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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Skipjack Publishing (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615633803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615633800
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes award-winning mysterious women's fiction and relationship humor nonfiction, and holds nothing back. She is a former Human Resources executive and employment attorney who lives with her husband and two high school-aged kids, plus 200 pounds of pets in Houston, but their hearts are still in St. Croix, USVI, along with those of their three oldest offspring. Pamela has one novel -- Saving Grace -- and five narrative nonfiction books out with SkipJack Publishing. She is also a contributing author to three anthologies. She won Romance in the 2010 Writers' League of Texas Manuscript Competition for Saving Grace (fka Leaving Annalise), and she also won both Mainstream Fiction (2010, 2011 and 2012) and Narrative Non-fiction (2012) in the Houston Writers' Guild's Manuscript Competitions for Conceding Grace (novel) and How To Screw Up Your Kids (nonfiction book). She won top Ghost Story in 2012 from the Houston Writers Guild. She also won one top award and two finalist awards in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards, for How to Screw Up Your Kids (1st in Parenting/Divorce/Family), Puppalicious and Beyond (Finalist in Nonfiction: Narrative), and Hot Flashes and Half Ironmans (Women's Health). Visit her website http://pamelahutchins.com, or follow her on Facebook http://facebook.com/pamela.fagan.hutchins.author.

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Pamela Fagan Hutchins, President of the Houston Writers Guild, is an employment attorney and workplace investigator by day, who by night writes award-winning and bestselling romantic mysteries and hilarious nonfiction. She is passionate about great writing and smart authorpreneurship.

If you like Josie Brown or Janet Evanovich for fiction or Erma Bombeck for nonfiction, you're going to love Pamela.

Pamela's writing wins a lot of contests. Here are a few:

2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist (Winner TBA July 21, 2014)
2013 USA Best Books Business: Writing & Publishing Contest
2012 Houston Writers Guild Ghost Story Contest
2012 USA Best Books Parenting/Divorce
2011 Houston Writers Guild Novel Contest
2010 Writers League of Texas Romance Contest

Visit her website http://pamelahutchins.com, or follow her on Twitter (@PamelotH) or Facebook http://facebook.com/pamela.fagan.hutchins.author.

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A very funny and helpful read.
Shirley Dudley
If you have a teenage girl in your house, this book is a must-have.
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Always inspiring, always entertaining, always relative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda on July 11, 2012
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Pamela has done it again. Always inspiring, always entertaining, always relative. As a woman with a blended family, I can relate to so many of her stories, and find both comfort and encouragement in them. A self-described over-achiever, Pamela takes her roles as wife, mother, and step-mother as seriously as she takes her professional roles...Seriously enough to have a plan in place to succeed...A plan that she shares with the reader (helpful information!). Through humorous and engaging stories she reveals that she also has the grace to NOT take herself or life's curve balls TOO seriously. This book is not only entertaining, but shows that you CAN balance the drive to succeed with enough grace and love to discover that you are a part of a wonderful, perfectly imperfect family...blended or not! A MUST READ for any parent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MJHughes on September 5, 2013
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What a great read! The stories that the author shares as they relate to the principles that she outlines as her road map for raising her children are wonderful. Unlike other "How To" books, this isn't an instruction manual of things to do or ways to do them, but more a collection of one families life experiences that show not only parenting done right, but also instances where the wrong/not-quite-right decisions were made by family member(s) and other external forces (i.e. school administration, teachers, e.g.) and how those instances were used as learning and teaching moments. And of course doing so with the use of humor makes this a very easy read!

It was refreshing to read a book that was entertaining while it offered many opportunities for introspection and thought about my own child-rearing methods. Although there are many differences in my family to that of the author's, the underlying values and principles that she uses to parent by are the same pillars that are used in my own (sometimes more successfully than others). I especially like the emphasis on honesty, truthfulness, accountability, and support - all of which are woven in to all the principles outlined and the stories that are told.

One particularly insightful part of the book was when the author realizes that she has embraced the role of "nurturer" of her family and the realization that this is not a submissive role, but rather one that requires strength to be able to champion and support all those around her. Loved this insight!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone raising kids!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann on August 28, 2012
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As both a stepmother and a therapist, not only did I enjoy reading it, I also appreciated having Pamela's list of blendering principles to use with clients. I've had a number of stepmothers talk about how ugly Facebook can get in a stepfamily situation, so I'm glad Pamela's included some contemporary, technology-related principles. And she definitely exemplifies the "Laugh together. A lot" principle. Keeping a sense of humor seems to be paramount in blended family survival.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Dudley on May 14, 2012
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A very funny and helpful read. Pamela Fagan Hutchins leads you through the day-to-day crazy life of parenting in a blended family. Her book is filled with how- to and how-not-to parent your blended family. Very enjoyable. Another good blended family resource. Blended Family Advice: A step-by-step guide to help blended and step families become strong and successful
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joana James on May 4, 2012
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I'm not a parent, not even close, but this book helped me learn LOTS of things.
First off, I must say hats off to the author. Seriously. This book was so funny, it had me literally laughing out loud which didn't work so well for me when I was trying to read quietly on my lunch hour at work. But I digress.

This book teaches several principles for a family type that is increasingly common, blended families (You know those families where mom and dad get married and each parent brings in their own kids). With the increased number of divorces the blended family poses challenges all over the place. How to deal with the ex, the new step dad, the new step kids etc etc. Pamela Hutchins uses her own hilarious experiences to teach 34 key principles on child rearing in these circumstances. Each Principle touches on very important areas of parenting on a whole. The book is fun, witty, truthful and above all very informative. The principles are things we all know or seem to forget, so the book is a timely reminder. It is well written and very well organised (just like Pamela - you'll know what I'm talking about if you read the book ha!) One thing that makes it very useful is that fact that Pamela doesn't just tell us what to do, she shows us how she did it, what worked and what didn't. The stories about her family shows us her human side, where she made mistakes and how she corrected them.

I recommend this read for every parent, step-parent, parent to be, parent who does not want to be, parent for a moment and parent by force. In other words, it's for you. If you never interact with kids then read it for the laughs seriously, it's that funny.
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