The 312 Best Things about Being a Stepmom: (for Those Days when You Can Only Come Up with One Or Two on Your Own)

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Workman Publishing, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 420 pages
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Forget Cinderella and the hundreds of other fairy tales about wicked stepmothers. Here is the truth-- a warm, bright, positive, yet frankly honest and realistic celebration of the most challenging role any woman will face. Think of it as the joy of stepmomming, and the perfect Mother's Day gift of encouragement and support. Written and illustrated by Cynthia L. Copeland, a stepmother to three boys and author of the bestselling "Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me and other books with 585,000 copies in print, THE 317 BEST THINGS ABOUT BEING A STEPMOM is packed with humor, wisdom, empathy, quotes, and testimonials from dozens of stepmothers who have shared their experiences with the author.
So, if being a stepmother seems so often to be a storm cloud, this is the silver lining. For example: "People can't figure out how old you are by the ages of your stepchildren. Or, When they hug you, you know it's genuine, not out of habit. You didn't have to agonize over whether to name your stepson after his grandfather, his rich uncle, or your favorite poet. If you ever go ahead and have kids of your own, you've had practice. And if you are already a parent: "The trip to the warehouse club is finally worth the gas money. Your step-teens will see to it that your younger kids are up on the latest cool music, video games, and cargo pants. Family counsel now has enough people for a house and a senate. And, "With so many more participants, there's a chance that you won't always get creamed at Scrabble!
 

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Contents

Stepping Up as the Other MotherThe Universal Aspect of Stepmotherhood
1
Suddenly StepmomFrom Single gal to married with Children
54
Adding to the FlockCombining Kids for a RealLife Brady Bunch
102
Nonstop StepmomWhen Your Stepchildren Live with You FullTime
160
Baby StepsStepparenting Infants and Toddlers
204
Next StepsThe Middle Ages
240
Big StepsLife with Tweens and Teens
272
Giant StepsWhen Your Little Steps Are Finally Grown
326
Grown and GoneBecoming a Stepmom When His Kids Are Adults
354
In Step with Your HusbandMaking Your Marriage The Priority
382
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Cynthia L. Copeland is the author of more than 25 books, including Workman's The Diaper Diaries and Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me. Ms. Copeland lives in Keene, New Hampshire.

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