/23/201612 minutes, 31 seconds
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78-Fixing Past Mistakes in the Blended Family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com We all make mistakes in blended families, and it’s important to learn how to grow and move past them. It’s never too late to start over. Some common mistakes we make in our family relationships are Thinking you’re always right Trying to change someone Pleasing others at the expense of yourself Expecting others to know what we want Not managing anger Not giving ourselves time Neglecting relationships Feeling guilty   Three steps for successfully fixing a mistake are Acknowledge the mistake Apologize for the mistake Learn and grow from the mistake Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter  
5/16/201619 minutes, 51 seconds
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77-Mother's Day Special, with guest Ami Brown

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com In honor of Mother’s Day, I am joined with Ami Brown, who is Shawn’s ex wife. We talk about all kinds of things, such as   Her personal story What it was like when we met Jealousy, and why it’s not helpful Her advice for bio moms Lessons she learned over the years Some listener questions Her career   Ami is an inspiring woman and a true example of what it should look like to be a bio mom in a blended family. My hope is that her story (and ours together) helps to inspire others to create a peaceful family.   Connect with Ami Shea Rose Photography website Shea Rose Photography Facebook page The Zen Den Facebook page Twitter @therealami You can also find her in our facebook group Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
5/9/201642 minutes, 31 seconds
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76-Author Jodi Womack, Get Momentum

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com JODI WOMACK is the CEO of the Get Momentum Leadership Academy and the founder of No More Nylons, a coaching program providing women business leaders with professional networking expertise. She co-founded Get Momentum with her husband, Jason so they could work together from anywhere in the world. Her firsthand experience in business management, marketing, and customer service gets put to good use through their training and coaching firm. Jodi and Jason’s new book titled, Get Momentum: How To Start When You’re Stuck (Wiley, 2016) comes out in May 2016. The Get Momentum book provides you with a process to make meaningful, proactive changes to improve how you approach starting projects that are stuck.   In this interview we discuss   Her personal story and why she wrote the book What kinds of things in our lives this book can help us with How the book can help a blended family What the five stages of momentum are How do we choose what to get started on What is the overall process of completing your goal Jodi’s online course Sign up for the Get Momentum newsletter and get more information about the book here Visit Jodi on Twitter Visit Jodi on Facebook Buy the book on Amazon Learn more about the Get Momentum Program For special bonus offer, click here Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
5/2/201630 minutes, 8 seconds
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75-Bringing a new baby into the blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Bringing a new baby into a blended family home is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many factors to consider when you choose to expand your family. There are steps you can take to make sure it is a smooth transition for everyone involved. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
4/25/201619 minutes, 14 seconds
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74-Abuse in the blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Abuse can be very damaging to a blended family, because there are more lives at stake. Instead of worrying about one family, we now have two we have to be concerned about. There are different types of abuse, which are physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual.   There are many factors that determine why people become abusers, and why others become victims. Getting help is essential in order to live a happy peaceful life, and to ensure that your kids live a happy life as well.   National Domestic Violence Hotline Website 1-800-799-7233   Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline Website 1-800-422-4453 Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
4/18/201618 minutes, 4 seconds
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73-Perspective of a child in a blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Back in September we did the perspective series, a month long series focusing on the perspective of people in the blended family. However, we never took into account the perspective of a child in the blended family home. Oftentimes we overlook a child’s feelings because we are too busy worrying about our own relationship and situation. Some common feelings a child may experience while being part of a divorce or a blended family are   Feeling like a divorce is their fault Wanting to know what really happened (why did my parents get divorced?) Wondering why their parent is acting different Wondering or hoping their parents will get back together Feeling like they will be replaced by their new stepparent or step siblings Struggling with feelings of not liking their new stepparent or step siblings Feeling like they are not getting enough attention Feeling like they don't have a say in anything that is happening in their life Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter  
4/11/201620 minutes
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72-Listener Questions

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   This week, I answer some listener questions.   If you want to send me a question for a future show, please email to me, message me in facebook, or send me an audio file via speakpipe. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
4/4/201619 minutes, 5 seconds
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71-Be a peacemaker in your home

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Do you want to create more peace in your home so that your blended family can live with ease? Learn how in this episode. I’ll give you some tips on how to become the peacemaker in your family, and how to help your children as well.   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
3/28/201615 minutes, 14 seconds
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70-Be a supportive partner

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   It’s essential to be supportive to you partner in any relationship, but it’s needed even more in a blended family. There are four key areas where support is important, which are parenting, work, lifestyle, and personal development.   Parenting Always backup your partner and be their teammate Support them emotionally through painful parenting moments Help with general parenting responsibilities   Work and business life Get interested in your partner's work Be emotionally supportive if they’ve had a tough day Be supportive of work relationships   Lifestyle Encourage and support activities or hobbies that bring your partner joy Be supportive of outside friendships Don’t get jealous of their friends   Personal Growth Encourage them when they succeed Help to hold them accountable Don’t  point out their failures Don’t try to derail them   Aside from this, it’s also a good idea to be a supportive stepparent and a supportive co parent to the ex, or other bio parent. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter  
3/21/201621 minutes, 16 seconds
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69-Blended Families in TV and Film

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Blended families have been portrayed in TV and film for many years. I’ve compiled a list of the most popular movies and shows you should check out with your own blended family!   In Television Brady Bunch Who’s the Boss Full House Drake and Josh The Foster’s Modern Family Life with Derek Step by Step Sister Sister Two and a half Men Different Strokes   In Film Brady Bunch Yours, Mine, and Ours Stepmom The Parent Trap Mrs. Doubtfire Step Brothers Elf Blended Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
3/14/201612 minutes, 38 seconds
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68- Sex Positivity Part 2-Children and their sexual identity

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Many adolescents struggle with their sexual identity.  If they identify as bisexual, lesbian, gay, or transexual, it can be much easier for them if they come from a home that is sex positive.   Blended families can be harder for a child to reveal their sexual identity to, as there are more people involved, each whom may have a differing opinion. It’s important for the entire family to come together and support the child in the coming out process. Learn more about the It Gets Better Project click here   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
3/7/201622 minutes, 3 seconds
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67-Sex Positivity Part 1, Fostering open communication about sex in your blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Do you have a home that is sex positive? Do you even know what that means? Raising children comes with lots of questions, especially when it comes to sex. How much are we supposed to say? Should we tell the truth? We are living in quite a different world now than when we were young. Homes that are blended have a bit more of a challenge, as both sides need to decide what is right for their family. There are many benefits to being a sex positive parent, and many ways in which you can achieve it! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
2/29/201620 minutes, 47 seconds
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66-Balancing business and a blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Learning to balance both business and family life can be challenging, but even more so in the blended family. If you don’t get it right, you can end up being overwhelmed or filled with guilt and regret. Some tips I have for you in this show include… give yourself some downtime schedule family time phone free dinners leave work at work delegate use a calendar effectively do the most important things first multi tasking is not always best be patient and ask for patience Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
2/22/201617 minutes, 56 seconds
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65-Jealousy in the blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Jealousy is a normal human emotion, but sometimes it can interfere with our relationships. It is very common in the blended family to struggle with feelings of jealousy when it comes to your partner's ex spouse or their children. Some common types of jealousy blended families face are   jealousy of the partner's ex spouse and their history together jealousy of the partner's ex spouse and their current relationship as co parents jealousy of spouse and their relationship with their children jealousy of spouse and the time they spend with their children jealousy of spouse life outside of the family, including friends and work overall jealousy of spouse regarding trust   In this episode I break those down for you in hopes to help you overcome them.   There are also 5 helpful tips to remember when trying to overcome jealousy   trust and believe in your partner understand that jealousy comes from within don’t compare yourself to others stop the endless stories in your mind communicate Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter
2/15/201622 minutes, 22 seconds
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64-Simple ways to connect with your partner

