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Blended Life - A Blended Family Podcast

Blended Life - A Blended Family Podcast

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A blended family is such an important topic because it’s dealing with so many lives, not just that of you and your spouse. You have your kids and your spouses kids of course, but you also have the other sets of parents to contend with (if there is shared custody). With so many cooks in the kitchen, it can make sanity hard to come by on some days. We can lose our way in the midst of chaos, jealousy, insecurity, frustration, anger, confusion, miscommunication, and power struggles. This podcast is dedicated to lessons my husband and I have learned from previously being married, divorced, parenting, co-parenting, step-parenting, blending a family, re-marrying, surviving daddy issues (me not him lol), going through years of therapy (again, me not him ha), having a relationship with God, listening to and absorbing wisdom from others, and having some of the best friends anyone could hope for! It is our hope that this offers all who take the time to read what we have to say, a perspective that makes for consideration or just some good-old-fashioned food-for-thought. If we can save one person, or couple, from any of our many mistakes, it would mean more than any treasure ever could.
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 How to know when to step back and let go of trying to grasp for control as a step parent? When your nature is to help out, but then you find yourself regretting it... When your children notice different treatment between his and hers kids in the home, how do you address that? How do you repair the breakdown of your relationship with your child and your spouse because of this situation? How to deal with being the outcast in your significant other’s family? How to cope when you don’t feel like you’re considered, respected or honored by your in laws? When your almost 18 year old step child is behaving badly and unmotivated to doing anything such as learn to drive, work or make future plans, what do you do? When the bio mom celebrates her still being a “kid” and your spouse doesn’t want to be hard on her, how are you as the step parent supposed to reconcile the future with your adult step child still living in the home and having zero expectations? Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/ Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app! Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & Podfriend The Purpose Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families. -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 How to handle your child being baptized without your knowing; even with a court order in place that states both parents need to agree on religious practices?! When your ex is a bully and tries to manipulate every situation to cause distance and drama in your child’s life and this in your blended family life; how do you navigate that when enough is enough?? Should you address how your ex is dressed when they show up to pick up the kids wearing provocative attire, especially if it bugs your current spouse? If you do decide to address it, what should be said? How do you tell a 5 year old they are going to be a big brother for the first time when they still are questioning why bio parents are living apart? Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook #BlendedFamily Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/ Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app! Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & Podfriend The Purpose Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families. -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 How to communicate with your spouse when they are seemingly speaking a totally different language? When your spouse has no time for you because every free minute is with their child, how do you cope when there’s no alone time in your marriage? How to handle the other home manipulating the kids and turning them against you and your household? What can you do? How to put the pieces back together when your spouse has moved out and prefers spending time with just you or just you and this kids but doesn’t really want to be around yours? Can living separately as married people work? Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook #BlendedFamily Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/ Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app! Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & Podfriend The Purpose Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families. -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 1. How do you mentally deal with family members that do not accept the idea of a blended family? 2. What do you do when your significant other decides to put off life plans you’ve made together (such as having children together) seemingly out of nowhere and because of their kids? 3. When your child pushes away or gives your fiancé a hard time on purpose, what do you do? What do you say? 4. How to help and support a child in therapy so that they can reach their truth? Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook #BlendedFamily Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/ Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app! Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & Podfriend The Purpose Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families. -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 1. How does a step parent disconnect from a situation when they are very much in the mix between the exes? As a spouse do you be there solely for support and say nothing when you are dragged into fights, texts and when you disagree with their approach 💯 of the time?! 2. Is it normal for a step mom to get her feelings hurt when the step daughter does something with her bio mom that was planned for them to do together? Small stuff like taking her to get her ears pierced or to a concert. 