Stepfamily Central Rachelle Katz, Ed.d.

Sinopsis

More than thirty percent of every single wedding held today will form a brand new stepfamily. Blended families have unique needs and challenges but all share one common denominator: a hope for happiness, peace, relaxation, and love at home. Stepfamily Central is your touchstone for information, tools, tips and support as you navigate the road ahead with your family. You receive expert advice for tough situations like intrusive biological moms, holiday stress and how to provide the right environment for kids in these circumstances. You are not alone! Join us on Stepfamily Central to stay focused and confident and on that path to happiness.

Episodios

  • Stepfamily Central – The Pros and Cons of Joint Custody

    Stepfamily Central – The Pros and Cons of Joint Custody

    10/03/2014 Duración: 30min

    Today on Stepfamily Central, Rachelle continues her conversation with Dr. Jeannette Lofas, and talks to her about the pros and cons of joint custody when couples divorce. Jeannette is affectionately considered to be the wise woman of the stepfamily community and is a leading authority on stepfamilies. In fact, she won a presidential award for her work. She has written … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – with Dr. Jeannette Lofas

    Stepfamily Central – with Dr. Jeannette Lofas

    24/02/2014 Duración: 28min

    Kids are vulnerable when their parents divorce and can be effected by it for many years. Today on Stepfamily Central, Rachelle discusses what children can experience when their parents divorce, as well as how they can be helped, with Dr. Jeannette Lofas. Jeannette is affectionately considered to be the wise woman of the stepfamily community and is a leading authority … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – A Biological Dad’s Perspective of Stepfathers

    Stepfamily Central – A Biological Dad’s Perspective of Stepfathers

    03/02/2014 Duración: 34min

    In stepfamilies, it’s common for biological mothers and stepmothers to compare themselves to each other; sometimes intense rivalries can develop. Biological dads and stepfathers are not immune to competitive and jealous feelings. Today on Stepfamily Central, Rachelle talks to Joel Schwartzberg about a biological dad’s perspective of stepfathers. Joel is a father of three, and is an award winning humorist … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Advice for the non-custodial dad

    Stepfamily Central – Advice for the non-custodial dad

    20/01/2014 Duración: 33min

    Divorce is a tough situation, especially if you have kids. It’s difficult to be away from them, whether it’s for a small or large amount of time. Since non-custodial parents spend less time with their children, they have fewer opportunities to get to know what makes them tick. This can be extremely frustrating for that parent. Today on Stepfamily Central, … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Bringing a new baby into a stepfamily

    Stepfamily Central – Bringing a new baby into a stepfamily

    06/01/2014 Duración: 33min

    Babies are such wonderful additions to any family. Before their births, they can bring up a host of emotions for families to experience, ranging from excitement to anxiety. While babies are welcomed with as much love into stepfamilies, these family members can experience a more diverse set of emotions. Rachelle talks about the variety of emotions a new baby can … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Bringing a new baby into a stepfamily

    06/01/2014 Duración: 33min
  • Stepfamily Central – Skirts at War

    Stepfamily Central – Skirts at War

    16/12/2013 Duración: 25min

    On this show Rachelle talks to Jenna Korf about her new book, Skirts at War: Beyond Divorced Mom?Stepmom Conflict. This book is an exciting addition to the stepfamily field. It focuses on how you can help yourself when the biomom or stepmom in your life doesn’t meet you halfway. Jenna and coauthor, Jennifer Newcombe Marine help women identify what … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Characteristics of happily re-partnered couples

    Stepfamily Central – Characteristics of happily re-partnered couples

    02/12/2013 Duración: 35min

    Stepfamily life can be very challenging as anyone who has been part of one can attest. However, many relationships do endure the complexities and challenges of stepfamily life, and in fact thrive. What characteristics do these couples share? Rachelle discusses some of the qualities that happy, healthy re-partnered couples possess with Dianne Martin, a certified stepfamily counselor and social … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Overcoming Anger and Resentment in Your Stepfamily

    Stepfamily Central – Overcoming Anger and Resentment in Your Stepfamily

    11/11/2013 Duración: 30min

    Many of us spend a good portion of our day feeling anger and resentful as a result of the challenges in our stepfamilies. Even though our feelings may be justified, they aren’t doing us any good. They may be contributing to all kinds of physical problems, such as heart disease and stomach ailments, and harming our relationships. Today on Stepfamily … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Establishing Clear Boundaries in your Stepfamily

    Stepfamily Central – Establishing Clear Boundaries in your Stepfamily

    28/10/2013 Duración: 25min

    To protect our privacy and personal space, we all need to establish clear boundaries by being able to say no to certain requests that are too difficult for us to complete. Boundaries are important in all areas of life, at work, in friendships, but they are especially important in stepfamilies, since there are so many members involved, each with a … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – How Unrealistic Expectations Effect Stepfamilies

