The Pondering Podcast

The Pondering Podcast

By Michelle Zunter
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
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"The 'Ours' Baby"
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 relatable experiences such as dealing with sibling jealousy, boundaries, and (step)mom guilt. Gain some helpful advice from women who have BEEN there, who ARE there, and who are LIVING the journey! As always, find me at The Pondering Nook! Cheers!
26:05
January 14, 2020
"When Does Step-parenting End?"
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 stepmoms who have adult stepchildren and talk about my own worries about when my stepchild becomes an adult. At the end of the segment, I read a fabulous excerpt from an article called, "What my (step)son’s mother said to me at his wedding" by Anna Breslin. It tells the inspiring story of a stepmom's journey to her stepson's wedding and the unexpected experience she had there. Join us & as always you can find my own articles at The Pondering Nook and Medium. Cheers!
18:57
January 7, 2020
"Blended Family Homes for The Holidays"
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 stepmoms and moms about how they maneuver their way through the often chaotic weeks of the holiday season.  Join me!  As always, visit my blogs at The Pondering Nook!  Cheers & talk to you in 2020! xox Michelle 
18:31
December 17, 2019
"Step-parenting Teenagers"
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 dynamics. I offer up advice on how we can better manage our own behavior when our emotions are put to the limits with teenage and co-parenting challenges. Join me for this relatable discussion and feel free to share with a brave stepmom you know!
23:55
December 10, 2019
"Advice for The New Stepmom"
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 the podcast, I go over 5 points from my article, 5 Essential Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Stepmom.  I really hope this helps some beautiful stepmoms out there and thank you so much for tuning in!
24:43
December 3, 2019
"Trial by Fire"
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 from real women who are in the trenches of blended family dynamics as well as sharing my own personal experiences. Tune in!  You can also read my parenting, stepparenting, and relationship blogs at The Pondering Nook!
24:26
November 19, 2019
"No One Ever Dreams of Becoming a Stepmom."
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 the "wicked stepmother" idea and how that has changed in our society. 
22:52
November 12, 2019
"You Have The Power."
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 try to cope with the issues that arise.
30:04
November 5, 2019
"Stepmoms Are Like A Glue..."
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 biological children in the home... plus more. While discussing feedback from real stepmoms, I go over ways we can all move forward in a productive way and how the dynamic role of a strong stepmom is really the glue that holds the blended family together.
18:47
October 28, 2019