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February 17, 2020
Enjoy this wonderful conversation I have with one of my listeners! Cassandra shares how she manages her blended family! If you want to join me on the show as a cohost, email me!
January 29, 2020
Special Bonus Episode! From Audioboom, comes an amazing new podcast with hosts Susan Yara and Sharzad Kiadeh. Listen to the clip from their show, and then head on over to subscribe to FAM-for All Moms!
January 27, 2020
I know that I have been very inconsistent with the show! I’ll explain where I’ve been, what has been going on, and where I'm headed.  I’ll finally explain this mysterious illness that has been plaguing me, as well as why I think it happened. Last, I’ll share some tips on the importance of self care!
January 20, 2020
With many children in today’s society are currently navigating through emotional challenges, learning and attention issues, or family stressors/pressures on the home front, we need to think more carefully about different ways to support children’s motivation and engagement, both in the classroom and at home. Joining us today on this episode of The Blended Family Podcast is Donna Sager Cowan, the creator of The Superhero School Series and the author of the children’s book, With The Curiosity Of
November 4, 2019
Another co hosting show with a listener! Christina joins us to discuss her own experiences in her blended family! Do you want to share your story on the show? If so, just schedule a consult with me by using the link below!
October 28, 2019
Mindset is everything! Did you know your mind is the most powerful tool you have? Are you aware that you can control your thoughts, therefore enabling yourself to look at your blended family in a different way? I will be answering some listener questions, and showing you how a simple shift in perception can help to change your mind! Some topics are money, love, stepkids, and ex spouse! If you want me to answer one of your questions, just email me!
October 14, 2019
Another co hosting show with my listener Marc! He shares all about his blended family and how he makes things work! Get a dad's perspective on how he deals with common blended family issues! Some things we discuss are  His personal story Transitions and visitations Parental alienation Raising kids in a blended family Struggles of a father during and after a divorce How being a middle school teacher and parenting middle school children feels  Puberty  Coparenting And more!
October 7, 2019
There are many circumstances that force temporary separations in a marriage or partnership. Many people are taken away from the home for business. Military families know all too well the pain of separation for long periods of time. Other couples sometimes leave for family obligations or trips for their leisure. No matter the circumstance, it can be hard for the entire family. I share some tips to make the separation easier on everyone!
September 16, 2019
My guest, Michael Babikian is President and CEO of LegacyShield, a consumer engagement service that provides comprehensive legacy planning tools and services. These tools provide to every consumer the resources typically available only to the ultra-wealthy.  In this interview, we discuss His personal story of why he created Legacy Shield Legacy Shield’s easy process What makes Legacy Shield different What is included with Legacy Shield The importance of having an estate plan And much more!
September 9, 2019
My guest Shannon Forster,  who has created a children's book called Love Grows and Grows, is helping so many families.  Her story shows that ALL types of families are special!!!!! The book now has a global audience and is  a "must have" book for all co-parenting and blended families after a divorce.
August 12, 2019
Join me and my co host Stacy, as we talk about her experiences in a blended family. I love these co host shows, and I would love for you to join me! Schedule a mini session (below) if that sounds like fun. I also share some financial 101 on budgeting! How do you know how to allocate your money in a budget? I’ll give you a simple formula as a guideline!
August 5, 2019
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Gabrielle Hartley is a leading divorce attorney, mediator, coach, author and speaker.  Her new book, Better Apart; The Radically Positive Way to Separate (Harper Collins) is the first book of its kind to combine the life changing, healing wisdom of mindfulness, meditation and yoga with practical advice and legal wisdom to get the reader through and beyond the divorce.    Better Apart was named “the conscious uncoupling how-to” by People Magazine.  She has also been featured throughout media channels including The New York Times, The New York Post, Yoga Journal, & Mind Body Green. Gabrielle is the founder of Better Apart Divorce Coaching, Co-Parenting and Mediation Services as well as live and online class for individuals and professionals working with divorce. She speaks around the nation on radical self care.  In her practice, she is known for a unique, non-toxic approach to divorce that she developed over two decades in practice. Gabrielle is committed to smashing the divorce stigma. She served as court attorney for Judge Jeffrey Sunshine in NYC matrimonial court and is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. She currently resides in Northampton, MA with her husband and three sons.   In this show we discuss Her personal story Her book, Better Apart Self care Mediation and coaching services Co Parenting Peaceful conflict resolution Healthy divorce BYE Divorce retreats And much more!   Connect with Gabrielle Website TwitterFacebook Instagram Instagram (for Better Apart) LinkedIn   Connect with me Join the Private Facebook Group Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram   Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes   Schedule an interview, coaching session, or financial review here Take my money quiz here to see how financially literate you are!                   
