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The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting: Essential Tips on: Communicating & Bonding; Combining Families; And More! Paperback – October 27, 2011
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About the Author
Michele Sfakianos is a Registered Nurse, Life Skills Expert, Speaker, and Award-winning Author of The 4-1-1 on Life Skills and The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting. Michele has been previously published in Nursing Publications and two books on Poetry. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her grandson.
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I especially enjoyed the practical tips offered on how to have success in your stepparenting role and the list of "Do's" and "Do Not's" for stepparents. It is obviously shared from someone who has experienced life in a stepfamily and understands the complexity of stepparenting and how to make it work successfully.
I recommend this book as a great resource for stepfamilies/blended families new to the journey or those looking for tips to successfully maintain or improve their stepfamily relationships.
Co-Author, Thriving at the Holidays: A Stepparent's Guide to Success
Thriving at the Holidays: A Stepparent's Guide to Success
I am a member of a blended family, my father remarried five years ago after the death of my mother. Although I have never had to live with my step-mother, there was still quite a bit of adjustment to having her and her family in our lives. Reading this book has helped me with a different perspective on managing blended families.
The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting is broken out into 26 chapters addressing topics such as Relationship Building and Roles, Bringing in a New Baby, Adult Step Children and Planning Holidays.
The chapter on Planning Holidays will probably be very useful to many step-parents. Holidays already create expectations and stress in even the most stable of families. Adding in multiple step-relationships may lead to more stress and hurt feelings. Ms. Sfakianos advice to "take on the attitude of `the more the merrier' and everything will work out fine" is spot-on. And discussing expectations before the holidays when emotions may not be running so high is also great advice.
The book devotes chapters to legal issues such as custody, medical consent and step parent adoptions. The chapter on Same Sex Marriages and Step Parenting is also very relevant to current changes in society.
The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting will give readers in-depth information and understanding about the topics presented and will be helpful in opening up family discussions. I'm sure parents can also use the book as a starting point for finding out more information where they need it. I would recommend this book to any parent managing a blended family.