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Welcome to Enjoying Your Blended Family! We bring new episodes every Monday and Friday. Mondays are on hot topics in blended families and Fridays are all about fun ideas you can do with your blended family. This podcast is all about strengthening your blended family relationships and having more fun, giving you hope and encouragement so everyone is enjoying the journey together.
 
We're Mike and Kim Anderson. We set out on our blended family adventure over 20 years ago thinking it would be a cinch…but quickly found out how complicated things can be. Following a painful co-parenting battle with an Ex, we found ourselves disconnected and teetering on the brink of divorce. Then we got to work discovering how to overcome all our challenges and guide our family to thrive. If you're a stepmom or stepdad frustrated with how challenging it is to be a step-parent. Or you're a ...
 
A blended family is such an important topic because it’s dealing with so many lives, not just that of you and your spouse. You have your kids and your spouses kids of course, but you also have the other sets of parents to contend with (if there is shared custody). With so many cooks in the kitchen, it can make sanity hard to come by on some days. We can lose our way in the midst of chaos, jealousy, insecurity, frustration, anger, confusion, miscommunication, and power struggles. This podcast ...
 
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 ...
 
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Suggest a Topic or Ask a Question Would you like us to discuss something specific or answer your question on the show? Let us know! We've made it easy. Just click here: https://www.mikeandkimcoaching.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all need some extra support along the blending journey — we're here to help. You can connect with us for a …
 
It’s time to flip the script!!! (we may have gotten a little more racy in this episode, lol) There is power when we can shift our focus to creating a good environment in our home. You will see stronger connections and more fun doing it. We share 3 ways you can make this happen in your blended family, along with 3 pro tips that we have seen work tim…
 
Dealing With Big Feelings In Your Blended Family can be difficult, but it is possible. Allowing your feelings destroy your relationships and thus your blended family is a choice; you have the ability to stop it and even turn it around. On this episode of Blended Life, we discuss what exactly you can do with all your big feelings that will inevitabl…
 
Meddling mother-in-law? What if you have a meddling ex-wife-in-law?While dating, Nicole never anticipated how intrusive Tom's ex-wife would be. At first, Sharon seemed focused on being a mother so Nicole assumed once she and Tom married, Sharon would stop her late-night texts and unannounced visits. She was wrong. Nicole had an unrealistic expectat…
 
Sometimes, you just gotta’ scream!If you’re co-parenting a child with someone who lives in a different home it's critical that you speak respectfully about that parent in front of your kids. Open anger, bitterness, and critical remarks just put the kids in the middle. What do you do, though, with all the frustrating feelings you’ve got cooped up in…
 
When no one is talking about the elephant in the room, what you should do istalk about the elephant in the room.We don’t talk about the obvious thing that everyone knows about, but no one will address out loud. We think we’re keeping peace, but really we’re just staying stuck. Like when a child’s parent in the other home has an addiction or a behav…
 
Another person’s sin never justifies our own.A woman said, My ex-husband had an affair, divorced me, and married the woman. So, I’ve asked my children not to have a relationship with him, but they still doand he is the lying cheater! First let me say, I’m sorry. Your anger is understandable but it does not excuse manipulation. Nothing justifies you…
 
No, this isn’t the movie with little Owen Wilson (aka Jedediah)! Although that movie is hilarious, it does leave us with some great fun ideas where we can take our blended family and create some really awesome memories. There are so many different types of museums that we hardly think about or know they’re there. We dive into 4 categories of museum…
 
Now, I expect you to be courteous.Have you ever given that speech when you left your kids with a babysitter and you wanted them to mind their manners? When kids enter an adoptive family, a foster family, or a blended family their expectations of who’s in charge may be different than the adult’s. It’s really important to settle that question. In a s…
 