July 29, 2019
Another co hosting show! I’m joining by a great couple who want to share their story!  In this discussion, we talk about  Their personal story  What it was like being a widower Online dating How to honor the memories of a lost one How his work with counseling helps his own family Relationship with her ex and new partner  Some of their challenges And much more!
July 14, 2019
Esther Hutchison and her husband Jay are family YouTubers/Relationship coaches, who are followed by thousands, and whose content from their channel has been featured in the Daily Mail.  Esther and Jay’s experience lend their hearts to passionately motivate people to make the best with what they have. Wherever they are in their relationships. They also inspire others to grow closer in their marriage and families though their hardships and mistakes. They join the show to talk about their blended family!
June 24, 2019
Another co host episode today with one of my listeners! Plus I share my financial tip of the week, which is the importance of teaching kids to save money from a young age. We discuss How she and her partner met How her blended family is structured What it’s like raising kids in different stages of life Co parenting challenges Gender differences in kids How they created a good sibling environment in their home Relationship with bio mom Her podcast And more!
June 17, 2019
Joel W. Hawbaker is a high school teacher and a soccer coach in Alabama where he lives with his wife and his two daughters. He is also a professional speaker and author, focusing on leadership, education, and especially blended family life. He has been remarried for five years, and he seeks to inspire other blended families to live a more harmonious life through grace, patience, and mutual respect. We discuss his journey of fatherhood in a blended family!
June 3, 2019
I am joined today by another co host, Jessie Norman. Jessie is also a podcaster looking to make a difference in the blended family world. She hosts the Moving on Podcast along with her husband, and they make an amazing team. She’s so down to earth and full of great tips. In addition, I bring you a finance tip of the week, where I give you some facts about life insurance, and why it’s essential for every family.
May 20, 2019
Stepmothers Day is one week after Mother’s Day, and so I thought it would be fitting to have a show for my stepmoms! My guest, Kendall Rose is an accomplished public speaker who has been a featured guest and provided commentary about blended family legal and financial challenges and solutions, to leading media outlets. She joins me to discuss her book, The Stepmoms Club, How to be a stepmom without losing your money, your mind, and your marriage.
May 13, 2019
My Mothers Day message to all of my very special listeners, both bio and stepmoms alike. Plus my 5 tips to start practicing self care TODAY!
May 6, 2019
Joining the podcast is Sherrie Campbell, the author of But It’s Your Family...Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath. Loving someone doesn’t always mean having a relationship with them, just like forgiveness doesn’t always mean reconciliation. But It’s Your Family is a remarkable account of what it means to cut ties to toxic family abuse and thrive in the aftermath.
April 22, 2019
After enduring what has been called “the worst known case of parental alienation and the most corrupt family court case in the history of Tarrant County Texas” Wendy became motivated to break the silence about parental alienation. Wendy’s passions and strengths include giving educational presentations to the public and professionals, giving TV and radio interviews, giving support to targeted and alienated parents as well as conference and event planning.
April 15, 2019
The debt crisis is real and is affecting millions of Americans. Those of us in blended families often incur more debt, whether from expensive divorces, child support, or additional children to raise. It saddens me to see so many people hurting, which is why I choose to partner up with Debtmerica, a leading company in the debt relief space. Charles Hughes and Tony Gaeta join me on the show to discuss the debt problem, and how they help families get out from underneath it.
