On this episode we talk about how we have been better at talking about money as well as we will let you know if we made our savings goal for the month. Having the conversation about who handles what part of the financial pieces is going to be vital in the relationship. The bottom line (no pun intended but what the heck maybe it was) is that this is going to be a conversation right up front even during dating. The question that kept coming back in the show was "what is your feelings on money?" The other thing was how were you raised about money.
We interview two people who have taken a heart breaking tragedy and turned it into a calling. Don's youngest son was taken from him and the three years of the court battle. What Don and Nichole have created a website to help create special memories. They are doing a crowdfunding campaign to help get the site fully up and running. Please check out there website TreasureBoxS.com
Today we spoke with Erik Lehman of "Game Changers." A little bit about Erik:
A little over twenty-one years ago, Erik Lehmann spent approximately 50 days living in a
homeless shelter for children in Stony Brook, NY. This experience changed his life
course forever. He learned of a world that needed a voice and not just any voice; it
needed his voice. Erik was taken in by his best friend’s parents during his senior year in
high school, and the following year, they sent him to Cornell University to study Human
Development and Family Studies. This was an absolute miracle!
Today Erik is working on trying to not only get kids off the coach but parents as well to spend at least two extra hours a week with our kids. Erik's passion and mission of Game Changers along with questions can be found at his website www.dream-catalyst.org
This is a special show because we did it as a webinar. This show is based on the book "Love, Limits & Lessons" by Bill Corbett who was on our show to talk about the history of the book. We are certfied instructors to teach this course and we wanted to share the training we did to you. If you head to our website and sign up we will send you the slides and a few other documents just to say thank you.
We interview a very special friend Bill Corbett who is a Author, Speaker and a Trainer on subjects dealing with parenting. One of his early books Love, Limits and Lessons is our topic along with advise on Teens and parenting.
On this episode we talk about having date nights and give some ideas of what to do. Date night is not just about you and your spouse but having one on one time with your bonus kids as well. We talked about why it is vital to have the date nights and to schedule them. We would love to hear what date nights you have done.
We touch on a current event of what is going on with the new laws dealing with freedom of religion. How do you teach tolerance in a blended family?
We talk about not only taking the high road but along with that is the forgivness piece and how they can be tied together. Do you have to actually tell the other person you forgave them or can you tell yourself? When taking the high road do you need to respond to the other one or can silence be taking the high road?
Tommy was on business using Uber and the driver, Fred talked to Tommy about his concerns if he gets into a serious relationship as far as living places. On this episode we talk about the fact that this is aonther serious conversation once you get to the point of the relationship of where are yopu going to live? Who's house or will it be a new house?
Both Ann and I have been not only wanting to talk about how to the blend the finical piece together for yu but we have had this struggle in our own marriage and we are now taking it more seriously. We reccomend to help your kids learn a health finical life as well as if you are not good with money ASK others who are. We also want to give 3 of the kids coloring books away by posting on blendingthefamilys Face Book page a tip to help with our topic of money.
Very happy with this episode and I hope you enjoy it as well. Ann and Tommy speak with Martin Alvarez the CEO of Modern Gladiator and Yvonne Stoud about how the kids are effected as well as are men stepping up to the plate after a divorce or are they ignoring their fatherly duty.
Today we talk about when the kids go through the divorce does the age of the child matter because it might once you are all under one roof. Ann says that the age range of 9-15 that yes it does matter but Tommy stated that it is about the individual child. What are your thoughts??
We talked about the stereotype of the "wicked Step Parent" on the show. Both Ann and Tommy are what they have coined "Bonus" parents not step and they talk about what the word "step" means to Tommy on this episode.
Ann and I talk more of what is Blending the Family as well as how we want to help you with parenting tips.
We received our first question from our Facebook page:
The question is dealing with the begining challenges when you first put the families under one roof.
Ann and talk about a topic of blending the pets. What if you are a dog person and your significant other is a cat person? What if you don't like pets. These are things to discusee WAY before the "big day."