    Stepfamily Central – How Unrealistic Expectations Effect Stepfamilies

    14/10/2013 Duración: 29min

    Our expectations play a large role in how we experience the present and anticipate the future. When couples remarry, most have expectations of what will take place. If these expectations don’t match the reality of what does happen, frustration, disappointment, and pain often develop. Today on Stepfamily Central, Rachelle discusses a few of the more common unrealistic expectations held by … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – The Importance of Emotional Intelligence to Stepmothers

    Stepfamily Central – The Importance of Emotional Intelligence to Stepmothers

    12/08/2013 Duración: 49min

    Do you know what emotional intelligence is? It’s an intelligence that has to do with discerning and understanding emotional information, relating well to others, and achieving your goals. Rachelle discusses the importance of emotional intelligence and how stepmothers can develop more of it with Joan Sarin, a social psychologist who specializes in emotional intelligence training for children and parents. … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Bullying among Stepsiblings

    Stepfamily Central – Bullying among Stepsiblings

    29/07/2013 Duración: 49min

    Bullying is such a bad problem that it can cause victims to commit suicide. Rachelle discusses bullying among stepsiblings and what to do about it with Dianne Martin, a certified stepfamily counselor and social worker. Not only does Dianne work with stepfamily members in her private practice in Canada, she also runs workshops and seminars for stepfamilies, and is … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – The Unique Challenges of Childless and Child-free Stepmothers

    Stepfamily Central – The Unique Challenges of Childless and Child-free Stepmothers

    22/07/2013 Duración: 55min

    Childless and child-free stepmothers face unique challenges compared to stepmothers who have biological children of their own. Rachelle discusses the various emotions they encounter and ways to deal with them with international speaker and author, Laura Petherbridge. Laura wrote When ‘I Do’ Becomes ‘I Don’t': Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce and The Smart Stepmom with stepfamily … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – The Heartbreak of Mother’s Day for Stepmothers

    Stepfamily Central – The Heartbreak of Mother’s Day for Stepmothers

    08/07/2013 Duración: 51min

    How ironic that Mother’s Day, a day meant to celebrate the contributions of mothers to their children’s lives, can be so painful for so many of the 15 million stepmothers who have stepchildren under the age of 18. These women don’t want much from their partners and stepchildren, just a simple acknowledgement of appreciation will do. Because of their stepchildren’s … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Remarriage from a child’s perspective

    Stepfamily Central – Remarriage from a child’s perspective

    01/07/2013 Duración: 58min

    Divorce and remarriage can be very difficult for children to handle. In fact, twice as many children from divorced families experience academic, behavioral, or interpersonal problems when compared to children from intact families. Even those who don’t have any obvious problems, still experience loss when their parent’s divorce, and must undergo some adjustment when their parents remarry. Today, Rachelle talks … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Stepfamily Finances

    Stepfamily Central – Stepfamily Finances

    24/06/2013 Duración: 52min

    Are you comfortable having the conversation about money with your partner? Many remarried couples avoid this topic like the plague even though their future security is at stake. Listen to Rachelle discuss stepfamily finances with Emily Bouchard, an expert in stepfamily dynamics. Emily Bouchard, MSSW, is a managing partner at Wealth Legacy Group, and founded www.Blended-Families.com in 2003. She … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Special Occasions and Vacations

    Stepfamily Central – Special Occasions and Vacations

    17/06/2013 Duración: 50min

    Special occasions, like weddings and graduations, are wonderful and joyous milestones that deserve to be celebrated. Vacations are also fun times to spend with family members. For stepfamilies, however, these can be extremely awkward events and can cause a lot of pain and anxiety. Rachelle discusses how stepfamilies can navigate both special occasions and vacations with Brenda Snyder, a … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Adult Bullying in Stepfamilies

    Stepfamily Central – Adult Bullying in Stepfamilies

    10/06/2013 Duración: 53min

    If you think bullying is something that only happens on a playground and among kids, think again. Experts say adult bullying is on the rise. We all have heard horror stories about bosses, neighbors, and even adult family members who bully. Rachelle and Dianne Martin, a Canadian social worker, stepfamily expert, and writer for Stepmom Magazine, discuss the … Read more about this episode...

  • Stepfamily Central – Stepfamily Central with Diana Weiss-Wisdom

    Stepfamily Central – Stepfamily Central with Diana Weiss-Wisdom

    08/04/2013 Duración: 49min

    How often do you feel guilty? Many stepfamily members, from remarried dads, stepmothers, to biological mothers are burdened by feelings of guilt, and this can wear a person down in addition to harming their relationships with other family members. Listen to Rachelle Katz discuss the negative impact of guilt along with ways to overcome these feelings with Dr. Diana Weiss-Wisdom… Read more about this episode...

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