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   When Valentine's Day comes once a year, it reminds us of the importance of connecting with our partner. However, we don’t need to wait until Valentine's Day to connect. There are simple things we can do every day to show our partner we care for them and to help us stay connected. In this week’s episode, I have 20 easy things you can do! Complement one another Kiss Send your partner a card Give gifts Make eye contact Have date nights Cook together Take interest in something your partner likes Couples massage Laugh together Shower together Leave each other love notes Cuddle Acts of service Flirt Exercise together Send texts when you’re apart Play together Make time for intimacy Take 10 minutes a day to talk www.5lovelanguages.com Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
2/8/201620 minutes, 15 seconds
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63-Interview with Susan Sexton

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Judge Susan Sexton is the host of the 50 Shades of Divorce podcast. She has been on both sides,as she has been a judge, and she has also experienced her own divorce. In this interview we discuss…   Susan’s own journey what to expect from her podcast common court issues from divorce mistakes couples make process of divorce hiring an attorney judge selection state laws   To connect with Susan, please use the links below Website Facebook Podcast Website www.findlaw.com Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
2/1/201626 minutes, 48 seconds
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62-Dispelling the myths of the blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Do you ever get frustrated when people pass judgement on you just because you have a blended family? Or do you sometimes realize that you have your own misconceptions about your blended family? In this episode I talk about some of those and what to do about it. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
1/25/201615 minutes, 47 seconds
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61-Meditation with Chel Hamilton Part 2

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com This is the second part of the meditation podcast that we started last week with expert Chel Hamilton. She created a special meditation mini just for us. Connect with Chel and hear all of her podcasts www.meditationminis.com Donate to my cupid run www.blendedfamilypodcast.com/cupid Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
1/18/201613 minutes, 22 seconds
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60-Meditation with Chel Hamilton

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Connect with Chel Hamilton Website Twitter   In this interview, I speak with Chel Hamilton, host of the Meditaion Mini’s Podcast. She teaches us all about the practice of meditation. In this show, we discuss Chels own story with meditation what is a guided meditation how to overcome feelings of discomfort how do we find the time to meditate proper methods or practices of meditation physical and mental benefits of meditation how to help children learn a practice of meditation   and more. Chel is creating a special guided meditation just for blended families, which will be next week’s episode. In the meantime, please check out Chel Hamilton using the links below. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
1/11/201628 minutes, 15 seconds
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59-Healthy Habits for the New Year

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com The beginning of the year is a great time to set new goal, or healthy habits for the year to come. In this show, I tell you how to set those goals, plus I give you many ideas to get you started. I encourage you to make your own list of specific, measurable, and realistic goals. My list here are the ideas mentioned in the show.   financial goals fitness goals nutrition goals family goals connect with people cut stress have more couples time practice being nicer practice gratitude watch less TV become more organized don't overextend yourself do things for yourself   Please share your goals with me! I’d love to hear about them! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
1/4/201619 minutes, 29 seconds
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58-Stop Arguing With Your Kids!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Arguing with your kids is a part of parenting that we all could do without. Children are great at it, and they do it to use their power. You can have a more peaceful home by learning how to diffuse these arguments.   My ten tips Don't argue back Learn to walk away Provide choices Encourage Communication Model good behavior Set boundaries Learn to compromise Only discuss the issue at hand Let your child walk away Learn how to recover from the argument Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
12/21/201516 minutes, 21 seconds
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57- A Parents Worst Nightmare

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Update on our son, who was recently in a car accident Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
12/14/201511 minutes, 42 seconds
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56- Don't put your children in the middle!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Putting children in the middle is one of the biggest mistakes we make as divorced parents. Whether it’s intentional or accidental, it always hurts the children. There are reasons why we do this and some very common mistakes we make. Children always pay the price. Protect your children by learning to avoid this common pitfall, your children will thank you for it! Pledge to help parents from putting kids in the middle of their divorce, from www.achievesolutions.net   click here   Periscope- open app and search 1blendedfamily Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
12/7/201521 minutes, 17 seconds
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55-Religion and the blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com A big issue that blended families face is when each family comes from a different religious background. Though certainly not a deal breaker, this can definitely cause some upset in the family, whether from ex partners, or in the current situation. I’ll give you some tips on how to deal with an ex, and also go over some common challenges. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
11/30/201516 minutes, 50 seconds
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54-Special guest, Shawn's first appearance on the show!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com As I am very close to my year anniversary of doing the podcast, I thought it would be fitting to have Shawn, my number one supporter, on the show. If you want to get to know my other half, please listen in as we talk about our differing parenting styles Shawns past anger issues communication importance of quality time our engagement story other listener questions If you enjoy hearing Shawn on the show, please send us some feedback on the group page or email. Thank you for listening!   For the reality television show opportunity, email here Please include name, contact info, a photo, and a  brief description of your family Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
11/23/201531 minutes, 25 seconds
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53-Helping a child through the loss of a parent

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Helping a child through the loss of a parent can be very difficult. There are many things you can do to help support your child/children through a traumatic loss like this, such as keep your personal feelings out of it don't speak negatively about the parent who has passed get the child therapy communicate with the child don't rush the child make a memorial space for the child in their room keep your child active talk to their teachers at school keep the child’s life as stable as possible teach the stepsiblings proper behavior making sure the stepparent plays an active role   Understand that the death of your child’s other parent is not only going to impact your child, but your life as well, and every member of your blended family. Your spare time, financial situation, and your responsibilities will be altered. This is a hard life lesson, but with an entire family's support, a child can still thrive. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
11/16/201518 minutes, 41 seconds
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52- Hacks to save you time and money!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Every blended family can benefit from learning simple tips to save time and money. In this show, I go over my top ten tips of each!   Tips to save time Food Prep Prepare things the night before Delegate chores and responsibilities Exercise at home Online shopping Follow a cleaning schedule, or hire someone Wake up earlier Use your schedule wisely Split tasks with your partner Learn to say no   And the tips to save money Make a list and stick to it Food shop only once a week Shop at bulk stores Repurpose clothing Shop at thrift or secondhand stores Use coupon apps Barter Services Keep your credit cards low Borrow instead of buy Cut down on bills where you can.   Have any tips to share? Please add them in the comments section or in our facebook group! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
11/9/201518 minutes, 54 seconds
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51-Moving Past Affairs

