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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 ...
 
Life is one big experiment where we all learn what works and what doesn't. The goal of the Life and Blended Podcast is to create an open space that embraces a mix of perspectives on real issues that many deal with daily, including blending a family. Hosts, Dwayne and Jess Curry, aim to engage each other and everyday people in open, honest, and transparent discussions on a wide range of topics such as relationships, family, careers, and step-parenting. They are married with a blended family o ...
 
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The Business of a Blended Family, oh yes, you read that right. On this episode of Blended Life we assert that bringing the best parts of entrepreneurship into your blended family can help it succeed. Implementing intentionality, care, concern for your blended family, as if it were your own business, matters more than you know. If you are wondering …
 
Put liars in their place so you can focus on what is most important, your family unit. Blended Life is riddled with lies, gossip, gaslighting and other hurtful and oftentimes destructive lashes of the tongue. While this really can be hard for us adults, it's often detrimental to the children's well-being; they are the ones who really suffer. Since …
 
Dealing With High Conflict People In Your Blended Family is a very normal and real part of the experience. There's high conflict bio parents, high conflict step parents, high conflict children, high conflict step children, even high conflict significant others and in-laws. The truth is there are many reasons people default to conflict when overcome…
 
Truth Telling In Your Blended Family Life can be a tricky thing to navigate, especially when there's heightened emotions involved. On this episode of Blended Life we discuss why telling the truth is important, what keeps us from doing so, and how to truth tell so that it creates connection and protects relationships. We also talk about when and wha…
 
Dealing With Big Feelings In Your Blended Family can be difficult, but it is possible. Allowing your feelings to 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 inevit…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Honoring Relationships In Your Blended Family For Your Good is key to having inner peace. How you show up in relationships will determine how that relationship will affect your well-being. Honoring relationships isn't just about the other person, but about getting what you want for yourself in your blended family life. So often we don't see that we…
 
Mini Wife Syndrome In The Blended Family is no joke! Really though, it can happen between any bio parent and bio child, so it could also be known as mini spouse syndrome. When a bio parent gets their emotional needs met through the relationship they engage in with their child, it takes a toll on the entire family, especially the marriage. It create…
 
Loyalty Binds In Your Blended Family can really be hurtful for everyone involved. On this episode of Blended Life we discuss what loyalty binds are, how they affect your child (and thus you) and what you can do about them. This is an excellent episode for step parents as well to gain more understanding and grace around your step child and the diffi…
 
Acceptance In Your Blended Family is something that everyone wants. We all want acceptance for our ideologies, our ideas, our opinions, our parenting style, our kids, etc. Yet, when it comes to accepting everyone else in the same fashion, well, things tend to get more than a little sticky. Suddenly #acceptance seems more like swallowing sand, or a …
 
Support Your Spouse in your blended family life and watch what happens! On this episode of Blended Life we discuss why it's important to support your spouse and how you can do it effectively. Supported spouses are happy spouses, and happy spouses stay put! If you want a marriage that can endure the toughest parts of blended life, this is a good pla…
 
Become Unbothered By Your Ex ASAP! When you can learn to let go of your emotions and focus on the logistics at hand, your coparenting world shifts for your good. We discuss how to take your power back and feel more in control of your blended family while keeping your ex in their respective place. Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Lif…
 
Choosing Sides In Your Blended Family; the struggle is real! Sometimes it can seem that navigating blended life is all about choosing sides. It can feel like each person in the family is either a winner or loser, which puts everyone on a roller coaster and ultimately creates division amongst the ranks. We have some things to consider and perspectiv…
 
On this episode of Blended Life we discuss the importance of making decisions together in your blended family marriage. We talk about how to come together and experience unity in your marriage when making decisions about everything in your blended family life. Making decisions can cause a lot of strife, a lot of hurt feelings and a break in connect…
 
On this episode of Blended Life, learn how you can begin to control your anger so it doesn't control you! Unchecked anger can take it's toll on your relationships in your blended family because it will change how you show up in them. We discuss how you can start to shift your mindset about anger and also how to deal when you are triggered. Enjoy! b…
 
On this episode of Blended Life we discuss the importance in being able to define your role in your blended family. So often we come into this lifestyle unsure and a little confused as to how we are supposed to be showing up, and what we are supposed to be doing. When you can define your role, everyone in the family can calm down...including you! B…
 
