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Welcome to Enjoying Your Blended Family, this is Randall and Scarlett here. Blended Families can have their challenges. Having been a blended family for almost fifteen years, we share knowledge we have gained, that has now allowed us to have some of the best relationships with our kids and in our marriage. So we bring new episodes every Monday and Friday as we talk Mondays on hot topics that are in blended families and then bring some Friday fun to the mix. This podcast is here to help stren ...
 
We're Mike and Kim Anderson. We set out on our blended family adventure over 20 years ago thinking it would be a cinch…but quickly found out how complicated things can be. Following a painful co-parenting battle with an Ex, we found ourselves disconnected and teetering on the brink of divorce. Then we got to work discovering how to overcome all our challenges and guide our family to thrive. If you're a stepmom or stepdad frustrated with how challenging it is to be a step-parent. Or you're a ...
 
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 ...
 
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 ...
 
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Suggest a Topic or Ask a Question Would you like us to discuss something specific or answer your question on the show? Let us know! We've made it easy. Just click here: https://www.mikeandkimcoaching.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all need some extra support along the blending journey — we're here to help. You can connect with us for a …
 
It’s Devo, not Bevo (the Texas Longhorn mascot)! Okay, bad joke. Sorry. We share how adding a devotion time to your daily routine can greatly benefit your blended family. Devotions are a great way to grow closer to God and hear more from Him. This causes us to be better versions of ourselves, and in return we show up better for our family. That jus…
 
Stop Leading With Fear In Your Blended Family! On this episode of Blended Life we talk about all things fear. When you lead with fear in your blended family it's difficult to create a family experience you can be proud of and one that your children will want to replicate. We discuss the four main types of fears that rear their ugly heads in blended…
 
Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:23)Have you ever noticed that when we act in accordance to the Spirit of God, no one complains? Who has a problem with people who are kind, loving, and self-controlled? The Bible says no one makes a law against that. Proverbs 16 tells us when we live in ways that please the LORD, even our enemies co…
 
Mom, you always let me go before. You’re just saying, ’No’ now because he wants you to.Kids are really good about buying us tickets for a guilt trip. I mean, guilt is one of the child’s best tools to get what they want, right? It can be especially effective in stepfamilies. You’ve brought a stepparent into their lives and now the rules are changing…
 
Here’s a blended family ministry tip everyone can do.At a Summit on Stepfamily Ministry, Family Pastor and stepdad Dave Bondeson encouraged people to listen to the stories of blended families. In this day and age, being known and accepted for who you arenot who your sanitized Instagram image says you areis a rare thing and really appreciated. Liste…
 
Do you ever get confused about who Jesus was? Yeah, me, too.We’re in good company. John the Baptist called people back to God, but in Luke 7 he got a little confused, too. Are you the One? he asked. Jesus wasn't offended by his question. He even compliments the part of John that was faithful. But then he declares, yes, I am the MessiahSaviorand the…
 
“And send it soaring” (any Mary Poppins Fans?) This may not look like the musical, but it is one fun thing you can do with your family that we easily forget about. It’s Springtime and the wind is blowing a little stronger than usual, so why not have some cheap fun with your family. This is great for all ages. Even our teenagers were having a blast …
 
Got a strained family relationship? Maybe it’s time you wrote them a tribute.But we don’t have a good relationship. Why would I write them a tribute? Sometimes you have to write one to find appreciation. My friend wrote a tribute to her stepmom. They didn’t have the best relationship but giving thoughtful consideration to all her stepmom had done f…
 
Stepfamilies have a few financial landmines: don’t step on them.According to Patricia Estess, the first landmine is relying too heavily on a former spouse for child support. Being dependent makes you vulnerable. The second is skimping on the new family and spending on the old. Throwing money at your kids won’t erase guilt or make up for lost time. …
 
Today let me share reason number 642 why stepparents need a hug.One stepmom was pleasantly surprised when her two oldest stepdaughters gave her a card on Mother’s Day. It read, Everyone needs a back-up mom. You’re mine! What a huge compliment. She was beaming from ear to ear. So, why does she need a hug? Because this stepmom’s other two stepchildre…
 
Isn't it a great feeling when you're united as a couple around important decisions? It really doesn't matter if the decision is big or small — we feel connected when we're on the same page. But, if you're anything like us, you've probably run into those moments when decision-making seems to create disconnection. And let's be honest. Disconnection s…
 
When you live like Jesus, you make a difference in someone’s life.Being Christ-like in our daily lives leaves an indelible mark especially when our actions stand in direct contrast to others. Growing up, Mandy had a Mom and stepmom. Her mom always spoke critically of her dad. She immediately noticed a difference when her stepmom came into her life.…
 
Blended & Redeemed! Scott & Vanessa from Blended Kingdom Families (aka BKF) join us in this episode to share information on their new book “Blended & Redeemed.” It’s more than just a book, but a great resource for blended families in many ways. This book guides through dealing with the past and forgiveness, all the way through major challenges mode…
 
