Ep 72 – How to Make Your Stepchild Feel Heard, Fast…

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to another exciting episode of the Synergistic Stepparenting podcast the #1 podcast for high-achieving parents looking to create harmony in their blended families!

I’m your host, Maria Natapov, and today we’re focusing on how to make everyone feel heard as you navigate the intricate world of blended families.

Alright, picture this: you’re an ultra-high-net-worth individual with an annual income that’ll make most people’s jaw drop. You’re not only a tech titan but also a dedicated parent who values family above all else.

The Magical Family Meetings

I know that juggling a demanding career with family life can be like walking a tightrope over a pit of alligators. But fear not! Today, we’re going to talk about a powerful strategy that can make everyone in your blended family feel heard and included. We’re going to explore the magic of family meetings!

You’re used to making big decisions in your boardroom, right? Well, consider family meetings your boardroom for your blended family. Here’s the deal:

  1. Create a Safe Space: Start by setting the stage for open and honest communication. Just like you encourage innovation in your tech company, encourage your family members to share their thoughts without fear of judgment.
  2. Make It a Ritual: Consistency is key! Schedule these meetings regularly, like you do with your important business meetings. It’s all about making everyone feel included and heard on a consistent basis.
  3. Set an Agenda: Much like your tech meetings, have a clear agenda. What topics will be discussed? What decisions need to be made? This keeps things organized and productive.

The Powerful Benefits

Now, here’s the beautiful part: it’s perfectly okay to feel like a beginner at this. Just like you had to learn the ropes in the tech world, learning the ropes of blended family dynamics takes time and effort.

Remember, you’re not alone. Reach out to professionals like myself at Synergistic Stepparenting. I specialize in creating tailor-made solutions for high-profile families like yours, ensuring privacy, discretion, and results.

You’re all about personal growth and development, right? Well, this is growth on a different level – personal growth within your family. These family meetings will help you strengthen the bonds with your stepchildren, ensuring their happiness and success.

And hey, just like in the tech world, it’s all about collaboration. Your blended family is like a startup – everyone has a role to play. By making everyone feel heard and included, you’re ensuring that your family runs smoothly, just like a well-oiled machine.


You’ve achieved extraordinary success in your tech career, and you’re well on your way to doing the same in your blended family life. Embrace the power of family meetings, just as you’ve embraced innovation in the tech world.

To all my listeners, remember that you don’t need to be a tech mogul to make this work. Start small, stay consistent, and watch your blended family thrive.

That’s it for today’s episode, folks! I hope you found these insights valuable. And to all of you listening out there, if you want to unlock the full potential of your blended family, reach out to me at Synergistic Stepparenting, where I blend science, humor, and quip to create harmonious, high-performing families.

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Keep innovating, keep growing, and keep building those strong, blended families!

Until next time, be well!

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