The Stepmom Diaries Podcast

This Custom Life

The Stepmom Diaries podcast, hosted by Cameron Normand of This Custom Life, focuses on all things stepmom-related. As a second wife, stepmom to four kids, and successful businesswoman, Cameron Normand keeps it real with conversations about blended families, relationships, personal development, and much more. With her expert advice and down-home discussions, Cameron will inspire you to live into your best blended family life.

38. A Conversation About The BLENDED Family Formula37. Using Your Personality Style To Communicate: Interview with Karen Bemmes
How To Use Your Personality Style To Communicate Better We have a special treat in this episode: we're talking to Karen Bemmes, a certified DISC behavior system expert. And she's offering a special bonus for my BLENDED Family Formula students (reminder that doors open next week!) [in the meantime, you can sign up for my FREE stepmom Masterclass on April 5 and 6 HERE] Who is Karen? Nearly 30 years ago, Karen Bemmes sat straight up in bed while reading a book called Positive Personality Profiles.  She looked at her husband and said, “I understand Lisa for the first time in my life.” You see, Lisa is her sister-in-law, who she never quite “clicked” with. Because of that book, she did, and they’ve stayed close for 30+ years. Since then, she has used the DISC behavior system she learned about in that book to improve every area of her life, which inspired her to get certified to teach about DISC and now helps other professional women improve their personal and professional life while making it all feel simple, easy and natural. Karen even makes housekeeping and organization easier with the Whole Home Reset program, where she takes something she used to hate and makes it easy and quick so you can get your home in order and get to the fun stuff faster.  You can learn about all the ways DISC can help you on her website, Moving Toward Better. You Can Connect With Karen: Website: www.movingtowardbetter.com Email: whatsup@movingtowardbetter.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/movingtowardbetter/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/movingtowardbetter/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-bemmes-2787459/ Resources Mentioned During This Episode:  Register for my Stepmom Masterclass HERE Get on the waitlist for the BLENDED Family Formula HERE
Mar 31 2022
48 mins
36. Breaking Through To Your Stepkids35. The Biggest Key To Fixing Your Stepfamily Problems34. When Coparenting Just Isn't Working33. Reclaiming Your Power With Naja Hall32. Talking All Things Stepmom With Dr. Patricia Papernow
A Supersized Episode You Do NOT Want To Miss I was thrilled to talk with Dr. Patricia Papernow in this episode. Dr. Papernow is one of the top experts in the world working with blended families and if you attended The Stepmom Summit last month, you heard some amazing advice from her. If you missed it,  don’t worry - you can still get access to her talk and all of the content from the three day event HERE. Dr. Papernow has taught about blended families all over the U.S. and the world.  She brings forty years of clinical experience helping stepfamilies, and a solid grounding in the current research about what works (and what doesn’t) to build a thriving, healthy “blended family.” Dr. Papernow is the author of Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn’t, and, with Karen Bonnell, The Stepfamily Handbook: From Dating, to Getting Serious to Forming a “Blended Family.” You can find both books on my recommended list of stepmom resources HERE. Dr. Papernow is a member of the Experts Council of National Stepfamily Resource Center and the recipient of the 2017 award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology from the American Psychological Association. A few of her appearances include Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many, many others. She graduated from Harvard University and earned a Doctorate from Boston University. In today's episode, we talk about all. the. things. We start with the 5 challenges identified by Dr. Papernow that face stepmoms. And she gives us some great advice on how to deal with it all.  Resources Mentioned: You can find Dr. Papernow and all the resources she offers on her site at www.stepfamilyrelationships.com.  You can find her books, along with more great resources, HERE. And don't forget, you can still get unlimited access to Dr. Papernow and the rest of the 23 top stepmom experts from around the world who spoke at The Stepmom Summit HERE.
Sep 19 2021
1 hr 8 mins
31. Real Talk With Maarit Miller30. Stepping Back Successfully With Dr. Erin Careless29. Successful Stepfamily Relationsh!t with Jessica Frew28. Happily Ever After With The Stepqueen27. A Conversation with Megan Hunter, CEO of The High Conflict Institute