April 1, 2019
Lori and David Sims join me to discuss their own blended family journey, and how their experience led them to create a community. Together they created Nacho Kids (Not Your Kids) and then went on to create the Nacho Kids Academy. They saw a need to help people in an unconventional way, and they have helped a countless number of families. In this interview we discuss their personal story, why they created Nacho Kids, how the name was created, how to step back and why, and the Nacho Kids Academy
March 25, 2019
Join me for another great co hosting show with Summer Felix-Mulder! She is an entrepreneur who is juggling many things as well as her blended family. Summer has lots of tips on how she makes it all work! We talk about teenagers, coparenting, finding bonding time with one another's children, discipline, her own podcast, and more!
February 25, 2019
Another great conversation with a listener! Join Tracy and myself as we discuss blended family life, and her personal story! Finance tip of the week Do you have a financial plan in place? If not, how can you be sure to meet your goals without one? Don’t allow fear to stop you from setting up a clear plan for you and your family. Schedule an appointment with a trusted financial professional. I offer this for free as a courtesy to my listeners. Schedule a free financial review using the link below!
February 11, 2019
How are you showing up for your partner? Valentine's Day is always a perfect reminder to evaluate your relationship. Both partners need to put in 100%, not just 50%. I am offering ten ways to show up for your partner. Implement these to improve your relationship!
January 21, 2019
Listen in on a conversation with a listener in part of my co hosting series! Do you want to join me next time? I’m looking for people to share their stories! Schedule using the link below!
January 7, 2019
Kellye Laughery is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Play Therapist, and the owner of The Center for Family Unity. In this interview, we talk about her own childhood experience with a blended family, her own divorce, why she decided to incorporate religion into her line of work, her book, Blended Well, how to infuse your family with hope and healing in 30 days. And much more!
December 17, 2018
It’s been a while since I came on and just had a chat with you. Listen to this week’s show for updates and announcements. I also share three tips to help you stay in peace this holiday season. I wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
December 3, 2018
Sharon Pope is a certified Master Life Coach and a Six-Time #1 International Best-Selling author, specializing in love and relationships. She helps women in struggling marriages determine if it’s time to stay and re-commit or lovingly release the marriage. She has been published dozens of times including in the New York Times. She joins me to discuss her new book and relationships!
November 20, 2018
Join me for another co hosting show with a great listener!
November 5, 2018
After graduating Chapman University, Paulina Lagudi moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in filmmaking. Since then, she’s written, directed and produced multiple short films and is releasing her family feature film MAIL ORDER MONSTER this November. In this interview, we discuss Her own personal experience with a blended family Why she created Mail Order Monster What the movie is about Interesting facts about each cast member The overall message of the movie And more!
October 29, 2018
I continue the co host series with another listener, Ashlee Garland. She has a blended family of 7, so 5 kids, one of whom is special needs. She’s got a whole lot going on yet continues to have a positive attitude through it all. We discuss her personal story, what it’s like raising a special needs child in a blended family, her step children’s challenges having dealt with an absent mother, how she manages to keep a positive attitude, and much more
October 15, 2018
This is the first in a new series of shows where I am joined by a co host. This is not just any co host though, this is one of our own listeners. This week, I am joined by Amy Novakovich, who is a mother and stepmother, as well a business owner and podcaster. You’ll see that we had so much to talk about!
October 1, 2018
Anna DeAcosta is the creator of The Mindful Stepmom series of guided-audio meditations, designed to help stepmoms cope with common challenges and feelings faced along their journey. After a year, she returns on the show to talk about triggers! In this episode we discuss what she’s been up to this year, her Meditation CD, what triggers are, and the importance of identifying them. Also, her 4 step process to eliminate triggers!
September 24, 2018
Listener questions show. Please send your questions to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com or post in the private facebook group. This episode, a stepmom whose boyfriends son is less than excited about their relationship. Then, a stepmom who is frightened of her stepson. Last, a question about whether the relationship comes first or the kids. Enjoy!
September 17, 2018
Some updates on what’s been going on in my life lately. Also, setting realistic expectations for yourself and your family. Is your perfectionism causing you to be unrealistic? If you want to feel happier and have less stress, you need to listen to this episode!
