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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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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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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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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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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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Many of us know someone who suffers from mental illness. Whether it’s a partner, a child or stepchild, or an ex spouse, it can be difficult navigating that terrain, especially in a blended family. My guest today, John Cordray is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor and he owns a private practice in St. Louis, Missouri. John is also very active as a Mental Health advocate on social media and his podcast, The Mental Health Today Show. John’s passion is to help as many people who are struggling with a mental illness and to help end the stigma that so often is associated with Mental Health.

 

In this interview we discuss

  • His personal story
  • His podcast and youtube channel
  • How to cope with an ex who has a mental illness
  • Narcissism
  • Protecting children whose parent has mental illness
  • How to cope when your partner has mental illness
  • Listener questions
  • Teenagers and mental health
  • And much more

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

For this Mother’s Day special, I am featuring three mom podcasters that I think are making a big impact in the world!

 

Shawn Fink is the founder of The Abundant Mama Project and the author of “The Playful Family” and “The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow.” She is the mother of twin girls, Jadyn and Liana, and a family wellness coach for mothers around the world. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen.com, Scary Mommy, Dr.Green.com and The Shriver Report.

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Mary Grace is the host of The Global Mom Show Podcast, a show that helps moms cultivate a global perspective in their own life and in their children’s’. Mary Grace is a wife, a mom of three boys, a former expat and development worker, and a freelance writer for nonprofits and businesses. She has a master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the SIT Graduate Institute, and she has studied and worked abroad in Germany and India, and traveled many other places as well. Today she makes her home in the US, where one of her goals is to stay connected with a global view of life.

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Free Guide 10 ways to create a global home, no matter where you live

 

Casey Destefano is an accomplished Director/Producer with more than 20 years experience in Film and TV. She has worked with companies such as: NBC, FOX, HBO, DreamWorks, Universal Studios, The Disney Channel & Nickelodeon. Currently she owns her own boutique marketing agency where her team specializes in utilizing video to help women led-businesses build strong powerful brands. In addition, Casey is the host of the hit podcast, “Women with Balls…in the Air,” where she coaches her audience to have successful careers and abundant family lives without pulling their hair out!

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Questions for my moms to answer!

What is the thing you enjoy most about being a mom?

What makes you proudest as a mom?

What is your best mom superpower?

What do you want your kids to remember most about their childhood?

If you had to name three positive adjectives about you as a mother, what would they be?

 

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Linda Ricci, another special listener, also reached out to me in the efforts of sharing her story of abuse. Both her and my last guest, Lisa Paige, met through our private facebook group, where they discovered they had a similar experience. Linda also feels it is her calling to help others, and she feels getting her story out is the first step. In this interview we discuss:

 

  • Her marriage
  • How the abuse started
  • How religion played a role in her marriage
  • What prompted her to leave after 20 years
  • How the kids handled things
  • Narcissistic characteristics of her ex husband
  • How her ex is doing today
  • What she learned from her experience
  • Her new relationship
  • Her words of wisdom
  • Resources she recommends

 

You can connect with Linda in our private facebook group!

 

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