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The Blended Family Podcast is a weekly show with a strong focus on strategies and methods to help your family thrive. Blended Families face many difficulties and challenges which can sometimes drive families apart. The goal of this podcast is is to help your family grow together through these challenges and create the peaceful and loving home you desire. Your host, Melissa, understands these struggles because she has a blended family of her own. When you listen to this podcast, you will see that the family life you have always dreamed of is completely attainable!

The Blended Family Podcast is a weekly show with a strong focus on strategies and methods to help your family thrive. Blended Families face many difficulties and challenges which can sometimes drive families apart. The goal of this podcast is is to help your family grow together through these challenges and create the peaceful and loving home you desire. Your host, Melissa, understands these struggles because she has a blended family of her own. When you listen to this podcast, you will see that the family life you have always dreamed of is completely attainable!
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Melbourne, FL

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The Blended Family Podcast is a weekly show with a strong focus on strategies and methods to help your family thrive. Blended Families face many difficulties and challenges which can sometimes drive families apart. The goal of this podcast is is to help your family grow together through these challenges and create the peaceful and loving home you desire. Your host, Melissa, understands these struggles because she has a blended family of her own. When you listen to this podcast, you will see that the family life you have always dreamed of is completely attainable!

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English


Episodes

184-Co Host Series, with Amy Novakovich!

10/15/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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, including: An introduction to her own blended familyWhat it’s like raising toddlers and preteens at the same timeSome...

Duration:01:04:44

183-Anna DeAcosta returns to talk about Triggers!

10/1/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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. Having worked for years in medical and family care-giving research, Anna understands that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to families. She's an adult child of alcoholism and divorce, and understands that the challenges we...

Duration:00:31:27

182-Listener Questions

9/24/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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! Support Songfinch Use BLENDED for your $20 discount! Join the Private...

Duration:00:14:32

181-Setting Realistic Expectations

9/17/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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! 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...

Duration:00:12:43

180-Listener Questions

8/27/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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! Support my...

Duration:00:20:05

179-Healthy co parenting with your ex!

8/20/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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 asideGet better at communicatingCompromiseRespect the other parentBe considerate and shareMake important decisions togetherEstablish a relationship with your ex’s new partnerPick your battlesGive your ex room to...

Duration:00:21:16

178-Josh Zepess, World Financial Group, and my new career!

8/6/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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 first realized that his 401k he believed in so much wasn't going to retire him no matter what he did. After feeling misled about money, he started looking around and saw that he had spent years working really hard making his employer a lot of money yet...

Duration:00:22:32

177-Stepmom Listener Questions

7/30/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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...

Duration:00:18:01

176-Which comes first, your relationship, or your kids?

7/23/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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...

Duration:00:21:47

175-How to Fight Fair!

7/16/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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! Maintain ControlTake a breakPick and...

Duration:00:32:59

174-Charla Miller returns, her story of reunification with her son!

7/2/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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...

Duration:00:42:19

173-The Blame Game, and How to Stop Playing it!

6/18/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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. GoFundMe for Florida tragedy click here Support my sponsor Teami Blends Tea here Use the promo code BLENDED for 20% off your purchase of $34.99 Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and...

Duration:00:18:34

172-Special guest Andrea Santiago Malcolm shares how knitting helps her cope

6/4/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Andrea Santiago Malcolm is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Therapist. In that time, she has found she really loves working with couples who are ready to own and revitalize their sexuality with a mix of real talk and a sense of humor. She believes that sex is natural, important, and nothing to be embarrassed about! Andrea is also a Cancer survivor and enjoys helping others navigate that space as well....

Duration:00:29:04

171-Stepparents who want their partner to sever ties with the ex

5/21/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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. Join the Private Facebook...

Duration:00:16:56

170-Mother's Day Special, with Kristen Skiles, of Stepmomming.com

5/7/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Kristen Skiles is an Air Force wife and [step]mom to a beautiful 7-year-old. She runs on coffee, wine, and Amazon Prime, and 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. Kristen wholeheartedly believes that [step]momming is what you do, it’s not who you are. In this episode, we talk about Her personal...

Duration:00:39:55

169-Help your angry child cope with divorce, plus listener questions!

4/23/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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. Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with me on...

Duration:00:22:35

168-Letting go of Guilt

4/9/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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 guiltDetermine whether the guilt is healthy or unhealthyForgive...

Duration:00:15:59

167-Financial and Estate Planning for Blended Families, with Michelle Thompson

4/2/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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 storyWhy she decided to help blended families in her careerWhat families need to set upThe difference between a trust attorney...

Duration:00:38:35

166-Listener Questions

3/26/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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...

Duration:00:25:43

165-Importance of Connection in your Relationship

3/12/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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. Join the Private...

Duration:00:21:07