Keys to Successful Stepmothering

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Barron's Educational Series, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 136 pages
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Here are practical suggestions for achieving harmony in your stepfamily. The "myths" about stepmothering are discussed as are ways to merge two families and avoid misunderstandings between you and your stepchildren, and you and your fiance/husband. Encouraging and timely, this resource helps you develop a healthy stepfamily--one filled with rewards.
 

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Contents

Reality vs Expectations
1
Unrealistic Expectations
5
How to Shine in a Complicated Role
7
Unexpected Pleasures
11
The Wicked Stepmother Myth
15
Combating the Myth
17
The Instant Love Myth
20
Why the Lack of Instant Love Is a Plus
22
Family Affairs and Special Occasions
72
Part FourStepchildren 26 The Stepchilds Point of View
75
Stepchildrens Advice to Stepmothers
83
Helping Stepsiblings and Halfsiblings Get Along
86
Sexuality and Stepsiblings
90
Coping with the Angst of Adolescence
92
Different Rules in Different Households
94
Part FiveOther Issues 32 Coping with a Vindictive ExWife
99

To Have or Not
25
Planning a Wedding
28
What Should Your Stepchildren Call You?
30
Money and the Stepfamily
32
Preventing Serious Disputes About Money
34
Why Your Marriage Should Be a Priority
39
Tips for Merging Two Families
42
Part Three Common Stepfamily Issues 16 The Stepmothers Role in Discipline
45
Preventing Discipline Problems
48
Appropriate Techniques
53
A Word to the Wise
57
Helping Children During Legal Battles
60
Jealousy
63
Holidays
66
Vacation Wars
70
Helping Children Cope when Parents Fight
103
In Defense of Your Stepchildrens Mother
106
The Childless Stepmother
108
Your Stepchild Wants to Move Outvln
111
Part SixThe Healthy Stepfamily 37 Characteristics of a Healthy Stepfamily
116
Survival Tactics
118
What to Say When Stepchildren Say
123
The Good News
124
The Rewards
126
Questions and Answers
129
Glossary
133
Suggested Reading
134
Index
135
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