Look Before You Step: Advice For Potential Stepparents And Their Partners

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iUniverse, Oct 22, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 338 pages
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Look Before You Step will help potential stepparents prepare personal strategies for facing the challenges involved in forming a stepfamily by analyzing their own values and goals in relation to the issues they will encounter. By considering the issues we describe, potential stepparents can objectively determine how they will handle the issues they are likely to face before the issues are upon them and fraught with emotion. Look Before You Step contains a collection of real experiences and advice from real stepparents, intended to spark conversations for couples contemplating forming a stepfamily, because while every stepparenting experience is different, there are many common threads. We do not want to discourage stepfamily marriages; we want to help potential stepparents understand what they are undertaking so that they can avoid some of the anguish others before them have faced. Look Before You Step is based on in depth original interviews, surveys, personal experience and research. The text contains studies, survey results, self-inventories, advice and discussion questions meant to prompt potential stepparents to recognize similarities with their own situations so that they can easily choose appropriate topics to discuss with their partners.
 

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Contents

What Does It Feel Like To Be
19
How Difficult Will My Experience Be?
39
How Does It Work? Items Typically Spelled
61
What Doesnt The Divorce Agreement
75
Defining Your Role
99
Assuming Your Role
119
Not Losing Sight of Yourself
137
Protecting Yourself
159
Stepchildren
197
Your Relationship With Your Partners Ex
225
Interacting With Your Partners Ex
251
The Child To Child Relationships
273
Questions That Should Come Before
287
Going In Prepared
301
Bibliography
323
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Your Relationship With Your Partner
173

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