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Radical Stepmoms is a podcast about the good, bad and really ugly moments about raising a child that you didn’t create. Here I’ll discuss the realities of co-parenting, the ways stepmother hood affects a marriage, the relationship with our step kids and most of all... navigating the relationship with ourselves. I want each episode to leave you feeling validated, empowered and oh-so radical, so pour yourself a la croix, a glass of red...or whatever, and listen in on Radical Stepmoms.
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Many stepmoms have felt the pressures and expectations to fit into an already established family unit. Do you want to spend every holiday with the ex? What if you don't want the photo-op blended life? What if it's feeling a little too "sister-wife" and you're needing to create some boundaries? Meet Miranda, a stepmom who had to alter the expectations placed on her to fit her own comfort level. How has she advocated for herself to create the life she wants? Listen in!  About My Guest:  Miranda is an engaged step-mom-to-be already living the stepmom life. Having fertility issues she believed meeting someone with a child would allow her the opportunity to share her mom heart and build a family of her own. Little did she know, she was entering a situation with an already established family unit that would require her to navigate what she describes as an “over blend” and advocate for having a family dynamic of her own. So much more than a podcast!!!  @radicalstepmomspodcast  Want to schedule a 1:1 session or become a Radical Member? Head to my website! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com **This episode is sponsored by StepMom Magazine. Use discount code: Radical20 to save 20% ** --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Christina welcomes the lovely Naja Hall to discuss how to manage a high conflict ex on social media, navigating the impacts of child support, insecurities and more. Naja is a force, and her stepmom energy is inspiring. Listen in and learn how to be "unbothered".  About My Guest:  Naja is a stepmom to 3 and knows the hardships of parental alienation and unsuccessful attempts at justice in family court. She used her experience and drive to create her platform for blended families, Blended and Black. Her vision has created a space where women from all races, backgrounds, ages, and perspectives can congregate on common ground: How To Be An Unbothered Stepmom. So much more than a podcast!!! Instagram: @radicalstepmomspodcast Want to schedule a 1:1 session or become a Radical Member? Head to my website! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com **This episode is sponsored by StepMom Magazine. Use discount code: Radical20 to save 20% ** --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Grab your beverage of choice and get excited... Christina welcomes back Genet and she's ready to give an update on where she's at in her stepmom journey.  It's no secret, blended family life is hard and being a stepmom is one one of the hardest things we've taken on. What keeps us strong? When is too much, too much? How do we know if we're making the right choice, and for the right reasons? Genet is keeping it real and raw, listen in.  So much more than a podcast!!! Instagram: @radicalstepmomspodcast Want to schedule a 1:1 session or become a Radical Member? Head to my website! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com **This episode is sponsored by StepMom Magazine. Use discount code: Radical20 to save 20% ** --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
How has our own childhood impacted our experience as a stepmom? On this episode, Christina welcomes Lindy who shares her story of being a stepdaughter turned stepmom. What was her experience like being in a blended family? How has her relationship with her own stepmom shaped how she is with her own stepdaughters? Listen in as Lindy also shares about her fertility struggles, how her partner supports her in her role and her advice for new and seasoned stepmoms! Enjoy! About My Guest:  Lindy works in public policy in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her fiancé and two stepdaughters. She’s navigating 2nd marriages, 2nd families and some huge firsts while trying to figure out how to thrive in her 30s. You can find her on Instagram @lilsteps_bigsteps So much more than a podcast!!! Instagram: @radicalstepmomspodcast Want to schedule a 1:1 session or become a Radical Member? Head to my website! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com **This episode is sponsored by StepMom Magazine. Use discount code: Radical20 to save 20% ** --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Christina welcomes one of her best friends on to discuss his blended life. Doug is a bio dad AND stepdad who has a lot to share about stepping up, managing a high conflict ex, parenting differences and keeping it about the kids. He shares what it's been like to be the bio dad and support his wife as a stepmom, and what he's needed to be successful as a stepdad. Talking to Doug is like chatting with another stepmom - he GETS it! Listen in! So much more than a podcast!!! Instagram: @radicalstepmomspodcast Want to schedule a 1:1 session or become a Radical Member? Head to my website! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com **This episode is sponsored by StepMom Magazine. Use discount code: Radical20 to save 20% ** --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Christina chats with Kelly, a mom to 2, a stepmom to 3, and add two ours babies makes SEVEN kids! Kelly shares her stepmom story and how she manages the many hats she wears. Does her role as a stepmom impact her identity as a bio mom? How has she transitioned into motherhood with her ours babies? How does she take care of herself when she's always caring for others? What does a blended family need to be happy and healthy? Listen in!  So much more than a podcast!!! Instagram: @radicalstepmomspodcast Want to schedule a 1:1 session or become a Radical Member? Head to my website! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com **This episode is sponsored by StepMom Magazine. Use discount code: Radical20 to save 20% ** --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
