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Posted March 1, 2010
A must-read for anyone considering remarriage with children
My husband and I read this in the 6 mos before we were married-THANK GOODNESS it was recommended to us! We have referred to it many times in the 2 years since. This book is a thoughtful, realistic introduction to the complications of step- or blended-family life. It is very sobering, but if more couples read this BEFORE they remarry, perhaps the rate of 2nd+ divorces would be lower. It is so easy in the excitement of courtship and wedding planning to overlook the needs of the children who will be living in the newly formed family. But take heart-even if you are already remarried, there is a ton of helpful and insightful material that can help smooth out the bumpiest of step-family relationships.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2009
Ron Deal provides a great template for the issues faced by many with the daunting task of creating a successful Step-Family. This book is useful even for those that are still moving past the divorce process. A must read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2008
This is a must read
I wish I had read this book prior to marrying my husband! Although we all think we know how to get it right the second time around, when children are added to the marriage, no matter how happy they seem to be as you get married, once the newness wears off, troubles tend to begin. This book helped me change my perception of stepparenting and guided me as to what my true role of a step mother was. I have 5 children who live with us, ranging in age from 19 to 10, and this helped me to 'see' what my actual role should be, not my perceived view or vision. One thing I have realized is that there is no such thing as a blended 'family', but a blending of 2 families which is very different from a 'traditional' family, no matter how hard you try to achieve that traditional notion. I reference this book often, and feel this is one of the few helpful books out there on successful stepfamily procedures and 'protocols', which cover all age levels, offers a good amount of different examples to glean information from, and is very realistic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.