Ep 84 – Are You Afraid of Including Extended Family in Your Stepfamily?

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Hey there, fabulous stepparents! Welcome back to another episode of Synergistic Stepparenting Podcast, where I guide you to navigate the wild and wonderful world of blended families with grace, humor, and a whole lot of heart. I’m your host Maria Natapov, your trusty guide through the twists and turns of stepparenting life.

Today, we’re continuing to explore how to strengthen the stepfamily for harmonious co-parenting, understanding and connection. We’re diving deep into the art of building bridges within your blended family.

Whether you’re a high-flying CEO, juggling jet-setter life with family commitments, or a dedicated teacher, balancing work, home, and personal growth, this episode is for you. We’re exploring practical strategies to foster connection, inclusion, and support within your extended family and friends’ network, because let’s face it, we could all use a little more love and understanding, am I right?

Step 1: Embrace Your Village

First things first, let’s talk about the power of your support network. Your extended family and friends can be an invaluable source of love, wisdom, and strength as you navigate the choppy waters of stepparenting.

So, reach out, lean in, and let them know you’re in this together. Whether it’s scheduling regular family gatherings, setting up a group chat for updates and celebrations, or simply sharing a heartfelt thank-you for their support, don’t underestimate the power of your village.

Step 2: Communication is Key

Next up, let’s tackle everyone’s favorite topic: communication. In blended families, clear, open communication is absolutely essential for building trust, understanding, and connection.

So, set aside some dedicated time each week to check in with your partner and kids. Share your wins, your worries, and your wildest dreams. And don’t forget to listen, really listen, to what they have to say. Remember, communication isn’t just about talking; it’s about truly hearing and being heard.

Step 3: Celebrate Your Differences

Now, let’s celebrate what makes your blended family unique. Each member brings their own strengths, quirks, and perspectives to the table, and that’s something to be celebrated, not feared.

So, embrace your differences, celebrate your similarities, and above all, respect each other’s individuality. Whether it’s planning a special outing that reflects everyone’s interests, or simply sharing stories and traditions from your respective backgrounds, finding common ground can help strengthen the bonds of your blended family.

Step 4: Keep Them in the Loop

Last but not least, let’s talk about keeping your extended family and friends in the loop. Whether it’s a major life event like a birthday, graduation, or family vacation, or simply a small victory or milestone, don’t be shy about sharing your joy with your support network.

Send out a personalized email update, create a private Facebook group for family photos and updates, or host a virtual get-together to catch up and reconnect. By keeping your loved ones in the loop, you’re not only strengthening your bonds with them but also creating a sense of belonging and inclusion within your blended family.


Well, fabulous stepparents, that’s a wrap for today’s episode. I hope you’re feeling inspired, empowered, and ready to start building bridges within your blended family. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a strong, connected family.

Be patient, be persistent, and above all, be kind and considerate to yourself and each other. Keep shining bright, keep loving hard, and keep rocking this crazy beautiful thing called stepparenting. You’ve got this!

Until next time, be well!

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