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Maria Natapov has been a stepparent for 10+ years. When she and her partner learned of the abuse and neglect inflicted by the biological mother, Maria studied and took the lead to install the right supports and prevent her stepdaughter from further harm. Her passion is helping other stepparents transform their challenging responsibilities into opportunities for the whole family to thrive. In Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, Maria talks frankly about actionable steps to transform family chaos into meaningful and harmonious co-parenting. Reminding stepparents that they are not alone. Learn more about Maria Natapov. https://synergisticstepparenting.com/meet-maria/

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Maria Natapov has been a stepparent for 10+ years. When she and her partner learned of the abuse and neglect inflicted by the biological mother, Maria studied and took the lead to install the right supports and prevent her stepdaughter from further harm. Her passion is helping other stepparents transform their challenging responsibilities into opportunities for the whole family to thrive. In Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, Maria talks frankly about actionable steps to transform family chaos into meaningful and harmonious co-parenting. Reminding stepparents that they are not alone. Learn more about Maria Natapov. https://synergisticstepparenting.com/meet-maria/

Language:

English

Contact:

617-419-0878


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#98: Overcoming Co-Parenting Fear and Comparison

5/23/2024
Welcome back to another episode of the Synergistic Stepparenting podcast! I’m Maria Natapov, your guide on this journey to creating a harmonious and joyful blended family. Have you ever dealt with co-parenting fear and comparison in your blended family role? Imagine this: you start your day feeling the weight of all your responsibilities. You worry about how your stepchildren will react to your guidance, how to navigate the tension with your ex-spouse, and how to keep your family united. You fear not being accepted or loved by your stepchildren, and you’re constantly second-guessing your every move. The tension doesn’t stop there. You’re also dealing with misunderstandings and conflicts with your partner’s ex. Every interaction feels like walking a tightrope, trying to avoid conflict but somehow stepping into it with every move you make. It feels like no matter what you do, you can't seem to do anything right. Does this sound familiar? Are you struggling to connect with your stepkids while feeling the constant strain of dealing with their other biological parent? Do you feel like you’re always walking on eggshells, trying to avoid conflicts and keep the peace, yet somehow causing more friction? If you’re nodding along, then today’s episode is for you. Find the show notes for this episode at https://SynergisticStepparenting.com/98. Covered Topics: - The Blended Family Possibilities - Understanding Your Struggleswith Co-Parenting Fear and Comparison - The Power of Letting Go of Co-Parenting Comparison - 3 Steps for letting go of Comparison - Letting Go of Co-Parenting Fears - 4 Steps for letting go of Fear - Making Real Connections in Your Blended Family Creating a blended family that feels united and loving is possible. It starts with understanding, empathy, and letting go of the need to control everything. Imagine having someone who understands the unique challenges of your high-profile life and can offer personalized, discreet support to navigate your family dynamics. Think about the relief of having practical, step-by-step guidance to create a nurturing and harmonious environment for your blended family. Take the first step by grabbing your copy of Family Fusion, 6 Steps to Collaborative Co-Parenting ASAP. And I have something really special that drops in the next few days that you don’t want to miss. So be sure to get your copy and get on my list so that you don’t miss out on this 1st time-ever opportunity! I’ve never done this before and I’m so excited to share this with you. I’m here to help you make this dream a reality. Let me show you the way to unlocking the door to peace, and deep connections to your blended family. Grab your copy of Family Fusion: 6 Steps to Collaborative Co-Parenting today, and let’s start this transformative journey together.

