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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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Episodes

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

164-Holistic Healing, with special guest Carla Van Walsum

3/5/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Carla was trained in the Netherlands in Clinical Psychology, Holistic Therapies, and Family Constellations, and owns HeartBased Solutions, a holistic practice for individuals, parents, and families. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in the USA. For over 20 years, Carla has been an internationally recognized teacher, therapist and facilitator in the areas of relationships, heart-based parenting, women empowerment, inherited...

Duration:00:43:20

163-Listener Questions

2/26/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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...

Duration:00:19:13

162-When a Biological Parent is Absent

2/19/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com There are many reasons why a family may find themselves in the position of raising a child without the other biological parent. There could be a death, therefore leaving someone a widow or widower, left to raise their kids alone. Unfortunately, there are lots of absent parents out there because those parents have made a choice to abandon their kids, leaving the other parent to pick up the pieces. There are parents who are...

Duration:00:19:29

161-Tips on Appreciating Your Relationship

2/12/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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...

Duration:00:15:34

160-Valentines Special, with Erik Newton of Together

2/5/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com Erik Newton is a former family law attorney who describes himself as someone who’s “been through a thousand divorces and still believes in love.” Ushering couples through divorce wasn’t easy for Erik, a romantic from birth, but it turned out to be the ideal medium through which to understand the entire life cycle of a relationship. As a result, Erik has a unique, real-world comprehension of what makes one marriage thrive...

Duration:00:40:28

159-Childhood Depression and Anxiety

1/29/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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. In this episode I talk about My own children's struggles with depression and anxietyWhy kids today suffer more with depression than we...

Duration:00:20:36

158-Listener Questions

1/22/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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...

Duration:00:20:18

157-How to stand in your power

1/15/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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...

Duration:00:22:44

156-New Year Updates and interview with Jody Dean, author of Roxie the Doxie

1/8/2018
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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. Her medical affiliations include Senior Clinical Account Executive, United Healthcare and Aetna; Director, and Employee Assistance Program at Hughes Electronics and DirecTV. She earned her PHD in...

Duration:00:17:48

155-End of year reflection and hopes for the New Year!

12/18/2017
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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! Please note, there will not be a show on December 25 or January 1. I will be spending some time enjoying my family, and I hope you do the same! Happy Holidays and a very...

Duration:00:17:17

154-The struggles of being a stepparent

12/11/2017
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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 emailsCommon struggles of stepparentsSolutions to some of those strugglesTips for the hurting stepparentMy plea to the bio parent Purchase the Mindful Stepmom Meditation Album HERE Join the...

Duration:00:27:50

153-Wonder and Beauty, Charla Miller shares her story and book with us!

12/4/2017
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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. She currently resides in Boise Idaho with her partner and is involved in the world of equine therapy. Charla also travels as a destination makeup and hair artist and brings her concept of beauty to all she...

Duration:00:26:58

152-Stop taking things so personally!

11/27/2017
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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! Avoid toxic peopleHave realistic expectationsDetermine how important the situation isWork on your self confidenceDon't give away your powerDon't jump to...

Duration:00:18:22

151-Exes who are over involved!

11/20/2017
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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...

Duration:00:20:11

150-Differing parenting styles in the blended family, with special guest Shawn Brown

11/13/2017
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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 metMistakes that we made in the beginningHow to be fair but also treat...

Duration:00:32:50

149-Dr. Jennelle, on same sex marriages and blended families

11/6/2017
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melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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...

Duration:00:39:09

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