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Enjoying Your Blended Family

Randall & Scarlett Tandy

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Welcome to Enjoying Your Blended Family! We bring new episodes every Monday and Friday. Mondays are on hot topics in blended families and Fridays are all about fun ideas you can do with your blended family. This podcast is all about strengthening your blended family relationships and having more fun, giving you hope and encouragement so everyone is enjoying the journey together.
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We're Mike and Kim Anderson and we believe in a world where blended families experience a future full of hope, connection, and peace. That's why we focus on helping couples in stepfamilies move from a place of confusion and conflict to a life of confidence and connection. Thanks for joining us to discover how you can live the blended family life you really want! If you've been following us for a while — yes, we recently changed the podcast name from "The Blended Family Coaching Show" to "Ble ...
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As an Blended Family Expert my goal is to serve as a GPS that will assist blended families to navigate through some of the stress, uncertainties that are associated with making the blended family journey a successful one. Dr. “Dee” Duane Mangum
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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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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 ...
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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.blendedfamilybreakthrough.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…
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As Randall and I have been moving in and out of this empty-nester season, we have found it hard to prioritize each other. When we don't prioritize each other, the enemy can and will use it to cause division. I don't know about you, but I do not want a roommate for a husband, where we barely get to see each other much less have intimate conversation…
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Stepparenting myths have been around a long time, and they can negatively impact stepparents if not understood well. Although there might be some truth to them, the non-truth messages create tension and confusion for us. Ron Deal talks with Gayla Grace about how to sort through the reality and false messages of myths such as: All stepmothers are wi…
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How do we help kids who are struggling with addictive behaviors such as pornography, drinking, drugging, video game addiction, or others? In this episode, Ron Deal speaks with Dr Adrian Hickmon, founder of Capstone Treatment Center, about the best approach, particularly for blended families. Hickmon says it starts by understanding the pain and void…
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It's hard to accept that grief is simply a part of every blended family's journey. But that's your reality because everyone in your family has experienced some kind of loss along the way. If you aren't able to acknowledge grief and create a safe space to process through it, you'll miss out on valuable opportunities that lead to healing. In this epi…
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Resources: Episode 20. 4 Big Myths About Parenting When an Ex Has Different Rules Episode 187. Basics for Blending: How to Tolerate and Manage Discomfort and Distress (Part 1) Episode 188. Basics for Blending: How to Tolerate and Manage Discomfort and Distress (Part 2) Suggest a Topic or Ask a Question Would you like us to discuss something specifi…
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This episode is really all about our current struggles. I thought I would share them with you because you might be walking through this season now or in the future. Even everyday life issues affect us differently in a blended family. We just want you to know, you are not alone! We want you to have your best Summer yet with your blended family this …
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Discomfort and distress are common experiences for those of us navigating blended dynamics. One key to learning to manage discomfort and distress well is practicing some simple strategies that acknowledge what you're actually experiencing and then choosing clear, healthy responses. Now, we know what you're probably thinking… …"I've done everything …
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What if every moment of blended family life felt fun, connected, and peaceful? It's pretty hard to imagine. We all know the struggles and challenges that barrage us each day. It might seem like there's way more discomfort and distress than there is fun and connection. We've navigated countless seasons of discomfort over the past couple of decades a…
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After losing her husband in a tragic accident, Sabrina McDonald looked forward to her young kids having a dad again. But she wasn't prepared for the challenges that followed. Her kids felt threatened by her new spouse and competed for her attention. Her dream of being part of a family again didn't happen quickly. And stepparenting felt awkward and …
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We want you to have your best Summer yet with your blended family this year, whether with your whole family or strengthening the relationships you can access. We know how it feels to be cut off from those you love. The good news is that we created something to help. We took what helped us connect and reconnect with each other and our kids and creat…
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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.blendedfamilybreakthrough.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…
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Hey Stepdads — ever wonder if you're "winning or losing" in your role at home? Most stepdads I meet genuinely want to build trust with their stepkids and influence them toward success in life. But sometimes it feels like there's a bit too much chaos in the home — or you're not quite on the same page with your wife. The typical challenges of blendin…
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235. The Blended Family Bucket List (Part 4 of 5) We want you to have your best Summer yet with your blended family this year, whether with your whole family or strengthening the relationships you can access. We know how it feels to be cut off from those you love. The good news is that we created something to help. We took what helped us connect an…