Duration:00:08:11

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#97: Strategies for Coparenting with an Absent Coparent

5/16/2024
Welcome back to another episode of "Synergistic Stepparenting," the podcast dedicated to helping you navigate the complex and rewarding journey of blending families. I'm your host, Maria Natapov, and today we’re exploring a topic that weighs heavy on many stepparents’ and divorced parents’ hearts, the struggles of coparenting with an absent coparent. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/97. Another day begins, and as you sip your morning coffee, you can't shake off the tension that's been brewing for weeks. You're not alone in this maze of emotions. I understand your journey because I've walked it myself. Today, I'm here to offer you a lifeline, a beacon of hope amidst the chaos. Let's embark on a journey together, where understanding, validation, and solutions await. Today, we're exploring a theme that resonates with so many of you: the delicate balance of finding your role as a stepparent. Picture this: you're eager to step in and help, to be the parent that's missing, but suddenly you feel like an outsider, and your well-meaning efforts aren't quite hitting the mark. It's like trying to fit a piece into a puzzle where the edges are still blurry. Let’s explore four common challenges that stepparents face in this balancing act, and I'll share practical, neuroscience-backed solutions to help you navigate these hurdles with grace and confidence. Covered Topics: - Common challenge #1: Feeling the Urge to Step In as the Absent Parent - 3 Neuroscience-Backed Solutions to Common challenge #1 - Common Challenge #2: Partner Resistance to Stepparent's Input - 3 Neuroscience-Backed Solutions to Common challenge #2 - Common Challenge #3: Finding the Balance in Your Role as a Stepparent - 3 Neuroscience-Backed Solutions to Common challenge #3 - Common Challenge #4: Addressing Necessary Issues with Your Partner - 3 Neuroscience-Backed Solutions to Common challenge #4 Remember, you're not alone, and together, we can create the happy, harmonious blended family you've always dreamed of. If you're ready to take the next step towards a brighter tomorrow, and you haven’t done so, grab your free copy of Family Fusion: 6 Steps to Collaborative Co-Parenting, and let me support you on your journey to blended family bliss. Your story is waiting to be written, and I'm here to help you turn the page to a new chapter filled with love, laughter, and endless possibilities. Until next time, be well! Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships that they desire with their blended clan. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:11:12

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#96: Overcoming Blended Family Challenges Overwhelm

5/9/2024
Hey there, fellow stepparents! It's Maria Natapov, your go-to guide for navigating the ups and downs of blended family life. I know firsthand how easy it is to catch a bad case of blended family challenges overwhelm caused by juggling the demands of your career, your family, and your own well-being, especially when it feels like conflicts are constantly looming. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/96. Do any of these thoughts sound familiar? "I just need some space from the chaos." "Why do weekends feel like battlegrounds?" "Am I the only one struggling to find my place?" If you're nodding along, you're not alone. I hear you, and I understand how overwhelming it can feel when you're at the end of your rope. But, there is hope – and I'm here to help you find it. Covered Topics: - Validate Your Feelings - Understand the Neuroscience - Take Control of Your Space - Communicate Effectively - 3 Key Strategies for Effective Communication - Seek Support Ready to take the next step? Grab your very own copy of Family Fusion: 6 Steps to Collaborative Co-Parenting, and get critical insights, strategies, and tips to support you on your journey to finding peace and harmony in your blended family.

Duration:00:08:51

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#95: Blended Family Cumulative Stressors: the 4-1-1

5/3/2024
Welcome back to another episode of Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, where we dive deep into the realities of blended family life. It's great to have you here, warriors navigating the unique challenges of blended family dynamics. Today, we're tackling a topic that hits close to home for most of you: navigating blended family cumulative stressors. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/95. Covered Topics: - Reliving the Blended Family Daily Grind - Riding the Blended Family Emotional Roller Coaster - Finding Your Anchor Amidst the Blended Family Storm - 4 Tools to Curb Your Blended Family Cumulative Stressors - Getting Support to Transform Blended Family Cumulative Stressors into Harmony Co-Parenting - A Powerful Resource to Create the Serenity You Crave I'm here to support you every step of the way. Together, we'll transform your blended family from a source of stress and conflict into a source of joy and fulfillment. Ready to take the first step? Book a call with me today, and let's start your journey to a happier, healthier family life. I'm excited to introduce you to a resource that can help navigate these waters with confidence and clarity: the Family Fusion: 6 Steps to Collaborative Co-Parenting Guide. This guide isn't just another how-to manual. It's a roadmap designed to address the pain points many of us face in blended families—creating more peace and harmony among family members. Imagine having more ease in your daily interactions, and working towards that dream of harmonious co-parenting, together. With this offer, I'm not just handing you a bunch of tips and tricks. I'm helping you conquer obstacles, clarify misconceptions, and embody the core value of guidance every step of the way. So, if you're ready to take the next step towards a more harmonious family life, click below to grab your copy of the Family Fusion Guide now! Here's to creating more peace and harmony in your blended family journey! Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships that they desire with their blended clan. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:09:57

