The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stepparenting
With over 70 million Americans currently part of a stepfamily and 1,300 new stepfamilies formed every day, it's no wonder why stepfamilies are one of the fastest-growing phenomena in the country. From the dreaded first meeting to the 'getting to know you, getting to know all about you' stage, stepparents are given reassuring advice on dealing with their stepchildren. Tips on dealing with stepsibling rivalry, coping with teenagers, and cooperating with birth parents and grandparents, all keep stepparents from running away from home. Features disciplining do's and don'ts, help for holiday conflicts, and legal advice regarding the stepparent's responsibilities. Sections devoted to the 'Cinderella Syndrome' are especially comforting for all stepmothers.
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Stepparenting Myths and Realities
Dating a Parent
Getting to Know the Kids
Moving In Together
Building a Viable Stepfamily
The Stepfamily in Daily Life
Holiday Conflicts and Vacations
Stepfamilies in Crisis
In Addition Theres Adoption
Putting It All Together
New Family Structures
Your House My House New House
Its the Children
Stepteens The Brutal Years
Special Stepparenting Challenges
Defying the Discipline Demons
The Ex That Other Birth Parent
Birth Grandparents and StepGrandparents
His Hers OURS?
So Youre a Stepmom
So Youre a Stepdad
Building the Extended Family
Stepparent Resources and Support Systems
Tips for Resolving Family Conflicts
A Clean Room? Whats Your Expectation?
How to be Good to Yourself
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