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Growing up blended often includes hard transitions and isolation for those involved. But Marshall West's story is different. He shares with Ron Deal the beauty of God's provision for two families coming together after loss, giving him a dad he never had and two brothers who were never considered “step.” Marshall was 12 when his mom married his step…
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We want you to have your best Summer with your blended family this year, whether with your whole family or strengthening the relationships you can access. We know how it feels to be cut off from those you love. The good news is that we created something to help. We took what helped us connect and reconnect with each other and our kids and made the …
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Join our Blending Together Community https://www.blendedfamilybreakthrough.com/blendingtogether 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.blendedfamilybreakthrough.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all …
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Have the challenges of blending a family ever left you feeling alone? Maybe you've felt like you're the only one experiencing the unique realities of blended family life. Maybe you're struggling with parenting complexities and your friends just don't get it. Or communication is tense in your couple relationship and your extended family can't seem t…
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We want you to have your best Summer yet with your blended family this year, whether with your whole family or strengthening the relationships you can access. We know how it feels to be cut off from those you love. The good news is that we created something to help. We took what helped us connect and reconnect with each other and our kids and creat…
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Ex-NFL football player Devon Still and his wife Asha married shortly after Devon's young daughter, Leah, went into remission from stage four cancer. While rejoicing over Leah's healing, they were soon blindsided by blended family struggles. Devon and Asha talk with Ron Deal about how they had both been raised in divorced homes and didn't understand…
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Resources Check out our Blending Together Community Episode 157. 3 Seasoned Stepmoms Share How They've Survived & Thrived in Their Blended Family Journey 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.blendedfamilybr…
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232. Exploring Common Interest in Your Stepfamily | Part 1 of 5 We want you to have your best Summer yet with your blended family this year, whether with your whole family or strengthening the relationships you can access. We know how it feels to be cut off from those you love. The good news is that we created something to help. We took what helped…
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Hey Moms and Stepmoms! As this episode drops, I'm betting that Mother's Day is on your radar. If you're anything like me (Kim), you're looking forward to being celebrated. But as wonderful as it is to be appreciated on Mother's Day, it might just feel like a drop in the bucket… …because being celebrated and appreciated on this one day of the year, …
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We want you to have your best Summer yet with your blended family this year, whether that be with your whole family or strengthening the relationships you have access to. We know how it feels to be cut off from those you love. Over the next 5 weeks, we will post the videos that come straight from the E.N.J.O.Y the Journey Ultimate Guide which goes …
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God understands broken people. He sent His son to die for us. Even when we feel beyond help, He meets us where we are, He loves us, and He redeems us. He sent the Holy Spirit to be our counselor and our guide. In our messiness, God wants to use our stories and our brokenness to minister to others. Show Notes and Resources Get The Smart Stepfamily a…
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I found some old videos from a challenge I did with a group of ladies in 2020 about taking our thoughts captive. This concept changed my life. The information is so valuable, that I wanted to share it with you. It’s set up as a 5-day challenge so feel free to listen to it day-by-day or all at once. The key is putting these things to use. Day 1: Tak…
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Ready to join the Blending Together Community? Just click this link to get started: https://www.blendedfamilybreakthrough.com/blendingtogether 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.blendedfamilybreakthrough.…
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Does it ever feel like you have a bit of a double life going? You have those moments when it's just you and your partner and it feels like all is right with the world… …but suddenly, when one or both sets of kids enter the scene — everything seems to fall apart! That's because when it comes to blended families, "coupleness" does NOT necessarily equ…
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In this episode, I am sharing my best advice to a single mom or an alienated mom (someone who doesn't have contact with their children). If you are in this season of life you are not alone. Honestly, if you are an empty nester or struggling mom, this could help you too. EPISODE RESOURCES: If you're tired of waiting for your "STEP" family to "BLEND"…
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Help for your finances! Money matters can be a hot topic for blended families, creating strife and inequity if not handled well. Listen in as Ron Deal speaks with Gayla Grace and financial expert Greg Pettys about how couples can make wise decisions on financial issues that benefit all members of their blended family. Gain insight from listener que…
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Do you desire a relationship with your stepchild but don't know how or where to start? Maybe you have been rejected in the past and stopped trying. Even if your stepchild has nothing to do with you, check this out. Who knows maybe it's just what you need to turn things around. If you're tired of waiting for your "STEP" family to "BLEND" try this...…
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Resources: When you and your partner hit a leadership bump in the road and you're struggling to stay connected and communicate effectively, pause and honestly ask yourself these 3 questions: Am I really listening to my partner and affirming their perspective…or am I quick to disagree? Am I curious about what my partner might be experiencing…or have…
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Is your stepchild being manipulative causing drama and division in your stepfamily, is it a misunderstanding, or is your child just hurting? In this episode, I will talk with my stepdaughter about her perspective. EPISODE RESOURCES: If you're tired of waiting for your "STEP" family to "BLEND" try this… STEPFAMILY JUMPSTART: WAYS TO CONNECT INSTANTL…