In this special episode, Christina chats with her husband's stepmom to hear about her 30+ years experience in this role. She shares how quickly she dove in, how she navigated insecurities, the teen years and how an act of disengaging saved her family. Christina and Tina discuss the parallels of their lives and the similarities of every stepmom journey. Tina is definitely a radical stepmom who's been through the trenches. If you're looking for a success story...listen in!  So much more than a podcast!!!  Instagram: @radicalstepmomspodcast  Want to schedule a 1:1 session or become a Radical Member? Head to my website! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com **This episode is sponsored by StepMom Magazine. Use discount code: Radical20 to save 20% ** --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
As stepmoms we are presented with the privilege of influencing and teaching our step-children. Some topics carry more weight than others. In this episode, Christina chats with Avril, a stepmom and social justice advocate to discuss raising antiracist children, and the steps white parents can take to look at their own beliefs and biases. We are at a deep and urgent need for change in our society, and it starts with the conversations we have at home. Lean into any discomfort or curiosity, and listen in. About My Guest:  Avril Williams is an art educator, yoga teacher, entrepreneur and advocate for social justice. Her experience growing up on a farm in Maine within a mixed-race blended family has played a part in who she is today. After leaving her home state she attained her degree in art education, a yoga teacher certification, and has travelled extensively internationally. In doing so, she realized the importance of making our dreams reality, living authentically and being active in how we choose to show up in the world. Avril now owns her own business, A Dandy Line with Avril, to help others do the same through what she calls “creative intentional living”.  www.adandylinewithavril.com So much more than a podcast!!!  @radicalstepmomspodcast  Want to schedule a 1:1 session or become a Radical Member? Head to my website! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Talking about puberty and sex with our kids doesn't have to make us break out in an anxious rash. In this episode, Christina chats with sexuality educator Sarah Spoule to answer questions like: what is the typical age to have the "sex talk"? How do we talk to our kids about their bodies and boundaries without shaming? How do we navigate these conversation when there's differences in households? Listen in as Sarah shares how to makes these conversations less scary, and more normalized.  About My Guest:  Sarah is a sexuality educator and mum-of-three. She supports all sorts of parents to build even more connection with their growing kids by talking about sensitive subjects like bodies, sex and consent. Find her: www.instagram.com/iamsarahsproule/ www.sarahsproule.com Mentioned on this Episode: Breaking the Hush Factor: Ten Rules for Talking with Teenagers about Sex by Karen Rayne www.amaze.org --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Christina and the lovely Kimberly King chat how blended life changes after an ours baby and how despite it's challenges, we feel we were meant to be stepmoms. Kim shares her story of moving to a new country with her family (including the ex) and the complexities of being in a interracial/multicultural marriage. What considerations does a stepmom have when blending cultures and family values? What has helped her the most in bonding with her stepkids? What's her "why?" when things get hard? Listen in!  About My Guest:  Kimberly King is a Certified Stepfamily Coach using her knowledge and personal experiences to help unique blended families navigate their way toward a peaceful + happy home. The stepmom of 2 is also biracial woman in an interracial + multicultural marriage and blended family, She's a chef by passion and you can usually find her in the kitchen cooking up delightful dishes or doting on her handsome 2 year old. The Kings have recently traded city life for island life with a move from Los Angeles all the way to Jamaica. Find her here www.honestlymum.com MORE THAN A PODCAST: Get 1:1 support, become a member and get the resources you need! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Let's chat disengaging, discipline, stepmom wins AND fails, being a child-free stepmom navigating infertility and... co-sleeping! This episode is jam packed with nuggets of insights and wisdom that will leave you saying, "Yeeesssss!." Listen in as Christina chats with Karen, a stepmom who has learned what "stepping back" means to her and how boundaries saved her from resentment.  About My Guest: Karen is a 31 year old wife, stepmom to her 8 year old son and a fur mom to a 1 year old rescue mutt. She works in Accounting but has her Masters in English. She loves to read, help other stepmamas try to navigate their journeys and write. Her true passions are baking and horror movies. Read her blog: https://theatypicalchildlessstepmom.blogspot.com/ So much more than a podcast!!!  @radicalstepmomspodcast  Want to schedule a 1:1 session or become a Radical Member? Head to my website! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Affairs. They happen, right? Listen in as I chat with Erika about her journey into stepmotherhood. How did she meet her current partner? How has she navigated being viewed as "the other woman"? What is her relationship like with the the kids? The ex? We talk about it all! We can't choose who we fall in love with, or the timing. Sometimes things get a little messy. Listen in!  About my Guest: Erika is a rock-climbing, skiing, hiking, National Park geek who lives in Wyoming with her incredible husband. She is a stepmom to 2 stepdaughters and 1 stepson, and a cat-mom of 2! She is in her third year of working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education and hopes to become a middle school or high school social studies teacher soon. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Christina chats with Lisa who tells her story of never wanting to have children, and how jumping into stepmotherhood has impacted her. Lisa shares that while she remained childfree by choice, a hysterectomy at 32 stirred up some difficult emotions. What has helped her along the way? What words of advice does she have for other stepmoms? Listen in!  So much more than a podcast!!!  @radicalstepmomspodcast  Want to schedule 1:1 session or become a Radical Member? Head to my website! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
