Step-by Step-Parenting

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Writer's Digest Books, Apr 15, 1993 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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Being a successful stepparent - helping to nurture and sustain a stepfamily - can be a challenge. In cases where husband and wife are of different races and religion, the adjustments can be even more difficult, more complex. Children often prove to be one of the most complicating factors in a stepfamily.

&break;&break;As a minister and marriage counselor, James Eckler has been helping step-parents raise successful families for years. In this book he examines every aspect of step-parenting: the power struggles between the natural parents and stepparents, the manipulative games children play, the rights of the stepparent, name changes, the pros and con of adoption, the role of grandparents and much more. Anyone involved in a stepfamily or contemplating forming on through a second marriage will benefit from his far-ranging counsel.

 

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Contents

The Initial Shock
9
Off to a Good Start
19
Surviving the Weekend
29
The Games Stepchildren Play
39
Background Differences
45
Understanding the Stepchild
55
Building Strong Relationships
65
Communication the Stepparents Dilemma
77
Traits of a Preschool Child
153
The Stepparent and the Young Child
159
The Frustration of Adolescence
167
Whats in a Name?
177
Rewards of a Stepparent
183
Yours Mine and Ours
189
Rights of a Stepparent
193
Stepparents and Adoption
197

Help Im a Stepmother
85
Im Just a Stepfather
99
Discipline in the Stepfamily
111
Stepsibling Rivalries
129
What About the Marriage?
137
Living Together Out of Wedlock
149
Grandparents in the Stepfamily
203
Let Them Be Parents
209
Older Stepchildren
213
Conclusion
219
Index
221
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