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Stepcoupling: Creating and Sustaining a Strong Marriage in Today's Blended Family
Susan Wisdom
0609807412
February 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
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...


7 Keys to a Healthy Blended Family
Jim Smoke
0736911642
Mar 2004
Paperback
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Remarried with Children: Ten Secrets for Successfully Blending and Extending Your Family
Barbara LeBey
0553803212
September 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
If mothers-in-law have a difficult reputation, then step-children could give the devil a run for his money. At least that’s the gist of this helpful, but ultimately disturbing look at the modern-day Brady Bunch. More than half of American families now fall into the category of blended/extended, but the clans profiled by LeBey (Family Estrangements) suggest that most are nowhere near as happy-go-lucky as the ones portrayed on TV. Indeed, most of the titular 10 secrets that LeBey recommends revolve around handling the emotions and behavioral problems of children. LeBey counters conventional wisdom by recommending that couples put their new marriage first, ahead of their children’s feelings. Only then, she says, will their union survive the maelstrom of cold shoulders, rebellion and even incestuous...


Raising Children in Blended Families
Maxine Marsolini
082543355X
Sept 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
A realistic and forthright resource, this practical guide for parents of blended families helps adults understand their children's feelings and cope with arising difficulties.

About the Author
Maxine Marsolini is an author, speaker, pastor's wife, and member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Together with her husband, Charlie, they are a family with seven blended children, which makes her a valued resource for stepfamilies. Maxine's articles have appeared in magazines such as Decision, Lifewise, Bible Advocate, and Whispers from Heaven.


Building Successful Blended Families
Jimmy Evans
5550021943
Apr 2000
VHS Video
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Remarried with Children: Ten Secrets for Successfully Blending and Extending Your Family
Barbara Lebey
0553382004
October 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
If mothers-in-law have a difficult reputation, then step-children could give the devil a run for his money. At least that’s the gist of this helpful, but ultimately disturbing look at the modern-day Brady Bunch. More than half of American families now fall into the category of blended/extended, but the clans profiled by LeBey (Family Estrangements) suggest that most are nowhere near as happy-go-lucky as the ones portrayed on TV. Indeed, most of the titular 10 secrets that LeBey recommends revolve around handling the emotions and behavioral problems of children. LeBey counters conventional wisdom by recommending that couples put their new marriage first, ahead of their children’s feelings. Only then, she says, will their union survive the maelstrom of cold shoulders, rebellion and even incestuous...


Jigsaw Puzzle Family: The Stepkids' Guide to Fitting It Together (Rebuilding Books Series)
Cynthia MacGregor
1886230633
April 2005
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8–MacGregor offers simple guidelines, practical advice, and lots of fictional examples about living with a new blended family. Her jigsaw puzzle analogy works well because it describes the need to round off the corners or try a different angle in order to make the pieces fit together properly. In a straightforward tone, she encourages children to talk about things with their parents. She discourages whining and shouting as methods for getting one's way, advocates trying to find solutions to make things easier for everyone, and emphasizes that the child is not the only one experiencing change. Important points are summarized after each chapter, and the volume ends with a list of helpful Web sites and books. A good resource for teachers, counselors, and parents to present to kids in these...


My Father Married Your Mother: Writers Talk about Stepparents, Stepchildren, and Everyone in Between
Anne Burt (Editor)
0393060888
May 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In an era of blended families, each group of stepparents, ex-spouses and newly mixed stepsiblings is unhappy in its own way, and Burt's collection of essays illuminates this brilliantly. Although feelings of anger, frustration and anxiety run throughout each piece, the writers also show the nuances specific to their familial tangles. The contributors constitute an impressive range of talent, from novelists Susan Cheever and Jacquelyn Mitchard to journalists Candy Cooper and Ted Rose. Also notable as writers are Lisa Shea, Andrew Solomon and actor Mike Dolan. The stories they tell are also broad, from happily sitting next to an ex-wife at a kid's football game to feeling torn between birth parents and struggling stepparents. One of the collection's most poignant essays comes from Barbara Kingsolver, who muses not...


Nurturing Your Blended Family
Ralph Ranieri
0764811444
Jan 2004
Paperback
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My Parents Are Divorced, Too: A Book for Kids by Kids
Melanie Ford
1557984506
September 1998
Paperback
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American Bookseller
Ideal!...This little paperback is just the right dose of advice from the right source.

Working Mother
A kid-to-kid, heart-to-heart look at the realities of divorce.

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The Blended Family
Tom Frydenger
0800790944
May 1985
Paperback
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Stepparent's Survival Guide
Suzen J. Ziegahn
1572243058
Jan 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
In this book a psychologist and stepparent describes what to expect when creating a second family and how to prepare for specific challenges. Issues include overcoming alienation, competition, and defensiveness; disciplining children; and creating new stepfamily traditions. Assessment questions and exercises help readers develop their own family plans rather than adapt to existing models. With 1,300 new stepfamilies made every day, this book helps stepparents successfully assume their new roles and create a cohesive family. Charts and worksheets are included.

From the Publisher
A seasoned stepparent and clinical psychologist offers stepparents a viable new alternative: taking control of their new position in the stepfamily and building a solid "family plan." Readers develop a...


Blending Families: A Guide for Parents, Stepparents, Grandparents, and Everyone Building a Successful New Family
Elaine Fantle Shimberg
0425166775
April 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Today more Americans are part of a second-marriage family than a first. Inevitably, these newly blended "stepfamilies" will be confronted by their own special problems and needs. This insightful problem-solving guide offers solid solutions--and includes real-life stories from families who've been through the adjustment process. Written by an award-winning author who specializes in health and family care, the book covers a wide range of issues--emotional, financial, disciplinary, and interpersonal. Naturally, there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution for second-marriage families. Each is unique, with its own composition, personalities, and problems. But with patience and understanding, this new family can work, live, and eventually love--together. Includes special sections on:
* Family communication
* Former...


Step-by Step-Parenting: A Guide to Successful Living with a Blended Family
James D. Eckler
1558702946
January 1993
Paperback
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Living In A Step-family Without Getting Stepped On: Helping Your Children Survive The Birth Order Blender
Kevin Leman
0785266011
May 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
"When two families unite, they don't blend, they collide," says Dr. Kevin Leman, bestselling author of The New Birth Order Book. But he also believes, "You can blend a family without breaking it. The principles in this book will help you wage the battle of blending your family-and come up not only a survivor but a winner!"

By understanding the impact that birth order has on each family member, parents are better equipped to ease the transition into a new, different but functional family unit. Using his signature humor and real life examples, Dr. Leman provides both insight and practical advice about discipline, self-respect, parental authority, and the importance of the marriage relationship.



Winning the Heart of Your Stepchild
Robert Barnes
0310218047
August 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
"I've got the love to give. Now how can I get my stepchild to accept it?" Does that question sound familiar? Whether you are presently a stepparent, a dating single parent, or in the courtship stage before marriage, the challenge of blending families is one of the most difficulty you will ever face. Winning the Heart of Your Stepchild is a hands-on guidebook for today's men and women who face the special challenge of blending families. Because children must process so many emotions and thoughts -- guilt over the divorce, unrealistic expectations, a sense of panic or fear -- parents must learn to interpret those feelings and behaviors for any new family to succeed. This book shows how to - create an open atmosphere in the home - give reassuring answers to a child's questions - become a strong team with your new spouse -...

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