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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 ...
 
A blended family is such an important topic because it’s dealing with so many lives, not just that of you and your spouse. You have your kids and your spouses kids of course, but you also have the other sets of parents to contend with (if there is shared custody). With so many cooks in the kitchen, it can make sanity hard to come by on some days. We can lose our way in the midst of chaos, jealousy, insecurity, frustration, anger, confusion, miscommunication, and power struggles. This podcast ...
 
We're Mike and Kim Anderson. We set out on our blended family adventure over 20 years ago thinking it would be a cinch…but quickly found out how complicated things can be. Following a painful co-parenting battle with an Ex, we found ourselves disconnected and teetering on the brink of divorce. Then we got to work discovering how to overcome all our challenges and guide our family to thrive. If you're a stepmom or stepdad frustrated with how challenging it is to be a step-parent. Or you're a ...
 
Mars and Sars are sisters who love talking about their big complicated blended family on their podcast “Family Vortex with Mars and Sars”. Having grown up with many siblings and different types of parental figures, they bring an interesting perspective on being raised through an ever changing family life and what it’s like to adapt to four marriages. Join them for a child’s perspective on growing up in a blended family where they give tips and advice through their childhood memories. Warning ...
 
Welcome to our podcast exploring the intersection of polyamory and families. Open relationships, non-monogamous families and blended family structures are gaining acceptance and recognition, but they still lack the support structures and roadmaps that their traditional, monogamous counterparts enjoy. We'd like to change that, one episode at a time. Reach out to us at onefam1lypodcast@gmail.com with comments and questions. Yours, K&R
 
We're parents who have dedicated our lives to helping other families in crisis thrive. After years of working with families facing the tallest odds, we’re bringing the knowledge, tools, and experts we’ve gathered to all families, everywhere. The Family Thrive is an online community where you and your family can get the tools you need to thrive—wherever you find yourself. This podcast is our space to bring parents the experts behind these tools. Episodes will include conversations with doctor ...
 
Amazing Relationships Podcast: Inspiring Love and Possibility features behind the scenes interviews of people who have created turn-arounds in their relationships, relationship q&a coaching sessions, and input from world-renowned relationship experts on what it takes to have thriving relationships. Your hosts Peter and Jennifer Diepstraten, husband and wife team and co-Founders of FamilyCo, designed this podcast to show you that it really is POSSIBLE to have deep, connected relationships and ...
 
Are you thinking about adopting or fostering a child? Confused about all the options and wondering where to begin? Or are you an adoptive or foster parent trying to be the best parent possible to your precious child? This is the podcast for you! Every week we interview leading experts for an hour talking about the topics you really care about in deciding whether to adopt/foster or how to be a better parent. This podcast is produced by www.CreatingaFamily.org. We are the national non-profit w ...
 
We Are Family, the new podcast from Parents magazine shines a light on the beautiful diversity of today’s families. Each week, co-hosts Julia Dennison, single mom and Editor of Parents.com, and Shaun T, dad and fitness motivator, explore the changing face of family in America today. Interviewing a mix of celebrities, experts and parents on the most buzzworthy parenting topics, from IVF to surrogacy, fostering and adoption, blended families, LGBTQ+ parenting and more, listen as they share the ...
 
Family Matters First is a Mon-Fri (5 day a week) podcast. Co-Founders Jim and Teresa Adams share in a real and transparent way their success and failures over the course of their 29 year marriage. These relationship experts offer advice, teaching, and training on everything from dating, to engaged, to married, to married with children. Teresa holds a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Jim is former ...
 
Certified Life Coach, Line Brunet, hosts Family Focus every Thursday at 10am PST/1pmEST. Listen in for valuable tips, information and inspiration from expert guests. This is the show that keeps all family members and caregivers up to date on all things that help families thrive! Don't wait until it's too late to find the solutions you need. Call in with your questions or comments and if you like a certain show, please leave a comment below.
 
The podcast that encourages and inspires you to find simple ways to bring more joy into your day. Whether you are looking for a little encouragement in your faith, family, home, homeschooling (if you do) -- or just life -- then this is the podcast for you! Let's get real and talk about the challenges that we face as women in our day-to-day lives. My guests and I will discuss practical tips and "hacks" about how to find harmony in relationships, order in your home, and how to add a little goo ...
 