August 27, 2018
Join me as I answer some listener questions that came up in the private facebook group! A  stepmom who questions her daughters erratic behavior from one home to the other. What to do with picky eaters in your blended family. Challenges of a blended family home where both parents are widows Send your questions to me so I can answer them for you! The last show of every month is dedicated to listener questions!
August 20, 2018
How well do you coparent with your ex? Is this an area that you think could be improved? Healthy co parenting really helps children thrive. My top ten tips for better co parenting with your ex are Put your anger aside Get better at communicating Compromise Respect the other parent Be considerate and share Make important decisions together Establish a relationship with your ex’s new partner Pick your battles Give your ex room to parent Keep your children’s best interests first
August 6, 2018
Josh is a corporate America escapee who, after 20 years successfully climbing the ladder as a design engineer and manager, realized that it was leaning on the wrong wall. He eventually found a home in WFG.  His passion to help others, the desire to get paid what he was worth, and build a business he could be proud of was fulfilled with this company. In this interview, he joins us to talk about World Financial Group, and why we both are a part of it!
July 30, 2018
I answer some listener questions today from our private facebook group! First, a stepmom dealing with a high conflict bio mom who wants to tell her how to run her household. Then, a stepmom who loves her role, but is being made to feel like she is overstepping. And last, a bio mom who is interfering with a stepmoms plan for bedroom arrangements for her kids. Maybe some of you can relate with the challenges these stepmoms face!
July 23, 2018
Blended families require a lot of balance. Many parents struggle because they don’t know which should come first, their relationship with their partner, or their children. There are different factors you can look at, but ultimately, the attention you spend both on your partner and your kids needs to be carefully managed. You will also find that this balance can shift around over the years at different stages of your children's lives.
July 16, 2018
How well do you resolve conflict in your life? We all have conflict in our relationships, but oftentimes, we don’t know how to resolve them in a healthy way. Conflict is a normal part of every relationship, and so we need to learn how to deal with it in a way that helps us grow together. In this show, my top ten tips to fighting fair, plus I’ll share what you might be doing wrong!
July 2, 2018
Charla Miller is a successful author who used traumatic events in her life to propel her forward. She wrote a book called, Wonder and Beauty: My Journey From Heartbreak to Healing Through the Wonder of Horses. Her story is paving the way for others to see that their pain from loss isn't the ending but a launching point to even greater connection to those they love and so much more. Charla returns to talk about the reunification with her son.
June 18, 2018
The blame game is something we all play. It’s easy to point fingers at someone else, but is it really helpful to the situation? In this episode, learn why playing the game holds you back, as well as learn how to stop playing it.
June 4, 2018
Andrea Santiago Malcolm is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Therapist. She is also a Cancer survivor and enjoys helping others navigate that space as well. She’s a stepmother and knows what it’s like to have all the joys and challenges that come with her role as a step-parent. She teaches multiple coping mechanisms, including therapeutic knitting, which is an evidence-based, portable, and fun way to cope with life.
May 21, 2018
There are many cases where a new partner wants their mate to sever ties with an ex. Whether you are a stepparent wanting this, a bio parent struggling with this, or an ex dealing with it, it can be tricky. You’ll hear two listener questions which show examples of this in the show, plus my advice to them. There are many reasons why this happens, and many reasons why it’s best to overcome it.
May 7, 2018
Kristen Skiles is an Air Force wife and [step]mom to a beautiful 7-year-old. She blogs at stepmomming.com where she provides comfort and guidance for overwhelmed stepmoms, encouraging and helping them to write their own happily ever afters. In this episode, we talk about her personal story, her relationship with bio mom, the challenges she faces in her own blended family, tips and advice on making it work, her blog, stepmomming.com, and so much more!
April 23, 2018
Whether your divorce happened recently or long ago, you might find that you have a child who remains angry. There are many reasons for this, which I talk about in this show. It’s important to learn the reasons so that you can help them move past it in a healthy way. I also tackle some listener questions on the topic.
