Synergistic Stepparenting Pocast

Synergistic Stepparenting Pocast

Maria Natapov has been a stepparent for 9+ years. When she and her partner learned of the abuse and neglect inflicted by the biological mother, Maria studied and took the lead to install the right supports and prevent her stepdaughter from further harm. Her passion is helping other stepparents transform their challenging responsibilities into opportunities for the whole family to thrive. In Synergistic Stepparenting podcast, Maria talks frankly about actionable steps to transform family chaos into meaningful and harmonious co-parenting. Reminding stepparents that they are not alone. Learn more about Maria Natapov. https://synergisticstepparenting.com/meet-maria/

Episodes

September 29, 2022 9 min

Hi Stepparents, 

Have you ever put work into a relationship thinking, “I’m putting in so much, I’ve gotta be racking up some excellent relationship karma points. I’m bound to get some of this coming back around to me!” 

Maybe you’ve gotten upset that you’re not getting the same level of support in return, or you’re not being appreciated, or not even being given credit for all that you do. Does this sound familiar?

And when this happen...

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Recently, I was reflecting on my early days as a stepparent, remembering many times when I felt uncomfortable in said role. 

Frustrated and consumed with tension, emotions and split decisions, I worried about what each stakeholder in the situation was thinking and wanting from me. So badly wanting to start off all interactions with my “best foot forward.”

This is the cycle we’ll be exploring on the show today. Find the show notes for...

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Hi Stepparents,

This time of year where work gets busier with year-end initiatives and deliverables and school’s back in session. 

In some climates, like here in New England, the days are quickly getting shorter, and the busy holiday season is just around the corner. So, it’s no surprise that you might find yourself feeling more drained. 

Before you chalk it up to life’s busy day-to-day grind, I invite you to slow down to ponder, is t...

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September 7, 2022 9 min

Hey stepparents,

I know a lot of you have a school-aged child. This time of year can be chaotic with the start of a new school year, extra-curricular activities, drop-off and pick-up logistics, etc. 

You also might find yourself in a position of co-parenting with your partner and possibly their ex, and maybe even with their ex’s new partner as well. 

These extra cooks in the kitchen can add to the overwhelm and leave you feeling uncer...

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As the new school year is getting under way and things feel chaotic and busy, you might be feeling overwhelmed and like it’s virtually impossible to keep up. 

When this happens often you might feel like not doing anything because you don’t know where to even start. 

If you can relate, you’re definitely not alone. But stick around, because I have some great step-by-step tips for you to not only stay afloat, but flourish. Find the show...

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August 25, 2022 19 min

Hey Stepparents, 

With the academic school year already upon us, many stepparents worry about how to set their stepchild up for success.

And to help with that concern by providing actionable tips and strategies, we are thrilled to be joined by Dominique Padurano, M.S., Ed., Ph.D. – aka “Dr. P” of Crimson Coaching to discuss academic success. 

Dr. P has extensive knowledge of and experience in the arena of education. Her love and passi...

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August 18, 2022 25 min

Hey Stepparents,

Today we’re continuing our exploration of sex and intimacy by delving into polyamory with John Hoelle, a family law attorney and mediator, and co-founder of Conscious Family Law & Mediation. 

We cover what polyamory is, how polyamory can improve an otherwise monogamous relationship, the benefits of utilizing a coach in your relationship, and how to approach and discuss polyamory with kids. 

John has an easy warmth...

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Hi Stepparents,

Welcome back to the finale of my conversation with Rose Schlaff, a Pelvic Physical Therapist, Intimacy Coach, and founder of Be Well with Rose, LLC as we wrap up our discussion about sex and intimacy. 

Rose and I quickly bonded from the get-go over our passion about the need to shed light on issues that most of us struggle with but feel uncomfortable discussing. Find the show notes for this episode at synergisticstepp...

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Hi Stepparents,

Welcome back to part 2 of the conversation with Rose Schlaff, a Pelvic Physical Therapist, Intimacy Coach, and founder of Be Well with Rose, LLC. This week we are continuing our discussion about sex and intimacy. 

We cover:
- Introduction of Rose Schlaff
- why and how your body image plays a role in intimacy
- how to love your body
- the surprising gift of sharing your whole truth
 - why and how to talk to your kids about ...