Learn How To Create Connection In Your Blended Family. In this episode as we discuss the importance of connection and how you can help your children create it so that everyone can thrive in the home. Blended family life is all about creating connection so that everyone feels bonded and thus blended. We discuss the importance of teaching and modelin…
 
How to respond when you don't know what to say in your blended family life. On this episode we discuss how to respond to everyone who touches your blended family when you don't know what to say. Sometimes there's simply no GOOD words that come to mind, and you feel at a loss when being confronted by difficult or triggering people. No worries though…
 
How to find peace amongst the chaos in your blended family. On this episode of Blended Life we discuss how you can find peace amongst the chaos in your blended family life. With so many moving parts, such as the kids, the exes, co-parenting, your marriage, different parenting styles in the home, etc., it can seem that being able to find peace in th…
 
On this episode of Blended Life, we discuss blended family parenting help for bio parents. Parenting in a blended family can be tough when so much focus, effort and attention is on the ex, the children and the step parent involved. It can seem that your needs, desires, and voice gets drowned out amongst all the chaos, opinions and drama surrounding…
 
Tit-for-tat and eye for an eye arguing in your blended family can be exhausting! On this episode of Blended Life we are going to discuss eye for an eye arguing and how to keep the topic constructive to your blended family! Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Help support Blended Life keep creating: https://www.patreon.com/blendedlife h…
 
On this episode of Blended Life we discuss how to discipline kids that aren't yours. Having to discipline kids that aren't your own as a step parent can be a daunting thing to take on; it's expected though! Discipline is a real part of every kid's growth and development, so even though the kids aren't yours, it is important for you to do what you c…
 
In this episode we discuss possibly jealousy surrounding the ex, be it yours or your spouses, and how to deal with it. It's easy to experience jealousy of another person that shares so much with you, your kids and your significant other. We have tips to help you overcome your negative emotions that tend to rear it's ugly head in blended family and …
 
On this episode of #blendedlife we give you 5 tips how to make your marriage stronger and better and even include a couple of bonuses! Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Help support Blended Life keep creating: https://www.patreon.com/blendedlife https://www.buymeacoffee.com/blendedlife Grace-Filled Step Parenting book link: Grace-Fil…
 
On this episode of Blended Life we are going to give you 5 tips on how to deal with different parenting styles in your blended family. Different parenting styles in the household can seem at times exhausting and like no one is ever on the same page. It is frustrating to no end! Blended Life has your back! Connect with us! We would love to hear from…
 
On this episode of Blended Life we discuss 10 co-parenting tips for dealing with a high conflict ex in your blended family. Co-parenting can be extremely hard when it comes to dealing with your ex so we came up with a few ideas to help you with that high conflict ex! Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Help support Blended Life keep cr…
 
Today on #blendedlife we talk about becoming a better parent in my blended family. We discuss 5 key components you can focus on in your day to day blended life to become a better parent and keep your blended family happy, healthy and growing! Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Help support Blended Life keep creating: https://www.patre…
 
On this episode we talk about how to blend your family by putting your spouse first. We realize this is a very controversial topic and is one that packs a huge emotional response. That’s why we take the time to explain what it means to put your spouse first, why that helps your family in such a big way and how to do it. It isn’t what you may be thi…
 
On this episode of #BlendedLife we discuss how to take control in your #blendedfamily. So often we feel out of #control in out blended family life, and just don't know what to do about it. We are going to discuss how to stop feeling out of control and 5 steps towards taking control of your situation in your blended family! Connect with us! We would…
 
Blending two homes into one can be extremely difficult! On this episode of Blended Life we discuss how to deal with the overwhelm of turning two homes into one when it comes to blending your two families into one; where to start, how to stay motivated and most importantly how to relax during the process instead of fighting it. We discuss what to do…
 
On this episode of #BlendedLife we discuss how to set your child up for their #financialfuture long before they are out in the world on their own. Eric talks all things #credit and how you can easily put your kids on the path for success! How to add your kids to a credit card, build your kids credit score and manage their credit history. There’s so…
 
On this episode we discuss marriage counseling and therapy. What are the pros and the cons of having a third party present while you hash out your issues? Eric gives some good perspective on why men have a hard time with it and what you can do to avoid having your partner shut down or quit going. We also talk about why it gets harder and things see…
 
