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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!

Blended Family Podcast Melissa Brown

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 155 Ratings

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!

    Sudshare, with returning guest, Mort Fertel

    Sudshare, with returning guest, Mort Fertel

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    Mort Fertel is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at 18 years old. He has a private equity portfolio that consists of SudShare, 2 other businesses, and real estate holdings. He graduated from the Wharton School of Business, and, during a short time when he thought he might be a corporate guy, worked on Wall Street for Bankers Trust Company. Mort is also an author, creator of the first online relationship renewal system (2004), and the subject of Back from the Brink, a documentary written and directed by Toroes Thomas. Now a grandfather, success for Mort means making a difference. And SudShare makes a difference by allowing customers to enjoy life and Sudsters (washers) to have their own work-from-home business. Mort loves working with his family to revolutionize the laundry business. Mort was on this show back on episode #228, when he was discussing his book Marriage Fitness, so if you haven’t heard that one check out that episode too. In this episode, he’s here to talk about his new company Sudshare.
    Personal story of Sudshare and how it came to be What it was like to create a family business Tips for families who want to create a business together How Sudshare works What Sudshare costs and how it compares to other laundry services Business opportunity for Sudsters Where Sudshare is operating How to get started with Sudshare And much more!
    Connect with Mort
    Website
     
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    • 31 min
    Joe Pomeroy-Expert at helping business minded men become the best family men they can be!

    Joe Pomeroy-Expert at helping business minded men become the best family men they can be!

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    Joe Pomeroy knows how to translate business principles into family success. Joe gained a deep knowledge of business while helping build an 8-figure company and earning his MBA. More importantly, Joe discovered how to utilize those hard-earned skills to save his marriage and his family. He went from his wife walking out the door, to having a confident, committed, and connected relationship, and now he is committed to helping other dads and husbands learn how to use those principles to be more confident in their role.  As a bestselling author and Family Leadership Coach, Joe helps business-minded men discover the new way to become the husbands and dads they once promised to be. His mantra has become: “Save the Family, Save the World.”
    His personal story Why businessmen become the best family men Why families and blended families should be treated like a business  How to translate business principles into family success Why some men lack confidence and how they can build it How to identify generational patterns and how to eradicate them How a partner can best support a man in his journey to greatness Joe’s 3D family framework Joe’s best advice And much more!  
    Connect with Joe
    Website
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    Instagram
     
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    Schedule an interview or coaching session HERE



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    • 57 min
    Debbie Ausburn, author of the book Raising Other People's Children

    Debbie Ausburn, author of the book Raising Other People's Children

    melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com
    www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
     
    Debbie Ausburn is the author of the book Raising Other People’s Children and has spent more than 40 years working with children who've experienced trauma. Her many roles include social worker, group home parent, foster parent, and stepparent. Along with parenting seven foster, adopted, and stepchildren, Debbie has served as a criminal prosecutor, volunteer, and Board member with nonprofit organizations. She is now an attorney in private practice, counseling and defending youth-serving organizations. She says, “I make my living as a lawyer, but what I do is take care of other people’s children."
    Debbie’s personal story How fostering children and blended families are similar Tips on building new relationships and forming trust Helping children through trauma Sibling rivalry Advice for stepparents learning their place Helping children who have an absent parent Dealing with attitude and backtalk Debbie’s best lessons learned Her book, Raising Other People’s Children Debbie’s final advice/word of encouragement for listeners  And much more!  
    Connect with Debbie
    Website
    Twitter
    LinkedIn
    Instagram
    Buy the book HERE
     
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    • 50 min
    Are you Feeling your Feelings?

    Are you Feeling your Feelings?

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    www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
     
    We all have feelings, and they are there to help us. Most of us do not know how to work with our feelings, and instead we push them down and suppress them for various reasons. This is quite common in the blended family.  It’s important that we learn to recognize and process our feelings and emotions so that they do not get trapped in the body. 
     
    My personal journey with feelings Why feelings are important How thoughts and feelings are connected Why we ignore feelings and what that does to the body My 4 step process that I made for you to help you RISE above those negative feelings  The emotional scale and how to climb it Tips for self care Tips for expressing feelings and emotions Tips for loved ones


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    • 35 min
    Gray Divorce, with Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg

    Gray Divorce, with Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg

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    Carol Hughes, PhD, LMFT, holds her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, achieving both summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She is also a two-time Fulbright Scholar. Carol served for ten years as an Associate Professor of Human Services at Saddleback College. In her practice in Laguna Hills, CA, as a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and family-focused divorce professional, for more than thirty years, she has assisted hundreds of divorcing families, as a therapist, child and co-parenting specialist, divorce coach, and mediator.
     
    Bruce Fredenburg, MS, LMFT, has been a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for more than 30 years and is Board Certified in Clinical Hypnosis. He was a college instructor in Human Services at Saddleback College and at the National Medical Review School in Southern California. He also created and taught parenting classes for adoptive and foster parents. He is trained and experienced in chronic pain management, trauma, addictions, mediation, and collaborative divorce. In his practice in Laguna Hills,
    CA, Bruce helps families as a therapist, divorce coach, co-parenting specialist, and mediator.
     
    The topic of this show is Gray Divorce, or divorce that takes place after the age of 50, after the children are typically grown. In this interview we discuss
     
    Bruce and Carols personal stories What is gray divorce, and why it's becoming more prevalent Why not many people are talking about this trend What gray divorce looks like and how it differs from earlier on divorces How adult children are affected by their parents late divorce What parents can do to make the transition easier on their adult children How a couple going through a gray divorce can move forward without fear  Their book, Home will never be the same again: a guide for adult children of gray divorce And much more!  
    Connect with Bruce
    Website (Orange County Divorce coach)
    Website (Psychology Today)
    Facebook
    Linkedin
    Instagram
     
    Connect with Carol
    Website (Dr. Carol Hughes)
    Website (Divorce Peacemaking)
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    Buy the Book HERE

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    • 45 min
    Post COVID stressors, and how they affect our children, with Dr. Regine Muradian

    Post COVID stressors, and how they affect our children, with Dr. Regine Muradian

    melissa@blendedfamilypodcast.com
    www.blendedfamilypodcast.com
     
    Dr. Regine Muradian is a licensed clinical psychologist, children’s author, speaker, consultant, and mental health advocate. In her clinical practice, Dr. Muradian works with children, adolescents, and adults who present with a wide range of emotional stressors. She specializes in Anxiety and is a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), ADHD, Depression, Eating Disorders/Body Image, and Executive Functioning Training. Dr. Muradian is also a specialist in Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessments.
    She has extensive medical experience and expertise.  Dr. Muradian is fluent in 5 languages and incorporates her multicultural background with her clients. Lastly, Dr. Muradian is a published children’s author. Her first book, Franky and the Worry Bees was released during the pandemic as she found children and teens were having a difficult time connecting and staying motivated over distance learning. She has two more books as part of her Franky series coming out in 2021 titled, Franky and His Homeschool Adventures and Franky and His Special Talent. Dr. Muradian knows how to keep your child motivated and help parents create positive change in their lives. In this interview we discuss 
     
    Her personal story What children and teenagers are facing coming out of COVID What some of the post covid type stressors are that might affect our kids, and how we can help them overcome those  Signs your child is having trouble acclimating to post COVID life How to help our children move forward past fear What the long term psychological effects of COVID are, and how to minimize them Anxiety and how COVID ties into that Determining whether post COVID behaviors are normal or if they require special attention Resistance to mental health help, and how to manage if a child is resistant Her program for mental health training for teachers Tips on getting kids to a positive mindset And much more!  
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    • 48 min

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155 Ratings

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