The Pondering Podcast

The Pondering Podcast
A weekly podcast dedicated to the dynamic community of women who are navigating the realm of blended families. This Podcast was inspired by my blog, The Pondering Nook, where I write about my own experiences as a mom and as a stepmom among other topics. Each week there will be a topic or question posted on The Pondering Nook’s Facebook and Instagram page so that followers can engage if they so desire. Responses will be featured during my discussion on the show. Most episodes are 30 min or under so you can listen quickly while you’re on the go, on your lunch break, or on your drive to work

“The ‘Ours’ Baby”
Jan 14 • 26 min
This week I discuss what it’s like to have an “ours” baby while also being a stepmom. I discuss real experiences from moms and stepmoms to learn how they reacted and dealt with this very intense blended family dynamic. Tune in for some absolutely…
“When Does Step-parenting End?”
Jan 7 • 19 min
This week we have a reader/listener requested topic about step-parenting adult stepchildren. I discuss how we sometimes think when kids turn 18 many of our stresses or problems will be over but that is simply not the case. I discuss experiences from other…
“Blended Family Homes for The Holidays”
Dec 17, 2019 • 19 min
How does the holiday season work in your blended family situation? Do you stress out over visitation schedules, co-parenting dramas, or struggle to create new traditions with your children and/or step-children? In this episode, I share experiences from…
“Step-parenting Teenagers”
Dec 10, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode, I discuss being a stepmom to teenagers. I go over feedback from my listeners as to how their own experiences with step-parenting teens are going — plus we talk about how technology and cell phones are affecting the blended family…
“Advice for The New Stepmom”
Dec 3, 2019 • 25 min
In this week’s episode, I go over vital advice for new stepmoms given to me by seasoned stepmoms who have been there. I also talk about my own personal mistakes and lessons as a new stepmom back in the day while offering up my own advice. At the end of…
“Trial by Fire”
Nov 19, 2019 • 25 min
Do you feel supported by your spouse in your blended family dynamic? This week on The Pondering Podcast, I discuss the challenges of maintaining a relationship while also navigating parenting & step-parenting. As always, I share the phenomenal feedback…
“No One Ever Dreams of Becoming a Stepmom.”
Nov 12, 2019 • 23 min
This episode I discuss how having a stepparent as a child influenced how you navigate your current role as a stepparent. Included are some wonderful reader responses on the topic as well as my own personal experiences. I also go over modern perceptions of…
“You Have The Power.”
Nov 5, 2019 • 30 min
In this episode we discuss the relationships between stepmoms and biological moms. I go over feedback from real stepmoms who are dealing with varying challenges in trying to co-parent with their stepchildren’s biological mothers and ways in which we can…
“Stepmoms Are Like A Glue…”
Oct 28, 2019 • 19 min
On this first full episode of The Pondering Podcast, I delve into some of the biggest challenges stepmoms face in their daily lives such as co-parenting, biological moms, full-time stepmom challenges, finding balance parenting both stepchildren and…