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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 …
 
Who doesn’t love a good story? Why not pass on your family’s stories to your kids? As a parent, we can help foster the imagination in our kids and create adventure and excitement, even without leaving our own backyards. Author Alison McGregor shares how we can do that, and how she was greatly influenced through her mom’s stories about when she was …
 
Hey, we respect you enough to give it to you straight.Every relationship commitment comes with a cost. Any marriage, for example, that creates a blended family comes with a cost of sorts to the pre-existing relationships. Couples forming blended families naturally romanticize that they can orchestrate family togetherness without any cost of time or…
 
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…
 
In stepfamilies, be gentle and respectful.In blended families biological parents need to be Gentle-Respectful of the concerns of their spouse, the stepparent. Automatically shutting them down with, No, my kids aren’t disrespectful to you behind my back isn’t helpful. In fact, it’s dangerous. Your spouse has a different perspective so listen, consid…
 
Do you want to be strong? Be gentle-strong.Jesus said in Matthew 11:29, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Jesus was gentle in how he dealt with unbelieving people; fickle apostles; especially th…
 
Yeah, Ron, I guess I got whooped by a 9-year-old.Tim was reflecting on his marriage and how it had ended in divorce. We had talked about how the health of a stepfamily marriage is intertwined with the overall health of the entire family. In his case, he and his wife couldn’t agree on how to parent her 9-year-old son. Now let me be clear, couples in…
 
Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane?Once, during a flight, the pilot came on and said, We’re experiencing some turbulence and have turned on the fasten seat belt sign for your protection. If you get out of your seat and break your arm, it’s on your nickel. While we didn’t appreciate his tone, we did value the caution. Okay, anyone t…
 
For many kids the summer visitation schedule is over. It’s time to transition back to the other home.This is one of those occasions where people are a little sad about leaving, glad about arriving, and perhaps a little confused about how to manage the transition. Initially, a lot of emotion can be bouncing around so give each other some space. Pare…
 
Happy 100th Birthday!!!! We are celebrating our 100th episode with a list of our top 3 favorite Fun Friday episodes. The catch is that Randall doesn’t know Scarletts and Scarlett doesn’t know Randalls. So join us as we reveal them to everyone (and each other) and why they are so special to us. This is a fun episode for all of our BFam community. EP…
 
Our bonus episode offers another question and answer format with Ron Deal and Gayla Grace to address those hard-to-navigate circumstances in your blended family with solutions that offer nuggets of wisdom and practical suggestions. Show Notes and Resources Find a therapy provider. Get Smart Stepfamily resources Check out all FamilyLife Blended has …
 
Do you have stepfamily questions for the experts? We have answers! Listen to Ron Deal and Gayla Grace discuss everyday issues that frequently show up in blended family homes—along with practical solutions—to help you find harmony in your relationships. Show Notes and Resources Get Smart Stepfamily resources Check out all FamilyLife Blended has to o…
 
We are here to help.It is fun to tell ministry leaders how many resources there now are for blended families. I’m not sure where to start, one leader said. Well, if you want an event we can help you find a speaker. Really? Or if you want a DVD or streaming video series there are options. We have books, articles, and an annual two-day ministry equip…
 
Do you struggle to find unity as a couple or need help setting boundaries with an ex-spouse and co-parenting successfully? Or maybe you could use a few tips on navigating the teen years with your stepdaughters. Listen to Ron Deal's conversation with Kirk McGregor on these common stepfamily topics & more. Show Notes and Resources Get Smart Stepfamil…
 
Yeah, most couples divorce anyway so if you’re having problems, just accept the inevitable.That’s not right. It’s based on the belief that half of marriages end in divorce which isn’t true. Actually most couples report they are "somewhat to very happy." But what if you’re not happy? Let me encourage you to stick it out. Research clearly shows that …
 
It's easy to assume that adult children will be happy to celebrate a parent's remarriage later in life. They're adults, right? They're focused on their own lives and families. Your later life marriage shouldn't really impact them. But for most later life remarriages, that's simply not true. Most couples quickly run up against some unexpected challe…
 
Veteran stepcouples have a wealth of knowledge on best practices for stepfamilies. Listen to Ron Deal's conversation with Sandi Patty and Don Peslis, married in 1995 with a blended family of 8 children, on wise solutions to challenges like: managing the visitation schedule after high school, forming good relationships with stepsiblings, pros and co…
 
Today, a word of encouragement to stepparents: just keep on trucking.We all do and say childish things. That’s why I love it when someone grows up, gains perspective, and then reflects back on who they were. Jason’s online post is a good example. We’re going to be angry, he said. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best stepdad ever; it’s not your faul…
 
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away!!!!! (Did you sing the Star Wars theme?) Okay, we didn’t take it back that far, but we decided what could be more special on our 99th Episode, but to tell our story and how we got here in a fuller version. We share snippets of our story throughout episodes and social media, but not all in one setting. Our he…
 
Do you need help growing unity and building character in your stepfamily? Our convenient online course, Well-Blended, can help! Listen to Ron Deal and Dave & Ann Wilson talk about how it can help you build robust, resilient relationships in the unique mash up that is your family. Show Notes and Resources Get the Well-Blended online course. Thank yo…
 
