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Where's the Lemonade?

Darren & Paige Pulsipher

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They say when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade. Making lemonade is not always easy or possible. For us, we found ourselves single in our 40's with kids at home and starting life over again. Luckily we found each other, online no doubt. When we began blending families, schedules, traditions, and laundry, we discovered lots of lemons. Our podcast is a reflection on how we get through the hard times and enjoy the good times on our new journey together, all with ten kids in tow. So ...
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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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Welcome to the Blended Kingdom Families Podcast! If you are in need of resources that deal with remarriage, step-parenting, co-parenting, preparing to blend, or divorce-proofing your marriage, we are here to serve you! Blended Kingdom Families is a step-family ministry that is committed to providing resources for individuals, families, and churches by implementing biblical foundations and practical tips. Our mission is to break the generational cycle of divorce, equip marriages, and unite bl ...
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Blended Families

Dennis and Barbara Rainey

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There are over 60 ways a family can become blended. It is not just from divorce and the navigation of these circumstances can be difficult in a time of beautiful healing and changes.
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After involvement with the same man, Wifey, Shun and Baby Mama, Shannon have formed a unique bond to keep their children and family united in spite of society norms that tend to pit one against the other.
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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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Unqualified Parenting

Unqualified Parenting

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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! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/unqualified-parenting/support
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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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Discover the transformative power of effective co-parenting in our latest episode, Master Co-Parenting: Transform Conflicts into Cooperation with These Tips! Join us as we delve into practical strategies and encouraging truths for navigating the complexities of co-parenting with love and respect. Whether newly separated or looking to improve your c…
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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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Unlock the secrets to successful co-parenting in our latest episode, Co-Parenting with Love as a Verb: Strategies for Harmonious Parenting! Learn practical strategies to foster a loving, supportive environment for your children and bonus children, even after separation or divorce. Scott and Vanessa discuss the importance of viewing love as an actio…
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Darren and Paige have 4 grandkids. 8, 5, 3 and 6 months. They are so fun to be around and it is so fun to see our kids be parents. They were just talking about how so much has changed since they had babies. From childbirth, what to feed your babies, how to raise them, parent involvement etc.. Let’s explore the differences and see if these differenc…
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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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Summer can bring new challenges for blended families as routines change and kids move between households. In this episode, Summer Transitions and Best Practices for Blended Families, Scott and Vanessa share valuable strategies and tips to help families navigate summer transitions smoothly. From planning quality time with all children to nurturing y…
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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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In this episode, Finding Hope in the Storm, Vanessa, Kristen, and Dan have an inspiring roundtable discussion about finding hope and joy in the midst of life's challenges. They share powerful Bible verses that have encouraged them during difficult seasons and provide practical tips for staying grounded in God's truth. Whether you are facing a diffi…
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Darren and Paige celebrate summer with a house full of teenagers and young adults, which makes the summer busy and fun. As their kids transition into adulthood, scheduling and managing expectations can be difficult. Listen to their approach to this tricky time for parents and children. Paige and Darren just graduated, Sam. He will be headed off to …
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Darren recently returned from a “work cruise” while Paige was left at home to hold down the fort. Darren frequently travels for work and, when not traveling, works from home, so it is all or nothing. How does this impact their relationship? How do they handle the separation? Does Paige party and look forward to Darren being gone?? Does Darren party…
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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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Stress is a common challenge in blended families, but it doesn't have to control your life. In this podcast episode, 3 Tips for Better Stress Management in Blended Families, Scott and Vanessa share 3 practical tips for managing stress through spiritual intimacy, physical activity, and setting healthy boundaries. Enjoy this discussion as you learn h…
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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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In this podcast episode, Sex and Intimacy - An Honest Discussion, Scott and Vanessa discuss the importance of physical intimacy in marriage and how to navigate challenges that can arise, such as stress, life transitions, and physical or emotional barriers. They encourage couples in blended families to prioritize open communication, cultivate intent…
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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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In this podcast episode, God's Grace: 20 Million Lives Changed Forever, Vanessa and Dan discuss the growth and impact of the Blended Kingdom Families (BKF) ministry over the past 4 years. They share their personal journeys, celebrate the impact of God through BKF for millions of blended families, discuss challenges of ministry work, and the excitin…
