Season 2 Ep. 12 of The #staymarried Podcast: Finding Your Blended Family Bliss – with guest Beth Wylie

Season 2 Episode 12 of The #staymarried Podcast: Finding Your Blended Family Bliss with Beth WylieEven in the best case scenario, marriage is not an easy road to travel. When we factor in previous marriages, divorces, and children, that road becomes cliff-side winding around a steep mountain complete with boulders falling over unexpected turns. Tricky is an understatement. But, can a blended family find their own bliss? We believe they can.

In this episode of The #staymarried Podcast we chat with Beth Wylie, LMFT – a blended family expert! Not only does she specialize in working with blended families in her practice, she herself is a step-mom and grew up as the product of divorce and remarriage. As she puts it, “I’ve been a step-everything.” Along the way, she’s learned some key truths and tools that she generously shares with us.

Here’s Season 2, Episode 12 of The #staymarried Podcast…

We talked about using a Soft Startup to enter into tough conversations. This is important whether you’re in a blended family or not. Here’s the graphic we referenced.

Soften Your Startup - a #staymarried blog for couples


Season 2 Episode 12 of The #staymarried Podcast: Finding Your Blended Family Bliss with Beth Wylie
You can find out more about Beth and her practice here: Pacific Northwest Couples Therapy.

Beth also runs a monthly Step-Parent Support Group here in the Seattle area. As she mentioned in this episode, there are a few spots available. Click here to find out more.

Not in the Seattle area? You might find or even START your own Step-Parent Support Group on Meet Up.

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~ Michelle




7 thoughts on “Season 2 Ep. 12 of The #staymarried Podcast: Finding Your Blended Family Bliss – with guest Beth Wylie

  1. Finally got a chance to listen to this…great episode, as usual! I wanted to say, as 30 is the new 20 in some cases, even older dating or newly married couples may find themselves dealing with step parenting issues, even if in a different way. Parents who are stilling having to deal with kids in their 20’s and early 30’s (needing support financially, to deal with (or not deal with) the kids life issues/crisis’, grand parenting issues), can also cause tension in a relationship. Although it’s much less in your house and in your face, the issues of how one would deal with it vs how the partner (parent) is dealing with it can definitely cause friction.

  2. I’m having problems in my marriage less then 15 mos.. I don’t have family or support .. Are there websites out there to help with questions or concerns .. This is my first marriage ..

  3. Kudos to you, Michelle and Tony, for another fantastic podcast!! I’m so not a “leave a reply” kinda gal, but I have to say thank you! Beth’s interview was awesome!! It’s a definite must hear for all blended families, especially stepmoms.

    Thank you for providing such a great resource for married couples! You have been a blessing to me in more ways than you could ever imagine.

  4. A friend of mine sent along this podcast to me. I’m so glad she did! Everything you spoke about, I have lived and relate to. It is so nice to hear others speak about something I have experienced and still struggle with, even after ten years with my husband.

    I became a step-mom to two teenage girls when I was 29. A few months after getting married, they came to live with us full time due to an unstable environment at their mom’s house. The honeymoon period ended abruptly.

    Being a step-mom is so tricky and layered with emotions– grief, anger, frustration, feeling left out…. etc. etc. One big thing I didn’t realize before I became a step-mom, was how isolating it would be. All of my friends were getting married and starting young families. I attended so many baby showers for a spell (and threw some too). Nobody else I knew was raising two teenage girls, whom they did not birth. I honestly felt like I had nobody I could talk to or relate to. As you mentioned in the podcast, my husband was (and still is) not the one to go to with everything I was feeling and experiencing. Joining or starting a support groups sounds like a fabulous idea! I have noticed that in my city (Portland) there are so, so many resources for birth mom’s, but very little support for step-moms.

    1. Hey Sarah! I’m a stepmom in Portland, too and have been feeling the same lack of resources and support. Have you found anything helpful in your search?

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