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com In cases of infidelity, having a blended family can certainly add more complications to the mix. Whether you’re struggling with the knowledge of a past affair or going through it now in your current relationship, this episode can help. Cheating doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. There are ways to move forward past infidelity and go on to have a successful relationship. We will also talk about some do’s and don't’s, and how to deal with family members. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
11/2/201519 minutes, 11 seconds
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50-Love your Blended Family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Sometimes we get so caught up in negativity that we lose sight of what's wonderful right in front of us. Blended families are stressful, and we can forget all the blessings that they do bring us. Let me show you how to change your mindset, improve your mood, love and appreciate your blended family! When you change your focus, anything is possible.   Ten things to help improve your mood. Eat well Exercise Breathe or meditate Change your surroundings Listen to music Communicate Smile Make a checklist Do something you like Be thankful Listen to my happy song here! Check out the 2houses app here! www.2houses.com Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
10/26/201520 minutes, 34 seconds
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49-The Unique Challenges of Joint Custody

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Joint custody arrangements are becoming much more the norm in modern divorce. For those that have joint custody arrangements, you know that there are many challenges you must face. To start, we discuss the difference between joint physical and joint legal custody, and some factors in making that decision.   We also discuss some challenges you might face such as communication scheduling parental influence transportation effects on the new blended family   And finally, I leave you with my 5 tips for having success with joint custody, which are communicate keep the focus on the kids don’t sweat the small stuff have realistic expectations adjust your agreement if necessary   This topic idea comes from our loyal listener Scott! Thank you ! If you have a topic you want me to cover, please email me!   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
10/19/201522 minutes, 24 seconds
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48-Create Confident Kids with Marty Ward

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Marty L Ward is championing the movement to Create Confident Kids. When a 10 yr old little girl hung herself rather than face the bully back in 2011, Marty said, “ENOUGH!” Despite all our school regulations and “Anti-Bullying” and “Stop Bullying” campaigns, 4,400 students commit suicide each year, and 160,000 are absent every day due to fear of confronting the bully. Fed up with the rising statistics, Marty looked for an answer. Influenced by leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Mother Theresa, Marty designed a Create Confident Kids to Eliminate Bullying Program with a whole new twist: it focuses on what we do want – Confident Kids – rather than on what we don’t want – more bullying.   In this interview, we talk about Marty’s story why bullying is so prevalent today bullying in the blended family signs to look for to see if your child is being bullied how to help a child who is being bullied what to do if your child is a bully Marty’s Create Confident Kids program, and why it works Bullying workshops Marty’s Links Website Email Facebook Twitter Call 321-848-4997 Join the Workshop What every Parent needs to know about Bullying in 2015“3 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Kid to Successfully Deal with the Bully" Oct 21st   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
10/12/201533 minutes, 6 seconds
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47-PTSD in the Blended Family, Interview with Michele Rosenthal

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Michele Rosenthal is an award-winning PTSD blogger, bestselling and award-nominated author, host of the radio program, Changing Direction, and founder of HealMyPTSD.com. A former faculty member of the Clinical Development Institute for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, Michele is also a trauma survivor who struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over twenty-five years. Then, she launched a successful “healing rampage.” Michele has been 100% free of PTSD symptoms for almost a decade. Her most recent book is Heal Your PTSD: Dynamic Strategies that Work. Michele and I have a conversation on PTSD, and how this can affect your blended family.   We talk about her personal story dealing with PTSD the challenges of PTSD in a blended family recovery process going on a healing rampage how joy helps overcome PTSD what holds survivors back from healing their PTSD how family can help one cope with PTSD and more Michele’s links Website Facebook Twitter Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
10/5/201531 minutes, 47 seconds
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46-Perspective Series Part 4-Bio Dad

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Part four and the last of the perspectives series. Are you a bio dad who wants to know if what you are feeling is normal? Are you a mom who wants to know where the bio dad in your life is coming from? Listen to this show to gain some perspective and insight from bio dads who really want to be heard.   Here are some important questions we address what’s the biggest challenge you face as a bio dad? what’s the thing you love most about being a bio dad? what’s one thing you wish you could tell your partner about your role? what’s one thing you wish you could tell your partner's ex about your role? what’s one thing you wish you could change about your blended family?   Hope you enjoyed all four of the shows this month on perspective! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
9/28/201518 minutes, 41 seconds
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45-Perspective Series Part 3-Stepdad

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Part three of the perspectives series. Are you a stepdad who wants to know if what you are feeling is normal? Are you a mom who wants to know where the stepdad in your life is coming from? Listen to this show to gain some perspective and insight from stepdads who really want to be heard.   Here are some important questions we address what’s the biggest challenge you face as a stepdad? what’s the thing you love most about being a stepdad? what’s one thing you wish you could tell your partner about your role? what’s one thing you wish you could tell your partner's ex about your role? what’s one thing you wish you could change about your blended family?   Join me for the next show where we talk about perspective from a bio dad! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
9/21/201516 minutes, 24 seconds
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44-Perspective Series, Part 2-Bio Mom

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Part two of the perspectives series. Are you a bio mom who wants to know if what you are feeling is normal? Are you a step parent who wants to know where the bio mom in your life is coming from? Listen to this show to gain some perspective and insight from bio moms who really want to be heard.   Here are some important questions we address what’s the biggest challenge you face as a bio mom? what’s the thing you love most about being a bio mom? what’s one thing you wish you could tell your partner about your role? what’s one thing you wish you could tell your partner's ex about your role? what’s one thing you wish you could change about your blended family?   Join me for the next two shows where we talk about perspective from a step dad and bio dad! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
9/14/201519 minutes, 9 seconds
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43-Perspective Series, Part 1-Stepmom

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Part one of the perspectives series. Are you a stepmom who wants to know if what you are feeling is normal? Are you a bio parent who wants to know where the stepmom in your life is coming from? Listen to this show to gain some perspective and insight from stepmoms who really want to be heard.   Here are some important questions we address what’s the biggest challenge you face as a stepmom? what’s the thing you love most about being a stepmom? what’s one thing you wish you could tell your partner about your role? what’s one thing you wish you could tell your partner's ex about your role? what’s one thing you wish you could change about your blended family?   Join me for the next three shows where we talk about perspective from bio mom, step dad, and bio dad! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
9/7/201523 minutes, 9 seconds
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42-Back to school Tips

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Sending the kids back to school is always a transition. You want to set up for success, and have that transition go as smooth as possible. I share my top ten tips for a successful school year, which are   Establish routines Use alarm clocks Set designated homework times and areas Use family calendars Be smart about meal planning Teach your kids time management skills Talk about head lice prevention Keep the kids healthy Correspond with your ex Communicate with your children   Listen to the show for more details so you and your children can have a great year! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
8/31/201515 minutes, 29 seconds
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41-Establishing boundaries in the blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Setting proper boundaries is essential in the blended family home. Everyone needs to know what is acceptable and what is not in order to maintain some kind of peace in the home. Some tips on setting boundaries include doing so from the beginning, holding family meetings, and practicing good communication.   If you’re wondering who needs boundaries, well everyone. Though you will find the most necessary boundaries are set with the children, the ex spouses, and the in laws (or ex in laws).  Each of those types require different types of boundaries, and they are unique to your family. The happiness of the family and especially the children lies in practicing this boundary setting often! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
8/24/201522 minutes, 28 seconds
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40-Listener Questions

