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Making Peace in Your Stepfamily Paperback – January 4, 1993

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A startling prediction: by the year 2000 the most common type of family will be the stepfamily, not the single-parent or nuclear family. Best-selling author Bloomfield ( Inner Joy , LJ 8/80; Making Peace with Your Parents , LJ 10/1/83), himself a stepparent, covers the topic thoroughly and passionately. His theme centers on being proud of being part of a stepfamily, and to this end Bloomfield describes the commitment and perseverance needed to make it work. He discusses everything from money matters to dealing with many grandparents. The bibliography includes 40 books for stepparents and 25 for stepchildren, and an appendix lists appropriate organizations and hotlines. For most public libraries.
- Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (January 4, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786880171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786880171
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,381,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Peter Gerlach on October 6, 1999
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I have specialized in providing professional education and therapy to divorced, courting, and re/wedded couples since 1981. I am 66, a stepgrandson, stepson, and ex-stepfather and stepbrother, an invited Board member of the Stepfamily Association of America, a contributing editor to 'Your Stepfamily Online,' and the author of six books on inner-wound-recovery, effective communications, and high-nurturance relationships and stepfamilies.

Dr. Bloomfield's book is warm, encouraging, and readable - yet misses four core hazards that (I believe) every re/married partner needs to know:

1) why and how to assess and reduce co-parents' psychological wounds from a low-nurturance childhood (vs. divorce);

2) the origin and impacts of widespread blocked grief in adults and kids, and how to spot and reduce it;

3) adult unawareness of a) normal personality formation, composition, and function; (b) keys to high-nurturance families and relationships, (c) effective communication skills, (d) healthy 3-level grief, and (e) stepfamily realities and norms and implications, and...

4) little effective re/marital and co-parenting help (i.e. courtship coaching, classes, informed counseling, co-parent support groups) available in most communities and the media.

In my clinical experience, these factors often combine to block the best-intentioned adults from following well-meant stepfamily advice like Dr. Bloomfield's. If ignored, the factors inexorably promote needy partners choosing the wrong people to re/wed, for the wrong reasons, at the wrong time - and subsequent stresses and eventual re/divorce. Awareness, acceptance, and discussion of these (and related) factors can reduce three of these stressors, and help to achieve "Peace in Your Stepfamily.
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By Marie M. on July 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
Very weak: self-help cliches without much insight. For women looking for advice, I'd recommend The Happy Stepmother or The Smart Stepmom. (Note: the latter takes a Christian perspective, which may not please all readers.) Both both offer intelligent, practical advice. Both are reasonably well written. I gave Bloomfield's book to a local charity shop, but I thought about just tossing it so no reader will end up with this book when there are much better sources of help out there.
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