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#94: Navigating the Pressure Facing Stepparents

4/25/2024
Welcome back to another episode of the Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, where we explore the intricate dance of stepparenting with compassion and understanding. Today, we're delving into the pressure facing stepparents to step up or back off, and the strategies for finding balance amidst the chaos. So, grab your favorite mug of tea, settle in, and let's dive deep into this important topic. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/94. Covered Topics: - Identifying Common Pressure Facing Stepparents - Strategist for Striking a Delicate Balance in Your Stepparenting Role - Strategies for Finding Balance Amidst the Pressure Facing Stepparents - Reflection Questions to Reduce the Pressure Facing Stepparents Are you feeling like you're walking a tightrope, trying to balance between stepping up and backing off in your blended family? Do you lie awake at night, wondering how to deepen connections and rapport while navigating the minefield of conflicting expectations? You're not alone in this struggle. It's time to stop feeling overwhelmed and start taking action. Book your call with me today, to get the clarity you need to create the blended family dynamic you crave. If you're tired of feeling stuck and yearn for support in finding that elusive balance and strengthening bonds within your blended family, don't hesitate any longer. Book a call with me today by filling out a brief questionnaire. Let's turn your frustrations into opportunities for growth and create a family dynamic where everyone feels understood, valued, and connected. Your blended family journey doesn't have to be a solo expedition. Together, we can make it a triumphant adventure towards love, harmony, and lasting happiness. Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. Your positive ratings helps me reach and support more stepparents – like you – move towards more harmony in their blended family. Click here, scroll to the bottom, rate this show with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode! Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:09:59

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#93: Managing Blended Family Tensions: The Stepparent's Guide

4/18/2024
Hey there, fellow stepparents and divorced parents! I know how it feels when blended family tensions arise, and it seems like there's no end in sight. You're not alone in this struggle. I get it—I've been there too. But guess what? It's possible to foster a supportive blended family dynamic, and I'm here to guide you through it. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/93. Covered Topics: - Acknowledge Your Feelings - Choose Your Response - 3 Response Options - The Role Self-Care Plays - A Case Study Scenario - Working the Steps You're not alone on this journey. With the right strategies and support, you can navigate family tensions with grace and resilience. If you're ready to take the next step towards harmony in your blended family, I'm here to help. Book your call now to discuss your unique challenges and how I might be able to help. Let's connect and explore how I can support you on your path to blissful coexistence. Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships they desire with their blended family. Click here, scroll to the bottom, rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:08:18

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#92: Managing Your Stepchild's Challenging Behavior

4/11/2024
Another day rolls by, and you find yourself tangled in the chaos of life. Managing your high-powered career and nurturing your blended family is tough. Sometimes it feels like you're juggling flaming torches, hoping they won't burn you or anyone else around you. The stress mounts. You seek to identify your stepchild's challenging behaviors, understand their emotional triggers and effectively respond to them while feeling supported as the stepparent. You long for a sense of peace and harmony within your family dynamic. If this sounds all too familiar, you’ve come to the right place. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/92. As a CEO, you're accustomed to conquering challenges head-on. But when it comes to navigating the intricate landscape of blended family life, even the most accomplished individuals, like you, can feel overwhelmed. It's like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube blindfolded — you know there's a solution, but finding it feels impossible. You yearn for seamless integration between your professional success and your family's well-being. Your stepchildren's happiness and success are just as important to you as your own children's. You're committed to creating a harmonious environment where everyone thrives. But how do you bridge the gap between your high-powered career and the complexities of blended family dynamics? Covered Topics: - Identifying Your Stepchild's Challenging Behavior through Emotional Signals - Understanding the Root Cause of Your Stepchild's Emotional Triggers - Effectively Responding to Your Stepchild's Challenging Behavior - Feeling Supported as the Stepparent - A Sample Scenario of a Stepchild's Challenging Behavior - A Specific Example of a Stepchild's Root Cause of Challenging Behavior - The Benefit of Enlisting Professional Support As you embark on this transformative journey with me, remember that you're not just seeking solutions — you're embracing a lifeline of support and understanding as the stepparent and integral part of the blended family. This will have a massive impact on your relationships with the other blended family members and in your blended family dynamics overall. Together, we'll navigate the maze of blended family dynamics with grace, resilience, and unwavering determination. So why wait? Take the first step towards a harmonious blended family life by booking a call with me today. To do this, fill out a brief questionnaire at SynergisticStepparenting.com/work. Your path to serenity and connection awaits, and I’m here to guide you every step of the way and support your, the stepparent's, emotional needs. Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships they desire with their blended family. Click here, scroll to the bottom, rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:14:11

