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Talking Divorce with Your Kids - Book Review: My Bonus Mom
By Autumn Reo on 10/02/12 02:50
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A few pages into this book, I was already crying. Not because I’m a child of divorce, but because as a mother now, I was instantly touched about how a child would feel reading this book and as a parent IF I had to discuss such a difficult issue with my child. While it is sad that divorce is so prevalent in our culture, it is fact that children will be affected when 50 percent of marriages do result in divorce.
Thankfully there is a book on a 3 – 8 year-old level that kids relate to and can help parents communicate and share their feelings about divorce in an easy-to-read format.
A child of a successful “bonus mom” relationship, author Tami Butcher penned My Bonus Mom! Take the Step out of Step Mom to plant a seed in children’s minds that having a stepmother/stepfather can be a bonus with their hearts and minds accept the new relationship in a positive way. Through colorful graphics and rhyme, she’s developed a must-have book for any family affected by divorce and remarriage.
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An Arizona girl whose roots grow deep in the state her grandmother graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1935 Tami Butcher has seen the Valley grow into the metropolis it is today. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in business communications and later earned a teaching degree from Grand Canyon University. It was while teaching seventh-graders at Phoenix Prep Academy, that she made it her goal to write a children's book. But first, she married the love of her life, Mike, and started a family. She currently has three children ages 6, 9 and 13. As a child, Butcher grew up with what she lovingly refers to as her bonus mom, a nurturing, caring woman many in society would refer to as a stepmother. Butcher's parents amicably divorced when she was 11, and for the sake of Butcher and her three sisters, decided to keep each other fully involved in their children's lives despite the divorce. Eventually both her parents remarried, but they continued to share birthdays, holidays and special times together with their children, as well as with their new spouses. Because of her parents' efforts, Butcher and her sisters grew up feeling blessed for having two moms and dads instead of stepparents. Reflecting on her own family dynamics, Butcher realized that if she could plant a seed in children's minds that having a stepmother or stepfather can be a bonus, then their minds and hearts might grow to accept their parents' new spouses instead of automatically thinking of them as evil as many childhood fairytales portray them. The product of that revelation was My Bonus Mom! Always a philanthropic person, Butcher dedicates her time to helping others in need. She is currently a member of the East Valley Women s League, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that raises funds for more than 13 projects for women and children in the Valley, and is slated to be president for 2011-12. Tami gives time to New Hope Church, an inner-city church located in the most impoverished ZIP code in Arizona, and she teaches Art Masterpiece to kindergarten and third-grade classes in Chandler, which lacks the funds for regular Art classes. Currently, Butcher resides in Chandler, Ariz. with her husband and three children, where she helps with the family restaurant business. Her mother and "bonus dad" own two popular restaurants in Phoenix, Rustler's Rooste Steakhouse and Aunt Chilada's. Tami and her three children love to travel to Southern California during baseball season as her husband, Mike, is the pitching coach for the LA Angels of Anaheim. He has been with the Angels for 21 years as both a player and a coach.
This is a great book for stepmoms and kids!!! I have been looking for something to read to my step daughter to help her understand our situation and help her feel normal. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kassidy
Awesome ! 3/4 of the way thru my 5 y/o asked if some day I would get him a bonus Mom! I could not have hoped for a better response :)Published 12 months ago by Ken of Narrow Ridge
I got this book for my soon-to-be stepchildren who I already have a good relationship with. I wanted to get them a book to understand what a stepmom is and to help them know that... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bridget P
We really loved the approach this book took to addressing the expansion of families. We never really liked the word 'stepmom' especially with so many negative stereotypes... Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by G. Santorelli
This is an excellent book with a message for all. The words of the author ring true as they seem to come from the heart and the artists illustrations are perfect. Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by Bann
My Bonus Mom is an easy-to-read and understand children's book relating to divorce and blended families. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Chelse Wilson
Great book! If only all parents and steps could be as responsible as Tami's. All children need to be loved and nurtured as our own, regardless of the biology. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Valerie