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One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since becoming a mother is there’s no perfect way to parent. No matter your role – step parent, adopted parent, parent or otherwise. There’s no such thing as ‘perfect’. In fact you can delete that word from your vocabulary right now. 

Becoming a stepmama has been one of the biggest gifts, lessons and areas of growth of my life. Step parenting ain’t for the faith hearted, it’s for the BIG hearted and I truly believe, it has been integral in my journey of becoming a mother to my baby girl. 

Join me for this super heartfelt and vulnerable conversation with a dear friend of mine, Alyssa Nobriga where we delve into the truth about being a ‘bonus parent’ and break down all the stigmas of what it means to be a stepmama. We talk about what it means to be a soulful step parent, how to deal with messy step situations, respecting boundaries, how to honour your truth and build a beautfiul blened family and what it takes to not only THRIVE as a step mama, but how to show up with heart and intention.

About Alyssa Nobriga

Alyssa’s an international speaker, coach and entrepreneur. She’s the Founder & CEO of The Institute of Coaching Mastery, which certifies hundreds of coaches a year in her methodology. She’s been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., Psychology Today, and Fox, and highlighted as an expert coach by Deepak Chopra. Alyssa is a licensed Clinical Somatic Psychotherapist with a master’s degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology  and holds a second master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, where she also worked on faculty. 

In this episode we chat about:

  • What it means to be a conscious bonus mama (2:44)
  • How to embrace step parenting to how to see it as the gift it truly is (8:44)
  • What to do when you enter a relationship with someone who has kids (15:22) 
  • The best way to set healthy and respectful boundaries with your bonus kids and ex partners (24:08)
  • How to make peace with co parenting in blended families (30:41)
  • What to do when you’re not on the same page within a blended family (39:21)
  • The most important things you need to know about setting healthy boundaries (48:58)
  • Alyssa’s golden advice to master the art of soulful parenting (58:48)

Episode resources:

  • Institute for Coaching Mastery Certification Program( Apply Now)
  • Money Mindset + Miracles Income Challenge (course)
  • Why You Need To Be More Full of Yourself with Glennon Doyle (podcast)
  • The Key To Killer Self Worth (podcast)

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  1. Kim says:

    Love this Melissa and LOVE the new VIP+ membership. So excited about all the new things you and Nick are working on. Can’t wait. I listen to your podcasts at work or when I am feeling anxious or cooking…or just needing a reboot or wanting to learn, grow and expand. And, funny things have been happening this year at work….I have been told by customers that ‘you seem like a ballerina’…’you are so happy and positive’…’you have the best smile’…etc etc”. I think that is SO SO funny because I think I listen to so many of your episodes that I am slowly taking on attributes that I love about you!! And….I am definitely not a ballerina or dancer…so I must have been channeling your energy that day!! Ha Ha. I will take it. Thank you Beautiful!! xxx Namaste

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