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Trying marriage again? Whether you are thinking about getting married again or are remarried, join Brian Mayer as he shares what works and what doesn’t in the complicated world of trying again with topics like blending families, feeling like a failure, dealing with prior relationship baggage, and overcoming grief all from a Christian perspective. Brian interviews marriage counselors, pastors, and authors to help husbands, wives, and singles not make the same communication and conflict resolu ...
 
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Brian Mayer talks about some quick things you and your family can do to save time. The biggest difficulty that blended families face is feeling that there is not enough time left over in our days and weeks to breathe and even connect with each other. In today’s episode it is all about doing some practical things to create more time and space. We ho…
 
Brian Mayer talks about taking time to work on your relationship with the help of a marriage workshop. Whether your relationship is incredibly strong, needs help in a few areas, or even needs a complete overhaul, then spending one full day working together can reap extreme rewards. Today we will discuss the power of devoting time in a workshop with…
 
Brian Mayer talks about parental alienation after divorce. Parental alienation happens when one or both parents either knowingly or unknowingly talk ill about each other to the children. This can cause children to begin to carry a unnecessary burden of negative feelings toward a parent. We will talk about this issue and what to do about it today. W…
 
Brian Mayer talks about keeping it simple in your remarriage and blended family. Utilizing 4 Mantras from Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh can help you be happier in the present moments with those you love the most. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit our website at http://www.therema…
 
Brian Mayer and his wife Heather discuss how the chaotic and complicated blended family life doesn’t always have to be that way. With just some simple small changes you can take your blended family life from what we like to call the “hot mess express” to “organization station.” We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and a…
 
Brian Mayer talks with relationship coach Emily Hill about forgiveness. This is a topic that is a difficult one for lots of us to grasp and understand. So happy to her back on the podcast as she talked about relationships and mental health on Episode 161 so feel free to check that one out as well. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For mo…
 
Brian Mayer discusses how being in a blended family with everything that you responsible for can make you feel trapped. This is a very common feeling and a common reality. We will talk today about how to plan to do what you really want to do with the rest of your life. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional…
 
Summary Brian Mayer discusses how learn more about you and your partners personality using the Enneagram Assessment tool. Learning more about how you and your partner are wired can only serve to help you both navigate how to deal with each other better. We will learn more about this tool on today’s show. We hope you are inspired by today’s message.…
 
Brian Mayer discusses how to maintain a positive perspective within you blended family. Negativity can become a very common mental state for many if not all members of the family. In this three part series we will take a look at ways you may not have thought of to help maintain more positivity for you personally and in your relationships with your …
 
Brian Mayer discusses how to maintain a positive perspective within you blended family. Negativity can become a very common mental state for many if not all members of the family. In this three part series we will take a look at ways you may not have thought of to help maintain more positivity for you personally and in your relationships with your …
 
Brian Mayer discusses how to maintain a positive perspective within you blended family. Negativity can become a very common mental state for many if not all members of the family. In this three part series we will take a look at ways you may not have thought of to help maintain more positivity for you personally and in your relationships with your …
 
Brian Mayer discusses how as stepparents that we too can also do things that the stepchildren will remember for a lifetime. These things can generate positive feelings in the future for your stepchildren. Hard to do because it may seem like they don’t like you now, but often that turns around in adulthood. For more information and additional resour…
 
Summary Brian Mayer discusses her needs and his needs in this two part series. It is true that often women desire to be loved and men desire to be respected. But what do those two things actually mean. We will talk about this today so that you can start giving more of what your spouse really needs in your relationship. We hope you are inspired by t…
 
Summary Brian Mayer discusses her needs and his needs in this two part series. It is true that often women desire to be loved and men desire to be respected. But what do those two things actually mean. We will talk about this today so that you can start giving more of what your spouse really needs in your relationship. We hope you are inspired by t…
 
Brian Mayer discusses how hurt, hate and wounds can create division in a family and in a society. We will talk about this and also some things we can do as individuals to help heal past relationships, current family situations, and maybe help society as a whole in the process. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and ad…
 