April 9, 2018
Feeling guilt is something we all struggle with. Parents tend to feel guilty over every mistake, decision, or circumstance of their lives. Yet, feeling that guilt doesn’t change situations or  make anyone feel better. What can you do? Use my 5 step process to help you ease out of guilt so that you start feeling better today! Identify the issue causing the guilt Determine whether the guilt is healthy or unhealthy Forgive yourself Apologize if necessary Learn and grow from the experience
April 2, 2018
Michelle Thompson is an attorney and Certified Financial Planner™ helping blended families reach their financial goals. Prior to joining IRC Wealth, she had her own law practice where she focused on estate planning, primarily serving blended families. In this interview, we discuss Her personal story Why she decided to help blended families in her career What families need to set up The difference between a trust attorney and a financial advisor Some listener questions And much more!
March 26, 2018
This week, some updates on me, and a first listen to the anniversary gift that Songfinch created for my husband! I also tackle some tough listener questions. One mom is unsure of how a man can love her and her kids, a man who is tired of getting disrespected by his step daughter, and a woman whose boyfriends daughter is using manipulation to come between her and her boyfriend. Send in your questions to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com and I might use them on a future show!
March 12, 2018
Connection is such an important element of relationships. There are four main types of connection that are necessary for strengthening your relationship. They are emotional, physical, intellectual, and soul. In this episode, I explain what they all are, and how to improve them. Plus I give you my favorite bonding exercises. The better balance you can achieve, the more fulfilled you will be as a couple.
March 5, 2018
Carla is a master in healing acute and life-long patterns of emotional pain, struggling family relationships, in clearing blocks, limiting beliefs, communication and inherited family traumas. She teaches others how to develop the relationships and life they desire. Her methods work, as evidenced by her happy clients and their testimonies. In this interview, we discuss her personal story, what she offers, and so much more.
February 26, 2018
I will answer your questions on this episode of the blended family podcast! First, a mom who needs help explaining to her son why his dad is absent. Then, a question on whether or not a relationship could work with a couple who doesn’t share the same faith. Next, a struggling stepdad who feels pushed to the side when bio dad came back around. And last, a mom who is frustrated with her ex who doesn’t take proper care of the kids when he has them.
February 19, 2018
There are many reasons why a family may find themselves in the position of raising a child without the other biological parent. Regardless of the cause, the children can suffer greatly. There are ways to help a child through this, as well as ways to cope as the sole parent.
February 12, 2018
With Valentine's Day this week, I thought it might be good to share some tips to appreciate and nurture your relationship. Couples in blended families are often so overwhelmed with stress and chaos, that they neglect to put in the work to help their relationship grow. In this show, I’ll give you an exercise to help you see your partner in a different light. I also give you my 5 top tips for appreciating your relationship.
February 5, 2018
Erik Newton describes himself as someone who’s “been through a thousand divorces and still believes in love.” He began his career as an attorney, but ultimately, his calling to help couples build healthy relationships superseded his legal career, and he decided to dedicate himself full-time to creating a place couples could go for information, inspiration, and a big dose of truth. That’s when Together was born.
January 29, 2018
Childhood depression and anxiety is on the rise. We are living in a world that can be difficult for adults to navigate, and even more difficult for our younger generation. It’s important to know the signs of depression in adolescents, as it can look quite different from adult depression.
January 22, 2018
I’m answering some tough questions sent in by listeners. First, a woman who says her grown stepkids are jealous of her, and she’s having trouble with that around holidays. Next, a question about what to do with old albums and keepsakes, especially when moving to a new place with a new partner. Then, a listener concerned about the drama the ex wife brings to her relationship. Last, a meddling mother in law who chooses the ex wife over her own son.
January 15, 2018
Do you stand in your power? Unfortunately, many of us do not know how to do this. Standing in your power means that you honor yourself. It means that you know what you want and do not want, you know what you like and do not like. You stand strong for what you believe in and desire, and you don’t back down from your beliefs and desires just to please other people. You become the person responsible for your own happiness. Use my 5 step process to help you finally become the person you want to be!