Are you so bold as to insult God?Proverbs 17:5 says that when you mock the poor, you insult their Maker. After all, they are made in His image. To disparage them is to speak against God. Have you ever made a passing sarcastic remark about a homeless person? And if you made that remark in front of a child or an unbeliever, you insult God and you mak…
 
Just around the river bend ~ a quote from Pocahontas (or song, lol) Okay, you may not feel like Pocahontas, but you can have a blast with this one. With it being summer and hot, water fun is always a great way to splash around with your family. We share how you can use canoes and a few other things to have fun and get some great teamwork action hap…
 
The notion that All you need is love just isn’t true.Every relationship needs more than just love. It needs faithfulness. Imagine a friend who repeatedly breaks promises, or a spouse who says, I love you with all my heart, then keeps a lover on the side. That won’t work. No faithfulness. No trust. No emotionally safety. No relationship. Faithfulnes…
 
Ron, how do I tell my mom I need to get away from my stepdad?Mitchell was 18 when he asked that question. His stepfather had been harshly critical and he couldn’t bear it any more. He had provoked him to anger, what the Bible in Ephesians 6:4 warns fathers not to do; now Mitchell wanted to move out, but he knew his mom wouldn’t want him to leave. L…
 
Have you ever had someone get mad at youbecause you forgave them?Normally seeking forgiveness brings restoration but what if in pride the person you forgave is offended? What do you do? Because reconciliation requires two people and forgiveness only one, you can still forgive the person in your heart and treat them as forgiven but you can’t restore…
 
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 …
 
Want to influence someone for good? Speak with the wisdom of God.Words can push people away or invite them closer. Harsh or critical words will result in people moving away from us but compassionate, insightful words draw them closer. Of course, foolish people are double trouble. They have a closed mind and an open mouth but according to Proverbs 1…
 
Celebrating the Marriage God Made For You God wants you and your spouse to have a great marriage! However, this world has a great way of trying to pull the two of you apart, problem after problem, difference after difference. What does it look like to do marriage the way God intended, so we can avoid a lot of these problems and differences? Pastor …
 
“When I look at the stars, I feel like myself” (come on Switchfoot fans!) When was the last time you took notice of the stars in the sky? Isn’t it crazy how many times we don’t? We give 3 ways you can use so you can add stargazing with your family. Your kids will love this at any age, and it makes for great bonding times. You don’t even have to lea…
 
We're betting you want to experience teamwork, connection, and peace in your blended family journey. But if you're anything like us, the complex emotions and unexpected relational tension might be taking you by surprise. You're not alone. We struggled with the pain that comes with all that for years. All too often, Kim felt like the rope in a tug-o…
 
Do you ever feel overloaded and stressed out in your blended family? It can be a very hard thing to control your schedule and so “No” to other people, so that you can say “Yes” to things that line up better for your family. Tonia Choi joins us in this episode and shares how she discovered this “Ah-Ha” moment in her life and what she did to learn ho…
 
Are you steering your kids toward Christ while the other home is steering them toward the world? Ron Deal talks with Kara Powell and Gayla Grace about how to manage bi-polar value differences between homes and how to understand and answer the three important questions every teenager is asking. Show Notes and Resources Learn more about Fuller Youth …
 
“The theater, the theater. What happened to the theater?” Any ideas where that’s from? This is another idea that we don’t always remember, but can be a lot of fun for the whole family. It’s a great way to expose your kids to new things in life, and there are so many other ways to plan this instead of just a big Broadway show. We share 5 ideas to ad…
 
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 …
 
7 Practical Strategies To Blending Your Family You will walk away from this episode with so much hope, encouragement, and great advice to add to your blended family, no matter where you’re at on your blended journey. Pastor Korey Grice shares these seven practical strategies that God gives us to use in our blended family, so that we can see more lo…
 
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…
 
“Why aren't we as romantic as we used to be?” Have you or your spouse ever said or felt that? It’s easy in a marriage to hit the autopilot in your relationship and let spending quality time with each other get put on the back burner. What if we didn’t have to? What if it could be easier? Tyler from CRATED WITH LOVE joins us in this episode, and sha…
 
Have you ever thought to yourself, "Our relationship is a mess!"? I know I've thought that in different seasons along the way. What I wanted was a healthy, connected relationship with Kim… …but at times it's felt hopeless — like we would never be okay. And often in those difficult moments, my feelings got deeply centered on my own emotional pain. I…
 
One of the greatest challenges with being a parent in a blended family is trying to raise our children to be successful in life. Margot Bisnow joins us in this episode to help define what success is and shares with us 10 rules that can help us be the support our kids need to achieve their dreams. She has had her own career successes along with bein…
 
When remarriage happens after the death of a spouse, the stepcouple faces unique and hard-to-navigate circumstances related to grief and leftover feelings from those experiences. Ron Deal talks with Bill and Evelyn Thompson, who both lost their spouses prior to remarriage, on how to blend a stepfamily after death and what they wish they'd done diff…
 
“Baby You’re A Firework” (you know that song?) Holidays can come and go, but don’t miss the opportunity to create some special memories with your blended family. We walk through 3 areas that can help spice up your July 4th and make it one everyone remembers. When we do new things together, those are the ones that we all bond over and remember. Let …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 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…
 
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