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The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive Paperback – October 1, 2009
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In today's complicated stepfamily, the stepmom often doesn't know where to turn for help. Let stepfamily expert Ron Deal and experienced stepmom Laura Petherbridge show you how to survive and thrive as a stepmom, including:
How to be a positive influence on children who are torn between loyalty to their biological mom and to you.
What to do when you feel ostracized, rejected, or lonely.
When and how to step back during conflict and let your husband take the lead.
How to handle holidays, adult stepchildren, between-home communication, and much more.
Here is the hope, encouragement, and practical information to assure you that you are not alone in the stepmom journey.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book helped me see that all I can do is be there for them, love them when they let me and allow them to feel negative when and if that time comes. There is nothing I can do to change her negative behaviors, she will be and do whatever it is she will be and do. I have to live in peace in our home and attempt to not allow her behaviors to affect us. This book also confirmed for me that children will grow up, they will see and learn for themselves, when they get to that age we will be who we(my husband and I) have been from the time they were 3. The mother in me hates to see their mother making such huge mistakes, but the book taught me--they are hers to make. The stories at the end of the book gave me the most hope...
Fantastic book--anyone in a divorce with children should read before re-marriage....if your children mean anything to you at all, you will grow much wisdom for their sakes.
The authors realize how difficult this role of "stepmom" can be, and Petherbridge speaks from firsthand experience as she offers her own personal remembrances of being stepmom to her husband's sons. She cites that stepmoms (like every living person) bring to the new marriage their own past experiences, insights and limitations, which must be recognized and acknowledged, otherwise injured feelings and short-circuit relational growth will occur between everyone in the family.
Deal and Petherbridge offer readers (which should include stepmoms, stepdads and every person in the original family unit) great insight and countless practical suggestions for working through every conceivable family dilemma. In the two-section text, stepmoms will gratefully learn that they are not alone in feeling that sudden urge to "run away from home," and that feeling like an "outsider" within the walls of their home is also a common response.Read more ›
I'm a secular humanist with little time for dogma in any form, so Christian family how-to guides are not at all my thing, but sifting through this book for the "meat" and ignoring the end of chapter prayers and recurrent church/Biblical references was really, really worthwhile.
Interestingly, I certainly would not have bought this book had I realised just how central Christianity was to its ethos, and yet I'm very, very glad I did. Nothing about the Christianity espoused in it was offensive to my feminist secular views - and while the prayers etc where a bit OTT, the insights, especially into kids' experience of divorce, were quite profound.
I feel I'm already stepparenting better for having read this book. Now I just need to get my (fanatically atheistic) partner to read it too...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am so thankful to have a resource like this. Very helpful and on point for step family life. Thank you for making this available!!Published 3 days ago by Seraiah Hummel
Just flipping through the pages of this book while deciding whether or not to buy it, I realized that "This guy has been reading my mail!". Read morePublished 23 days ago by Sharon
I couldn't even make it through the first chapter. There was far too much discussion of God.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sorry to say but all these books about a step moms situation really never work.. They give me something to TRY.. only to get my hopes up and fail again.Published 3 months ago by BeLoved
I would definitely recommend this book to any woman who is becoming a stepmom. I found the support and advice I was looking for and it includes a couple chapters for your husband... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Becoming a step parent is the hardest thing I have ever done and my husband is a huge suport to me and this process. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tracy Nyder
Excellent book. Before reading this book I felt alone and questioned if maybe my thoughts on my role in my new step family and my place in my marriage where wrong. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book! I have seven step children, it's affirmation of common sense approach helps to validate person feelings and offer hope.Published 6 months ago by Chill