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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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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!

 

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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?

 

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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.

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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

 

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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

 

  1. Have empathy
  2. Don’t make it difficult for your child to communicate with their parent
  3. Keep the lines of communication open
  4. Notify them of special events or functions so they can attend
  5. Don’t make them uncomfortable at these events.

 

5 tips for the partner of the non custodial

 

  1. Offer emotional support
  2. Don’t make them feel guilty for spending time with the kids
  3. Give them space after dropoffs
  4. Allow your partner to build a relationship slowly with your kids
  5. Don’t make them feel guilty for communicating with their ex

 

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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

 

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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

Promo code BLENDEDFAMILY

 

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