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Melbourne, FL


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!




137-Accepting a stepparent in your child's life

melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com 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. No bad mouthingNo competingPractice better communication with your ex and their partnerTake your own feelings out of the equationBe there for your child without interfering Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and Rate/Review on Itunes Connect with...

Duration: 00:17:30

136-What I've been up to, listener questions, and a giveaway!

melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com www.blendedfamilypodcast.com This episode I talk about some of my own recent struggles, and what I’ve learned from them. Plus I answer some listener questions. What to do when two parents have completely different parenting styles How to help children who have been taken from their mom What to do when you don’t like the choices the other parent is making for your kids in their home And a giveaway! Join the Private Facebook Group Listen and...

Duration: 00:21:10

135-Estate planning for blended families, with Katie Brewer

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...

Duration: 00:23:09

134-Positive sides to being a stepparent!

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 oneYou do not have to be the disciplinarianYou are looked at differently than mom or dadYou get to develop your own special relationshipYou can be influential in their lifeYou get to help a familyYou get to walk away or get a...

Duration: 00:13:17

133-Living in the shadows of someone

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...

Duration: 00:24:22

132-How to love your teenagers

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...

Duration: 00:18:18

131-Anxiety, with special guest, Stephanie Dalfonzo

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,...

Duration: 00:44:12

130-Father's Day Special with my husband, Shawn Brown

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 sonEmotions he experienced when he gained custodySome of the challenges he faced this yearGuilt he has experiencedSome positives that happened this yearHis advice on why it's important to be...

Duration: 00:36:52

129-Stepparents with no bio children, often called the childless stepparent

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 unimportantFeeling like you take a backseatFeeling unqualified or being told that you areFeeling like you're missing out on time and experiencesFeeling...

Duration: 00:29:10

128-Living arrangements, together or separate

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 relationshipThe quality of your relationshipThe ages of your kidsThe relationship between the stepkidsHow well...

Duration: 00:23:15

127-Author Amy Baker, Co parenting with a Toxic Ex

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...

Duration: 00:32:47

126-Unacking Mental Illness, with John Cordray

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...

Duration: 00:44:57

125-Mothers Day Special! Interviews with Shawn Fink, Mary Grace, and Casey DeStefano

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...

Duration: 01:11:37

124- A story of abuse, part 2, interview with Linda Ricci

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 marriageHow the abuse startedHow religion...

Duration: 00:44:43

123-A story of abuse, interview with Lisa Paige

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 familyHow the abuse startedWhy she stayed for so longWhat triggered her decision to leaveHow she decided to let her husband know she was leaving himWhat happened...

Duration: 00:30:04

122- Parental Alienation and PAAO, with special guest Wendy Perry

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,...

Duration: 00:38:21

121-Dealing with transitions in a blended family

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 behaviorsWhy transitions are hard for our childrenWhy transition days are hard for parentsWhat parents can do to make things easier for both...

Duration: 00:21:59

120-Managing illness

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 helpSeek medical help if necessaryDo the bare minimumLet go of perfectionismIf your home with the kids, make it easy on yourselfLet go of the...

Duration: 00:18:03

119-Finances and the blended family, with Elle Martinez

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...

Duration: 00:46:09

118-tips for better communication with your ex

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 betweenNever argue in front of the kidsLearn to pick and choose...

Duration: 00:23:09

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