003. How to Juggle Personal, Couple and Family Time

003. How to Juggle Personal, Couple and Family Time

Sooner or later, most blended family couples feel stuck on opposing sides of many issues that seem to come out of nowhere.

Bio-parents feel trapped when it feels like they have to choose between their kids and their spouse. 

Step-parents feel stranded on the outside — unable to join into the tight bond their spouse and step-kids already have.

These challenging feelings pop up in all kinds of ways (big and small).  They leave couples feeling disconnected and unsure how to move forward.  And when they stay stuck in those painful feelings of being trapped and stranded — tension in their relationship grows.

What's the key to reducing that tension?  Unity.

Unity can be built in lots of different ways.  We've found that one simple place to start is by building a plan — together — around prioritizing your time, energy and attention in three specific areas:  Personal Time, Couple Time & Family Time.

In this episode, we'll walk you through some tips for communicating about your priorities and then help you think through all three areas.  And we'll give you a new mindset on how to effectively "juggle" everything that's most important to you.

Inside this Episode:

  • What is a "Trapped Teammate"?

  • What is a "Stranded Stranger"?

  • Unity — the key to reducing tension in the couple relationship

  • Start by prioritizing time and energy in three areas: personal time, couple time and family time

  • Rhythm vs. Balance

  • Tips for communicating well about priorities

  • The importance of self-care

  • Making time for Romance (in big and small ways)

  • Two types of "Family Time"

  • What's your healthy rhythm? (consider just the next 2 weeks)

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