The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive

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Bethany House, Oct 1, 2009 - Religion - 272 pages
The stepmother's role often is ambiguous and underappreciated, and frequently it carries unrealistic expectations. The book answers women's concerns and questions, including: How can I be a caretaker and a key emotional connector in the family if the children don't accept my influence? How shoud I cope with children who are confused about their family and torn between loyalty to their biological mother and me? When should I step back in conflicts and when should I insist that my husband stand up for me? In addition it addresses the spiritual and emotional climate of the home, providing perspective and guidelines to help stepmothers and their families thrive.
 

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Read this before considering remarriage w/ kids!

User Review  - Maggie - Christianbook.com

This book tells the whole truth of the challenges specific to step families. A must read before you say 'I do' that will also be helpful if you already have remarried. Read full review

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User Review  - Dana - Christianbook.com

I thought this book would be geared towards blended families, but it seems to me that it is for a child-less mom marrying a man with children. The principles can be applied to two families blending ... Read full review

Contents

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14
II
20
III
34
V
52
VI
66
VII
84
VIII
103
X
124
XII
141
XIV
156
XV
177
XVII
195
XIX
217
XX
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XXII
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Copyright

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Ron L. Deal is the founder of Successful Stepfamilies, which empowers stepfamilies toward healthy living and equips churches to minister to their unique needs. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor who frequently appears in national media, including Focus on the Family, HomeWord, Reality Talks, and FamilyLife Today. He speaks at conferences including the National Stepfamily Conference and the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference. Ron and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Amarillo, Texas.

Laura Petherbridge is an international speaker and author of When "I Do" Becomes "I Don't": Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce. She has been featured on FamilyLife Today, HomeWord, and the Crown Financial Ministries' radio broadcast. Laura is featured on the DivorceCare video series, used by over 12,000 churches worldwide and has taught on divorce recovery at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Laura and her husband, Steve, reside in Lady Lake, Florida.

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