Blended family life is complicated to say the least. Balancing marriage, parenting, and stepfamily relationships is a messy and fragile task. We won't always get it right the first time, but if you're looking for encouragement, you're in the right place. Your host, Sarah, a stepmom of 3, shares her experience and ideas to help you grow closer as a blended family.
How did I become a stepmom? What makes this podcast unique and what does it offer your blended family? What are my stepfamily influences and underlying goals? Listen to this introduction and find out!
Blended family life is challenging. Do you ever feel like your stepchildren's biological or adopted parents get everything right, while you seem to never be good enough? How can a stepparent break through the crushing glass ceiling of being the relational outsider? In this episode we discuss: how to be emotionally resilient as we stumble through our stepchildren's expectations and disappointments; how to seek and incorporate their feedback into our habits; and the value of apologizing when we don't feel like we did anything wrong.
Showing Love in Our Blended Family - Part 1
Mike Cavanaugh, of "Not Many Fathers," shares how to encourage the hearts of the children in your blended family to receive your love through focused attention, generous eye contact, meaningful touch, and affirming words.
Mothers and Stepmothers - From a Wedge to a Bridge - Part 2
Stephanie McHenry continues with some of the milestones in her process to harmonious co-family relationships. Stephanie transitioned from seeing herself as the primary source of security and love for her daughter to accepting her daughter’s stepmom as her “other mother,” enlarging her own belief about what it means to be a blended family.
Mothers and Stepmothers - From a Wedge to a Bridge - Part 1
Stephanie McHenry takes us on her journey from biased and bitter single mom to fulfilled and embracing co-parent. Stephanie shares her struggles and epiphanies, as she faced her fears and prioritized her daughter’s well-being.
Bringing Up Behavior with Your Spouse
Many times in blended families, the bonus parent will feel like their feelings are outnumbered or dismissed. There are many reasons for this, including complex parent-child loyalties that were forged in the devastation of death or divorce. Learn how to scale your spouse's defensive walls by embracing your own unique perspective, and speaking the truth with love.
I totally recommend, this is so neat! A request for the show: maybe an episode with your stepdaughters on the show? I would love to meet them and your husband!
Finally, a great podcast on step-parenting!
This podcast is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. An honest and heartfelt podcast on step-parenting!