Stepcoupling: Creating and Sustaining a Strong Marriage in Today's Blended Family

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Dec 18, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
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Love may be sweeter the second time around, but once the bliss of a newfound relationship wears off a little, the reality of being part of a stepfamily sets in. If you are one of the millions of remarried Americans facing the challenge of blending two existing families into one cohesive whole, you are part of a stepcouple—and you know all too well how hard it can be to make your marriage work in sometimes tough terrain.

Different parenting styles, finances, relationships with ex-spouses, legal matters, and even seemingly simple issues such as the kinds of chores assigned to children can chisel away at your union if you don’t always make your marriage a priority.

Stepcoupling offers advice for stepcouples on how to do just that—all the while strengthening their blended family with a healthy marriage. Susan Wisdom and Jennifer Green provide tips and strategies on dealing with the issues remarried couples face, with a wealth of advice from real-life stepcouples, such as:

* Learning to tailor your expectations of your spouse or children and remembering that no family is perfect
* Knowing where your boundaries are, whether involving a hostile ex-spouse or a stepchild who demands too much attention
* Realizing that traits like flexibility, tolerance, forgiveness, and openness are especially essential in a stepfamily situation
* Making “us” time for talking, problem-solving, weekends away, and enjoying your marriage to constantly renew and strengthen your bond as a couple

Let this invaluable remarriage manual help you make your stepcouple the foundation of a strong, happy, and successful stepfamily.

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provides some good information that is very general in scope. would like to see a book that focuses more on individual case studies instead of a collection of quotations scattered throughout the text ... Read full review


one CongratulationsYoure Part of a Stepcouple
two TailoringYour Expectations of Your Spouse
three Shaping and KnowingYour Own Boundaries
four Rewriting RolesA Feat of Family Acrobatics
five BlendingYour Sometimes Opposing Styles
Your Own andYour Partners
seven Empowering EveryoneTl1e Key
One Stepcouples Story
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About the author (2007)

SUSAN WISDOM, LPC, is a therapist who specializes in counseling divorcing adults and stepfamilies. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

JENNIFER GREEN is a freelance writer who lives in Salem, Oregon.

Both authors have been part of successful stepcouples for the past twenty-five years.

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