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Hi Stepparents,

We are continuing our conversation about sex and intimacy this time with an expert on this topic. Rose Schlaff is a Pelvic Physical Therapist, Intimacy Coach, and founder of Be Well with Rose, LLC. 

I’m so excited to share this conversation with you. When Rose and I first met, we quickly found that we were both passionate about the need to underscore and shed light on issues that aren’t often discussed and often feel ...

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Hi Stepparents,

Today we are continuing our conversation about sex. And I’m thrilled to welcome back my partner and Lilah’s dad, John to the show. 

John was a great sport! He was very transparent about why he had several talks with his daughter about sex and why you should be doing this too. He shared the key to navigating those conversations. He also shared his 4 tips for making those conversations as productive as possible.  

Find t...

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Hi Stepparents,

Today we are continuing our conversation about sex. And I’m thrilled to welcome back to the show my step-daughter, Lilah. 

Who generously let me pick her brain about the sex talk. In our case there were multiple which I strongly encourage all parents to do. Which is to have multiple sex talks and not just one throughout a child’s development. 

Lilah and I will discuss why that is in this show so stay tuned. We also dis...

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July 7, 2022 11 min

Hi Stepparents,

Today we’re talking about something different than what we’ve discussed on the show before …

So let’s talk about sex baby, let’s talk about you and me… yes, that's me doing a little nod to Salt-N-Pepa.

We are definitely going to talk about “all the good things and the bad things”. There are lots of misconceptions about sex, both for parents and certainly for children. So today we’re talking about some of them. Find...

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Hi Stepparents,

I’m excited to be joined by Debra Doak and Tracy Callahan of Divorce Coaches Academy. And if you don’t know what a divorce coach is, don’t worry friend, you’re not alone. They will share all about it so just keep listening. Find the show notes at synergisticstepparenting.com/44.

Debra and Tracy are rockstar divorce coaches dedicated to their profession and ensuring quality, competence, and success within it. To that e...

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Hi, Step-parents!

I am so excited to bring to you Part 2 of my conversation with the fabulous Leks Vucko in this week's episode. Leks is a health and fitness coach and what I love about her work is that she brings a lot of mindset and emotional awareness to her work and how she talks about health. 

Last week she gave us the low-down on the complicated and confusing health & fitness industry, the do's and don'ts of eat...

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Hi, Step-parents!

I am so excited to bring to you this week's episode. We have a special guest named Leks Vucko who is a health and fitness coach, and she is a complete powerhouse. We speak frankly in this interview.

She gives us the low-down on the complicated and confusing health & fitness industry and the do's and don'ts. And she breaks down how our body responds to foods and why it responds the way that it does. S...

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Hi Stepparents,

I’m so excited to share this week’s episode with you where I had the pleasure to interview Christine Luken who is a financial dignity coach helping high earning professionals, pay off staggering amounts of debt and massively increase their net worth through her financial coaching.

She is a the author of several books including Money is Emotional and Financial Dignity After Divorce where she blends wise money managemen...

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Get the Full Transcript at synergisticstepparenting.com/40

Episode Covers:

- How to make sense of catastrophic events?

- Signs that you need help

- How to talk to your stepchildren about difficult events

- When and how to ask for help

- How to heal through difficult life events

Resources:
https://www.tamaraashley.com/qards/about/
https://www.rapidresolutiontherapy.com/specialist

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Hi Stepparents,

Let’s face it there is lots up in the air right now, which is part of the times we’re living in. And things have been going this way for a while now. Change in many facets of our lives is accelerating forcing us to adapt quicker. This causes feelings of overwhelm and stress.

If the pandemic hasn’t been overwhelming enough, the fact that a senseless war recently broke out in Europe with crimes against humanity being ca...

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Hey Stepparents!

Let’s face it stepparenting is not the easiest job. And although it’s rewarding, it can be overwhelming. And when it comes to your partner and stepchild, it can take a while to find your groove with each other. 

Did I mention the many stakeholders with strong opinions about you, and your relationship with your stepchild? There is the ex-partner also known as the other bio-parent, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins,...

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