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Maria Natapov has been a stepparent for 10+ years. When she and her partner learned of the abuse and neglect inflicted by the biological mother, Maria studied and took the lead to install the right supports and prevent her stepdaughter from further harm. Her passion is helping other stepparents transform their challenging responsibilities into opportunities for the whole family to thrive. In Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, Maria talks frankly about actionable steps to transform family chaos into meaningful and harmonious co-parenting. Reminding stepparents that they are not alone. Learn more about Maria Natapov. https://synergisticstepparenting.com/meet-maria/

Synergistic Stepparenting Podcast Maria Natapov

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Maria Natapov has been a stepparent for 10+ years. When she and her partner learned of the abuse and neglect inflicted by the biological mother, Maria studied and took the lead to install the right supports and prevent her stepdaughter from further harm. Her passion is helping other stepparents transform their challenging responsibilities into opportunities for the whole family to thrive. In Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, Maria talks frankly about actionable steps to transform family chaos into meaningful and harmonious co-parenting. Reminding stepparents that they are not alone. Learn more about Maria Natapov. https://synergisticstepparenting.com/meet-maria/

    #98: Overcoming Co-Parenting Fear and Comparison

    #98: Overcoming Co-Parenting Fear and Comparison

    Welcome back to another episode of the Synergistic Stepparenting podcast! I’m Maria Natapov, your guide on this journey to creating a harmonious and joyful blended family. Have you ever dealt with co-parenting fear and comparison in your blended family role? Imagine this: you start your day feeling the weight of all your responsibilities. You worry about how your stepchildren will react to your guidance, how to navigate the tension with your ex-spouse, and how to keep your family united....

    • 8 min
    #97: Strategies for Coparenting with an Absent Coparent

    #97: Strategies for Coparenting with an Absent Coparent

    Welcome back to another episode of "Synergistic Stepparenting," the podcast dedicated to helping you navigate the complex and rewarding journey of blending families. I'm your host, Maria Natapov, and today we’re exploring a topic that weighs heavy on many stepparents’ and divorced parents’ hearts, the struggles of coparenting with an absent coparent. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/97.Another day begins, and as you sip your morning coffee, you can't shake ...

    • 11 min
    #96: Overcoming Blended Family Challenges Overwhelm

    #96: Overcoming Blended Family Challenges Overwhelm

    Hey there, fellow stepparents! It's Maria Natapov, your go-to guide for navigating the ups and downs of blended family life. I know firsthand how easy it is to catch a bad case of blended family challenges overwhelm caused by juggling the demands of your career, your family, and your own well-being, especially when it feels like conflicts are constantly looming. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/96. Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?"I just need s...

    • 8 min
    #95: Blended Family Cumulative Stressors: the 4-1-1

    #95: Blended Family Cumulative Stressors: the 4-1-1

    Welcome back to another episode of Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, where we dive deep into the realities of blended family life. It's great to have you here, warriors navigating the unique challenges of blended family dynamics. Today, we're tackling a topic that hits close to home for most of you: navigating blended family cumulative stressors. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/95. Covered Topics:- Reliving the Blended Family Daily Grind- Riding the Blend...

    • 9 min
    #94: Navigating the Pressure Facing Stepparents

    #94: Navigating the Pressure Facing Stepparents

    Welcome back to another episode of the Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, where we explore the intricate dance of stepparenting with compassion and understanding. Today, we're delving into the pressure facing stepparents to step up or back off, and the strategies for finding balance amidst the chaos. So, grab your favorite mug of tea, settle in, and let's dive deep into this important topic. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/94.Covered Topics:- Identifying C...

    • 9 min
    #93: Managing Blended Family Tensions: The Stepparent's Guide

    #93: Managing Blended Family Tensions: The Stepparent's Guide

    Hey there, fellow stepparents and divorced parents! I know how it feels when blended family tensions arise, and it seems like there's no end in sight. You're not alone in this struggle. I get it—I've been there too. But guess what? It's possible to foster a supportive blended family dynamic, and I'm here to guide you through it. Find the show notes for this episode at SynergisticStepparenting.com/93. Covered Topics: - Acknowledge Your Feelings- Choose Your Response - 3 Response Options- The R...

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

KellyH 87 ,

Awesome podcast!!

Maria does a fantastic job in each episode explaining so many relatable topics us parents/step-parents deal with on a daily basis. She provides such great tips and ideas in how we can better ourselves and our child’s relationships. She makes me feel so heard and understood. Love the good work she is doing and putting out into the world. Thank you Maria and always looking forward to hearing more!

avrizzo ,

So helpful!

Maria is so warm and engaging. Each episode is packed with useful, tangible information. She is so good at breaking down what feel like big, overwhelming concepts and offering concrete, workable tips and guidance. I’ve learned something from every episode and always look forward to hearing the next!

Pamela Jean C ,

Very relevant

I have listened to all the episodes thus far. Well done! Quite honestly, I think most people can relate well to the content without being a step-parent. It’s very relevant! Great job! Thank you for sharing! Keep them coming.

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