The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stepparenting

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Penguin, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 356 pages
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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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Contents

Stepparenting Myths and Realities
3
Dating a Parent
13
Getting to Know the Kids
23
Moving In Together
41
The Wedding
51
Building a Viable Stepfamily
63
The Stepfamily in Daily Life
75
Instant Parent
77
Holiday Conflicts and Vacations
209
Gay Stepparenting
221
Stepfamilies in Crisis
231
Legal Schmeagle
243
Legal Stuff
245
Money Madness
257
In Addition Theres Adoption
269
Putting It All Together
279

Your Marriage
89
New Family Structures
99
Your House My House New House
109
Its the Children
119
Stepteens The Brutal Years
129
Family Talk
143
Special Stepparenting Challenges
153
Defying the Discipline Demons
155
Surviving Visitation
165
The Ex That Other Birth Parent
175
Birth Grandparents and StepGrandparents
185
CrossCultural Stepfamilies
195
His Hers OURS?
281
So Youre a Stepmom
291
So Youre a Stepdad
301
Building the Extended Family
313
Glossary
323
More Good Things to Read
327
Stepparent Resources and Support Systems
331
Tips for Resolving Family Conflicts
335
A Clean Room? Whats Your Expectation?
339
How to be Good to Yourself
343
Index
345
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ERICKA LUTZ, stepparent of two wonderful children, is proof that all stepmothers are not evil.  She’s author of Baby Maneuvers, a guide to helping parents travel with very young children, and coauthor of the Mom’s Guide to Disciplining Your Child.  She lives in Oakland, California.

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