3. Does it get better after court? If the bio parent doesn’t follow the court order, how can they be held accountable? 4. Is it wrong to try to get your step kid with you during school if the other bio parent in the other home leaves them with people and gives them free reign to do whatever they want (including having a boyfriend). Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/ Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app! Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & Podfriend The Purpose Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families. -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 What are with all the attitude shifts surrounding remarriage and going back and forth between two homes that children in blended family’s put on display? How do we as parents handle it? What should be addressed and what should be ignored? Helping the kids realize that each member of the family is unique! How to help grow respect and honor for one another’s styles, body types, abilities, limitations, hobbies, interests and personalities. Specifically, how to go about family “diets” when some need to lose weight and others don’t; should everyone do it together or no? Is it right for your spouse to openly say he or she loves you and their child equally? What about if they can’t let their child know that they put you first? What do you do when every very single fight is about said child? How can you get a toxic bio parent to back off from attempting to control what goes on in your home and in your #relationships with your spouse and your kiddos? Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 On this episode we will discuss: 1. How do you help your child get over trust issues and become comfortable with your new significant other? Childhood trauma can most definitely affect how they do and react to relationships of all kinds moving forward. 2. How to deal with your step kid not wanting anything to do with you; not acknowledging you in your own home. Should feeling awkward become something to accept? Attitude struggles are REAL! 3. A stepparents struggle to want to work on her relationship with her step son when she is so irritated with his behavior; we discuss how to move forward in that situation. 4. When you feel like the kids rule the roost and rule the family; always seeking your kids approval and permission when it comes to your relationship. How may that be harmful to everyone? Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 What IS a marriage in a blended family? How do you define it? What does it look like and mean? How much is shared? How much say does each other have? How is the line drawn between shared parenting of all children and the bio parent having the final say? How does “having the bio parent having the final say” VS “our home, we both have a say” work? OR how are they separate? Lines blur in blended families and that can get confusing and frustrating! When it comes to paying for things outside of child support and having extra shared costs between the two homes, is this a “bio parent has the final say” situation or a “marriage finance thing”? If you can’t talk openly and respectfully about each other’s children; is there hope for the marriage?! Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 When the new “girlfriend” of your ex comes in like a wrecking ball and changes everything about your co-parenting with her influence and boundaries, how should you handle it? How to deal when your kids are all over her social media and you’ve never even met her yet?! How to process your ex forging a relationship with your estranged father between him and your children? When you hear from your kids they have been seeing “grandpa” at Dad’s and you haven’t had any relationship with him for YEARS! How to deal with “Mommy/Daddy” said type of stuff with the kids?  When your step kids are coming home from their other house and it’s always what “Mommy said or Mommy says”; do you correct incorrect information?, do you ban it?, do you ignore it?, do you set boundaries? If it’s happening in one home, you know it’s also happening in the other home with “Daddy says”.  How might you address this if you don’t want to hear it, but also don’t want the kids making up stuff about your home to their other parent?  Marriage and the name change; do it or not?  Use your maiden name as part of the last name for the sake of the kids? Does changing your name make you feel separated even further from you children? Is it offensive to want to keep your shared name with your children? What issues may arise when you make the decision to have a different last name than your children? Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 How to deal with being on the outside of issues and decisions as the step parent; especially when it will affect you and your kids? How does a couple navigate one partner being accepting of the the other partners kid and spending alone time with them while the other partner doesn’t spend alone time with you and your kids, unless he has his kid? What to do when your step child is causing a wedge in your relationship by they way they behave. We will discuss how boundaries actually PROTECT relationships and are part of loving someone. When you are constantly on edge about both your child and your significant other; the anxiety that being caught between the two brings about. Being the the middle of two people you love but who don’t embrace one another is HARD. Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 Ways to communicate and keep each other (you and your spouse) in the loop when it comes to the kids, their schedules and happenings between the two homes. Is being in a group text with the ex a good idea?  