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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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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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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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