In a blended family navigating the schools and teachers can be super frustrating. Add a pandemic and remote learning, and it's even more complicated. How do you tell the teachers about the different households? How do you make sure everything is being communicated? What about teacher conferences? In this Episode, Christina chats with Betty, Mallory, Eric And Cassidy all who work in schools and have blended families of their own. They share their insider wisdom and what blended families can do to stress less.  Mentioned in this Episode: Blog post with example letter: www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com/blog/schoolandblendedfamilies  So much more than a podcast!!!  @radicalstepmomspodcast  Want to schedule a 1:1 session or become a Radical Member? Head to my website! www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
In this episode Christina and Amanda discuss their similarities of raising a stepchild who has ADD/ADHD. They chat how their kids were assessed, the interventions, how they participate in their education, the behavioral challenges and the unique layer it adds to their stepmom journey. For the stepmoms also navigating ADD/ADHD, and IEP or behavioral issues - this one is for you.  About my Guest: @sopranoamanda on Instagram  So much more than a podcast!!! Instagram @radicalstepmomspodcast www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Christina chats with Dr. Michelle Logvinsky, a licensed clinical psychologist (AND stepmom) to unpack the terms "high-conflict" and "narcissism". Michelle discusses her profession and how it overlaps with your personal life, and the struggles stepmoms face when dealing with the traumas of a high-conflict "co-parent". What are best practices when interacting with a high conflict person? Boundaries? They discuss it all!  About the Guest:  Dr. Michelle Logvinsky, PsyD. https://www.drmichellelogvinsky.com/ Grey Rock Method  So much more than a podcast!!! Instagram Schedule with Christina Become a Member www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Christina chats with the lovely and inspiring Sarajane Case from Enneagram & Coffee! Sarajane shares how she manifested becoming a stepmom, self-care tips and how knowing your Enneagram type can help in your blended family! Christina is a Type 2 and Sarajane is a 7! What's yours?!   About the Guest!  Sarajane Case is an author, speaker, podcaster, and now youtuber based out of Asheville, NC. She's been featured in publications like Apartment Therapy, The Every Girl, Parade Magazine and was named a 2018 person on the rise by Honey Book. With an Instagram account of over half a million followers, a podcast that regularly stays at the top of the charts in self-help and a book that launched in April of 2020 Sarajane is a rising leader in the self-help industry.  You can find more from her on Instagram, her podcast - Enneagram & Coffee can be found on iTunes and Spotify and her website is www.enneagramandcoffee.com Make sure to order her book ‘The Honest Enneagram’ wherever books are sold. So much more than a podcast!!! Instagram  Schedule with Christina  Become a Member  www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
In this episode Christina welcomes Elise Buie a family law attorney who has deep understanding of complex family issues, not only because she’s an attorney but because she’s also a stepmom! Elise shares how being a stepmom influenced her career in family law, and vice versa. She gives her advice/tips for those preparing for mediation/court, discusses the current custody issues during a pandemic, her thoughts on parallel parenting vs. co-parenting and best practices for managing a high conflict ex situation. How does a Family Law Attorney navigate her own blended life? Maybe not how you'd guess. Listen in!   About the Guest Elise Buie!  View the The Stepfamily Handbook: Dating, Getting Serious, and Forming a "Blended Family" by Karen Bonnell and Patricia Papernow So much more than a podcast!!! Instagram  Schedule with Christina  Become a Member  www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Hello, Season 3! This episode is for stepmoms to listen to with their partners as Christina welcomes her husband back on the show! Together they answer your questions about navigating relationships, parenting styles, being a childless stepmom, disengaging and much more. They keep it raw and real as they discuss the ups and downs of blended family life, so get ready to feel little more validated and a little less alone.  So much more than a podcast!!! Instagram Schedule with Christina Become a Member www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
Christina and Genet wrap up Season 2 by discussing the holidays and their intentions for 2021! Genet gives an update on how she's navigating her marriage and stepmotherhood. The two talk guilt. disengaging and owning your feelings! They end with a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT as Radical Stepmoms heads into the new year and plans for Season 3!  ------  We are more than just a podcast:    Find us on Instagram @radicalstepmomspodcast or www.radicalstepmomspodcast.com  Want to become a Radical Stepmoms Member? Learn More Here: www.patreon.com/radicalstepmomspodcast  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radicalstepmoms/message
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concon

so happy you guys made this podcast! Thank you! being a stepmom is seriously HARD!

Jun 28th
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Jennifer

Hi! I'm an aquarius FYI 😅 and I would love to pick your brain on some of my situations. This podcast has literally been my light in this shitty dark hole that can be step motherhood.

May 7th
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Misskyliep

I resonate with this whole episode so much! ❤️ especially the part where you know your boundaries, but you feel like you CAN’T step back because you’re the only one ever doing it. My husband works long, unpredictable hours and the only reason he can have my two step kids is because I pick up alllll of the work. It’s not his fault, he provides for the family. But it’s exhausting just being expected to do this or do that.

Feb 5th
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Erin Gipford

Gennet, you DO realize that its not a coincidence - you becoming part of this childs life... right?! Clearly this was devine planning from the higher ups ;) You are this childs angel sent to fill a void that otherwise would have remained empty. Bless you and your bigg mommy heart❤ -Erin Gipford

May 22nd
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