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com This show is all about you! I answer some listener questions! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
8/17/201519 minutes, 36 seconds
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39-Family Contracts

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Family Contracts can be very helpful in the blended family. When children move from home to home, behavior and rules can get a little out of control. Contracts can help get everyone on the same page. There are many different types of contracts that you can draw up, depending on the child and what their specific needs are. Some examples are a cell phone contract, a driving contract, a behavioral contract, or a chore/reward contract. Listen to the show for details on exactly how to be successful using this method. For the cell phone contract www.joshshipp.com Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
8/10/201521 minutes, 2 seconds
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38-What to do if your relationship is ending

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Ending a relationship is a very hard decision to make, especially if you have a blended family. Lots of lives are affected by your decisions. If you and your partner come to the realization that the relationship is not working, there are some tips to help you get through the process more smoothly.   Make sure this is definitely what you want Don’t repeat previous mistakes or old patterns Learn from this experience Talk to the kids openly and honestly Set up a visitation schedule Do not get the kids involved in the drama For the reality show opportunity contact Angelo Ierace [email protected] [email protected] Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
8/3/201516 minutes, 8 seconds
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37-Decoding Teenagers-Interview with Dr Jennifer Wider, author of Got Teens

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Dr. Jennifer Wider is a women's health expert, author and radio host who frequently appears on television shows including the Today Show, CBS News, and ABC News Nightline.  She is the author of 4 books including her most recent: Got Teens, the Doctor Moms' Guide to Sexuality, Social Media and Other Adolescent Realities, w/ Dr. Logan Levkoff.  She is a medical adviser to Cosmopolitan Magazine and has written hundreds of articles for a variety of publications.  But of out of all of these, her best accomplishments are her 3 children: ages 13, 9 and 4.   In this interview, we focus on teenagers and discuss the importance of open communication and how to achieve it changes in their personality managing different rules and structure from home to home how blended families can bond with angsty teenagers how stepparents can bond with teenage stepchildren social media and cell phone contracts peer pressure sex and drugs some listener questions If you loved listening to Dr. Jennifer Wider, here are her links: Twitter Website Buy the Book Here Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
7/27/201552 minutes, 44 seconds
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36-Teens and Social Media

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   These days our children are exposed to more than they should be, and most exposure is due to social media. Teenagers spend the majority of their time with their faces buried in their phones. This is truly frustrating for parents. The choice whether to get your child that smartphone or not is yours as their parent, but you should be aware of what it entails before you make that decision. Most importantly, certain rules should be set before even giving your child that phone. We aren’t going to be able to stop social media, but at least we can gain knowledge about it in order to keep our children safe. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   www.makelovenotporn.com  
7/20/201519 minutes, 14 seconds
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35-Your Role as a Step Parent

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Being a stepparent can be hard, and sometimes confusing as well. It’s hard to know how much you can say or do, or how much you can involve yourself in the life of the child. In this episode, I go over some do’s and dont’s to help you in your role as a stepparent.   For the donts Dont badmouth Dont be a disciplinarian Dont be a replacement parent Don’t take things personal Don’t expect everything to be perfect.   And the Do’s Do communicate with your spouse Do start slow Do give our spouse alone time with their children Do get involved in your step kids lives Do create new traditions Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe   Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
7/13/201516 minutes, 33 seconds
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34-Health and wellness in your blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Keeping your blended family healthy can be a challenge. As children shuffle from home to home, they can can also bring their illness from home to home. We can’t always control the other home environment where our children live when they aren’t with us. We can only teach them the importance of healthy eating and exercise. In this episode I share tips and challenges. I also get into the benefits of using essential oils to improve your family’s health. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   For the essential oils www.mydoterra.com/melissamarks [email protected]  
7/6/201517 minutes, 43 seconds
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33-Forgiveness in the blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Forgiveness is something that is necessary in all families. Blended families will not be as successful if we cannot learn how forgive others. It is also extremely important to teach our children how to do this. These nine steps were taken from www.learningtoforgive.com   Know exactly how you feel about what happened and be able to articulate what about the situation is not OK. Then, tell a trusted couple of people about your experience. Make a commitment to yourself to do what you have to do to feel better. Forgiveness is for you and not for anyone else. Forgiveness does not necessarily mean reconciliation with the person that hurt you, or condoning of their action. What you are after is to find peace. Forgiveness can be defined as the “peace and understanding that come from blaming that which has hurt you less, taking the life experience less personally, and changing your grievance story.” Get the right perspective on what is happening. Recognize that your primary distress is coming from the hurt feelings, thoughts and physical upset you are suffering now, not what offended you or hurt you two minutes – or ten years – ago. Forgiveness helps to heal those hurt feelings. At the moment you feel upset practice a simple stress management technique to soothe your body’s flight or fight response. Give up expecting things from other people, or your life, that they do not choose to give you. Recognize the “unenforceable rules” you have for your health or how you or other people must behave. Remind yourself that you can hope for health, love, peace and prosperity and work hard to get them. Put your energy into looking for another way to get your positive goals met than through the experience that has hurt you. Instead of mentally replaying your hurt seek out new ways to get what you want. Remember that a life well lived is your best revenge. Instead of focusing on your wounded feelings, and thereby giving the person who caused you pain power over you, learn to look for the love, beauty and kindness around you. Forgiveness is about personal power. Amend your grievance story to remind you of the heroic choice to forgive. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Other links www.learningtoforgive.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com/article for the HuffPost article
6/29/201518 minutes, 16 seconds
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32-Father's Day Special with Justin Worsham

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Don’t miss this awesome Father’s Day Special, with special guest, Justin Worsham. Justin has a thriving career as a comedian, and is now cultivating a radio career. His podcast, called The Dad Podcast, is rising to the top of the charts! In this interview we discuss   Justin’s role as a stay at home, working parent His relationship with his own dad Incorporating humor into parenting The Dad Podcast Some parenting struggles Some personal information about Justin   Here at the the Blended Family Podcast, we want to wish all of the dad’s out there a very special Father’s Day. Please share this episode with the special father’s in your life!   Here’s how you can connect with Justin Worsham! Website Podcast Twitter   To connect with me! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
6/21/201531 minutes, 1 second
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31-Summer with your Blended Family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Summer is here, school is out! What are you going to do with your blended family? It can be hard to coordinate schedules over the summer and also keep them busy. What can you do so you don’t hear the constant “I’m bored?” I’ll give you just a few tips in this short episode, as I’m getting ready to take a small trip before the chaos of summer arrives! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
6/15/20159 minutes, 40 seconds
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30-Feeling Unappreciated in the Blended Family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com There are many roles we play in our blended families, and sometimes we can feel unappreciated for all that we do. There are five main categories or roles that we feel unappreciated in.   Stepparent Parent Partner Child New partner (unappreciated by partner’s ex)   Proper communication can help, by expressing to your family what your needs are. Most of us have these feelings at one point or another. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
6/8/201514 minutes, 54 seconds
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29-Raise the Child You Were Given