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#91: Dealing with a Blended Family Crisis: Tips and Advice

4/4/2024
Welcome to a special episode of the Synergistic Stepparenting podcast. I'm your host, Maria Natapov, and today, we're diving deep into the heart-wrenching scenario of a blended family facing a major blended family crisis: Lily, Emily's 12-year-old stepdaughter, has been diagnosed with a serious chronic illness. We're exploring the stepparent's struggle with overwhelm, the bio-parent's role balancing struggle, and the step-siblings' confusion and vulnerability. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/91. Covered Topics: - Insights from a Stepparenting Coach and Blended Family Strategist - The Stepparent's Struggle with Overwhelm and What to Do About It - the Bio-Parent's Struggle with Balancing the Roles of Caregiver and Supportive Spouse and What to Do About It - Embrace Effective Coping Strategies in Your Blended Family - How to Take Empowered Action in Dealing with a Blended Family Crisis Are you experiencing a similar situation to Emily’s with Lily’s diagnosis? Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about how to navigate it or what the next steps are? Do you find yourself grappling with a whirlwind of emotions, unsure of where to turn for support? It's time to take the first step towards finding peace amidst the chaos. I personally invite you to book a call with me, Maria Natapov, your guide through the turbulent waters of stepparenting and blended family dynamics. During our call, we'll dive deep into your unique circumstances, exploring the challenges you're facing and the goals you hope to achieve. Take the first step now by filling out the Work with Maria questionnaire. This simple form will help me better understand your needs and tailor our conversation to address your specific concerns. Whether you're struggling to balance your role as a caregiver, navigating complex family dynamics, or simply seeking support and guidance, I'm here to help. Don't let the chaos of stepparenting overwhelm you any longer. Take action today and schedule your call with me. Together, we can find clarity, build resilience, and create a brighter, more peaceful future for you and your loved ones. Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships they desire with their blended family. Click here, scroll to the bottom, rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:07:18

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#90: Prioritizing Personal Growth in Blended Families

3/28/2024
Another day begins, and the weight of your blended family's complexities sits heavy on your shoulders. You juggle your demanding career, family dynamics, and personal growth aspirations, all while striving for harmony in the chaos. You're not alone. I see you, I understand you, and I'm here to guide you through the maze. Join me as we delve deeper into how to prioritize personal growth and supporting stepchild's growth through blended families. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/90. Covered Topics - Recognizing the Challenges of Supporting Stepchild's Growth in Blended Families - Embracing Personal Growth in Blended Families - Crafting Clear Expectations for Your Stepchild - Samples of Developmentally Appropriate Tasks by Stepchild’s Age - Nurturing Connections with Blended Family Co-Parenting - Seeking Support Around Supporting Your Stepchild's Growth - Embracing the Blended Family Co-Parenting Journey Dear listener, I invite you to join me on this journey of self-discovery and transformation. Take the first step by grabbing your copy of Family Fusion: 6 Steps to Collaborative Co-Parenting. Together, we'll unlock the secrets to harmonious co-parenting, nurturing relationships, and creating a blended family dynamic filled with love, laughter, and lasting memories. Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships they desire with their blended family. Click here, scroll to the bottom, rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:05:55

