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Welcome to the Holderness Family Podcast! On Facebook and YouTube we are known as The Holderness Family. We make those silly songs and skits with our kids, but on this podcast, it's just us... the real us. The non-Christmas-jammies-us, the why-can't-my-socks-be-on-the-kitchen-counter-us (Penn) the why-do-I-have-to-go-outside-and-talk-to-people-us (Kim). On this podcast, we will share the real-life ups and downs of living together, working together, raising kids together, in what we hope is a ...
 
A podcast on how to live your best (and happiest) family life! My Flatpack Family shares my journey as I learn from other parents what they are doing to live their best family life at any given moment. Episodes are short and will cover a range of topics from wellbeing to minimalism, family adventures to sustainability. Thanks for listening....and have a happy week with your family!
 
Beezy Douglas is a Cleveland-based musician, event producer, and family man. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, and other persons of interest that he's had the fortune to cross paths with. Follow me @bzdug, and use #bzlistening if you share any of the episodes! http://bzlistening.com All songs included with permission from the artists. Tips are welcome at https://www.patreon.com/bzdug
 
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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As our kids are getting older, we want to know the best way to support their athletic goals without pushing too hard. This week on the podcast, we spoke with licensed marriage and family therapist, Nina Westbrook, about the balance, the joy, and the struggles of competing in youth sports. Nina shares her first-hand experience working her way up to …
 
On this episode of #blendedlife we give you 5 tips how to make your marriage stronger and better and even include a couple of bonuses! Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Help support Blended Life keep creating: https://www.patreon.com/blendedlife https://www.buymeacoffee.com/blendedlife Grace-Filled Step Parenting book link: Grace-Fil…
 
This week, Penn and I talk about how to really understand one another when in an argument. When you're in a fight, using the phrase “I’m Sorry” flippantly is really more about making yourself feel better than your partner. We used to use "I'm Sorry" as a "please-don't-be-mad-at-me-let's-just-let-this-go" Band-Aid, and it did us a lot more harm than…
 
On this episode of Blended Life we are going to give you 5 tips on how to deal with different parenting styles in your blended family. Different parenting styles in the household can seem at times exhausting and like no one is ever on the same page. It is frustrating to no end! Blended Life has your back! Connect with us! We would love to hear from…
 
Would you rather potty train a toddler or teach a teen to drive? This week we have Dude Dad's Taylor and Heidi Calmus on the podcast to talk all about our different seasons of parenting. We discuss how we first met each other, what it was like to create content in a pandemic, as well as their new TV show Super Dad on Magnolia Network. (Yes, Magnoli…
 
On this episode of Blended Life we discuss 10 co-parenting tips for dealing with a high conflict ex in your blended family. Co-parenting can be extremely hard when it comes to dealing with your ex so we came up with a few ideas to help you with that high conflict ex! Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Help support Blended Life keep cr…
 
Right now, there's a trend on TikTok where people are sharing one small decision that changed the entire course of their lives. It got us thinking: What was that for us? Instead one small decision, we feel like we've made several big decisions that shaped who we are today. Join us for a storytime journey along all our forks in the road, including w…
 
Why is it so hard to tell someone what you need? This week Penn and I break down a phrase we say often: “Mature people ask for what they want.” We talk about this as part of a chapter in our book, but we’re going to break down a few of the tips on the podcast. Also BREAKING NEWS! We just found out our audiobook is the Audible Daily Deal! If you’re …
 
Today on #blendedlife we talk about becoming a better parent in my blended family. We discuss 5 key components you can focus on in your day to day blended life to become a better parent and keep your blended family happy, healthy and growing! Connect with us! We would love to hear from you! Help support Blended Life keep creating: https://www.patre…
 
On this episode we talk about how to blend your family by putting your spouse first. We realize this is a very controversial topic and is one that packs a huge emotional response. That’s why we take the time to explain what it means to put your spouse first, why that helps your family in such a big way and how to do it. It isn’t what you may be thi…
 
Let’s be real, middle school was (all-caps) AWKWARD. Between the braces (and for me, a bad perm) and hormones, it’s a wonder we survived. Michelle Icard has made it her life’s work to help kids through these awkward years. Bless. Her new book, Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen guides readers through the fourteen essential conversations parents need to…
 
In the past year we've spent more time together than ever before, so why does it feel like we haven’t had as many good conversations? You know I love a list, so I wrote these questions for an after-dinner discussion launching point. Penn and I decided to bring the discussion to our podcast and we learned a little about each other (which is a big de…
 
On this episode of #BlendedLife we discuss how to take control in your #blendedfamily. So often we feel out of #control in out blended family life, and just don't know what to do about it. We are going to discuss how to stop feeling out of control and 5 steps towards taking control of your situation in your blended family! Connect with us! We would…
 