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This week, Darren and Paige join forces for the first cross-over episode of Embracing Digital Transformation and Where's The Lemonade. They talk about GenAI in the household and how it can help manage a big, complex family. Embracing the Future with Generative AI Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) is not a thing of the future but a present …
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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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In this insightful podcast episode, Increasing Masculine and Feminine Energy in Your Marriage, Scott and Vanessa discuss the importance of embracing masculine and feminine energies in marriage and blended family life. They share personal experiences and provide practical advice on how couples can promote and nurture these God-given qualities within…
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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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In this episode, Breaking Your Phone Addiction: Reclaiming Intimacy in Your Blended Family Marriage, Vanessa and Scott discuss the challenges of cell phone usage and how screen time can impact blended family marriages and parenting. They discuss their own past struggles with managing screen time and provide thoughtful advice to help you manage scre…
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Darren and Paige delve into the topic of True Crime entertainment, including podcasts, documentaries, and books. They discuss the reasons behind the fact that women make up the largest demographic of listeners and viewers in this genre. Encountering Evil from Safety True crime stories echo our deepest fears and curiosities about the most disturbing…
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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, How to Overcome Infidelity in Marriage, Scott and Vanessa dive deep into the challenging topic of infidelity and blended family marriage. They share personal experiences and offer practical advice for couples seeking to rebuild trust and restore relationships after betrayal. This episode covers topics including the importance of tr…
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Darren and Paige report on a trip with their 18 year old getting ready to graduate this spring. His last spring trip before we send him off to college in the Fall. Listen to their tips and tricks to travelling with teens in Europe. We all know that family vacations are meant to relax, unwind, and spend some quality time with our loved ones. But, ho…
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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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In this episode of the Blended Kingdom Families podcast, Navigating Complex Blended Family Dynamics with Faith and Patience, Vanessa and Jessica have an honest and emotional conversation about Jessica's unique blended family experiences. After the unexpected loss of Jessica's sister-in-law, Jessica and her husband found themselves in an unexpected …
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In the world of blended families, navigating issues related to co-parenting adult children can be complex and challenging. Some familiar questions might center on the financial responsibility of each parent in relation to costs like college fees, health insurance, and other unforeseen expenses. This post examines the convolutions faced by co-parent…
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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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In this episode, Dating Red Flags Revealed: Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore, Scott and Vanessa discuss the critical importance of recognizing pre-marriage red flags and determining non-negotiables in a potential spouse. They highlight common relationship red flags like differing spiritual foundations, unresolved past trauma, ongoing legal issues…
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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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How do you handle an ex-spouse who actively tries to undermine your new marriage? Scott and Vanessa Martindale tackle this topic in this week’s podcast. They provide proven strategies and tips for setting healthy boundaries, seeking professional counseling, fostering open communication with your spouse, and making your marriage a top priority. In a…
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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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In this thought-provoking episode, Exposing Co-Parenting Traps: Narcissism and Alienation, Scott and Vanessa delve into the complex issue of Narcissistic Parental Alienation Syndrome (NPAS). They provide insights on recognizing the signs, confronting the situation, and finding healing for parents and children affected by this toxic form of co-paren…
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For this episode, Darren and Paige discuss strategies for cultivating a supportive atmosphere in personal relationships. They highlight the importance of active listening, respecting personal space, regular check-ins, physical affection, self-care, and effective communication in maintaining a healthy and supportive relationship. Through t…
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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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On this episode of the Blended Kingdom Families Podcast, we discuss everything from intimate moments with the Lord to practical guidance in blended family dynamics. Listen to real-life stories and biblical wisdom that illustrate the transformative power of having a mentor. Join us as we delve into the value of mentorship and how it can deepen your …
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As Paige was searching for a current event to talk about this week, she kept seeing in the news and on social media the debate about plane etiquette. Even Paige and Darren disagree on some plane etiquette. Let’s delve into what the “rules” are for flying. ## Middle seat gets dibs on the armrests The middle seat sucks. You’re constantly worried abou…
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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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Join us for a heartfelt conversation with Vivian Cumins as she shares her journey of healing and growth within her blended family. From managing expectations to seeking forgiveness, Vivian's insights offer wisdom and encouragement for all blended families. Don't miss out on this inspiring discussion! Join Our Community - Ready to connect with other…
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Is your marriage stuck in a rut?? Darren and Paige have been talking recently about being stuck in a rut, kind of bored, and very predictable. When they aren’t traveling or at something for the kids, they watch a show. Until the show ends, they are in a show hole. Or they go out to dinner, but what else can you do… A few weeks ago, they would go ou…
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