9 episodes

A podcast all about Stepfamilies.
In this new original podcast, Rachel Silver, a stepmother herself, speaks to stepfamilies about their family situations with contributions from a psychotherapist who specialises in working with blended families. Other guests in the series include a family lawyer and a co-parenting coach.
Step Life is for anyone in a blended family to hear from others as well as for people to get some understanding and insight about what it's like to be in a stepfamily.
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Step Life Rachel Silver

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 46 Ratings

A podcast all about Stepfamilies.
In this new original podcast, Rachel Silver, a stepmother herself, speaks to stepfamilies about their family situations with contributions from a psychotherapist who specialises in working with blended families. Other guests in the series include a family lawyer and a co-parenting coach.
Step Life is for anyone in a blended family to hear from others as well as for people to get some understanding and insight about what it's like to be in a stepfamily.
Each episode has useful links and contacts in the show notes.

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    Joe Swash on being a stepdad

    Joe Swash on being a stepdad

    Father of two children and two stepchildren, Joe Swash speaks about his blended family.
    Joe has a 15-month-old-son, Rex with presenter Stacey Solomon and is stepdad to Stacey's sons Zach, 13 and Leighton, 8. He also has a 12-year-old-son, Harry from a previous relationship.
    Joe talks about how his son, Rex, has united their blended family, how all the kids get along, hurdles he's faced as a dad and stepdad and advice to people in a stepfamily.
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    This episode is sponsored by Network Rail who are working with Joe to teach children about rail safety. The Stay Safe with Thomas campaign, launched by Network Rail and Thomas & Friends™, is designed to give parents the tools to educate their children about how to keep safe when travelling on the railway.
    Joe is featured in a short film reading the Stay Safe with Thomas story. Parents can use the film as an engaging way of approaching the subject of rail safety with their children. Click here to download the book and watch the film. 

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    • 21 min
    Legal advice for stepfamilies

    Legal advice for stepfamilies

    Elen Stritch is a solicitor specialising in family law. She advises clients on divorce, separation and custody arrangements.
    In this episode, Elen speaks about her work with blended families and how she works with them on a number of issues from custody arrangements to inheritance issues and will disputes.
    For more information about Step Life go to www.steplife.co.uk or @steplifesupport on Instagram.

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    • 37 min
    Stepmum or servant?

    Stepmum or servant?

    Shayna, a stepmum to two boys aged 12 and 7, with different birth mums, talks about how she is struggling to establish her role in her blended family.
    Claire Asherson-Bartram, a psychotherapist who works with stepfamilies, gives her advice to Shayna on how she can improve her relationship with her stepsons and partner. Claire gives her tips on things Shayna can do to feel heard and happier in her stepfamily rather than feeling invisible, isolated and alone.
    Show notes:
    Books mentioned in episode:
    Fair Play: Share the mental load, rebalance your relationship and transform your life - Eve Rodsky
    Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn't - Patricia L. Papernow 
    Podcast music:
    Carefree by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3476-carefree
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    • 53 min
    How to co-parent with your ex

    How to co-parent with your ex

    Marcie Shaoul, the UK's only dedicated Co-Parent Coach talks about how to co-parent with your ex.
    Marcie works with parents on how they can bring up their children together, even though they are no longer in a relationship.
    She successfully co-parents her son with her ex husband and started Rolling Stone Coaching to help others in a similar situation navigate raising their kids together and building better communication.
    Show notes:
    To contact Marcie and for more information on her coaching:
    Rolling Stone Coaching - https://rollingstonecoaching.com/
    Show music:
    Carefree by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3476-carefree
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    • 30 min
    Dealing with your partner's ex

    Dealing with your partner's ex

    Nicola, a mum to a teenage son talks about her relationship with her boyfriend, his 12 year old daughter who has nonverbal autism and her birth mother.
    Claire Asherson Bartram, a psychotherapist who specialises in working with stepfamilies gives her advice on ways Nicola can communicate her feelings to her partner and how they can both deal with his ex-partner better.
    Podcast music:
    Carefree by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3476-carefree
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    • 37 min
    Psychotherapist on issues in stepfamilies

    Psychotherapist on issues in stepfamilies

    Dr. Claire Asherson Bartram BA UKCP, a psychotherapist who specialises in working with stepfamilies shares her knowledge and advice from her experience in working with blended families.
    Claire has a personal and professional interest in stepfamilies, and has been writing, researching and running groups on stepfamily issues for over 20 years. She founded StepIN ASAP which is an organisation of psychotherapists who share their personal and professional experiences in order to be able to support stepfamilies. Since its inception they have been developing therapy and counselling services and educational events for people who find themselves in stepfamily situations and for people who work with them; for example teachers and social workers.
    Claire talks to Rachel about why she started to work with blended families and gives her advice on a number of common issues stepfamilies face and how to deal with them. She touches on how to have better communication with your partner and stepchildren and how to deal with your ex partner or partner's ex.
    Episode notes:
    Articles and books talked about in the show:
    Research on disciplining stepchildren - Claire Cartwright
    Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn't - Patricia L. Papernow 

    Podcast music:
    Carefree by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3476-carefree
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

ClareLN ,

Thank You!

I’ve just found this podcast, so much of what was discussed about being a step mum rang true, some great advice & ideas shared! It is a reminder that blended families can be difficult and take time to work. Completely agree communication is the key, heading into teenage years with my partner & his 2 girls, wish me luck!!

Rachel have you set up an online network or just podcasts at the moment?

emmagoldstone ,

Highly recommend

Rachel is a fantastic host to a wide range of guests who discuss all sorts of issues related to this topic. I love how she thoughtfully reflects on the experiences of her guests and highlights their strengths and the positives in individuals and their families as well as acknowledging and addressing the challenges. I would definitely recommend to blended families and anyone with an interest.

David GG ,

Enlightening

I’m not a step-parent or part of a blended family but came across this Podcast as I was searching for interesting things to listen to on my “lockdown walks”. So pleased I did. A hugely important topic dealt with superbly. Rachel is a great “host” with some fascinating guests. I’m sure a fantastic source of insight for anyone in a step or blended family - but also a huge amount to gain even for those who are not.

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