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   It is very common as parents to compare our own children to other children. This comparison hinders us from truly seeing the positive qualities in a child. We need to accept, love, and embrace our kids for who they are, positive and negative. Blended families can struggle with this, as suddenly there are other kids in the home, and often we cannot help but to compare our biological children to our stepchildren. It is our human nature to do this, but it’s important to try not to for the sake of your child, and for your own sanity. You can make a conscious effort to stop comparing, love your children for who they are, and focus on their positive qualities. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
6/1/201515 minutes, 26 seconds
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28-Escaping Perfectionism

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Perfectionism is something that many people struggle with. When it comes to a blended family, we can feel pressure to have the “perfect” family. This, of course, is an unrealistic expectation.   In this episode, we discuss the questions to ask yourself to determine if you are a perfectionist, examples of what perfectionism looks like in a blended family, and what steps you can take to overcome perfectionism, which involve recognition and forgiveness self dialogue surrender sense of humor   Perfectionism is definitely something that can improve over time, thereby improving your quality of life, and the quality of all of your relationships. anxietybc.com   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
5/25/201515 minutes, 34 seconds
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27-Before you call it quits

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com In almost all relationships, at some point or another, couples are faced with a decision to end a relationship or stick it out. The stresses of a blended family can really put an extra strain on a relationship. Before you decide to end a relationship, and affect not only your lives, but the lives of your children, there are some important 5 key factors to look at.   length of the relationship overall quality of the relationship how many children are involved, and how would they feel if there were a breakup how many years before you are empty nesters what type of issues are you having, and can they be resolved   Listen to the episode to learn what should not be a cause of a breakup, and also what types of fears should not hold you back! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
5/18/201517 minutes, 27 seconds
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26-Mother's Day Special with Lauren Jean, the Momma's Coach!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   In this episode, we celebrate MOMS! It doesn’t matter if you are a biological mom, a step mom, a grandmother, or a step grandmother. In this show, I interview Lauren Jean, a fellow podcaster, who is all about helping moms! Some things we discuss are   Laurens podcast what moms struggle with creating time in your day how to not neglect our own needs stress management self care Want to connect with Lauren? Here are her links! website podcast instagram facebook Connect with me here Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
5/10/201524 minutes, 8 seconds
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25-Top Tips for Keeping your Blended Family Close

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com I asked the listeners to help me compile a list of 25 top tips for bringing their blended family closer together, for this special milestone episode. Listen in to hear everyone’s fabulous ideas, plus a few of my own! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
5/4/201514 minutes
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24-When Your Partner Hates Your Child

  [email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com When your partner hates your child (or you hate your partners child), it can make your relationship seem impossible. The first step is acknowledging that this is going on. Then it’s important to validate one another’s feelings. Hatred is a strong emotion, and is usually coming from someplace. With understanding and communication, this doesn’t have to ruin your relationship. Family counseling can help, and sometimes just time can help. Listen to this episode for some tips on how to deal with this difficult situation.   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe   Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com    
4/27/201516 minutes, 17 seconds
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23-A Dangerous Situation

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   This episode is focused around a listener question, who wants to know how to deal with a very serious, dangerous situation in her life. In many cases, people are dealing with an ex partner who is dangerous to the well being of their child. This can mean abuse, addiction, or mental illness. In this case, our listener is dealing with something unimaginable. Click  here  for the mentioned interview with Heather Rampolla and Christina Roach   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
4/20/201516 minutes, 2 seconds
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22-When your Teenager Decides to Move Out

  [email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com When your child decides they want to move out of your home, and in with their other biological parent, it can turn your world upside down. On this episode, we will talk about why this happens, and what you can do about it. I will also share with you a little of my personal story.   In blended families, this can turn into a situation that affects everyone in the entire home. It’s important to understand that this often has nothing to do with you, but entirely to do with the child. Teenagers, especially, are on their own agenda. They will do whatever they can to get what they want. In a traditional, biological home, they don’t have much of a choice. In the divorced home, it’s often very easy to choose the other home when things get uncomfortable for them.   I also share a listener question! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
4/13/201519 minutes
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21-Grandparents and Their Role in the Blended Family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com In a traditional family setting, with two parents and their biological children, there are usually two sets of grandparents.  In the blended family, there are at least one or more additional sets of grandparents involved.  This can be difficult to navigate, especially if you don’t have cooperation from the grandparents. Becoming step grandparents may be a role that they weren’t prepared for, and maybe never even thought about.  Once placed in that situation, grandparents often have a hard time rising to the challenge.   In this episode, we will address the reasons why step grandparents struggle with their new role, and what you can do to help them along.  We will also talk about what grandparents should be doing, and what they may be doing wrong.   With time and patience, relationships between step grandparents and their step grandchildren can flourish. There is a special place in every blended family for grandparents. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
4/6/201516 minutes, 53 seconds
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20-Interview with Christina Roach, founder of Success for Steps

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   On this episode, I have a conversation with specialist Christina Roach   Christina Roach is President and Founder of Success for Steps®, a resource for stepfamilies, and specializes in working with individuals in "step" relationships. She is a certified Stepfamily Foundation Master Coach and is a recognized Stepfamily Professional by the National Stepfamily Resource Center. In addition, she is a licensed psychotherapist, a National Certified Counselor and a Distance Credentialed Counselor. She's been featured in both national print and broadcast media, including Ebony Magazine and NBC's Daytime. And she's a contributing writer for StepMom Magazine. Christina has a private practice in Tampa, Florida, and offers phone and webcam coaching for those living outside the area.   Some things we discuss in this episode are her Success for Steps program biggest issues blended families face how to overcome difficulties with exes couple arguing over children relationships between step siblings teenagers how to bring your blended family closer benefits of professional counseling   Here is how you can connect with Christina Take her survey here Success for Steps website Christina’s facebook Christina’s twitter Christina’s LinkedIn To connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
3/30/201548 minutes, 9 seconds
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19-Focus on Education

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   In this day and age, it’s become harder for our children to focus on, and be successful in their education.  The world is a different place now than when we were of school age. Blended families have some extra difficulties with this, especially due to time sharing between two homes.  In this episode we discuss   distractions from social media exposure to sex and drugs problems with smartphones family dynamics and structure in the present time homeschooling scheduling in homework family time sharing and playing fair project sharing teaching your child responsibility   No matter what, it’s essential to do everything you can to help your child succeed! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
3/23/201519 minutes, 46 seconds
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18-Time outs are for adults too!