When our kids take their frustration out on a scapegoat, what do we do?Maybe you’ve already heard me talk about Cassandra, a teenager who was taking her frustration with her mom out on her stepmom. Well her dad may or may not know why she’s doing this; but either way he should invite his daughter, in a soft and compassionate tone, to talk with him …
 
Managing our anger starts with not having a scapegoat.Every time Cassandra’s mom failed to follow through on a commitment, she took it out on her stepmom or stepsiblings. Because her relationship with her mom was fragile she’d do anything but tell her how she felt. How do things get better? Being responsible for our hurt and anger starts with knowi…
 
Engaging the whole family in meaningful conversation is challenging for anyone. And for blended families, positive engagement often feels impossible — especially when there's tension or one child makes it clear that they don't want to engage. But don't lose hope! Even with tension, stress, and yes — busy schedules or lots of distractions — today's …
 
We’ve all done it. We’ve all taken our anger out on someone who didn’t deserve it. But why?Frustration is not a patient emotion so it tends to erupt. Sometimes it's safer to be frustrated at people who are less valuable to us. But then again, maybe it’s safer to be frustrated with someone who can handle your anger and it won’t go anywhere. The poin…
 
Enjoy the Journey!!! Chris and Jamie, from Expedition Marriage, are here with us bringing the fun back to your marriage. It’s easy in a marriage to start drifting apart, but there are ways we can put fun back in our marriage and keep us growing closer together. Expedition Marriage shares ways that you can avoid the disconnection and avoidance traps…
 
Critical relationship skills are needed in every important relationship, especially in stepfamily life. In this episode, Ron Deal talks with a dynamic mother-daughter duo, Joneen Mackenie and Laueren Reitsema, on gaining a larger toolbox of wisdom and skills for strengthening relationships. Show Notes and Resources Learn about My Relationship Cente…
 
Okay, you’ve already celebrated Mother’s Day and now I’m wondering what do you have planned for Father’s Day?I will admit that today’s feature is a little self-serving. I, too, am a dad. It’s interesting, one poll showed that most people feel that moms get more attention on Mother’s Day than dads do on Father’s Day. I wonder why that is. I also won…
 
Men like to eat!!! (well, most men) Many men also like showing off their skills on the grill (aka their Grill Skills). This year on Father’s Day, we share 7 ideas that you can use to throw some food on the old pit. The ladies could take over and cook for the men, or let this be a fun time where the men are teaching the ladies and their kids the gri…
 
If you’re not careful, you can miss the gift in front of you.Brandon’s first marriage was wonderful but ended tragically when his wife died. Victoria, his second wife, felt pressure to restore what was lost for him. So, she joined him in spending all his free time with his kids and grandkids. But in the process she became invisible and lonely. Some…
 
When the door won’t open, what do you do?Initially, stepparents are often treated like an outsider. Eventually most get invited in but not always. Even after a decade one stepparent asked, How do I continue giving myself to an adult stepchild whose only goal is to treat me like an unwanted guest? It requires a delicate balance of self-care. Pull ba…
 
Having a baby will solidify our blended family, right?Sometimes couples think a concrete child will help solidify the wet cement of their stepfamily. Not a good idea. Common sense would say have the baby after you’ve had time to merge your family. You don’t have a baby so someone will marry you and you don’t give a wedding ring so someone will fall…
 
Suggest a Topic or Ask a Question Would you like us to discuss something specific or answer your question on the show? Let us know! We've made it easy. Just click here: https://www.mikeandkimcoaching.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all need some extra support along the blending journey — we're here to help. You can connect with us for a …
 
A good father serves and leads his family, and executes authority in the home. Stepdads can do this, too, but in the beginning it may look a little different.Smart stepdads cast a godly vision for their home, but they recognize initially, they may need to lead through their wife. She has authority with her kids and she is their source of security n…
 
A healthy marriage is a big key for a successful blended family. Any marriage takes work and intentionality, but there are a few things we can do that really helps take our marriage to a greater healthy level. We dive deep into 3 areas that will help make your marriage stronger. When your marriage is strong, your blended family is strong, and besid…
 