Should schedule changes be discussed in house before being agreed to with the other?  How should you address your spouse when they forget to inform you of things concerning their children on a regular basis? When your ex refuses to acknowledge or engage in seeking medical help for your child; how can you make them come around and take things as seriously as is deserved? When your ex frames medication as “bad” to your child; how to handle that?!  A true medical condition versus an undisciplined child? When your partner accuses you of being a bad parent and can’t deal with your child’s outbursts, and disagrees with how you handle misbehavior, can a blended family really work out under those conditions? How to say no to the expectation of watching your step child in the absence of both parents when you feel it is unsafe? How to deal with the frustration of allowing the ex to skip out on their responsibilities and not hold them accountable for their actions or lack of. Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 Jealousy that exists of the step parent and the relationship his or her significant other has with their bio kid; how to help put that jealousy to bed. Feeling like you have a gag order when the kids are around; feeling like you have to walk on egg shells until they leave to go to their other parents house; something to change or something to accept? Is it fair to combine finances after marriage if only one person has kids in the home? Paying the ex more than court ordered child support when asked; is that reasonable? What boundaries should be set when you have a new family with financial goals that are or could be affected by this? Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 Is it strange that the step mom hasn’t met the bio mom after two years? Why might the bio mom not want to meet the person who is caring for her child half the time? Should this be addressed or left alone? How to manage the inevitable inequality in the home when the bio parent allows their own child to get away with so much and hammers down on their step kids instead? How to handle it when said child becomes disruptive and a bully to the other kids in the home. Let’s talk about the fact that all our children are half their other parent. Should that be an excuse for bad behavior in your home? Anyone else do a double-take when your kid acts, speaks or give the same facial expressions as your ex?! When your step kids don’t listen to you the first (or even the second) time; is the a lack of respect or a different parenting style in the home situation? How should this be handled as a step parent? How to deal with parent alienation when your own bio child is buying into and creating the drama in your blended family? How can you allow yourself to enjoy your new spouse and step children and be hurt by your own kid? Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 Tonight we will be joined by our good friend Brooke @stories_of_a_bonus_parent (you’ve probably seen her in our chats). She’s a #bonusmom of twin girls, girlfriend to their Dad, a social worker, #breastcancersurvivor and a God seeking woman. She’s learning how to define her own #blendedfamily life in a way that honors her values, beliefs and needs, which is both inspiring and empowering. Brooke’s story isn’t one that you are going to want to miss, especially if your wanting so much more from life but don’t want to let go of what you love to get it. There’s power in stepping back so that others can rise. Her stepping game is STRONG. We can’t wait to learn from this incredible woman and share her with all of you! Join us! Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 Question from a listener: “The #ex wants to meet me and I don’t think it’s necessary. My boyfriend thinks it will get her off his back since her reasoning is “she wants to know who her child is spending so much time with”, but I think we all know why she wants to meet me, to size me up. What are your thoughts? Should we meet?” Question from a listener: “I am wondering if you can share some more insight on the #insecurities between your spouse and their ex. My spouse feels that it is important for everyone to open, and get along. I feel that all of it is lacking boundaries and lacks respecting our relationship and just makes me feel insecure. This is one of our biggest obstacles. We can't agree on things and he thinks I'm being very stern and unnecessary and I think that he needs to put boundaries in place, because the line of old relationship and new relationship is kind of blurry. What are your thoughts?” Question: How to handle when your step child is jealous of you and your #relationship with their parent. What can you do to help them through and support your spouse in the process? Question: “My boyfriend’s daughter is coming over this weekend to stay the night for one night and I fear that he will just allow her to come sleep in our bedroom again (against my permission and will) and I refuse to allow this to continue any longer. How would you handle this? How do I bring it up to him before she comes over? It obviously needs to be discussed and handled before then.” Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 How to you help your significant other not feel guilty for living with/seeing your kids more than his own? Stepping in or stepping back?! When you feel like you’re doing too much parenting in your step kids lives, but also feel like if you don’t, no one else will. How does not being an “active” parent affect your marriage?! 😳😳 How do you handle grief given the fact that almost everyone in a blended family is there because they have experienced tremendous loss? How to you cope with grieving for your children and their loss too? Dealing with the fear of losing your place in your significant other’s life because they are about to have a child with someone else! When you’ve come back into the picture and realize you’re going to be a step mom all the feels and insecurities surrounding that in regards to your partner. Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
