Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 4, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 336 pages
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An honest and groundbreaking guide to understanding the complicated emotions that develop between stepmothers and children.

 

When faced with often overwhelming challenges, what woman with stepchildren is unfamiliar with that “stepmonster” feeling? Half of all women in the United States will live with or marry a man with children. To guide women new to this role—and empower those who are struggling with it—Wednesday Martin draws upon her own experience as a stepmother. She's frank about the harrowing process of becoming a stepmother, she considers the myths and realities of being married to a man with children, and she counteracts the cultural notion that stepmothers are solely responsible for the problems that often develop. Along the way, she interviews other stepmothers and stepchildren and offers up fascinating insights from literature, anthropology, psychology, and evolutionary biology that explain the little-understood realities of this unique parent-child relationship and—in an unexpected twist—shows why the myth of the Wicked Stepmother is the single best tool for understanding who real stepmothers are and how they feel.


 

  

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Review: Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do

User Review  - Elizabeth Raabe - Goodreads

"Nobody wants a stepmother....Stepmothering is born of grief. It is, at its heart, an unhappy business." This book has been an absolute godsend for me; if you're considering marrying someone with ... Read full review

Review: Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do

User Review  - Marty Babits - Goodreads

This book elucidates a perspective on what has become the most widespread family structure in America -- the family that is reformed after divorce or loss. . The step-parent often feels marginalized ... Read full review

Contents

The Stepmothering Script
Remarriage Realities
Perspectives
Risks and Rewards
End Matter
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

WEDNESDAY MARTIN holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale. She was a regular contributor to the New York Post's parenting page for several years, and her work has appeared in a number of national magazines. Martin, a stepmother for nine years, lives with her husband and their two sons. www.wednesdaymartin.com

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