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com We often hear of children needing to take a timeout for bad behavior.  Did you ever think of an adult taking a time out?  It can actually be extremely helpful and effective in certain situations. Taking a timeout is essential in times where your anger level is about to reach it’s peak.  Separate yourself before you lose control and say things you may regret later on.  During this time you can focus on your breathing to calm yourself, which will help you deal with whatever situation has come up, in a much calmer state.   Other times when a timeout is useful is if you are feeling depressed, overwhelmed, depleted, or anxious. Find activities that bring you peace and relaxation.  Some ideas are a hot bath, reading a book, doing some yoga, or taking a nap.   These time out sessions do not have to be long, but they can be.  It’s healthy to figure out when you may need one, and also healthy as a behavior for the children to model. When you get used to doing this, it’s imperative to schedule in regular time during your day, week, and month, for some “you” time.  As parents, we can get stressed out and lose our joy if we aren’t taking the time to nurture ourselves! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
3/16/201515 minutes, 32 seconds
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17-Difficult and Manipulative Children in the Blended Family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Raising difficult or manipulative children is so challenging, especially in a blended family home. In cases of divorce, these children are adept at working the parents against one another to get whatever it is that they want.  This behavior can cause lasting damage on the family and your relationship with your partner.   The key to success in helping a difficult child is to determine if there is a medical or psychological cause for their behavior. There are many options to get them the help they need.  If a cause is not determined, there are methods of behavior modification in the home that you can use.   While taking care of the difficult child’s needs, you mustn’t neglect yourself, your partner, or the other children in the home.  There are coping strategies that can help you all keep your sanity.  All children must grow up someday, and so this season in your life will pass.  Take care of your own mental and physical well being so you can be there for the family who depends on you! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
3/9/201518 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 16-Bonding Part 2-Step Siblings

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Every parent hopes and wishes all of their children get along.  Biological children are built with a special bond with their siblings, whereas step siblings do not automatically have this.  In the blended family, we want to encourage the step siblings to form bonds and relationships with one another for a strong family dynamic.     Depending on the ages of the children, there are different ways to accomplish this.  You want to first try to find common ground between them, and arrange activities they can do together that they enjoy.  Sports are good, playing games, or doing projects together are just some ideas. You can also plan family activities that include everyone, such as a trip to the beach, or a picnic.     The process of bonding can take years, and it is not something that can be forced.  The more opportunities they have to be together, the better the process should be.  There are times when children just will not like one another, and if this is happening in your family, don’t take it personal.  Your relationship with your partner should not be affected by this.  Their step sibling bond will change and evolve over time, and you and your partner need to allow them the space to maintain their own relationships.     Please comment on the show notes if you have any ideas or suggestions relating to this topic! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
3/2/201514 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 15-Maintaining Intimacy with Sibel Guelseren

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   This episode is all about maintaining intimacy with your partner while managing a blended family.  It can be so hard to do!   Listen to my conversation with Sibel Guelseren. Sibel is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Board Certified Addictions Professional, Board Certified Sex Therapist, and Life Coach with over 15 years in Experience.  Sibel earned a Master of Education Degree and a Specialist in Education Degree, both specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Florida. She is also a Graduate of CoachU's 3-year prestigious Coaching Program and works with clients on various life and work issues. She is an Approved Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapist Interns.        Sibel and I talk about many issues that blended families face sexually, such as   high stress levels interfering with sex life scheduling sex how to manage privacy issues how to keep things exciting and fun communicating about sex sexual compatibility past sexual trauma when to seek professional help If you want to contact Sibel Guelseren, use the following By phone at 386-334-3777 Website www.anewcounseling.net   Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
2/23/201528 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 14-Bonding Part 1-Stepparent and Stepchild

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com It is so important to bond with your stepchildren.  Your stepchildren will always be a part of your partners life, therefore will be a part of yours.  We are all built with an innate quality to love and cherish our children unconditionally.  We don’t have the same built in feelings about stepchildren.  The relationship with our stepchildren needs work to grow.     Age plays a big role in how we bond with stepchildren.     Elementary school kids are easiest to adapt to their parents new partner.  At this age, children are less judgemental and more willing to give and receive love.  The best ways to bond with children this age are to do a lot of talking and listening.  Discipline is also essential at this age to help establish respect and boundaries.  Other ideas are to play together, take part in their daily rituals, or bake something in the kitchen.  Love, interest, and attention is what they need to help form a bond.   Pre teens and teenagers are an entirely different situation when it comes to establishing bonds.  They can hardly bond with their own biological parents at this age.  If they are being difficult, you can’t force a bond.  What you can do is gently attempt to connect. Try to engage or start lighthearted conversations, make them a favorite meal, and take an interest in their life.  Don’t be discouraged by a moody or angry teenager.  They will grow up, and most likely will appreciate your previous efforts.   Adult children who are over 18 can be harder to bond with, as they will be moved on and involved in their own lives at this point.  Honor the relationship they have formed with your partner over the years.  You can invite them over for holidays and dinners to get opportunities to get to know them better.     If everything you try does not result in a successful stepparent and stepchild relationship, your relationship with your partner doesn’t need to suffer.  Everyone in the home should always maintain a level of respect towards one another as a rule.  Therapy is a useful tool, and sometimes time makes all the difference.  Never give up on trying to bond as a family unit, and working on the special bond between a stepparent and stepchild. Join the private Facebook group Listen and rate/review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
2/16/201516 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 13-Healthy Communication in a blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Healthy communication is an essential part of any relationship, not only those in blended families.  However, in the blended family, communication is key to success.  It is important for all members of the family to communicate, not just the parents.  I have three tips for healthy communication, which are Communication is NOT Confrontation Be open and honest Listen   1. Communication is not confrontation.  This means that when you communicate, it does not need to be a fight, but rather a discussion back and forth.  It is important to bring down those defensive walls and allow the space for calm talking.     2. Be open and honest.  This seems simple.  We need to tell the truth, to ourselves, and our partners.  Hiding one’s true feelings only builds anger and resentment.  We need to be able to tell the people we love what is on our mind so we can resolve any issues.  When it comes to the children, it is also important to keep the lines of communication open.  This will become especially important as they enter into the teenage years.   3. Listen.  Instead of thinking of the next thing you want to say, you must actually listen to the person as they are speaking to you.  This seems obvious, but so many of us are not fully paying attention in our daily conversations.  This includes our children, who we often have a tendency to tune out sometimes.     Here are some other ideas to try to encourage healthy communication.   For a shy child who keeps their feelings to themselves, purchase a special notebook just for the two of you to share, where they can ask a question, or talk about their feelings.   Practice repeating back information you are given for effective communication.  So when someone voices a complaint, you repeat back what they are saying so they know you are truly engaged with them.   Last, do not use the children as messengers to deliver information to an ex.  This is unfair, confusing, and usually causes a problem.  Communication with an ex should be done just with you and your ex, whether by speaking, email, or text.   You will find that your family will thrive when you can achieve healthy communication.  It is something that you must continuously work on, but it is so worth it in the long run.   Please join the blended family community! Listen and rate/review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to [email protected] Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
2/9/201517 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 12-Interview with Heather Rampolla-Health and Meal time in a blended family