If you're dealing with a high conflict situation, you NEED this episode! In this episode, Megan Hunter, co-founder of the High Conflict Institute and Conflict Playbook, talks to us about why there's more to high-conflict personalities than meets the eye. And how you, as a stepmom, can deal with them. Megan, along with author and speaker, Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. developed the high-conflict personality theory. She foundedthe Institute after 13 years in policy, legislation, and judicial training with the Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Dawes County Attorney’s Office in Nebraska. She is also the founder of Unhooked Books Publishing. Megan has trained professionals across a wide spectrum of professions across the U.S. and 7 countries. She holds an MBA and a B.S. in Business and Economics. She has served as President of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, and the Arizona Family Support Council, and the Nebraska Child Support Enforcement Association. She served 5 years on the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners. She is the author and/or co-author of several books, including: Dating Radar, Hiring Radar, BIFF at Work, and The High Conflict Co-Parenting Survival Guide. She's also a mom of 3, mother-in-law of 2, and stepmom of 5.   Megan is speaking at The Stepmom Summit August 26-28 and you won't want to miss it. Get on the waitlist and grab your ticket HERE. Connect With Megan At: High Conflict Institute Unhooked Books Instagram: @highconflictinstitute
Aug 4 2021
41 mins
26. Multi-Cultural Stepfamilies: A Discussion With Kimberly King
From Beauty Queen To Stepmom Coach . . . Welcome to Supersized August! Where you'll get TWO episodes a week in the leadup to The Stepmom Summit August 26 – 28th. I mentioned the summit to you last week, but I cofounded it with Beth McDonough of The Inclusive Stepmom and we have got an incredible lineup of 23 the world’s top experts on all issues affecting stepmoms. High conflict exes, self-care, boundaries, outsider syndrome. You name it, we’ve got the experts talking about it. You can get on the waitlist HERE – which is also where you can register once registration opens up. You will NOT want to miss it! In today's episode, we chat with one of our Stepmom Summit speakers, Kimberly King, about her experience in a multi-cultural stepfamily and how she's dealt with the challenges of blended family life while living in a foreign country. Born + raised in Southern California to immigrant parents, Kimberly is a Certified Stepfamily Coach, using her knowledge and personal experiences to help blended families navigate their way toward a peaceful and happy home. As a biracial woman in an interracial and multicultural marriage and family, the former beauty queen turned chef and stepfamily coach is a wealth of knowledge. When she’s not helping stepfamilies, you can find her in the kitchen cooking up delightful dishes or doting on her adorable 2 year old. The Kings have recently traded city life for island life with a move from Los Angeles to Jamaica. Kimberly knows what it’s like to have all the odds stacked against you in a blended family. Connect With Kimberly: www.honestlymum.com Instagram @honestly.mum
Aug 3 2021
45 mins
25. Dr. Courtney Conley On The Art Of Relating To Teens
Navigating The Teen Years It's been a hot minute since we had a guest and we have got a great one for you in this episode! We will be talking all about how to make it through the teen years and how you can support the teens in your life. Dr. Courtney Conley is an author, therapist, parent coach, and author who specializes in working with adolescents. Courtney’s passion stems from her own emotional turmoil during her teenage years. Her mission is to equip adolescents with the inner tools needed to successfully navigate their teenage years. She partners with parents to support young people. Courtney’s book, Your Daughter Doesn’t Have to Be Miserable: An Approach to Supporting Your Teenage Daughter Through Depression, teaches parents strategies to connect with and help their struggling teen. She currently resides in a suburb of Washington D.C. where she continues to serve adolescents and their families in her private practice, Expanding Horizons Counseling and Wellness. You can find her at www.courtney-conley.com and on Instagram at @dr.courtconley The Stepmom Summit Dr. Conley will also be speaking at The Stepmom Summit August 26-28, 2021.  I am so excited and proud to be co-founder and sponsor of The Stepmom Summit, which will be a three-day, FREE virtual event just for stepmoms. We have 23 of the top experts from around the world who will sharing stories, support, advice, guidance, and connection to help stepmoms from all walks of live navigate their blended families.  You can find out more at www.thestepmomsummit.com. I hope we'll see you there!
Jul 29 2021
40 mins
Bonus Episode: The Formula To Love Your BLENDED Family Life24. Stepmom Boundaries: What They Are And Why You Need Them23. How To Deal With Stepmom Imposter Syndrome22. How To Cope With Parental Alienation As A Stepmom21. Flipping The Script On Stepmom Assumptions20. Why Can't We Just Get Along?