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We all want to keep our kids safe. We want to protect them from the dangers of our world. But the reality is that every child from every background and in every community is at risk of experimenting with drugs and alcohol and even developing an addiction… …and the warning signs of addictive behavior can sometimes be hard to spot. We personally know…
 
On this episode we answer two different step mom’s concerns surrounding their step children, spouses and exes. When your step children are disrespectful, how can you show up differently and not makes things worse by acting a fool? We give some perspective about this. Reactions matter! It can be especially straining on a marriage when you’re negativ…
 
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com 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 afte…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29Man, sometimes you don’t know if you’re coming or going. Teenagers and young adults are trying to grow up. Like David using a sling to kill Goliath, centrifugal force is launching them into independence. But sometimes parents activate centripetal force that says, Go…
 
EP #07 - In this episode, Justin talks to Dr. Nadia Torres-Eaton, PsyD about her calling to the psychological field, exploring emotional trauma, and how to show compassion to others and ourselves. They dive deep in this podcast talking about childhood trauma, how parents can keep from passing their own childhood emotional wounds onto their kids, an…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29Drowning in a sea of emotions? You’re not the only one. In my book The Smart Stepdad I tell Josie’s story. On our wedding day, she said, We left the chapel and there were five of us in the carinstant family. For some strange reason I didn’t see that coming. Silly me…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29When you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, don’t move awaymove toward. You care for someone, but you don’t care for their behavior. The old adage Keep your friends close and your enemies closer has application here. Influence comes with relationship, so move toward…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29What’s a wedding, without a honeymoon! Did you ever notice blended family couples don’t get a honeymoon? They get a few days together after the wedding but they don’t get time together before kids come along. Deuteronomy 24 affirms that couples need time to bond and…
 
We could spend 1/3 of our lives without a paycheck since it's expected we can live into our mid-80's and beyond. How do we know if we're preparing adequately for retirement? Ron Deal talks with financial planner Greg Pettys on this topic and how to account for blended family variables. Show Notes and Resources Get your copy of The Smart Stepdad htt…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29Would you like to make Father’s Day a great day for your dad? Get along! There are times we need to work through family conflicts. But there are other occasions when we should set them aside. Friends of mine had a special occasion celebrating the dad in the family. …
 
What are the 7 essential character traits that parents can teach their children to increase resiliency? In this episode we talk with Dr. Michelle Borba, an internationally renowned educational psychologist and author of Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine. In this episode, we cover: You paint a picture in your b…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29Ron, my family is living proof that dysfunction breeds dysfunction. Julie was the youngest of 10 children in a blended family. Nine of the 10 kids had been divorced and remarried. Over the years, her family experienced hurt feelings, abuse, kids getting kicked out o…
 
EPISODE #6 - Justin and Audra discuss culinary medicine and making empowered food choices with The Family Thrive’s lead dietitian Lexi Hall, RDN. Lexi tells shares why she’s passionate about the idea that the right foods can be healing to our bodies and how making even the smallest adjustments in our family’s diets can make a huge difference. She’s…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29When a parent dies who can best fill the gap for a child? In my experience most stepparents have a really big heart. They want to step into the physical gaps that exist in a child’s life after they lose a parent. In her book, Stepparenting the Grieving Child, author…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29When two people you love are in conflictdon’t’ get caught in the triangle. Say, a child tells their biological parent something negative about the parent’s spousethe stepparent. Listen and acknowledge the child’s feelings but avoid resolving the problem. That might …
 
Husbands in stepfamilies have some challenging responsibilities. As Dad or Stepdad (or both!), they tend to carry a lot on their shoulders. They might not always say it — but most men need to feel appreciated and affirmed for all they do. Father's Day is a perfect opportunity to honor the man in your home simply by saying a few words to him — the o…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29When you’re parenting a grieving child, you have some special challenges to overcome. In her book, Stepparenting the Grieving Child, author Diane Fromme says when a child loses a parent they no longer get to witness their parent’s inadequacies instead they tend to i…
 
On this episode we discuss living separately together; when two bio families live under the same roof doing their own thing with the goal to blend. We give advice and perspective when it comes to joining two individuals together with their own kids in tow. It can be difficult to meld plans, schedules, and activities when both parties are on differe…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29When a parent dies, a child needs to stay in touch. Children of divorce can stay in contact with both parents. When a parent dies a child can’t. In her book, Stepparenting the Grieving Child, author Diane Fromme points out the need to maintain an emotional connectio…
 
Call it co-parenting, shared parenting, or partnership parenting, the gist is the same: foster parents are expected to share the nurturing of a foster child with the birth parents to facilitate reunification whenever possible. Join us today to talk about shared parenting with Carrie Sgarlata, an educator, mom, foster mom, and foster parent trainer …
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29Do you have a soulmate? Then you need soul love. We have this strange idea that if we find the right person to love, our soulmate, love will be easy because of who they are. Author and Bible teacher, John Ortberg, says in his book, Soul Keeping, that to love your so…
 
EPISODE #5 - Audra and Justin reconnect with dear friend, partner in healing, and highly accomplished practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Ruth McCarty. Ruth discusses her beginnings as a healer, finding her calling for helping others, and the importance of using both Western and Eastern modalities to achieve holistic healing. Audra, J…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29So, what kind of stepgrandparent are you? You might not be one but the odds are someone in your family will be. There are three kinds: long-term stepgrandparents raised a stepchild and then became a grandparent when their stepchild had a kid. Inherited stepgrandpare…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29Do you know how to win friends and influence people? It might not be with you think. We’ve lost the art of persuasion. We resort to loud declarations and a pushy attitude in politics, in sports and sometimes at home. Proverbs 25:15 suggests a more powerful approach.…
 
