Blending Your StepFamily: Five Tips for Success in Your Remarriage with Children

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[display_podcast] This week, we’ll discuss five tips that lead to a successful blended family.  All of these take time and conscious effort, but have huge payoffs in creating a harmonious, loving family in the end. 1)  Maintain an atmosphere of family inclusiveness.  Make it clear that we are one family and we are ALL important.  This must begin with BOTH parents.  The two of you, together, set the tone for the whole family.  Even if the kids resist and are stand-offish, keep at it.  Your perse … [Read more...]

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Jeffrey Jena

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[display_podcast] Comedian Jeffrey Jena, one of my closest friends on the planet, joins the show as we reminisce about our hazy early days in stand up comedy – which leads directly to memory loss due to getting older and frying brain cells when we were younger. You see, where some people have problems remembering things and simply blame it on a “senior moment”, Jeffrey and I know that there are entire sections of our cranium that were burned out at a Led Zeppelin concert in the mid-70’s. But h … [Read more...]

Carty’s Contemporary Classics: Sometimes It’s Sin, Sometimes It’s Not or Will I Burn If I Get the Hots?

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[display_podcast] Let’s start out with some stats:On a per capita basis, the group that’s leading in increased incidents of sexually transmitted disease is the 10 to 14-year-old age group. In 1970, less than 5% of all 15-year-old girls had had sex. By 1988 that number rose to 25%. Current estimates say that 20% of our high schoolers graduate with their virginity. Of those who have had sex, 30% of them have it once and then don’t do it again. Another 30% have had four partners or more … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: The Stages of Blending

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[display_podcast] Blending your stepfamily can feel like you are literally in a blender:  being blended, chopped and pureed.  However, the goal is feeling a sense of unity, harmony and familial cooperation (I mean, let’s face it, no family – even non-blended families are perfectly peaceful). Blending is a mixing and mingling of the family, so as to produce the desired result of unity or of feeling of “oneness”. That doesn’t mean that you’ll agree on everything, but it is a feeling of harmony and … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 58: Why Shouldn’t We Do It?

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[display_podcast] As a special treat this week, we’re offering some “Real Stuff My Boss Says” with e2 media network executive producer and host of The Big Picture Podcast, Joel Fieri. As we look back on how this whole podcast network thing began, instead of wondering “Could we do this, or could we do that?”, Joel continually asked the question “Why Shouldn’t we do this or that?” This subtle change of approach led to opportunities that neither of us would have imagined over the ensuing couple of … [Read more...]

Carty’s Contemporary Classics: Sinless Anger

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[display_podcast] You will experience hurt, fear, frustration, and feelings of injustice.  I’m sorry. It happens to all of us. And then you die. But it doesn’t have to lead to sin. You see, if we allow ourselves to enter into a sinful attitude following the hurt, fear, frustration and feelings of injustice… then what?  Anger, rage, destruction? I submit that if you understand the source of sin and when somebody sins they have a problem with God, and not you, then you don’t have to get mad in r … [Read more...]


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