January 8, 2018
It’s good to be back from a small break! New Year updates, announcements, an interview, and a giveaway! Dr. Jody Dean is a clinical psychologist with 28 years of experience specializing in children, adolescents, and athletes. She joins me to discuss her book, Roxie the Doxie, a wonderful book to help children through adoption and other family transitions, such as blended families.
December 18, 2017
When the end of a year approaches, it’s always a great time to reflect, as well as dream up new possibilities for the year ahead. I invite you to write a new script of your dream life. Let’s make next year the best yet for you and your blended family!
December 11, 2017
Being a stepparent comes with so many challenges, and those challenges can damage blended families. Bio parents aren’t always aware of the difficulties that their partners face. Here’s what to expect in this episode Listener emails Common struggles of stepparents Solutions to some of those struggles Tips for the hurting stepparent My plea to the bio parent
December 4, 2017
Charla Miller is a successful author who used traumatic events in her life to propel her forward. She wrote a book called, Wonder and Beauty: My Journey From Heartbreak to Healing Through the Wonder of Horses. She currently resides in Boise Idaho with her partner and is involved in the world of equine therapy. Her story is paving the way for others to see that their pain from loss isn't the ending but a launching point to even greater connection to those they love and so much more.
November 27, 2017
Many of us walk through life taking things very personally, which can affect our lives greatly. It causes much suffering. The relationships we have with others can also be affected when we take everything to heart. Ten tips to help you learn to not take things personally!
November 20, 2017
Do you have an over involved ex? Or maybe you’re married to someone whose ex is over involved? There are reasons why exes feel the need to hover and criticize your parenting. They may make excessive phone calls, demonstrate helicopter parenting, or they might not think you are fit to parent your own child. Whatever they are doing, boundaries must be set. Learn all about this and how it affects your current relationship this week on the show!
November 13, 2017
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.
November 6, 2017
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, 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.
October 30, 2017
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?
October 23, 2017
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.
October 16, 2017
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.
October 9, 2017
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.
October 2, 2017
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. 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.
September 25, 2017
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
September 18, 2017
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.
September 11, 2017
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!
September 4, 2017
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.
August 28, 2017
In this episode, Sibel Guelseren 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!
August 21, 2017
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!
August 14, 2017
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.
August 7, 2017
This episode I talk about some of my own recent struggles, and what I’ve learned from them. Plus I answer some listener questions.
July 24, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   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   Connect with Katie Website Twitter Facebook Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
July 17, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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.   You get to be the fun one You do not have to be the disciplinarian You are looked at differently than mom or dad You get to develop your own special relationship You can be influential in their life You get to help a family You get to walk away or get a break You bring new perspectives in the mix You are listened to in a different way You can learn a lot about yourself from being a stepparent Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
July 10, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Living in the shadows of an ex or a deceased partner can be really difficult to navigate. Both situations have similarities, but both need to be handled in different ways. We will talk about photos, memories, family and friends, and children in this episode. Plus I’ll share three emails from listeners about this topic. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
July 3, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com     Raising teenagers can be extremely challenging and frustrating. As parents, we can get caught up in the negativity of it all, and we can forget to enjoy the journey. Hopefully this show can help to shift your perspective a bit, so that you can see the joys in between the madness!     Listen to my interview on the Couple Money Podcast here     Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
June 26, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   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   Connect with Stephanie Website Twitter Facebook Free download of quick and easy coping skills for stress, anxiety and fear         Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
June 19, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   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         Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
June 12, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   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     Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
June 5, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   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.   The length of your relationship The quality of your relationship The ages of your kids The relationship between the stepkids How well do you and your partner co parent How do the kids feel about the situation What is your value on a stress free and peaceful life What is the difference in expenses from one home to two Shared care of living together opposed to caring for children alone 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     Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
May 22, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   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   Connect with Amy Website Twitter Buy the book Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