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I (Mike) take leadership very seriously. One of my desires, even in our current empty nest years is to be the kind of family leader that my children and stepchild want to connect with and listen to. But often I feel overwhelmed or frustrated as I lead my blended family. All the complexities can lead to confusion that robs me of the confidence and c…
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Singer/songwriter Kim Walker-Smith grew up in a blended family with multiple stepparents, instability, abuse, and isolation. She shares her story with Ron Deal in this podcast episode, beginning with her mom’s first divorce when she was a young child. It didn’t take long for her mom to marry again, divorce, and marry again. Eventually, her mom marr…
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Transition Day is rough in a stepfamily. Many different factors cause that. Today I'm talking with my stepdaughter who is now 25 about her thoughts and feelings when she was transitioning from house to house as a child. We might not have all the "right" answers, but we hope it stirs up conversations in your house. If you're tired of waiting for you…
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Resource Episode 25. How to Survive Time Alone with Your Step-Kids 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.blendedfamilybreakthrough.com/share Ready for some extra support? We all need some extra support along…
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Are there blessings in blended family life? Yes! But they might not show up in ways we expect or as quickly as we’d like. In this 2023 Blended and Blessed presentation, Cheryl Shumake talks about the many bonus blessings she has experienced and the strength God gave her during seasons of weariness to keep going when she wanted to quit. Cheryl says,…
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Stepdads need courage! Navigating all the complexities, confusion, and common frustrations is not for the faint-hearted. But it's not just courage stepdad's need, they also need community. Sure, lots of guys operate as if they can fix the challenges, untangle the complexities, and "be the hero" on their own — but most experience relief and reassura…
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Today Ryleigh (stepdaughter) and Scarlett (Stepmom) talk about menstrual cycles and how they affect mood, which puts a strain on their relationships. This was a hard conversation to have, because PMDD has taken Ryleigh down some dark roads, but we have seen God show up every time. Follow Ryleigh and her musical journey on YouTube https://www.youtub…
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Resources Blended Family Breakthrough Quiz: https://form.typeform.com/to/DSz44d52?typeform-source=www.blendedfamilybreakthrough.com Book: Preparing to Blend by Ron Deal Book: Building Love Together in Blended Families by Ron Deal and Gary Chapman CLICK HERE to join the waitlist for upcoming membership to our Blending Together community Smart Stepfa…
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I have been getting messages lately from stepmoms asking how they can better support their stepdaughter during different seasons of life. Ironically Ryleigh (my stepdaughter) wrote a song about our stepmother/stepdaughter journey. I immediately asked her if we could discuss it on a podcast and if she would sing the song for you. In this episode we …
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Have you ever felt like you were stuck in an emotional minefield? For many couples, when a sense of guilt creeps in, it can be debilitating. They might want to move toward blending but find themselves trapped in a minefield of guilt and regret. I (Kim) stayed stuck in my own personal minefield of guilt for way too long. It impacted every area of my…
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Remarriage after widowhood carries unique challenges and unwanted transitions. Expectations that aren’t realistic often show up, creating even more grief and heartache. But hard dynamics in the beginning can move toward bonded relationships and family unity with time and effort. In this podcast episode, Ron Deal talks with Rod and Rachel Faulkner B…
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My stepdaughter has been in my life for 16 years. In the very beginning, our relationship was sweet. Then she quickly realized she wanted a life with just her and her dad and that didn't involve me. I tried my best to be who and what I thought she needed but it wasn't ever enough. It actually had the opposite effect. Today our relationship is great…
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Fear is often driven by the unknown… …and it's no surprise that many couples struggle with all the unknown factors of blending. Ambiguity is simply part of the blending journey. All the ambiguity can quickly lead to fear: fear of what might happen if blending doesn't go well fear of failing. fear of how the kids might react fear of the impact of an…
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Resources Episode 178. Surviving the Turbulent Teen Years: Expert Insight and Strategies for Today's Parent - with Special Guest, Dr. Michael Bradley Book: Crazy-Stressed by Dr. Michael J. Bradley Episode 70. 5 Simple Ingredients for Healthy Tech Habits with Your Kids — with Special Guest, Rob Hayes-St. Clair Episode 20: 4 Big Myths About Parenting…
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222: What to Expect When You Weren’t Expecting With Jyl Barlow One of my least favorite stepfamily comments is, “Well you knew what you were signing up for.” That’s like telling a new mom or dad, well you knew parenting was going to be hard so I don’t want to hear you complain about it. In both situations, you do not know what to expect until you a…
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Our past affects our present. And when we experience complicated blended family dynamics as a child, we're forever changed. Listen to Scott Kedersha share with Ron Deal how his blended family upbringing has impacted his parenting and marriage as an adult. Show Notes and Resources Join us for Blended and Blessed to learn how to build unity in your f…
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Ever felt like your teen is completely crazy or maybe you feel like the crazy one — you're not alone! Raising teens is not for the faint-hearted parent or stepparent. But what if this "crazy" season doesn't have to be filled with fear or anger? What if you could find practical ways to hold boundaries, stay connected, and experience a little peace e…
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