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In this blended family podcast, hosts Cody and Jen will discuss the ins and outs of parenting, stepparenting and navigating the tumultuous relationships that come with being blended. This podcast is for grown ups, so if you're a bio parent or a stepparent looking for someone to relate to, laugh with, or sometimes at, while learning something along the way, then this is the podcast for you!
 
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Being a stepparent is hard, especially if you're new at it! We have some tips to help you and your family navigate the tumultuous waters of becoming a functional, blended family, without losing your mind or your independence in the process. Questions, comments, concerns? Email us at hello@unqualifiedparenting.com Show Notes: https://www.marriage.co…
 
What do you want this year to look like in regards to your child's schooling? Do you often make your kid's work your problem? It's time to set a goal and avoid falling into old habits! Cody takes us through a new strategy to help his daughter succeed this year in school and out of school. If you have any questions comments or concerns for the podca…
 
Are you and your partner in a blended family and planning on having a baby of your own? Are you wondering why they call it an Ours Baby? How do you prepare your stepkids or biokids who are about to be a big brother or sister? What if your stepchildren live with you part time? How do you make them feel like they're not being pushed out, or pushed as…
 
Do you have an attention seeking child or a bossy tween? Are you bewildered and don't understand where this behavior is coming from, or how to fix it? Try these 5 tips and be sure to email us with questions and stories at hello@unqualifiedparenting.com! Do you have questions, comments, or suggestions for what you want to hear next? Email us at hell…
 
We've all heard of dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and oxytocin, but how do we get those natural boosts of happiness? What happens if we're not getting enough of these things? We go over each in this episode, and the effects on your body and your relationships if you're not getting enough of these things. Shownotes: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/ar…
 
Whoa did we open a can of worms choosing the Nature vs Nurture topic! You've probably heard of this phrase, but maybe you don't understand which is which? We explain what each of these things mean, give examples of which is which, and we dive into the giant world of epigenetics. Epigenetics shows how trauma, malnutrition, and more can be past down …
 
We point out the benefits of disadvantages of breastfeeding and of formula feeding, and remind the listeners that fed is best! If you have a friend who is feeling guilty about their inability to breast feed, have them listen to this episode! Questions, comments, concerns? Email us at hello@unqualifiedparenting.com Show Notes: https://www.cdc.gov/nu…
 
Parenting comes with a lot of questions, and with all the research and studying we've done, we thought we'd take a crack at answering some of them. An important thing we noticed in some of these is how they were worded. If you have an important question to ask your partner, be sure to think about it before laying it out there. A poorly worded quest…
 
What this episode lacks in advice, it makes up for in relatable issues! We would love to hear from you. Any teen issues or blended family problems you might be dealing with, please send them to us! hello@unqualifiedparenting.com We love our listeners! And if you feel like you find our information valuable or relatable, please help us out by telling…
 
Ep 75: Dealing with Death: Helping your child Cope with Loss Death is a part of life, and helping our kids through loss can seem overwhelming. We are dealing with so much ourselves, that sometimes knowing what to say, and what not to say, to your kid can seem like too much. In this episode, learn how to prepare them for the death of a pet or loved …
 
With everything going right now in the world and our personal lives, we decided to take a brake for this episode. In place of our normal episode, please enjoy this 10 min of relaxing rain sounds. Please subscribe to the podcast, and don't forget to tell a friend! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/unqualified-parenting/message…
 
We hope you've learned a lot so far listening to this podcast. In this episode, we quiz each other, and you dear listener, to see if you're taking what you've learned and adapting it to your life. Things like the 5 Love Languages, dating your partner, letting your kids fail, and more will be asked about. If you feel lost on any of these topics, we …
 
Have you ever wondered if your kid has social anxiety? When should you worry? How do you help prevent them from developing social anxiety in the first place? We cover symptoms of children of all ages and tips to help prevent social anxiety, and to help them overcome it. Please subscribe to the podcast, and don't forget to tell a friend! Shownotes: …
 
How do you make sure your children feel loved? How do you help them constructively deal with their anger? Your kids only get one childhood, it's not something that we can fix later, so let's make it a good one for them! We discuss all of this and more in this episode. If you have not heard of the 5 love languages, they are a game changer. Gary Chap…
 
Unqualified Parenting shares their tips on raising adults. Some of these include things that are so much easier to teach before they move out, like personal hygiene, and emotional intelligence! We've also touched on letting kids fail a lot in the past, but letting them fail now vs. when they are an adult with real consequences, really hits home mor…
 
If you're interested in learning about how to teach your child financing, and how to set up their allowance for success, we've got you covered! In this episode, we interview Charla McKinley with Beyond Personal Finance, about her finance teaching program, and how to get kids started at a young age. We also have some great segments on this episode! …
 
