The 5 Best Books For You If You Are In A StepFamily (Or Are Planning To Start One)

  1. Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do

Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do
Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do

This book by Wednesday Martin, Ph. D. looks at empowering stepmothers by unlocking emotional mysteries of why they think and feel and act the way they do when they are overwhelmed with challenges and anxieties (causing her to think of herself as ‘Stepmonster’). This book discusses the process of becoming a stepmother, exposes the myths and realities of being married to a man with children, counters the prevailing notion that stepmothers are solely responsible for the problems they encounter, identifies five ‘step-dilemmas’ that create conflict, and considers the emotional and social challenges men with children face when they remarry. If you are a stepmother, or are about to become one by marrying a man with kids from his previous marriage, then this book is a must-read for you. Check it out now on Amazon!

 

  1. The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family

The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family
The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family

Written by leading stepfamily expert Ron Deal, this book addresses key concerns and practical issues facing every stepfamily. He looks at the seven fundamental steps that provide practical, realistic, solutions to issues that everyone faces as a stepfamily. He tries to help solve everyday puzzles of step-parenting, communicate effectively with an ex-spouse, handle stepfamily finances confidently and to be patient and nurture the stepfamily patiently instead of rushing into conclusions. Check it out now on Amazon!

 

  1. The Single Girl’s Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming A Stepmother With Humor And Grace

The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming A Stepmother With Humor And Grace
The Single Girl’s Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming A Stepmother With Humor And Grace

Giving an enlightening perspective for single women who are about to marry a man with kids from his previous marriage, Sally Bjornsen’s book The Single Girl’s Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming A Stepmother With Humor And Grace is a funny, honest and empathetic resource for the novice stepmother. It includes advice on how to adjust to suspicion, resentment and biological-parent loyalties when it comes to kids, how to live calmly alongside the ex-wife, how to get used to old family traditions during the holidays and developing new ones under your nurturing, and how to keep love and sex alive through the kids’ bed-wetting and nightmares. It has an invaluable list of resources like websites, publications and organizations specifically suited for the new stepmother. Check it out now on Amazon!

 

  1. The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive

The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive
The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive

Another great read from Ron L. Deal, The Smart Stepmom aims to help out women to navigate the stepmom role by sharing strategies to strengthen her marriage and her relationship with her stepkids. Ron L. Deal understands that in today’s complicated world, stepmoms (and to-be stepmoms) don’t know whom to turn to for help when faced with issues. And in such circumstances, The Smart Stepmom looks to address how to be a positive influence no stepkids, what to do when you feel ostracized, rejected or lonely, when to step back during conflict and let the husband handle tensed situations, handling holidays, adult stepchildren, and much more. Check it out now on Amazon!

 

  1. The Smart Stepdad: Steps to Help You Succeed

The Smart Stepdad: Steps to Help You Succeed
The Smart Stepdad: Steps to Help You Succeed

Not one to let stepdads feel left out, Ron L. Deal’s The Smart Stepdad: Steps to Help You Succeed shares practical and essential advice along with some parenting tools to help stepdads succeed in their roles (as stepdads). This book offers everyday advice on how to connect with your stepkids, be a strong role model, and maintain a strong bond with your wife. It also talks about what kids must be going through, and tips to handle issues like discipline, dealing with your wife’s ex, etc. The book also has a couple of chapters for your wife to read, and tips for her to help both of you to work as a team and succeed in being a great stepdad. Check it out now on Amazon!

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