God loves the work of refining our character, particularly as we engage in family relationships. We become more and more like Christ as we learn how to love, forgive, show kindness, and be family to one another. In this episode, Ron Deal talks with Summer Butler and Gayla Grace about the value of God's refining fire for stepmoms. Show Notes and Res…
 
A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.Have you ever noticed what we don’t know about the Proverbs 31 woman? We don’t know her age, her race, her specific ethnicity (though likely middle-eastern), or what her political leanings are. We do know she works hard, cares for the underprivileged and her family, is wise, strong, dignified, and moral. …
 
An easy way to add romance to your marriage! Just a disclaimer, this episode is for big ears and not the little ears. Ladies, have you ever wanted a romantic date night with your man? Guys, have you ever wanted to be more romantic for your wife, but struggle coming up with ideas? Romance Enhance has you covered. This is an easy way to add some roma…
 
You’ve been more of a mom to me than my real mom, so can I call you mom?Man, you want to talk about music to a stepmom’s ears. That’s it. Can I call you mom? Now here’s the back story. The early years were difficult and hurtful but this stepmom was determined. She just kept living and loving. And now, 15 years later, at the age of 28 her stepdaught…
 
Okay, ladies. It’s time to stop shooting yourself in the foot.Cohabitation promises a lot, but delivers very little. Research confirms that cohabiting women are just as committed as married women. And, cohabiting men are not and they remain less committed. In other words, a cohabiting woman assumes she is in a stable, long-term relationship when re…
 
Can you imagine? Telling a parent to abandon their child?No, you probably can’t. But that’s exactly what this stepmom said to her own husband about his son. I guess she was anxious her son would be short changed in the family will. Her exact words were, Get rid of him. How awful. That’s exactly what Sarah said to Abraham about his son, Ishmael. And…
 
Suggest a Topic or Ask a Question Would you like us to discuss something specific or answer your question on the show? Let us know! We've made it easy. Just click here: https://www.mikeandkimcoaching.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all need some extra support along the blending journey — we're here to help. You can connect with us for a …
 
An axe can split a block of wood and a whisper can divide a relationship.What? An axe uses force to splinter; a whisper doesn’t have any force. Oh, yes it does. Proverbs 16 tells us that a gossip causes close friends to distrust each other just by whispering to one about the other. Gossip has the power to bully a girl at school or break up business…
 
Conferences and blended families, they can go together! After going to the Blended & Blessed 2022 conference for blended families, we witnessed first-hand how valuable these kinds of things can be for any blended family. We share the benefits and ways you can connect with all the different conferences and summits, and even add a little Wizard of Oz…
 
How to #re-connect with my spouse in my #marriage is something most of us in blended families have asked ourselves from time to time. So many moving parts of blended life can have us all kinds of distracted, emotional and lost. On this episode of Blended Life we discuss why #disconnection happens, why it's dangerous and what you can do about it. Th…
 
How do you befriend a squirrel?Today I’m talking to those of you who want to fix a relationship but the other person doesn’t. It’s like trying to befriend a squirrel, isn’t it? You can’t chase it or it just runs away. You can’t yell at it, complain, or nag. No, you have to sit in the park with something attractive and wait. And wait. You can’t make…
 
Would you like a spot of tea? Mother’s Day is right around the corner. This is a great idea for anyone looking to show the ladies in your life that you love them, and also a great idea to pitch to the men in your life that you’d enjoy doing. Some small nice delicious sandwiches, some chips, different teas and drinks, and don’t forget the desserts! …
 
Special family occasions should be filled with joy, laughter, and gratefulness — especially Mother's Day. But in your blended family dynamics, that might not be what you actually experience. The relational tension and disconnection that can sometimes be present doesn't just melt away because it happens to be a day designated to honor Mom or celebra…
 
Can Co-Parenting and Peace go in the same sentence? It can!!! This episode is full of tips on how you can have peace while co-parenting. Join us as we talk with Katie from COPARENTING PEACEFULLY. She is a Co-Parenting Coach and shares many ways at how you can find peace through having the right kind of healthy boundaries. This can be a challenging …
 
Honoring Relationships In Your Blended Family For Your Good is key to having inner peace. How you show up in relationships will determine how that relationship will affect your well-being. Honoring relationships isn't just about the other person, but about getting what you want for yourself in your blended family life. So often we don't see that we…
 
“It’s a hot COWBOY love, in a cold summer night” You give up? This is a line to the song we wrote from our ADVENTURE CHALLENGE date. It’s probably going to be a big hit one day (lol)! This is a great idea you can use as a date night with your spouse, or a fun time with the family. You work together to create a song, poem, rap, or story. This might …
 
Suggest a Topic or Ask a Question Would you like us to discuss something specific or answer your question on the show? Let us know! We've made it easy. Just click here: https://www.mikeandkimcoaching.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all need some extra support along the blending journey — we're here to help. You can connect with us for a …
 