On this episode we talk about BLOCKED communication in three forms: children being blocked from talking about one parent to the other, significant others who are blocked from hearing/listening to their partner when they are voicing concerns or giving advice about their children, and co-parents blocked from being able to come to an understanding of …
 
On this episode we continue to interview Lisa, co-host of the Chick Crew (go check them out on Instagram and YouTube) a home and life skills improvement show, about her blended family life experiences. She opens up about a pretty major family trauma that she, as a step parent, had to confront with her step son. Cops are definitely involved. This st…
 
On this episode of the Blended Life we are talking with Lisa, co-host of the #ChickCrew, a YouTube home improvement series, and a #blendedfamily member since childhood. She’s a step child, bio mom and #stepmom. All this life experience has given her some pretty amazing perspective on how to navigate the tough parts of step parenting while keeping a…
 
On this episode we answer two different step mom’s concerns surrounding their step children, spouses and exes. When your step children are disrespectful, how can you show up differently and not makes things worse by acting a fool? We give some perspective about this. Reactions matter! It can be especially straining on a marriage when you’re negativ…
 
Dwayne talks about his father leaving while he was young, how it impacted him through adulthood and influences how he raises his kids. In this episode, Dwayne and Jess also discuss the "Absent Father" narrative, fatherhood after a divorce, and how a dad should be present in their child's life - physically, mentally, and emotionally. 19.5 million ch…
 
On this episode we discuss living separately together; when two bio families live under the same roof doing their own thing with the goal to blend. We give advice and perspective when it comes to joining two individuals together with their own kids in tow. It can be difficult to meld plans, schedules, and activities when both parties are on differe…
 
On this episode we discuss how do deal with jealousy issues amongst the different sets of children in the blended family home. Jealousy struggles often spill over onto other people in the home. Step parents, for example, in this situation often feel not good enough, like nothing they do is ever good enough and there’s no space for them in their ste…
 
What are toxic traits in a person? How do you get out of a toxic relationship? Are you in a toxic friendship? How do you know if you are the toxic one? These are some questions discussed in this episode. "Times of self-reflection are critical and it's not something you do just once." (Dwayne Curry) #1 Subscribe! #2 Connect with us @LifeAndBlended o…
 
On this episode we dive into dealing with only children; the struggle is REAL! Having a child who’s an only child in one home and then a step sibling in the other creates a difficult dynamic to parent, coparent and step parent. Being an only child yourself and having to parent your children’s sibling rivalries can be down right overwhelming. You kn…
 
Co-Parenting styles (high conflict, parallel, and cooperative), Disney Dad or parent, having a mediator, and parental alienation. These are a few topics discussed in this episode. "It's helpful to know what approaches you can take as you navigate through difficult coparenting situations." (Dwayne Curry) #1 Subscribe! #2 Connect with us @LifeAndBlen…
 
On this episode we dive into kids acting out! We discuss what you can do to help your child or step child who is misbehaving, seeking negative attention or expressing themselves in disruptive ways. It is our moral obligation as parents and step parents to guide and teach all of the children home, to raise them up in the way which they should go. It…
 
How to know when to step back and let go of trying to grasp for control as a step parent? When your nature is to help out, but then you find yourself regretting it... When your children notice different treatment between his and hers kids in the home, how do you address that? How do you repair the breakdown of your relationship with your child and …
 
How to handle your child being baptized without your knowing; even with a court order in place that states both parents need to agree on religious practices?! When your ex is a bully and tries to manipulate every situation to cause distance and drama in your child’s life and this in your blended family life; how do you navigate that when enough is …
 
How to communicate with your spouse when they are seemingly speaking a totally different language? When your spouse has no time for you because every free minute is with their child, how do you cope when there’s no alone time in your marriage? How to handle the other home manipulating the kids and turning them against you and your household? What c…
 
1. How do you mentally deal with family members that do not accept the idea of a blended family? 2. What do you do when your significant other decides to put off life plans you’ve made together (such as having children together) seemingly out of nowhere and because of their kids? 3. When your child pushes away or gives your fiancé a hard time on pu…
 
1. How does a step parent disconnect from a situation when they are very much in the mix between the exes? As a spouse do you be there solely for support and say nothing when you are dragged into fights, texts and when you disagree with their approach 💯 of the time?! 2. Is it normal for a step mom to get her feelings hurt when the step daughter doe…
 
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