Blending two homes into one can be extremely difficult! On this episode of Blended Life we discuss how to deal with the overwhelm of turning two homes into one when it comes to blending your two families into one; where to start, how to stay motivated and most importantly how to relax during the process instead of fighting it. We discuss what to do…
 
A major theme of this years’ Olympics has been mental health and the pressure athletes face. We wanted to know - what’s the right balance between working hard and performing, but also listening to your gut and taking care of yourself? On this week’s podcast, we have JJ Birden, former NFL player turned motivational speaker who talks to us about reac…
 
I covered a Shontel Brown campaign event this weekend, and captured her having a "Please Clap" moment all her own. (This audio is from the YouTube report, which provides more detail, but functions perfectly as a podcast. https://bit.ly/shontel-brown) Joining me is Dr. Richard Montgomery, who shares his reactions to Shontel Brown's stump speech. Dr.…
 
For the first time ever, our whole family is on the podcast together! Lola and Penn Charles answer all your questions, including which parent they would take with them to a deserted island. What questions did we miss? We wrote a book! Learn more and if you've read it please leave us a review: http://everybodyfightsbook.com/ Thank you for listening!…
 
On this episode of #BlendedLife we discuss how to set your child up for their #financialfuture long before they are out in the world on their own. Eric talks all things #credit and how you can easily put your kids on the path for success! How to add your kids to a credit card, build your kids credit score and manage their credit history. There’s so…
 
Everyone has one of those friends who has you in stitches every time they open their mouth. For us, that guy is comedian and author, Charlie Berens. (He is also a journalist turned online content creator, kind of like us!) We ask Charlie where he gets that comedic gift. Turns out, it’s not about sitting around dreaming up jokes; it’s more about pay…
 
On this episode we discuss marriage counseling and therapy. What are the pros and the cons of having a third party present while you hash out your issues? Eric gives some good perspective on why men have a hard time with it and what you can do to avoid having your partner shut down or quit going. We also talk about why it gets harder and things see…
 
Til Death Do Us... Fart 💀 If wedding vows were realistic, what would they say? Penn and I rewrite our vows If we knew then what we know now. (Also is watching episodes ahead of your partner on Netflix the worst kind of infidelity? You decide.) We wrote a book! Learn more and if you've read it please leave us a review: http://everybodyfightsbook.com…
 
On this episode we talk about BLOCKED communication in three forms: children being blocked from talking about one parent to the other, significant others who are blocked from hearing/listening to their partner when they are voicing concerns or giving advice about their children, and co-parents blocked from being able to come to an understanding of …
 
Penn and I get asked all the time, “How do you make so many videos all by yourselves?” The short answer is, we don’t do it alone. Enter Ann Marie Taepke and Sam Allen. We interview them and let them dish all the dirt on what it’s like to work with us. We wrote a book! Learn more and if you've read it please leave us a review: http://everybodyfights…
 
On this episode we continue to interview Lisa, co-host of the Chick Crew (go check them out on Instagram and YouTube) a home and life skills improvement show, about her blended family life experiences. She opens up about a pretty major family trauma that she, as a step parent, had to confront with her step son. Cops are definitely involved. This st…
 
On this episode of the Blended Life we are talking with Lisa, co-host of the #ChickCrew, a YouTube home improvement series, and a #blendedfamily member since childhood. She’s a step child, bio mom and #stepmom. All this life experience has given her some pretty amazing perspective on how to navigate the tough parts of step parenting while keeping a…
 
We talk about our recent trip to Florida then dive into why arguing with your family isn't the worst thing ever with Lynda Cormier. You can learn more about Lynda at: https://www.lyndacormier.com/. We wrote a book! Learn more and if you've read it please leave us a review: http://everybodyfightsbook.com/ Thank you again for your support. It means t…
 
On this episode we answer two different step mom’s concerns surrounding their step children, spouses and exes. When your step children are disrespectful, how can you show up differently and not makes things worse by acting a fool? We give some perspective about this. Reactions matter! It can be especially straining on a marriage when you’re negativ…
 
On this episode we discuss living separately together; when two bio families live under the same roof doing their own thing with the goal to blend. We give advice and perspective when it comes to joining two individuals together with their own kids in tow. It can be difficult to meld plans, schedules, and activities when both parties are on differe…
 
The end of the school year is finally here, and I feel like we are crossing the finish line being held together with tape and glue. Last August, I wrote a blog post about what I hoped my kids would learn this school year. This week on the podcast, we revisited these goals for our kids and we asked our audience to tell us what non-academic lessons t…
 
On this episode we discuss how do deal with jealousy issues amongst the different sets of children in the blended family home. Jealousy struggles often spill over onto other people in the home. Step parents, for example, in this situation often feel not good enough, like nothing they do is ever good enough and there’s no space for them in their ste…
 