You want to experience fun summer activities and events as a family, but you may need to readjust your visitation schedule so that you can include everyone… …and that means negotiating changes with your Ex — which might trigger disagreement, conflict or disappointment. If you're dreading that conversation because things haven't gone well in the pas…
 
To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1186/29You see, Ron, I think I destroyed his dreams. A stepdad said, When I married my stepson’s mother, I destroyed his dream of his parents getting back together. Yes, because many kids of divorce do hold onto that dream it’s really hard when their parent marries. And th…
 
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com 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 impr…
 
On this episode we discuss how do deal with jealousy issues amongst the different sets of children in the blended family home. Jealousy struggles often spill over onto other people in the home. Step parents, for example, in this situation often feel not good enough, like nothing they do is ever good enough and there’s no space for them in their ste…
 
How do you know if you're ready to be a stepdad? Ron Deal gives insight into the stepdad role as he talks with Bob Lepine and Dennis Rainey about this important position that can be daunting, but rewarding. Listen to his encouragement about the realities of being a stepdad and the value of stepping out in faith and relying on God's wisdom when read…
 
How does the endocrine system impacts fertility, what can go wrong, and what can be done about it. We talk today with Dr. Mark Trolice, the Director of Fertility CARE: The IVF Center in Orlando and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He is double Board-certified in Reproductive Endocrinolog…
 
BONUS EPISODE: Welcome to a subscribers-only recording of The Family Thrive’s weekly expert Ask My Anything. Each week in The Family Thrive app, we bring back an expert for parents to ask them questions live and on the spot. This week, we brought back Jenny Walters, licensed marriage & family therapist, to answer parents' questions on communication…
 
EPISODE #4 - Dr. Colin Champ is a physician and researcher who walks the talk. He not only conducts research on diet and exercise, and works with his patients to improve their lifestyle, but he’s also passionate about finding the evidence-based practices that will help him, his wife, and daughter thrive as well. In addition to his clinical work, Co…
 
We all tend to head into stepfamily life hoping that close bonds will develop and everyone will enjoy spending time together. But this doesn't usually happen as easily or as quickly as we'd like. Instead, most of us are blindsided by the amount of chaos, tension and resistance that pops up around every corner. It can leave us frustrated, confused o…
 
On this episode we dive into dealing with only children; the struggle is REAL! Having a child who’s an only child in one home and then a step sibling in the other creates a difficult dynamic to parent, coparent and step parent. Being an only child yourself and having to parent your children’s sibling rivalries can be down right overwhelming. You kn…
 
In this episode we interview Sarah Sentilles, author of a newly released book by Random House titled Stranger Care. "Stranger Care" is a beautifully written book that captures the promise and often the failure of foster care. And it is a beautiful portrait of love with no promise of a future. In this episode, we cover: Beautifully written book that…
 
Most of us want to have a healthy sense of parental authority with our kids. We want to lead our home with purpose and make quality decisions that are best for the kids' future — and for ours. But often in the complexities of divorce, loss and single-parenting, the "balance of power" can unintentionally shift toward the kids. When that happens, the…
 
Blended families that form when children are in their late teens or adult years are adult stepfamilies. We often mistakenly think these families have few adjustments to make. Listen to Ron Deal's conversation with Terry & Carol Moss, Brandon Moss, and Nina Thomas on how they've navigated multiple transitions in their adult stepfamily. Show Notes an…
 
On this episode we dive into kids acting out! We discuss what you can do to help your child or step child who is misbehaving, seeking negative attention or expressing themselves in disruptive ways. It is our moral obligation as parents and step parents to guide and teach all of the children home, to raise them up in the way which they should go. It…
 
Have you ever considered adopting after you had children by birth? Or thought about trying to get pregnant after you adopted? Is it a good idea to combine kids by birth and adoption. In this episode, we talk with Rebecca Ricardo, an LCSW who has worked in the field of adoption since 1991. She currently serves as the Executive Director for a license…
 
You might have imagined that "blending" would be relatively smooth and easy. But reality hit when your child refused to engage - no matter what you say or do they resist moving forward, and even reject that new person in your life. The tension and conflict leaves you bewildered and it robs you of the happiness you want to experience. One of our lis…
 
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com 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…
 
Do you sometimes feel that self-care is an impossible goal when you are parenting kids who have experienced trauma. There isn't enough time in the day to do it all, much less take care of yourself. Or is there? Join us to talk about how to find time to take care of yourself. We will talk with Angelica Jones, MSW, Program Director of Intercountry Se…
 
Most of us want to get along well with the Ex, but unfortunately the story we hear more about is that difficult Ex. You know — that high conflict Ex that leaves you emotionally exhausted. It might feel like your spouse's Ex has way too much power over your home and your life! And when your husband's Ex-Wife (or maybe it's your wife's Ex-husband) is…
 
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