Did you know that 60% of college students change their majors at least 3 times? That is a lot of time and money wasted! We're here with Greg and Beth Langston, owners of the College Flight Plan to learn more about how we can start our children on a path of self-discovery, to save them precious time and money down the road. Have you wondered what ag…
 
Why does she have to be constantly texting her or video chatting her friends? What is with these mood swings? Why are spats with her friends emotionally equivalent to armageddon? Find out what's literally going on in your teen girl's brain in this episode. Want to learn more? We recommend the book The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine M.D. Pregnanc…
 
Would you like to feel like an amazing parent? Listen to these Worst and Best Parent stories we've gathered. Some are so far back in history, you won't even feel guilty! You can't compare yourself to someone from the 800's. So tune in for some fascinating stories about who we think are the best and worst parents in history. Shownotes Balloon Boy on…
 
Being in a blended family is challenging, especially during the holidays. You may have heard some of these before, but since your life is always changing, give yourself a refresher or you might even learn something new! If you have holiday survival tips, email us at hello@unqualifiedparenting.com. Please don't forget to tell your friends about us i…
 
Are you feeling extra short tempered? Overwhelmed? Are you even starting to wonder if you're depressed? You might be experience parental burnout! Learn more about what this is, how to see it coming, and how to get out of the cycle you're in. Article on the impact of parental burnout - https://www.apa.org/monitor/2021/10/cover-parental-burnout. Nati…
 
What age is appropriate for learning how to call 911? How do I make teaching this topic less scary? How will they know what a real emergency is? We break it down for you! Also check out this awesome website for tips https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/911.html. If you have a story or tips about teaching kids to use 911, email us at hello@unqualifiedp…
 
Coach Kim Giles shares her insight on how fear can often impact how we handle situations with our step-kids. There are 3 common step-kid dynamics, and she shares tips on how to deal with each. If you struggle with feeling confident, or feeling like you don't know what or what not to do when dealing with your step-kids, then this episode is for you.…
 
Are you a dad with daughters and aren't sure if you should or shouldn't be involved in conversations about THAT TIME of the month? Well we're here to help you normalize it! Plus, Toddler Issues! Sometimes as parents we lose our way and get caught in cycles. We fall into traps and it's hard to climb back out of them even when you see it happening! T…
 
When you realize that the reason you're getting worked up with your stepkid, is yourself and how to address that. Also, an awesome tip on how to avoid conflict with your own parents, or anyone really! And hear about Cody's basement flood and how to tackle a high stress situation together. If you find yourself particularly angry at a certain scenari…
 
We cover a lot in this episode, the death rate of new babies in America compared to other countries (check out the book The Body, and no this is not a paid advertisement: https://www.amazon.com/The-Body-Bill-Bryson-audiobook/dp/B07RB2C1LV/ref=sr_1_1 ), summer anxiety about hot cars and swimming pools when you have a toddler or baby, feeding pets, l…
 
This episode we recorded a couple years back, and while our personal info might be outdated, the facts aren't! So if you struggle with weight loss, as tons of parents do, then tune in! And as always, please don't forget to rate, subscribe and follow us @unqualifiedparenting on instagram! And if you like the show, please tell a friend. --- Send in a…
 
This topic was requested via email by one of our listeners. We were so intrigued by this situation, one neither of us have personally had to deal with, that we couldn't help but make it our very next podcast episode!There are a lot of articles out there on coping with jealousy if you're a stepparent. But what about if you're a bio mom or dad, and y…
 
What questions will your doctor ask when you come to them with sleep issues? When should you go to your pediatrician with your child's sleeping problems? We aren't doctors, but one of us did just have to go through a sleep study with their toddler! Jen's toddler was recently diagnosed with mild obstructive sleep apnea, and mild central sleep apnea,…
 
A continuation of the YouTube addiction, spoiler alert, a bio-parent disengages?! How to get rid of any solicitor politely, and an update on how 2021 is looking for us as parents. Questions? Suggestions? Comments? Stories? Hit us up! hello@unqualifiedparenting.com or send us a message on instagram @unqualifiedparenting. --- Send in a voice message:…
 
Cody failed hard at parenting this last week, but he also turned it all around in the end! Lessons were learned, heads were banged against walls (literally), passive aggressive teen-ness was at an all time high, and he has dusted himself off and risen from the ashes to share with you what to do, and what not to do, when your teen gets addicted to Y…
 
The brain obviously plays a huge role in how we perceive things, react to things, and why we lash out. If we can talk to our kids about how, and why, our emotions seem to get away from us sometimes, they might just be able to use this new found emotional intelligence to interact in a more constructive way. Find out more in this week's episode! Find…
 
