- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (March 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482040565
- ISBN-13: 978-1482040562
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Courage To Be A Stepmom: Finding Your Place Without Losing Yourself Paperback – March 7, 2013
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This book is has been an incredible relief. Ms. Thoele manages to candidly acknowledge the difficulties faced by a stepmother and to offer some accurate and helpful insights without ever losing her underlying message that this is possible, we CAN do it, and there are steps you can take to make this a positive adventure. She reminds us that the rewards we reap often correspond to the effort involved, and so there is great hope.
I find myself wanting to highlight far too much of the text to make highlighting worthwhile! I'm tremendously relieved that this book arrived shortly before my wedding, and I rate it in the "top 5" stepfamily books in my growing collection. Do yourself a favor if you're a stepmother: grab this book, sit down with a cup of coffee, and allow yourself some grounded encouragement from someone who has been there.
This book had some great reviews and from the beginning I felt encouraged rather than discouraged. The author gives some great and practical advice gleaned from both her own experience and from numerous interviews with other women who had experienced the myriad joys and pains of stepmotherhood. Two points that stand out in my memory most are the importance of focusing on your relationship with your husband (This relationship will remain once the kids have grown up and moved out.) and the importance of being true to yourself, knowing your own strengths, weaknesses, and limits. Basically the importance of learning to give yourself a break, take things slowly, and not be too hard on yourself when things don't go perfectly (something I am still learning how to do).
While I did not always agree with every word and found that some of the advice and scenarios did not apply to my particular situation, I found it to be a helpful way to begin my journey into stepmotherhood and will return to it in the future to peruse the pages filled with my highlighting of those valuable pieces of advice and encouragement I found while reading.
I would recommend this book to any woman who has chosen to be a part of a blended family, whether she has her own children already or not.
In my opinion it's even more importend for the father/husband to read it !
I have great respect for all woman who are patenting with stepchildren !
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Recommend the book for moms of newly blended families.