Summary Brian Mayer discusses individual goals that you each may have and whether or not you feel supported in those goals. Sometimes goals don’t align very well but if we can be respectful of each other in the process of discussing these goals then all the more better. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additiona…
 
Brian Mayer talks about times have changed where the politics of the day have become much about how much hate and venom we can spew at one another. The political mismatch and the passion that flows from it can also be present in our homes. Are you and your spouse politically mismatched? Let’s talk about this today and some ways to handle keeping th…
 
Brian Mayer talks about how often we want our ex-spouse to change how they handle all sorts of issues from dinner time, to bedtimes, to homework versus play time, and on the list goes. However, we can often find this doesn’t really get us anywhere and just leaves us more and more frustrated. We will talk about this all too common issue in the life …
 
Summary Brian Mayer talks about how mental health can affect you, your partner, and your family. We dive a bit deep into the struggles that relationship coach Emily Hill had in this area. Most importantly we will talk about how to cope and actually work through dark times. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additi…
 
Brian Mayer talks about doing the same things over and over again sometimes doesn’t produce the result we want in our blended family. So let’s take a look at everything we are doing that is not working and do the opposite for one week. Let’s call it an experiment. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional reso…
 
Brian Mayer talks about how the longer we stay in a relationship we can often wonder the changes in how we feel toward our partner mean we don’t love them any longer or is it that we have just moved into a different stage of relationship. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit our web…
 
Brian Mayer talks about staying in an unhappy and unhealthy marriage because you don’t want your kids and stepkids to have to deal with another life altering change. Look I clearly get why you would do this and feel this but ultimately is it the right thing to do? We will talk about this important subject for blended families today. We hope you are…
 
Summary Brian Mayer talks about the possibilities of staying friends with your ex-spouse. And we don’t just mean friends, but can you actually be friends and stay in each other’s lives as friends. As with everything in the blended family universe this is not simple. After all there are current spouse’s feelings and what the kids may or may not thin…
 
Summary Brian Mayer talks about the myth of perception becoming reality. We can often get stuck into believing the way we saw or experienced an event or an issue is the only way or the right way. Not giving validity to our partner’s experience can often cause issues. Today we will talk about the Rashomon effect which is a term often used to describ…
 
Summary Brian Mayer talks about how in this emotionally charged time we live in, how we can best handle differences in beliefs and feelings on the COVID-19 pandemic that could affect our children. This can be extremely difficult to work through especially if you both have rigid beliefs about the best way to handle these issues. We will talk today a…
 
Summary Brian Mayer talks emotional infidelity. This is a very cloudy topic that many people don’t have a good handle on. With physical or sexual infidelity, the issue is very clear because it involves something that can be clearly seen. With emotional infidelity it is often a matter of the heart which can often be hidden. Today we will talk about …
 
Brian Mayer talks about taking care of yourself. In a blended family we often get pulled in so many directions that we exhaust ourselves to the point of upset and frustration. This episode to help give you permission to slow down and refresh. That being said, I am going to practice what I preach and take a short break from the podcast of about 3 we…
 
Brian Mayer talks about how judging others and being critical of others way of being can often lead to feeling of being trapped by your own anger. If you judge others then chances are also high that your bio kids and step kids may also begin to be weighed down by this as well. Today we will talk about freeing the entire family from this bondage so …
 
Brian Mayer welcomes you to this 3 part series on renovating your remarriage. In part 1, we discuss how to be more aware of past issues that might be driving our reactions. In part 2, we discuss how our thought processes, distortions, and biases play a role in our connection. In part 3 we will discuss implementing new behaviors to complete the reno…
 
Brian Mayer welcomes you to this 3 part series on renovating your remarriage. In part 1, we discuss how to be more aware of past issues that might be driving our reactions. In part 2, we discuss how our thought processes, distortions, and biases play a role in our connection. In part 3 we will discuss implementing new behaviors to complete the reno…
 