Do you ever truly trust the #stepparent in the home?  Do you trust their judgement or do you feel like you need to leave them with a ton of direction?  Do you micromanage your partner when it comes to your kids?!  If so, how’s that working out?    Let’s talk about gifting your ex during the holidays, birthdays, special occasions, etc.  What about when the gifts are from the “kids” verses when they are from you?  How does either impact your current relationship?  Is it appropriate?    When the ex is chit chatty (not about the kids or #custody) and wants help in their lives with things like fixing cars, setting up computers, fixing household issues; how much is too much?  How do you shut it down if you find it’s causing problems in your marriage or you begin to feel taken advantage of.  What exactly is to much?!    When your ex says it's dating and introducing potential life partners to your kids is their business and you (as the other bio parent) should not bother or involve yourself.  How quickly is it appropriate for someone to enter the children's lives and at what level?  What if there’s concerns your children are being exposed to these #relationships very rapidly and it's emotionally confusing; what can you do?!Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 How to stop the fighting and arguing in your #marriage over how your spouse treats your child. How to protect your son or daughter when their feelings are hurt over the difference in treatment between them and their step siblings. When your spouse is more of a friend than a #parent to their child; should this be a red flag for having children of your own with them? Should #non-custodial parents help pay for big ticket items for their kids like cars, college, etc. when they are also paying child support? We discuss in more detail (specifics) dating when you have children already, and the progression from first introduction to living together. Mostly it’s about sleepovers, how to handle those?! Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
 How to navigate life when your boyfriend doesn’t want to get married but expects the husband treatment. How to effectively communicate with your spouse when they overreact, get offended and turn the situation back around on you? Let’s talk more about why parents treat their step kids differently than there own. What’s all this about “Nacho Kids” approach to parenting in a blended family? How to know if it could be for you! Connect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
This episode is all about the dreaded EX!  Listeners emailed us questions this week asking for insight about being the new partner/stepparent and still having a very present ex in the picture.  The following are topics we cover on this podcast:Would you (Eric) marry the current version of your ex-wife, given how you work together now?  Why or why not.When Eric alludes to the ex always being in his life (always will be in contact with her), what does that really mean?  Is there any hope for the step parents out there who are biding their time until some sort of finish line?  Is there a finish line?Social Media and the ex; what boundaries should there be, if any?  Do you as the step parent have a right to privacy; to put your foot down when it comes to your spouse allowing the ex to “follow” them?  What do you do if you disagree on this issue in your marriage; where do you go from there?Are you crazy for being uncomfortable or even insecure when the ex is always there?  When they show up at family gatherings, when you are sitting between your spouse and his ex as they talk, when the MIL is giving the ex rides to these events...is it okay to have some expectations of boundaries or do you just need to accept it as the new comerConnect with us! We would love to hear from you!  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=sharePurchase Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/blended_life/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblendedlifeofficial/ Facebook Blended Family Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285159338709513 Blended Life website: https://www.theblendedlife.net/Email us: theblendedlifeorg@gmail.com Watch our Podcast live every week right here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlendedLife Listen to our podcast on your favorite app!Podcast Directory: https://blendedlife.buzzsprout.com/ Listen to us on your favorite Podcast Apps: Apple music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn + Alexa, Podcast Addiction, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Listen Notes, Player FM, Podcast Intex, Overcast, Castro, Castbox & PodfriendOur Purpose: Why is talking about blended families and life in general important? Because we believe that we can do better than what statistics say about second marriages lasting, about blending families making it, that’s why! A 70% divorce rate statistic for remarriages with children is simply unacceptable! Spreading life lessons, passing along wisdom gained from experience and bringing to light what is often happily left in the dark to hide, is how we all can learn to be better, to do better the second time around (in a #blendedfamily many lives depend on it). Together we can avoid costly mistakes that will end in the demise of our precious families.   -Blended Life  Julie’s Fabulous VIP Color Street Nail Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juliesfabvip/?ref=shareShop Color Street Now: https://www.colorstreet.com/JulieStolz
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