May 15, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   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 Connect with John Website Podcast Website Facebook Twitter Youtube channel Instagram Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
May 8, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   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. Connect with Shawn Website Facebook Twitter 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. Connect with Mary Grace Website Facebook Twitter Instagram 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! Connect with Casey Website Facebook Twitter   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? Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
May 1, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   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! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
May 1, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   One of my special listeners, Lisa Paige, has reached out to me in the hopes that I would share her story. This is a personal story of abuse, but she has persevered! Lisa now has a better relationship and a blended family! In this interview she shares:   About her family How the abuse started Why she stayed for so long What triggered her decision to leave How she decided to let her husband know she was leaving him What happened after the divorce Where life took her after the divorce Lessons she learned along the way Words of wisdom to others who are stuck in abusive relationships   If you want to connect with Lisa, you can find her in our private facebook group. She feels it is her mission to help others who are in a similar place as she was. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
April 24, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   As an alienated parent and victim of family court corruption, Wendy Perry (formerly Archer) became motivated to bring awareness and education about parental alienation out of the shadows. Her advocacy work has included coordinating and hosting the annual Parental Alienation Awareness Day event in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas and other large events such as the Parental Alienation Symposium drawing attendees from around the world, hosting monthly support group and advocacy meetings, meeting with legislators in Washington DC about family court reform as well as doing TV, radio and magazine interviews to raise awareness and education.  The corruption in Wendy’s family court case was so extreme that it was featured in the documentary Divorce Corp.  Having previously served on the board of directors for PAAO Canada and as a co-founder of PAAO USA; Wendy has most recently co-founded and serves as one of the officers for the non-profit organization PAAO International.     In this interview we discuss The parental alienation awareness organization What is parental alienation What is the difference between parental alienation and parental alienation syndrome Some personal letters from victims of PA Difference between PA and gossip How to help children who are affected by PA What steps to take if this is happening to you or your children How to help support the cause And more   Find out more about Wendy and the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization Website Facebook page Facebook group Twitter Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
April 17, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Every blended family has to deal with transition days, and every child deals with transitions in a different way. Most parents and step parents dread this, as they know they are in for some behavior that can be out of character. In this episode I’ll talk about   Transition day behaviors Why transitions are hard for our children Why transition days are hard for parents What parents can do to make things easier for both themselves and their kids Importance of working together with your partner Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
April 10, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   When you’re a parent in a blended family, you don't have time to get sick. Unfortunately, it happens, and it’s never convenient. It’s important to learn some tips to prevent illness, but I also have tips for when find yourself under the weather.   Don't be afraid to ask for help Seek medical help if necessary Do the bare minimum Let go of perfectionism If your home with the kids, make it easy on yourself Let go of the guilt Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955  
April 3, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Elle Martinez is the creator of Couple Money, a personal finance site and podcast focused on helping spouses build their marriage and wealth together. She shares tips, advice, and stories from her own journey and others about dumping debt, taking care of family, and dealing with sticky situations that many marriages encounter.   She joins me for a discussion of finances and blended families. In this interview we discuss   Her personal story The couple money podcast Bank accounts in blended families Child support Debt Childrens expenses Saving money College funds Estate planning And much more! Elle recommends NAPFA National Association of Financial Advisors GuideVine   To connect with Elle Website Facebook Twitter Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
March 27, 2017
melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com   Most divorced couples lack great communication skills, which makes co parenting much harder than it needs to be. Healthy communication with your ex creates a peaceful environment for your children, and also sets a great example for them that they will model when they grow up.   My 15 tips for better communication with your ex are   Never use the kids as a go between Never argue in front of the kids Learn to pick and choose your battles Avoid being sarcastic, disrespectful, and rude Set boundaries, and stick to them Don't bring up the past when communicating Practice empathy Treat your ex the way you want to be treated Put your children first Texting and email should be your chosen method of communication Choose your words carefully Monitor your tone Avoid topics that will trigger your ex Learn to listen Learn to compromise   Listen to my interview with Dr Jennelle on The Big Change of Heart Podcast! Click here, and find episode #44 Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on Facebook Connect with me on Twitter Send questions or feedback to melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com Send me a voicemail at Speakpipe Visit the website at www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Sign up for my monthly newsletter Schedule an interview or coaching session here   Send mail to Melissa Brown                     5445 Murrell Rd                     Unit 102 #178                     Viera FL 32955
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