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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

 

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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.

 

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Because of hurricane Irrma, 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

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

  1. Meditate
  2. Forgive others
  3. Stop complaining
  4. Have gratitude
  5. Smile and laugh more
  6. Practice self care
  7. Do something that fulfills you
  8. Do for others
  9. Cut out negativity
  10. Be kinder to yourself.

 

I’m also joined by one of our own listeners for a family interview with Sharon Kelly.

 

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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

 

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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!

 

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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

 

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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.

 

  1. You get to be the fun one
  2. You do not have to be the disciplinarian
  3. You are looked at differently than mom or dad
  4. You get to develop your own special relationship
  5. You can be influential in their life
  6. You get to help a family
  7. You get to walk away or get a break
  8. You bring new perspectives in the mix
  9. You are listened to in a different way
  10. You can learn a lot about yourself from being a stepparent

 

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