What is that, connect groups? We didn’t know either until we started going to church. Then we saw how great they were for us. Crazy thing now, you can find them just about anywhere. It’s a group of people that are either going through the same season of life as you, or they share a certain common interest with you. It’s a way to connect with a grou…
 
Travel without even leaving your house! Seriously! Travel Date Nights allows you to discover the world together from the comfort of your home. You get fun activities to do, snacks, recipe ideas, and interactive excursions all catered to the country you are experiencing. And it comes right to your door inside a box! This is such a fun way to spend t…
 
You probably hope for tight bonds in your blended family. But the reality is that that blended families are born out of loss — and the grief from that loss can make it difficult to bond. Whether it was divorce, death, or separation — there was an 'earthquake' of loss that preceded your current blended family structure. And every member of your fami…
 
What are the benefits of church for a blended family? Church has definitely kept our blended family together and better connected, helping us become better parents and keeping our marriage strong and fruitful. In this episode, we explain what these benefits can look like, and how church can add much needed value for a blended family. We share 3 pra…
 
Would you like your kids to hear helpful advice from several experts about their blended family struggles? This podcast is for you! Listen for yourself first, then with your child—young or old—to encourage dialogue about their feelings that can help build a bridge for long-term relationship building. Show Notes and Resources Learn more about Lauren…
 
Mini Wife Syndrome In The Blended Family is no joke! Really though, it can happen between any bio parent and bio child, so it could also be known as mini spouse syndrome. When a bio parent gets their emotional needs met through the relationship they engage in with their child, it takes a toll on the entire family, especially the marriage. It create…
 
Add some spice to your Easter Egg Hunts this year! It’s always fun to have an egg hunt with your kids during this time of year, but it can also become boring as your kids get older. That’s when you can get creative and have even more fun with it. We share many ideas that you can use to spice up your egg hunts and create fun memories with your famil…
 
Suggest a Topic or Ask a Question Would you like us to discuss something specific or answer your question on the show? Let us know! We've made it easy. Just click here: https://www.mikeandkimcoaching.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all need some extra support along the blending journey — we're here to help. You can connect with us for a …
 
Praying as a couple can be scary! But a couple that prays together enjoys the benefits that come from it in their marriage and in their family. Prayer is powerful! In this episode we share 5 practical and easy ways to make praying together work, so you can see how God will move mountains in your blended family. You will have more peace, hope, and a…
 
Park time, excellent. Whoo whoo whoo! (Any Wayne’s World fans? Close enough to Party Time.) Spring is in the air, and it’s a good time to add going to the park to your list of fun things to do with your family. It’s easy to forget all the many different activities that you can do at a park. Not to mention how every park has different attractions. S…
 
Building trust can be difficult in any relationship… …and when it comes to your former spouse, it might feel impossible. Building trust in your parenting coalition seems out of reach when you keep your focus on the way your Ex behaves. But there's more to it than that. We've had multiple seasons of over-focusing on the untrustworthy actions of Kim'…
 
More Fun, More Joy, Less Problems!!! It’s easy to always see the challenges in your blended family, but when you can shift your focus to having more fun with your family, you will see less problems. We can do this by discovering our family’s common interests, then using those to create more opportunities to have fun together doing the things you lo…
 
Loyalty Binds In Your Blended Family can really be hurtful for everyone involved. On this episode of Blended Life we discuss what loyalty binds are, how they affect your child (and thus you) and what you can do about them. This is an excellent episode for step parents as well to gain more understanding and grace around your step child and the diffi…
 
Kids in stepfamilies often lose control over many aspects of their lives after their parents remarry. In this episode, Ron Deal talks with two stepsiblings about their own experiences, their hard adjustments to stepfamily life, and how parents can give children a voice and open lines of communication to aid relationship building in their home. Show…
 
Axel Rose is here with you today in this episode. Okay, just to clarify, not Axl Rose, but Axel Rose. Yes, that was my axe throwing name when we went to throw axes. If you have never been to an Axe House, you are missing a lot of fun. This can be fun for your whole family, a date with your spouse, or even inviting a few couples with you for a night…
 
Suggest a Topic or Ask a Question Would you like us to discuss something specific or answer your question on the show? Let us know! We've made it easy. Just click here: https://www.mikeandkimcoaching.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all need some extra support along the blending journey — we're here to help. You can connect with us for a …
 
It’s all about time and money sometimes. Dating our spouse regularly can be a challenge. It’s easy to let the busyness keep us from it. One big challenge can be little help with someone trustworthy to watch our kids so we can have that alone time with our spouse. We share 6 ways you can date your spouse without a lot of support. Dating After Hours …
 
Acceptance In Your Blended Family is something that everyone wants. We all want acceptance for our ideologies, our ideas, our opinions, our parenting style, our kids, etc. Yet, when it comes to accepting everyone else in the same fashion, well, things tend to get more than a little sticky. Suddenly #acceptance seems more like swallowing sand, or a …
 
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