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The 312 Best Things About Being a Stepmom: For those days when you can only come up with one or two on your own. Paperback – April 27, 2006

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Being the backup Santa and Easter bunny—less pressure, just as much fun. A lifetime supply of homemade potholders. And the unexpected Mother's Day card, SWAK. Celebrating the joy of stepmomming, Cynthia L. Copeland brings wisdom, perspective, empathy, and, best of all, humor to a challenging role. 312 cheers for you!

About the Author

Cynthia L. Copeland is the author of more than 25 books, including Workman’s The Diaper Diaries and Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me. Ms. Copeland lives in Keene, New Hampshire.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (April 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761138374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761138372
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jill Tamari on February 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a must-read for all stepmoms and stepmoms-to-be. I received it as a gift when I first became a stepmother, and the positive tone, real-life stories, and honest advice helped me get through what would have been one of the most difficult transitions in my life. Whenever times became difficult or I felt isolated in my struggles, I could always turn to this little book for insight, whether humorous or serious. It truly offers a warm and inspiring view of stepmotherhood. Cynthia Copeland's wit and wisdom shine through in this wonderful book. I adore this book, and I recommend it to all!
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What a wonderful little book! I was surprised to see a few other readers who felt they did not get much out it. When I picked this up I did not expect it to be an advice book, or even totally true for my stepmom experience all the time. Being a stepmom is the hardest and most thankless thing I have ever done, and it is a lifetime job, so I am looking forward to a lifetime of hard work and self-sacrifice. But as hard as it is, there are many wonderful things about being a stepmom (I wouldn't trade it for the world!), and this book is a great reminder to step back and look at the big picture and be thankful for the good times!

Even when happy moments such as described in this book are few and far between, it's so important to hold onto the positive. For me, it is the only thing that gets me through the negative!

I love how the author has broken the book into chapters:

Introduction: Stepmom Forecast
1). Stepping Up as the Other Mother--Universal Aspects of Stepmotherhood
2). Suddenly Stepmom--From Single Gal to Married with Children
3). Adding to the Flock--Combining Kids for a Real Life Brady Bunch
4). Nonstop Stepmom--When Your Stepchildren Live With You Fulltime
5). Baby Steps--Stepparenting Infants and Toddlers
6). Next Steps--The Middle Ages
7). Big Steps--Life with Tweens and Teens
8). Giant Steps--When Your Little Steps Are Finally Grown
9). Grown and Gone--Becoming a Stepmom When His Kids Are Adults
10). In Step with Your Husband--Making Your Marriage a Priority
Conclusion: Silver Linings Found

I also admire how the author has interspersed comments and stories from real stepmoms throughout the book. I always love to hear about other stepmoms! The illustrations are adorable, too.
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This book has begun my year of "celebrating being a stepmom", which my family calls me a "bonus mom". I spent so much time being tormented by my step son's horrible mother and not able to say a word. I was just about convinced to lock myself in my room everyday after work and only come out when the boys go to bed. I conceded to withdraw from the family I adored just two years ago. This book brought me laughter. It made a lot of feelings "ok". It relieved me of heavy responsibility. I am buying one for my newly engaged friend! We have custody so some isn't for us but it's adaptable. What a blessing!
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I am fast becoming a step mom to a three and four year old pair. I needed to see what others have gone through, on a positive note, (I have only heard negatives). The book is what I needed, funny, but honest. I love the lil quotes that are included from real women. I have been able to enjoy the kids more because of the book, and the lil tips on mine and their mothers relationship was great too.... Good read, funny too.
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