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Dont miss this great interview with Heather Rampolla!   Heather Rampolla is stepmom to two teenage daughters, host of Fresh Eats Radio and creator of Fresh Eats Detox. She helps busy moms, wives & entrepreneurs rid of overwhelm when trying to eat healthy… you know, like picky eaters, or fitting in real foods when you’re managing a busy schedule. She teaches you how to easily add in more of the good stuff so you can look good & feel good. Heather has been featured in Mind Body Green, Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Wellness Revolution, Organic Eats Magazine, Real Foods Witch, The Mogul Mom, and more.   Blended Families face extra challenges when it comes to feeding a family and being healthy.  Kids are bouncing back and forth from home to home, which makes it really hard to establish rules when it comes to food.  Teaching your children to make healthy choices is a challenge and so is getting everyone on board.  Heather has some great advice on how to manage all this and even save some time so you are not living in the kitchen.     After you listen to this conversation, please visit Heather Rampolla at her website and her podcast. Here are all of Heather’s links:   Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Podcast     Thanks for listening Visit me on Twitter Visit me on Facebook Subscribe on ITunes Write to me at [email protected] Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
2/2/201525 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 11-Fighting Part 2 / Kids

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   All siblings fight, and this is a natural part of the process of growing up.  In a blended family, it doesn’t seem so natural when the step siblings fight.  This causes of lot of stress and unease on the parents.  It is actually one of the biggest problems blended families will face.  There are many reasons why the kids will fight, and there are right and wrong ways to deal with it.   An obvious reason why the step siblings fight is that they just may not like each other at all.  When two people get together and create a life, we cannot control all of the family dynamics and relationships of all involved.  They may not like one another because they haven’t gotten a chance to get to know each other better, or they may never like each other at all.  Either way, you and your partner cannot ruin your relationship over this.  The kids will grow up and have lives of their own.  Help them through by talking about it, and if things don’t improve, you can limit their time together.   Another reason for dislike can be jealousy, whether the children are aware of it or not.  Jealousy can arise from feelings of insecurity, or from their comparing lives.  When children are jealous, it usually resolves itself as the children get older.     Last, some kids fight because this is natural for kids to do.  If you grew up with siblings, chances are you fought with your brothers or sisters too. If stepchildren are close enough to fight, that can be a sign that they view themselves as true family.     As a parent, this can be a very difficult stage to go through, and it can put a strain on your relationship.  Together, you must decide how you are going to handle these quarrels.  Make a pact that you won’t allow it to come between you both, and also that you will stand as a team.   Some things to remember never disagree in front of the kids never choose sides always be fair with discipline and/or punishment set rules in advance of what is not going to be tolerated teach children how to communicate with each other don’t apologize to your partner for your child’s behavior   Even though this can be very trying on your relationship, you will make it through.  Stay close to your partner, because it is you two who will be left with one another when the kids are grown and out of the house.  Kids will be kids, and we aren’t in control of what they do.  This is just a season in your life, and you will need patience and love to get through it.     Please comment on the show notes if you have any ideas on helping kids to work things out.  Also feel free to share your personal stories for other listeners to give them hope.   Visit me on Twitter Visit me on Facebook Subscribe on ITunes Write to me at [email protected]   Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
1/26/201515 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 10-Fighting Part 1 / Parents

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Parents in blended families face extra stress and difficulties, which can create some tension on the relationship. This can lead to excess fighting between the adults, and this can be damaging to your blended family.  Some of the most common causes of arguments could be ex partners, children, money, and scheduling.   There are ways to overcome this by learning healthy methods and strategies.  You want to make sure you are fighting fair.  There are good and bad ways to resolve conflicts. First step is to stop using the word fight, which is defined as battle, or combat.  Let’s replace that word with “argument,” or “disagreement.”   You and your partner may have very different styles of handling a conflict, and this in itself can cause a huge problem.  Start paying attention to the way you speak to each other.  Avoid using hurtful and negative language.  Avoid yelling and being accusatory.  Instead try replacing with more positive language, and learn to walk away if you can’t, so you can avoid saying things you may regret later. The children are watching your behavior and interactions, and you want to be a good model.  Arguments should not be taken in front of the children.   Arguing over the children is the most common type of disagreement a blended family faces.  Do not do this in front of the child.  Talk alone about discipline styles and how you feel things should be handled.     Remember that all relationships endure tough times, and it is perfectly fine and expected to not always agree.  Relationships take work and care. Communication is key to get through blended a family together properly.   ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE to make this work!   Thank you for listening! Visit me on Twitter Visit me on Facebook Subscribe on ITunes write to me at [email protected] Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
1/19/201516 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 09-Disrespectful Exes

[email protected] www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Almost every divorced couple deals with a disrespectful ex at some point or another after their divorce.  If you haven’t, then chances are your new partner may be dealing with it.   Some of the most common issues you may face with a disrespectful ex are an ex who is trying to turn the kids against you an ex who refuses to honor your new partner an ex who is all around difficult to try to hurt you   If your ex is trying to turn your children against you, you want to first make sure you do not retaliate by trying to turn the kids against your ex.  Two wrongs don’t make a right.  Try to get to the bottom of the situation by determining what exactly is being said and why.  You can have age appropriate conversations with the kids about what has taken place so they can hear the truth from you.  Always be honest with them, but if you feel they aren’t ready to know the details, by all means, do not share them.  Explain to them that you will be able to disclose more as they get older.  Try to have a conversation with your ex as to how damaging this can be to your children, but if that doesn’t work, you must do damage control.     If you are dealing with an ex who refuses to accept the fact that you have moved on, or simply doesn’t accept your choice of a new partner, it can be very stressful to your new relationship.  Figuring out why is the first step.  It really helps to understand why your ex is harboring these feelings of anger or hatred.  Determine if there is any basis for the feelings or they are completely unwarranted.  These feelings usually stem from jealousy of you moving on, or over there being another parent in the child’s life.  Talking to your ex about their feelings may help, but most likely you will have to allow this to get better over time.  When you figure out what you think is the root cause, you can see if there is something you can do to help along the process.  Sometimes they will never accept this person, and in that case, you need to support your current partner, as this is your ex’s problem.   It is always tough to deal with an ex that tries to get back at you by being difficult and purposely going out of their way to break rules.  Even though this can be troubling for you, it is best not to show them it is bothering you.  Their sole purpose right now is to make you miserable, so you must show them that is not going to work.  The children are watching your behavior, so it is a must you live with integrity and don’t strike back.     The issue of a disrespectful ex can drive a wedge in your current relationship, with your kids and your new partner. It is helpful to recognize that this is the ex’s issue, not yours, and that this common issue usually resolves in time.Your children are growing up fast, and once they are grown, your contact with your ex will be a thing of the past.   Thank you for listening! Visit me on Twitter Visit me on Facebook Subscribe on ITunes Write to me at [email protected]   Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com  
1/12/201520 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 08-Dealing with Finances in a blended family