Brian Mayer welcomes you to this 3 part series on renovating your remarriage. In part 1, we discuss how to be more aware of past issues that might be driving our reactions. In part 2, we discuss how our thought processes, distortions, and biases play a role in our connection. In part 3 we will discuss implementing new behaviors to complete the reno…
 
Brian Mayer discusses how big decisions don’t need to be complicated or difficult. Of course sometimes decisions themselves may take some time to weigh out we will talk about 3 steps you should take during the process of making a big decision. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit ou…
 
Brian Mayer discusses how we all have times we have either uttered or thought, “I am done.” You have been divorced before and now you are thinking about it again. In today’s thought provoking episode, we will talk about how common this is and some things to think about to really know whether or not this next marriage will work or not. Also, don’t f…
 
Brian Mayer in this fully unscripted quick episode, he talks simply about how we should do more listening to each other. We should adopt this strategy for a better home life in our remarriage and blended family and just better life in general. In addition to listening to today’s episode, don’t forget to pick up my free Shared Parenting Checklist an…
 
Brian Mayer discusses staying fully mentally present in your remarriage. Now more than ever with more stress and more technology, we can often find ourselves physically present but not completely connected with our spouse. We will talk today about some ways to help you stay more present so that your connection with your spouse deepens. In addition …
 
Brian Mayer talks about shared parenting and how you should be guided by 3 high level principles in everything you do when it comes to sharing parenting with your ex-spouse. In addition to today’s episode, don’t forget to pick up my free Shared Parenting Checklist and get access to my email newsletter to get all kind of great information about upco…
 
Summary Brian Mayer talks about how even as adults we can often feel like we don’t measure up to our friends who have been married for years with lots of kids. It can sometimes look like they have the idyllic life, which of course we know is not always true. But still it can be hard not to celebrate our differences. That is what we are going to do …
 
Summary Brian Mayer talks about how hard we try as stepparents to get it right. But what is right? Getting it right is often very subjective and so getting upset at ourselves is not the right approach. Today we applaud your availability not your ability. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources plea…
 
Summary Brian Mayer talks about how spiritual or religious differences are a very common issue that can cause problems in a remarriage. This issue may be more common for remarrieds especially as you have older and maybe more settled in your ways. We will talk about this issue and give some helpful tips. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. …
 
Summary Brian Mayer continues to discuss this prolonged period of what is called social distancing during the current pandemic we are all facing. Kids have an especially difficult time with this mostly because it is hard for the younger ones to understand and the older ones are just really so used to be so social. Today we will talk about some crea…
 
Summary Brian Mayer talks about staying connected in a world where we are unconnected. Whether we are dealing with a world-wide pandemic or not, staying connected to each other and to others is important. At the end of the day life is about relationships. We will talk about ways to stay connected during times when it is difficult. We hope you enjoy…
 
Summary Brian Mayer talks to author Misty Fitch about transitions in a blended family. In light of the world pandemic we are all facing, changes big and small in a blended family can offer challenges. Misty offers lots of great advice on this topic. We hope you enjoy today’s episode. For more information and additional resources please visit our we…
 
Summary Brian Mayer offers support in this episode for stepparents especially new ones. Becoming a stepparent might just be the hardest role you will ever play in life. In many other areas of life you might feel like you have some control but in the stepparent role we often feel like we don’t have any. Today is more about support and encourage than…
 
Brian Mayer talks about the art of being grateful in spite of our circumstances. It is a concept that has become a cliché. But the reason that it is often cited as beneficial is that there are so many benefits if you practice it regularly in the life of your blended family experience. Today we will talk about the benefits of being grateful in spite…
 
Summary Brian Mayer talks about the state we are in as a society in dealing with a virus that is spreading around the globe. It has affected us all emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually. This can be a time in your stepfamily where you all come together to support and encourage each other or it can be a time where anxiety about what …
 
Brian Mayer talks about fear and worry especially in our children in the wake of a crisis at home or in society. In light of the virus that is spreading around the world and the resulting school cancellations, it can put uncertainty in the minds of our children. Let’s talk today about 5 ways that you can help them feel better in the midst of chaos.…
 
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