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#89: Navigating Blended Family Based Bullying

3/21/2024
Imagine the heart-wrenching sight of your child, shoulders slumped and eyes downcast, as they endure the painful reality of bullying from an unexpected source — their own parent. Today, we'll delve into the complexities of supporting a child through blended family challenges. I'll offer guidance and support to parents like you to who are navigating the challenging journey of creating and upholding co-parenting boundaries as you support a child through being bullied by a co-parent. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/89. Covered Topics: - A Painful Blended Family Scenario - Step 1: Acknowledging the Pain of Navigating Blended Family-Based Bullying - Step 2: Advocating for Co-Parenting Boundaries - Step 3: Creating a Safe Haven within Your Blended Family - Step 4: Empowering Your Child within Your Blended Family - Step 5: Seeking Professional Support Ready to support your child through blended family challenges by supporting their co-parenting boundaries? Create a path for your child's healing by downloading my free guide, Family Fusion: 6 Steps to Collaborative Co-Parenting. Join me in championing our children’s right to safety and well-being. Together, let's sow the seeds of strength and resilience in the hearts of our children. Let's nurture a future where they feel safe, loved, and respected within their own families and beyond. Until next time, be well! Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships they desire with their blended family. Click here, scroll to the bottom, rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:06:08

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#88: Get Rid of Stepparenting Shame and Guilt

3/14/2024
Welcome to another episode of "Synergistic Stepparenting." I'm Maria Natapov, your guide on this journey towards building stronger, more harmonious blended families. Today we're delving into a topic that's often shrouded in darkness. Yet it holds the key to unlocking greater connection and resilience within our families: shame and guilt. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/88. As stepparents and co-parents, we've all experienced moments of doubt, insecurity, and self-blame. We've questioned our worth, our abilities, and our impact on our blended family dynamics. The truth is, you are not alone in your struggles. There is light at the end of the tunnel. In this episode, we'll explore the insidious nature of shame and guilt in blended families. We'll delve into how they impact our relationships and well-being. Most importantly, we'll uncover what you can do to overcome them. Grab a cup of tea and find a cozy spot to settle in. We're shining a light on the shadows together. Let's dive deeper into the tangled web of shame and guilt that often accompanies the challenges of step-parenting and co-parenting. Topics Covered: - Acknowledge Your Feelings of Stepparenting Shame and Guilt - Embrace the Connection with Your Stepchild - Communicate Compassionately with Your Blended Family - Navigate Stepparenting Co-Parenting with Grace - Cultivate Stepparenting Self-Compassion If you’re struggling with any of these steps unsure where to begin, I’ve got you every step of the way. Go to SynergisticStepparenting.com/subscribe to download my "Family Fusion: 6 Steps to Collaborative Co-Parenting" guide. Dont' wait to embark on a transformative journey towards peace, connection, and fulfillment. I’ll be in touch to schedule a call and we'll unlock a brighter, more harmonious future for you and your loved ones. Let's walk this path together, one step at a time. Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships they desire with their blended family. Click here, scroll to the bottom, rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:07:11

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#87: Skip the Blended Family Co-Parenting Learning Curve...

3/7/2024
Welcome, dear listeners, to another episode of Synergistic Stepparenting podcast. I'm your host, Maria Natapov, and I'm thrilled to have you join me today as we dive into the complexities of step-parenting and co-parenting with compassion and clarity. To all the stepparents and divorced parents tuning in, I want you to know that you're not alone on this journey. Whether you're navigating the delicate balance between your career and family life, or striving to create harmony amidst the daily challenges, this podcast is your sanctuary — a place where your struggles are heard, your victories celebrated, and your questions answered. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/87. Covered Topics: - Co-Parenting: A Common Stepparenting Struggle - Stepping into Co-Parenting Harmony - Acknowledging Your Struggles - Prioritizing Your Stepchild - Establishing Healthy Stepparenting Boundaries - Fostering Love and Acceptance in Your Blended Family - Embracing Emotional Expression as a Blended Family Value - Navigating Co-Parenting Challenges Together I see you. I understand the weight of your responsibilities and the depth of your commitment to your family's happiness. My guide, Family Fusion: 6 Steps to Collaborative Co-Parenting, the ultimate guide to finding serenity in the storms of blended family life is not just a solution — it's your roadmap to a life filled with harmony, connection, and joy. Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships that they desire with their blended clan. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:06:44

