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Resentment can build in your step family without you knowing it. It can creep
up on you and consume you and your relationship.
I discuss with Ali the best way to deal with this and how to notice it.
Resentment can turn toxic and cause serious problems with you and your partner.
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A fascinating discussion with Dawn Quest about her views about being a biological parent within a step family. Dawn happens to be my partner of 2 and a half years so all our questions and answers are based on our own experiences of what we have been through in our step family. It makes for some int…

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Creating house rules and consequences help to clarify what is acceptable and not acceptable in your step family.  The rules should involve everyone in your family and help to build a structure that everyone can follow. They can help teach respect and responsibility but also participating to the fam…

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Step parenting can be a truly difficult job. Not only do you have to learn your role and get to know your new family, you might have to deal with a difficult ex partner.  There are many challenges you will experience as a stepparent and taking care of yourself is crucial for your wellbeing. This po…

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We are discussing why self care is so important for stepparents and why sometimes they feel guilty for looking after themselves. Speaking to Winell has been fascinating. To listen to a different view from a step mum and coach has been a real eye opener and a great resource for all stepparents.

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This podcast is about different parenting styles and how you can identify what style of parenting you are currently using. My guest Sarah has some useful advice and thoughts about how she parents within her biological family and the different ways it can be different from a stepparents point of vie…

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A fascinating podcast with my guest Lauren discussing losing who you are when you step into a step family. How easy is it to stop doing what you used to do or notice that you’re not the same person you was.What do you do when you don’t see yourself anymore?Can you find yourself again?Listen to what…

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How can I help you?Never be afraid to ask for help. I wish when I was a step dad I had someone I could turn to for help. Moving into my step parent role was the hardest thing I have done. How will I know I am doing the right thing and saying the right thing?Will the children like me?What if I make …

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This seems to be a very common subject for many families at the moment. I discuss with my guest what a high conflict ex is and what options you have to deal with this situation. My guest Emma talks about her own way of how she copes and some of the reasons conflict is started through the ex partner…

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I have done a few podcasts seeing things from the parents point of view so I really wanted to have an adult step child come on and speak about what it’s like to be in a step family from a step child’s  point of view.I brought back my guest Mike who I spoke to on Life as a Step Dad podcast as he rem…

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Feb. 13, 2022

Life as a Step Dad

It was really refreshing to have my first step dad on one of my podcasts. We discussed how we both coped within our step dad role and what we both thought our role was. How difficult is it being a step dad?How different is it in a step dad role compared to a biological dad?What things would we do d…

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Living your life with a High Conflict Ex Partner is hard enough, but to live with 2 makes this a whole different ball game.Shannon talks about her experiences of just this and how she deals with all the challenges it brings.I ask her how this affects her family, how she copes with this situation an…

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What is Parent Guilt?Why do we feel this way?How do we deal with this?My guest Shannon tells me about her experiences of what parent guilt means to her and how she deals with it. How does if affect her family and what caused this feeling for her. Shannon also tells me about her new book which sound…

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If you are struggling with disrespect within your step family then this podcast is for you.Listen to Chavonne’s  helpful tips and advice of how she and her partner created house rules and what affect they had when introduced to the children.How did Chavonne deal with this behaviour and listen to he…

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When entering into your step family, does the ages of your step children play a big part?Will it change how you feel about this new world you are about to enter?Why does the age of the children matter?I discuss on this podcast my own experiences of moving into to my step parent role with younger ag…

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I think one of the most challenging aspects of parenting is when your step/bio child becomes a teenager. The change can literally be overnight from your child into someone you don’t recognise. This podcast gives you ideas and ways of making it a little less stressful.I share my experiences and my k…

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Most of us parents get anxious about becoming a parent. Becoming a step parent can be fantastic and filled with joy and happiness.It can also be challenging and difficult.Be prepared and don’t put to much pressure on yourself as it really doesn’t need to be like that.Listen to my podcas…

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We all vent during our time as parents.What does venting achieve?Makes you feel better or just get yourself heard?Is venting a short term solution to how we feel?What could you do instead?How could life be better for you?What if you didn’t have to vent anymore?Listen to this podcast and I will tell…

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Step parents often come to me saying they are dealing with a high conflict ex partner and it is having a big impact on their relationship and family. They ask me for help and what can they do about it as it is making them anxious.
Are you experiencing this?
Watch my video for helpful advice and ti…

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It's rare for a step parent to adopted their step children but this is what Melissa did.
I talk to her about why she did and how difficult was it to actually adopt her step daughters.
It's a fascinating podcast that has a truly emotional story to tell.

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I’m a certified step family coach helping step parents and bio parents with all things associated with step families. From high conflict ex partners to disrespectful step children. I will be sharing top tips, giving helpful advice and showing step families how to live a much calmer life that they d…

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How to hold your children to account and to accept their responsibilities. We as parents all love our children but do we teach them how to be responsible for their actions?
Being a step dad and a biological dad for over 20 years I must be honest and admit that I haven’t always held my kids to accou…

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