Relationship & Marriage Podcast

Listen in to Gil and Brenda for some refreshing conversation about your relationship. They’ll offer you tips that come from their experience of working with couples like you, and practical tools you can use right now. And the “Tingles” will tickle your emotional funny bone.

Tune in for some Tips, Tools and Tingles for your relationship.

Jun 27, 2022

S2 Episode 22 Unsung Heroes: Interview with Ron Deal of Family Life Blended

Encouragement for Dads in a Stepfamily! Gil was interviewed by Ron Deal, from Family Life Blended. This was a great conversation about how important the Dad is in the stepfamily…and how it can be challenging. Gil doesn’t pull any punches and is pretty raw and honest with Ron. This 8-part video series, filmed on location brings the realities of what it means to be a Stepdad. Topics include: “You’re Not My Dad,” “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” (that would be between your wife and your kids) “Too Much too soon,” “Emotional Safety” (guns are involved), “Reverse Betrayal” (when you feel guilty that you are bonding more with your stepkids rather than your own), “allow Kids to Love,” (don’t put them the middle), and of course the intro.
You can purchase this video series on the StepfamilyNetwork.com website for $48 or $5 once a month. You’ll receive free videos from Gil to encourage you along your journey too!
Check out more about UnSung Hereos on our site GilandBrenda.com

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Feb 15, 2022

S2 Episode 21 MARRIAGE Financial Intimacy

There are 2 things that we share intimately with our spouse: Sex and Money.

With financial intimacy, it’s not about the money. Gil and Brenda dive into the deep end on this issue.
It’s about experiences, and what it means to you. It’s important that you talk about this with your spouse so you both have a realistic view of how money is “felt” in your family. Even if you’ve been married a while, it’s always good to check in with each other, especially as you enter a new season.
A realistic conversation about spending habits can be hard. Have it be a heart conversation. Get on the same page so you are working together for your goals. Best question to ask as you make financial decisions: What’s best for “us?”

Action Steps
1. Have a conversation about these 4 areas and what money means to you. How would you rate
these?
Security
Leisure/enjoyment
Control/Influence
Status/Alignment
2. Meet with a financial advisor
3. Check out Dave Ramsey materials
4. Smart StepFamily Guide to Financial Planning
5. Email us for the Prepare Enrich Financial worksheet (6 pages)

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Feb 03, 2022

S2 Episode 20 MARRIAGE Self Talk; What is Your Inner Voice Saying?

Can you keep up with your inner voice? How often is it positive? How often is it negative? Is it toward yourself or whoever you are talking with? Gil and Brenda have a lively conversation… (maybe their inner voices are the ones that are speaking!) about this age-old challenge.

How often are we so caught up in listening to our inner voice, we totally miss the person right in front of us? We are all guilty of that at some level. And that will affect our relationships. Between neuro pathways in your brain, our ability to get sucked into the inner voice, and the lack of self-regulation…well that is a recipe for disaster!

Today’s conversation will bring you insight and awareness of what’s really going on, and how you can improve your self-talk.

Action steps:

1. Be aware of your inner voice. Slow Down. Ask yourself out loud, is this true of myself? Is this true of the other person? The key is to PAUSE

2. Take a risk. At that moment when you are aware of your inner voice, be vulnerable and share it with whoever you’re talking with. Let them know…here’s what’s going on in my head. My emotions could run away with that. But although I am feeling this way, my judgment may be incorrect it’s not honoring to you. This is a step of being an advocate to you and our relationship, to listen and not stay in my head. But go to YOUR heart and hear your emotions, feelings, and perspective without judgment.

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Jan 29, 2022

S2 Episode 20 MARRIAGE Self Talk; What is Your Inner Voice Saying?

S2 Episode 20 MARRIAGE Self Talk; What is Your Inner Voice Saying?

Can you keep up with your inner voice? How often is it positive? How often is it negative? Is it toward yourself or whoever you are talking with? Gil and Brenda have a lively conversation… (maybe their inner voices are the ones that are speaking!) about this age-old challenge.
How often are we so caught up in listening to our inner voice, we totally miss the person right in front of us? We are all guilty of this at some level. And that will affect our relationships. Between neuro pathways in your brain, our ability to get sucked into the inner voice, and the lack of self-regulation…well that is a recipe for disaster!

Today’s conversation will bring you insight and awareness of what’s really going on, and how you can improve your self-talk.

Action steps:
1. Be aware of your inner voice. Slow Down. Ask yourself out loud, is this true of myself? Is this true of the other person? The key is to PAUSE
2. Take a risk. At that moment when you are aware of your inner voice, be vulnerable and share it with whoever you’re talking with. Let them know…
“Here’s what’s going on in my head. My emotions could run away with that. But although I am feeling this way, my judgment may be incorrect it’s not honoring to you. This is a step of being an advocate to you and our relationship, to listen and not stay in my head. But go to YOUR heart and hear your emotions, feelings, and perspective without judgment.”

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Oct 26, 2021

S2 Episode 19 STEPDADS Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes is encouragement for Dads in a Stepfamily. Although, ALL dads will benefit from this 8 episode video series. Gil shares why and how he created this resource for men

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