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#86: The Secret to Eliminating Power Struggles in Stepfamilies

2/29/2024
Welcome, cherished stepparents and divorced parents in blended families, to another episode of the Synergistic Stepparenting podcast. I'm here with you, your guide and ally, as we delve into the intricate dynamics of blended family life. Today, we're tackling a topic that hits close to home for many of us: power struggles. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/86. Have you ever had déjà vu? Let me paint you a picture… You found yourself in yet another power struggle with your stepchild, tensions rising between you and your partner as the familiar argument about discipline reared its head. You, feeling isolated and defeated, spent another night tossing and turning, replaying the same scenes like a Groundhog Day movie. Can you relate? If you said “Yes,” you’re not alone! But fear not, because today's episode is your beacon of hope amidst the chaos. We're diving deep into the misunderstood realm of power struggles in blended families. We'll navigate through this challenge and emerge stronger. Covered Topics: - Exploring Stepparent and Stepchild Fallout - Neuroscience behind how discipline kills trust and connection - Embracing a new Approach to Conflict Resolution in the Blended Family And that wraps up our introduction and first steps on our journey to redefine discipline in blended families. Discipline isn't about control; it's about connection. If you want more, I’ve just released Family Fusion: 6 Steps to Collaborative Co-Parenting. Grab your copy here to learn powerful strategies and approaches to reduce the power struggles and create more peace, ease, and calm in your blended family. It's the first step towards a harmonious blended family life. Together, we've got this! Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships that they desire with their blended clan. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:05:34

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#85: How Fear Destroys Your Stepfamily Connections...

2/22/2024
Hey there, amazing stepparents and blended family warriors! Welcome back to another episode of Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, your go-to resource for navigating the challenges of struggling with stepparenting with grace and courage. Today, we're diving deep into the heart of one of the most common struggles in blended families: overcoming our own fears and worries. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/85. Covered Topics: - Identifying the Monsters Under the Bed: Struggling with Stepparenting - Separate Fact from Fiction: Stepparenting Myths Debunked - Embracing the Power of Trying: Stepparenting with Courage - Cultivating Courage and Connection: Stepparenting with Grace Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships that they desire with their blended clan. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:05:45

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#84: Are You Afraid of Including Extended Family in Your Stepfamily?

2/15/2024
Hey there, fabulous stepparents! Welcome back to another episode of Synergistic Stepparenting Podcast, where I guide you to navigate the wild and wonderful world of blended families with grace, humor, and a whole lot of heart. I'm your host Maria Natapov, your trusty guide through the twists and turns of stepparenting life. Today, we’re continuing to explore how to strengthen the stepfamily for harmonious co-parenting, understanding and connection. We're diving deep into the art of building bridges within your blended family. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/84. Topics Covered: - Embrace Your Village - Communication is Key - Celebrate Your Differences - Keep Them in the Loop Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships that they desire with their blended clan. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:05:23

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#83: What Great Stepparents do When They Have Stepfamily Issues

2/8/2024
Hey there, amazing stepparents! It's Maria Natapov, your guide in the world of blended families. Today, let's dive into the stepfamily challenges you face and how to navigate them effectively. Find the show notes at SynergisticStepparenting.com/83. Covered Topics: - Stepparent Insight - Recognizing Stepfamily Patterns - Neuroscience of Unhealthy Patterns in Stepfamilies - Leveraging Stepfamily Advantages - Navigating Stepfamily Issues Together - Stepfamily Communication and Connection - Embracing Stepfamily Transformation You can do this within your own family and of course I would love to support you on this journey. So please don’t hesitate to reach out to me so that we can build this wonderful community approach and collaborative approach together to set your stepfamily up for success. Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships that they desire with their blended clan. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:04:26