Do you know what intestacy is?It’s when a court has to decide after you die who is entitled to your assets. There’s a body of laws that take over when you don’t have a will and only 45% of Americans have a will. Do you want family members fighting over your stuff? Without a will you might be setting them up for just that sort of heartache. And for …
 
Bring back a classic. Card games are an easy way to have some cheap fun. Many of us have great memories of playing cards with our parents and grandparents. What a great way to pass down those memories to our kids. We share 7 card games that are great for playing in your blended family. 1. Spoons 2. BS 3. Poker 4. Booger 5. Garbage 6. Nertz 7. Egypt…
 
You might have headed into stepfamily life hoping that close bonds would develop and everyone would enjoy spending time together. But, if you're like most of us, that may not have happened as easily or as quickly as you hoped. Instead, most blending couples are blindsided by the amount of chaos, tension and resistance that pops up around every corn…
 
When your gas tank hits E, what do you do? Fill it up, right? (and maybe panic a little first) Our bodies operate the same way, if we’re constantly going and giving, we run out. Why let it get to that point? Jen, from Thrive By Action, joins us in this episode. She shares so much wisdom into being able to maintain our body, mind, and souls with way…
 
Stepdads take on a heroic challenge as they parent someone else's child, which often includes frustration and defeat. Stepdad Gil Stuart talks with Ron Deal about his video series, Unsung Heroes, which captures the value of vulnerability, courage, and humility in forming lasting relationships as a stepdad. Show Notes and Resources Learn more about …
 
Do we really need a tent? If you hate camping, then this is the episode for you. If you love camping, then this is the episode for you. That’s right, it fits all campers or non-campers. You can create a lot of fun memories with your kids by creating a camping experience and not even leave your house. This is great for when you're not able to actual…
 
Suggest a Topic or Ask a Question Would you like us to discuss something specific or answer your question on the show? Let us know! We've made it easy. Just click here: https://www.mikeandkimcoaching.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all need some extra support along the blending journey — we're here to help. You can connect with us for a …
 
What refills you? You have to be poured into, so you can pour more out. If not, it can lead to quick tempers, tiredness, and feeling stressed-out. When we are running low, then we aren’t able to be as supportive to those in our family, and our blended family needs us strong and ready to go. We share great ways that you can refill yourself, so you c…
 
Welcome to the creatures of the water! (said in my scary voice) Okay, so this episode really isn’t scary at all. I think the creatures of the water (aka fish and crabs) are probably more scared of us. For many of us, some of the funniest and cherished memories of our past comes from our parents taking us fishing. Even if none of us are really peopl…
 
Cooperative co-parenting with an Ex is the goal when you've got kids moving between two homes. You likely want your kids to experience peaceful transitions — you want to avoid tension and conflict as you negotiate with your Ex-Spouse. But sometimes this seems like an impossible goal. That's because setting healthy, appropriate boundaries in co-pare…
 
Devo’inning it up!!! (might’ve just made up a word, don’t know) If you listened to Part 1, then you know having a devotion time can greatly benefit you and your blended family. But everything sounds good in theory, though. How can we make a devo time happen for us, one that we can actually stick with? That can be a big challenge. In this episode, w…
 
Surviving #divorce and blended family life in a small town is possible! Divorce is hard. Building a blended family is hard. Doing either or both in front of judgmental small town people can be down right discouraging to the point wanting to isolate or run away. On this episode of #BlendedLife we talk about how to navigate the hardships that come al…
 
Krista Smith-Larson is a blended family mom who produces games that help draw out matters of loss and stepfamily transition in order to bring about hope & healing. Listen to her dialogue with Ron Deal & learn about games that can benefit your stepfamily. Show Notes and Resources Krista's games with purpose. Get yours here. Check out Life in a Blend…
 
