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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

 

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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

 

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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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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.

 

  1. The length of your relationship
  2. The quality of your relationship
  3. The ages of your kids
  4. The relationship between the stepkids
  5. How well do you and your partner co parent
  6. How do the kids feel about the situation
  7. What is your value on a stress free and peaceful life
  8. What is the difference in expenses from one home to two
  9. Shared care of living together opposed to caring for children alone
  10. 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

 

 

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