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Blended Family Podcast

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Rank #92 in Kids & Family category

Education
Kids & Family
Self-Improvement
Parenting
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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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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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You’ve FINALLY found the right podcast!

By HappyJoshJosh - Sep 01 2019
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I’ve read blogs, books and have listened to several podcasts about relationships. Melissa and her guests deliver the program I’ve been searching for. All I can say is “thank you” for what you’re doing to help bring understanding to the wild world of blended families. Keep it going!

Amazing!

By darkdividepod - Apr 13 2018
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This pod is so great and continues to teach me so many things. Absolutely amazing!

iTunes Ratings

122 Ratings
Average Ratings
111
4
1
1
5

You’ve FINALLY found the right podcast!

By HappyJoshJosh - Sep 01 2019
Read more
I’ve read blogs, books and have listened to several podcasts about relationships. Melissa and her guests deliver the program I’ve been searching for. All I can say is “thank you” for what you’re doing to help bring understanding to the wild world of blended families. Keep it going!

Amazing!

By darkdividepod - Apr 13 2018
Read more
This pod is so great and continues to teach me so many things. Absolutely amazing!
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Blended Family Podcast

Updated 3 days ago

Rank #92 in Kids & Family category

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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!

Rank #1: 154-The struggles of being a stepparent

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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

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                    5445 Murrell Rd

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Dec 11 2017
27 mins
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Rank #2: 114-When it's hard to love your stepchild!

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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.

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Feb 20 2017
21 mins
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Rank #3: 81-Coping with Conflict in the Blended Family

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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.

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Jun 13 2016
18 mins
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Rank #4: 73-Perspective of a child in a blended family

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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

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Apr 11 2016
20 mins
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Rank #5: 35-Your Role as a Step Parent

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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

  1. Dont badmouth

  2. Dont be a disciplinarian

  3. Dont be a replacement parent

  4. Don’t take things personal

  5. Don’t expect everything to be perfect.

And the Do’s

  1. Do communicate with your spouse

  2. Do start slow

  3. Do give our spouse alone time with their children

  4. Do get involved in your step kids lives

  5. Do create new traditions

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Jul 13 2015
16 mins
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Rank #6: 87-Dealing with insecurities in the blended family

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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.

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Jul 25 2016
19 mins
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Rank #7: 17-Difficult and Manipulative Children in the Blended Family

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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!

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Mar 09 2015
18 mins
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Rank #8: 195-Nacho Kids (Not Your Kids), with Lori and David Sims

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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!

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Apr 01 2019
47 mins
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Rank #9: 41-Establishing boundaries in the blended family

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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!

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Aug 24 2015
22 mins
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Rank #10: 150-Differing parenting styles in the blended family, with special guest Shawn Brown

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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

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Nov 13 2017
32 mins
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Rank #11: 176-Which comes first, your relationship, or your kids?

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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.

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Jul 23 2018
21 mins
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Rank #12: 129-Stepparents with no bio children, often called the childless stepparent

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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

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Jun 12 2017
29 mins
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Rank #13: 43-Perspective Series, Part 1-Stepmom

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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!

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Sep 07 2015
23 mins
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Rank #14: 127-Author Amy Baker, Co parenting with a Toxic Ex

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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

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May 22 2017
32 mins
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Rank #15: 50-Love your Blended Family

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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.

  1. Eat well
  2. Exercise
  3. Breathe or meditate
  4. Change your surroundings
  5. Listen to music
  6. Communicate
  7. Smile
  8. Make a checklist
  9. Do something you like
  10. Be thankful

Listen to my happy song here!

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Oct 26 2015
20 mins
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Rank #16: 121-Dealing with transitions in a blended family

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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

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Apr 17 2017
22 mins
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Rank #17: 188-Should you stay or should you go? With Sharon Pope

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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!

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Dec 03 2018
39 mins
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Rank #18: 30-Feeling Unappreciated in the Blended Family

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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.

  1. Stepparent

  2. Parent

  3. Partner

  4. Child

  5. 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.

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Jun 08 2015
14 mins
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Rank #19: 105-Considering the feelings of others

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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.

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Dec 05 2016
21 mins
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Rank #20: 78-Fixing Past Mistakes in the Blended Family

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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

  1. Acknowledge the mistake
  2. Apologize for the mistake
  3. Learn and grow from the mistake

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May 16 2016
19 mins
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