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#82: Step Talks: Navigating Stepfamily Bonds

2/1/2024
Hey there, amazing stepparents! Welcome back to another episode of Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, where we dive deep into the world of blended families with a touch of humor and a whole lot of heart. I'm your host, Maria Natapov, the stepparenting coach here to guide you through the ups and downs of this incredible journey. In today's episode, we're talking about something many of us face in stepfamilies: How to handle it when your child complains about your spouse, their stepparent. If you've ever felt that sting or confusion, you're not alone. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/82. Topics Covered: - The CEO’s Perspective - The teacher’s Perspective - Harmony Minded Approach (a 4 step process) - Tailored Harmony Minded Approach to the CEO's challenge - Tailored Harmony Minded Approach to the teacher's challenge Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships that they desire with their blended clan. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:09:13

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#81: Can Mindful Mourning Boost Stepfamily Harmony?

1/25/2024
Hey there, amazing stepparents! Welcome to another episode of Synergistic Stepparenting, the podcast where we dive deep into the unique challenges of blending families while leading with love. I'm your go-to blended family strategist, here to guide you on this incredible journey. Today's episode is extra special, as we explore the power of mourning mindfully and how it can transform your experience as a stepparent. I'm talking to you whether you’re the powerhouse CEO or the dedicated teacher – this one's for every blended family out there! Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/81. Topics Covered: - Embrace Your Emotional Voyage - Heartfelt Healing, Family Bonding - Balancing Love and Loss - Craft Your Joyful Blend - Navigate Loss, Embrace Joy - Embrace Healing, Cherish Connection Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships that they desire with their blended clan. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:04:58

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#80: Mastering Self for Ultimate Stepfamily Success

1/18/2024
Hey there, incredible listeners! Welcome back to Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, where we dive deep into the questions that spark growth, transformation, and a little bit of magic on your stepfamily journey. Today, I’m inviting you to ponder a question that has the power to shape your experiences in 2024: 'What kind of self-regulation and self-care is needed to manifest the life you desire?' Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/80. Whether you're working on that exciting project, crafting an inspired lesson plan, nurturing your blended family, or simply striving for a particular daily vibe, it all comes down to the choices we make and the habits we cultivate. So, let's break it down together. Topics Covered: - Clarify Your Desired Experience - Identify the Core Values Driving Your Desires - Explore Your Relationship with Time - Self-Regulation Foundation - Putting Self-Regulation into Action - Cultivate Emotional Intelligence - Relationships and Collaboration - and more! And if you’re looking to unlock the secrets to harmonious blended family living, grab your copy of the Stepparent Survival Kit now for essential tools and strategies to transform your family dynamics today! Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships that they desire with their blended clan. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:05:13

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#79: Stepfamily Self-Care Secrets Unveiled

1/11/2024
Hello, incredible listeners, and welcome back to Synergistic Stepparenting, the podcast that's all about empowering you to live your best stepfamily life. I'm your host, Maria Natapov, and today's episode is a game-changer for anyone looking to make self-regulation and self-care their number one priority in 2024. We have two incredible individuals in mind as we explore this journey. Let's dive in! Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/79. Covered Topics: - The CEO’s Symphony of Success - Tailoring self-care to a hectic lifestyle - Blending family responsibilities seamlessly - Strategies for maintaining privacy in the public eye - A Teacher’s Journey to Joyful Blending - Practical strategies for co-parenting success - Building deeper connections with stepchildren - Techniques to address conflicts and build stronger family bonds - Universal Wisdom for All Click here to listen! Rate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts “Tons of value in this episode, love and appreciate your authenticity in all of your content.” “Maria is amazing! Very well rounded insights.” “Your podcast is awesome!” If you like the show, please consider rating and reviewing us. This gives us the ability to reach and help more stepparents – like you – move towards the life and relationships that they desire with their blended clan. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate us with 5 stars, and select “Write a Review” then be sure to let me know your favorite thing about the episode. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, follow the podcast so you don’t miss a thing. Follow now!

Duration:00:07:02