On this episode we dive into dealing with only children; the struggle is REAL! Having a child who’s an only child in one home and then a step sibling in the other creates a difficult dynamic to parent, coparent and step parent. Being an only child yourself and having to parent your children’s sibling rivalries can be down right overwhelming. You kn…
 
Penn and I talk about our recent experience ON AN ADULTS-ONLY VACATION. (Yes, we actually left the house. I'm just as shocked as you are.) It was a fun and anxious rollercoaster of emotions. Can you relate? If you haven’t gotten our book, you can get $3 off on Amazon! Available for a limited time: https://www.amazon.com/gp/mpc/A1Q851OQRFV5B3 If you…
 
On this episode we dive into kids acting out! We discuss what you can do to help your child or step child who is misbehaving, seeking negative attention or expressing themselves in disruptive ways. It is our moral obligation as parents and step parents to guide and teach all of the children home, to raise them up in the way which they should go. It…
 
Have you ever wanted to want "ice cream" more? Our friend and entrepreneur, Cindy Eckert, is back to talk more about Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder — also known as HSDD. Low sexual desire in women is a medical condition and there is something you can do about it. You can learn more about Cindy and her work at @cindypinkceo on Instagram or by vis…
 
How to know when to step back and let go of trying to grasp for control as a step parent? When your nature is to help out, but then you find yourself regretting it... When your children notice different treatment between his and hers kids in the home, how do you address that? How do you repair the breakdown of your relationship with your child and …
 
Danielle and Adam join us to talk about their experience in marriage counseling and how to start more meaningful conversations with their new e-book, Date Night Questions! Pre-order Your Copy: https://www.marriageandmartinis.com/dnq Get your copy of Everybody Fights here and if you've read it please leave us a review! We hope you get a lot out of t…
 
Interview with adventurer Misba Khan on her expedition to the North Pole! How does a mum from Manchester end up doing such an epic challenge and what could we all learn from challenging ourselves, and enforced stereotypes, a bit more? Follow Misba Kham on Twitter. Check out Explorers Connect for adventure opportunities, as mentioned in the podcast.…
 
How to handle your child being baptized without your knowing; even with a court order in place that states both parents need to agree on religious practices?! When your ex is a bully and tries to manipulate every situation to cause distance and drama in your child’s life and this in your blended family life; how do you navigate that when enough is …
 
Surprise! We're back to give you a free BONUS chapter of our audiobook. The lessons we learned in this chapter are something that we revisit often. Get your copy of Everybody Fights here and if you've read it please leave us a review! We hope you get a lot out of this book: http://everybodyfightsbook.com/ Thank you again for your support. It means …
 
How to communicate with your spouse when they are seemingly speaking a totally different language? When your spouse has no time for you because every free minute is with their child, how do you cope when there’s no alone time in your marriage? How to handle the other home manipulating the kids and turning them against you and your household? What c…
 
1. How do you mentally deal with family members that do not accept the idea of a blended family? 2. What do you do when your significant other decides to put off life plans you’ve made together (such as having children together) seemingly out of nowhere and because of their kids? 3. When your child pushes away or gives your fiancé a hard time on pu…
 
I wanted to put my positive birth story out into the world for anyone who needed to hear it! Despite being in the middle of a pandemic, I had a calm and smooth home water birth. Here's the link to The Mindful Birthing Company. Or find out more about your host Bex Band. Thanks for listening, and have a happy week with your family!…
 
Penn and I celebrate today's book launch on this week's podcast and give you a free chapter of our audiobook. It is so surreal to say our book is here and we cannot wait to share it with you. Get your copy of Everybody Fights here: http://everybodyfightsbook.com/. Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to us. Join our Facebook famil…
 
Interview with community leader Becki Read about the benefits of cold water swimming! A quick dip in cold water has been proving to boost your mood, immune system and to reduce stress. Becki shares how we can cold water swimming to find a bit of wellbeing and balance as parents. Find out more about Becki Read's women's swimming group The Bexhill Se…
 
Interview with Greg Carter, on parenting a little differently. We discuss giving children complete autonomy to make their own decisions. Greg is terminally unwell so touch on the reasons why he is able to come to terms with his cancer diagnosis and ultimately die a happy man. Find out more about Greg Carter on his Facebook page. Or find out more ab…
 
Interview with blogger Bex Massey on all things Hygge in the home! Hygge is a Danish word in essence meaning creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. Bex shares how we can use it as parents to create pockets of mindfulness in our days. Find out more about Bex Massey on her Hygge Lifestyle and Intentional Par…
 
Interview with Veronica AKA: 'Brown Skin Plant Mama' about how the power of house plants. Veronica believes that embracing plant therapy can bring a bit of healing and nurturing into our lives. Find out more about Veronica and Brown Skin Plant Mama. And follow her on Instagram. Or find out more about your host Bex Band. Thanks for listening, and ha…
 
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