What's it like having a laparoscopic hysterectomy? We discuss the process, and the recovery, which may not be for the faint of heart! Have you ever taken your kid to a funeral? Learn how to properly prepare them, and when you might want to just leave them home Reminder, we are not doctor's, morticians, or qualified parents and anything learned here…
 
When your doctor tells you the only way to fix your issues is a hysterectomy, you need to decide sooner than you may have planned! Jen decided no way and here is her journey, reasonings, and tips on how to support others who may be going through the opposite problem (infertility). If you have any questions about deciding not to have kids or on havi…
 
Is school becoming a fight? Is your kid acting scared of trying new things? Does your child feel safe failing in your home? Do you? Learn the importance of letting your kid fail and why it's so healthy! As a parent, we want our kids to succeed, it is ingrained in us, and the judgement from other parents when your kid isn't succeeding can be a lot t…
 
What is it like to find out you have ADD as an adult? Is it really that common in children, and what can you do about it? Do you suspect your child or stepchild might have ADD? How do you help those with ADD? Our co-host Cody goes into detail about his ADD, his daughter's recent diagnosis, and a short history of ADD. If you have an ADD story, or if…
 
It's winter and you're a parent, trapped indoors in an ever changing pandemic, trying to keep your sanity. You're trying to entertain your kids. Trying to work in a totally new way that no one saw coming. We're here to help you take care of yourself! If you have any questions, comments or concerns, email us at hello@unqualfiedparenting.com and don'…
 
All good parents always mean well, but what are we saying to our kids that night affect them later in life? Her book discusses 13 common traps parents fall in, and how to avoid them! Also, spoiler alert, we're starting a book club! Join us Clean Your Plate! Thirteen Things Good Parents Say That Ruin Kids' Lives. If you want to learn more about Liz …
 
Do you have a kid who resists bedtime? Do you have a coparent who doesn't respect bedtime? Sleep consultant Shannon answers questions about infants, toddlers, kids, teenagers and blended family situations in this informative episode! If you are having sleep battles, or concerned about how much sleep your little one is getting, you don't want to mis…
 
What were our resolutions in 2020 and did we nail them? What are our new ones? What are your new ones? Send them to us! We have all kinds of tidbits in this episode, how to deal with a kid who breaks a macbook, what happens when you steal cigarettes as a kid, and guess who is finally potty trained (pee pee only but still)! Correction from Jen: Did …
 
What are some things that really stood out to us that we learned doing this podcast this year? Here's a short recap of some of our top tips, and interesting tidbits about the year. We grew a lot in 2020, so we would never say it was a waste of a year, and we hope if you're listening to this podcast, you can say the same. However, we are all very re…
 
Happy Holidays from all of us at Unqualified Parenting. We hope you stay safe while celebrating the holidays. In this episode, Jen and Cody take a much needed break from the parenting advice and instead play a fun getting to know you game. Send us your answers to the questions you liked best. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, email u…
 
Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting's Sarah Moore taught us so much about e learning, play-based education, and dealing with the angsty child years during a pandemic! No matter the age of your child, you'll learn some amazing tips on teaching your children from home, whether they're in school, home learning, or too young to be in school yet!You can …
 
In this episode our hosts have split the chores and cover both sides of working parents. Cody goes over the way our working out of the house can impact our kids and Jen discusses how running a household and managing the family is divvied out among working parents, according to a few online studies. Spoiler alert, whether you work or stay at home, t…
 
Traditional families are difficult enough, but you add a whole new dynamic to the mix when there's step-kids and exes coming into the picture. Here are the top 5 reasons why it's so hard. You know what they say, knowing is half the battle! We hope these tips and guidance help you through the turmoil of your blended family. If you have any questions…
 
How can you still trick or treat and be safe? What were the top 10 best and worst candies of 2019? What are the 5 worst costumes for sale for your kid right now? And what are some things you may not have thought of for this years strange pandemic Halloween? All the answers, and more, are right here in this week's episode. Here is the trick or treat…
 
Do you have an attention seeking child or a bossy tween? Are you bewildered and don't understand where this behavior is coming from, or how to fix it? Try these 5 tips and be sure to email us with questions and stories at hello@unqualifiedparenting.com! Do you have questions, comments, or suggestions for what you want to hear next? Email us at hell…
 
Don't you love hearing about other people in a similar situation? Isn't relating to someone just so satisfying? Well Ken is a dad who coparents so well with his ex, they've even considered writing a book! He and his current wife and their child are at a point of parenting smoothly with the ex and their two kids feel right at home! For tips, tricks …
 
Are you ready to take the next step with your partner? Important tips and how to start off on the right foot! Do you have questions, comments, or suggestions for what you want to hear next? Email us at hello@unqualifiedparenting.com and don't forget to subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/un…
 
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