We have some extra-special guests with us on this episode (you’ve gotta listen to get the reference)! Join us as we hear from the creators of Travel Date Nights. Garrett and Mandi have set out to help families create those lasting memories together by seeing the world through traveling (and you don’t even have to leave your house to do it). Travel …
 
Suggest a Topic or Ask a Question Would you like us to discuss something specific or answer your question on the show? Let us know! We've made it easy. Just click here: https://www.mikeandkimcoaching.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all need some extra support along the blending journey — we're here to help. You can connect with us for a …
 
It’s Devo, not Bevo (the Texas Longhorn mascot)! Okay, bad joke. Sorry. We share how adding a devotion time to your daily routine can greatly benefit your blended family. Devotions are a great way to grow closer to God and hear more from Him. This causes us to be better versions of ourselves, and in return we show up better for our family. That jus…
 
Stop Leading With Fear In Your Blended Family! On this episode of Blended Life we talk about all things fear. When you lead with fear in your blended family it's difficult to create a family experience you can be proud of and one that your children will want to replicate. We discuss the four main types of fears that rear their ugly heads in blended…
 
“And send it soaring” (any Mary Poppins Fans?) This may not look like the musical, but it is one fun thing you can do with your family that we easily forget about. It’s Springtime and the wind is blowing a little stronger than usual, so why not have some cheap fun with your family. This is great for all ages. Even our teenagers were having a blast …
 
Isn't it a great feeling when you're united as a couple around important decisions? It really doesn't matter if the decision is big or small — we feel connected when we're on the same page. But, if you're anything like us, you've probably run into those moments when decision-making seems to create disconnection. And let's be honest. Disconnection s…
 
Blended & Redeemed! Scott & Vanessa from Blended Kingdom Families (aka BKF) join us in this episode to share information on their new book “Blended & Redeemed.” It’s more than just a book, but a great resource for blended families in many ways. This book guides through dealing with the past and forgiveness, all the way through major challenges mode…
 
God loves the work of refining our character, particularly as we engage in family relationships. We become more and more like Christ as we learn how to love, forgive, show kindness, and be family to one another. In this episode, Ron Deal talks with Summer Butler and Gayla Grace about the value of God's refining fire for stepmoms. Show Notes and Res…
 
An easy way to add romance to your marriage! Just a disclaimer, this episode is for big ears and not the little ears. Ladies, have you ever wanted a romantic date night with your man? Guys, have you ever wanted to be more romantic for your wife, but struggle coming up with ideas? Romance Enhance has you covered. This is an easy way to add some roma…
 
Suggest a Topic or Ask a Question Would you like us to discuss something specific or answer your question on the show? Let us know! We've made it easy. Just click here: https://www.mikeandkimcoaching.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all need some extra support along the blending journey — we're here to help. You can connect with us for a …
 
Conferences and blended families, they can go together! After going to the Blended & Blessed 2022 conference for blended families, we witnessed first-hand how valuable these kinds of things can be for any blended family. We share the benefits and ways you can connect with all the different conferences and summits, and even add a little Wizard of Oz…
 
How to #re-connect with my spouse in my #marriage is something most of us in blended families have asked ourselves from time to time. So many moving parts of blended life can have us all kinds of distracted, emotional and lost. On this episode of Blended Life we discuss why #disconnection happens, why it's dangerous and what you can do about it. Th…
 
Would you like a spot of tea? Mother’s Day is right around the corner. This is a great idea for anyone looking to show the ladies in your life that you love them, and also a great idea to pitch to the men in your life that you’d enjoy doing. Some small nice delicious sandwiches, some chips, different teas and drinks, and don’t forget the desserts! …
 
Special family occasions should be filled with joy, laughter, and gratefulness — especially Mother's Day. But in your blended family dynamics, that might not be what you actually experience. The relational tension and disconnection that can sometimes be present doesn't just melt away because it happens to be a day designated to honor Mom or celebra…
 
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