www.blendedfamilypodcast.com [email protected]   Dealing with finances is an issue that every couple must face.  However, it is much more difficult in a blended family.  There are usually more issues in a blended family, such as child support, separate debts and assets, and financial involvements with exes.   The issue of finances is best discussed early on in the relationship to avoid pitfalls in the future.  Some topics to discuss are handling of income handling of expenses handling of bank accounts future financial planning   You must decide if you are sharing your income, and a lot of that will depend on how much you each make and what each of your financial obligations are.   Expenses are a much more tricky topic.  You both need to figure out who is handling what expenses.  How will you divide home expenses and debt? Who is going to pay the bills? Are you going to take care of your previous debts together or handle that separately?  These are all issues you must face and talk about together.  Child expenses should mostly be shared, but again, some of this depends on ages of children and what their needs are.   There are three options on how to handle the bank accounts.  You can have completely separate accounts if you both want to keep everything separate.  You will need to decide who is paying for what if you do this.  Another option is to have one pooled account that all of your money goes in and is totally shared.  Last you can decide to have three accounts, each your own account and then one joint account.  Again, here you would need to decide who is paying what and how much you will each contribute into the joint account.   Future financial planning includes things like deciding whether to have a prenuptial agreement and dealing with life insurance.   All finances in the relationship should be discussed openly and honestly to insure success in the future.   Comment on the show notes if you have any advice or tips you want to share!   Please join the blended family community! Write to me at [email protected] Subscribe on ITunes Start a conversation on facebook Visit me on Twitter Visit the website
1/5/201517 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 07-Determining Schedules and Visitation

www.blendedfamilypodcast.com [email protected]   There are a lot of factors to think about when determining your visitation schedule for your blended family.     You and your partner will already have a divorce agreement set in place that determines your basic schedule or agreement on visitation.  Once you blend families, you will need to decide how to make that work for everyone.     The big question is, should you have all of the kids from both sides share visitation or keep them separate.   First you want to look at how all of the kids get along together.  If they fight excessively and cannot resolve their differences, you may want to keep them separated.  However, you must keep in mind that in order for them to get over their differences, they need an opportunity to get to know each other better.  If step siblings do argue, you must remember that this is just as normal as biological siblings fighting.  The main thing is that you don’t let that come between you and your partner.   Also consider the quality time you have with your children.  If having all of the kids together is hard because the kids feel slighted, you could separate them in order to have more on on one time with them.  Though this isn’t the best option because they may never learn the importance of equality in the home.  A better way around this is to sneak quality time in when you can, even if it is short.  Take a child with you when running an errand or plan an alone meal with them.  This is usually all kids need to get that connection they crave.   Most important of all, think about your time with your partner, and insuring that you both get a chance to connect as a couple. If you never have the kids together, chances are you will never get a break, unless you have a great babysitter lined up.  It’s nice when you have a weekend to yourself, and you can plan your visitation that way.   No matter what you decide, you can adjust your schedule as needed.  Try different options until you figure out what works best for your family.   Comment on the show notes if you have any helpful advice to share on this topic.   Join the community! Write to me at [email protected] Subscribe on ITunes Start a conversation on Facebook Visit me on Twitter Visit the Website
12/29/201413 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 06-Establishing House Rules

When you move in together, It is really important to have a guideline of rules for the home.  This will insure that everyone knows what is expected of them.  There are rules for parents, rules for children, and general house rules.   Everything starts with the parents.  You and your partner need to first figure out your own rules, as a couple, in the home.  There are a few standards which should be a given.  This would include keeping an honest and open communication between the two of you.  Also, you should stand united when it comes to issues with the children.  If you do disagree, take it away from the kids.  When you are in front of the children, you must present yourselves as being on the same team, or they will drive a wedge between you both.  Other things you should discuss, is each of your responsibilities in the home, such as who will handle certain tasks, like cooking, cleaning, lawn care, bills, etc.  Last for you as parents, is to decide your own rules for disciplining the children.  You need to figure out how much you will each be involved in the step childrens discipline.  Talk about what you are each comfortable with, before getting into a situation that makes either of you uncomfortable.     For the children, it is hard to establish rules, since in a blended family, children are splitting time between two households.  They often have two sets of rules for each home.  Instead of worrying about the other home, which is not in your control,  instead concentrate on setting rules for your home.  Please look at the attached chore chart for age appropriate chores for the kids.  You can print up a chart for each kid so they can keep track of what is expected of them.  Try to keep things fair, although the kids living with you full time will most likely have some more expectations than the children that only visit on weekends.     Hose rules include things that everyone can agree what is expected from them while they are there.  For instance, respecting one another, no yelling or hitting, and also what happens if someone breaks a rule. You can also set up family rituals such as dinners, or meetings.  Work together to determine a standard of rules for your blended family.  This can and will be adjusted as everyone gets older and more comfortable with each other.     Please comment if you have any tips on rules that you would like to share with the audience.   You can write to me at [email protected] Visit me on facebook Visit me on twitter   Leave me a review on itunes  
12/22/201416 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 05-Moving in Together

www.blendedfamilypodcast.com [email protected]   Moving in together and forming a blended family is a big decision.  There are some key factors to look at to determine if you are ready, and what steps to take. How do you know if the time is right? Deciding which home to move into, or where to move. How to tell your children. How to tell your ex partners.   When deciding if the time is right for your family to move in together, you must take everone’s feelings into consideration.  If any of the children are mourning from the divorce, that is something that may need to be worked through first.     Think of your current relationship with your partner, and their relationship with your children.  If there are any problems, they will be magnified when you all actually live together.  Jumping in too quickly can cause permanent damage to your relationship.     The question of where you will choose to live depends on many factors.  This is a big decision, but you will want to take certain factors into consideration here.  Such as, where your exes live, where you both work, the childrens ages and what schools they attend, etc.  Make the decision that will be least disruptive for all those involved.   Telling your children that you have decided to move in with your partner is a big step.  They may have seen this coming, or it may come as a surprise.  Depending on the ages and circumstances, the children may or may not be pleased with this decision.  Be sure to talk things out, and listen to their feelings and concerns.     Telling the ex partners is something that needs to be done, though not in the sense of asking permission.  The children involved are both of yours, therefore, your ex is entitled to know about decisions that will affect their life.  This can be done by telephone or email.     Please comment on the show notes if you have a story or tip about your experience.   To join the community Subscibe on ITunes or Stitcher Leave a review on ITunes Join the conversation on Facebook Visit us on twitter Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com leave feedback, questions, or topic ideas to [email protected]
12/15/201415 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 04-Holidays and traditions in a Blended Family

www.blendedfamilypodcast.com [email protected]   Blended families face many struggles during the holiday season. There are things you can do make this time less stressful and more peaceful for your family. The four topics are Religion Traditions Keeping things fair Holiday time sharing   Religion When the family is divided into two religions, the best practice is to allow celebrating both holidays.  Parents and children can learn from one another and expand their culture.  If this is against your religious beliefs, there needs to be an open honest discussion about this.  All parties must respect one anothers beliefs and come to a place of compromise.   Traditions When two families come together, even if both the same religion, many times have an entirely different set of traditions and rituals they follow.  Sit down with your partner and make a list of each of your traditions and decide which are important to each of you.  You can most likely find a way to incorporate them all together.  This is all about compromising.  You can also sit down with the children and vote on it, or allow each family member to pick a tradition they like the most.  Don’t forget, this is the perfect