Jigsaw Puzzle Family: The Stepkids' Guide to Fitting It Together

Jigsaw Puzzle Family: The Stepkids' Guide to Fitting It Together

by Cynthia MacGregor
     
 


“For all the kids who wonder how the jigsaw puzzle pieces of their newly combined family will ever fit together,” MacGregor has created another warm and understanding resource for children of divorce. Jigsaw Puzzle Familyhelps kids realize they’re not alone—many, many other kids are dealing with a new stepparent… new rules in…  See more details below

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“For all the kids who wonder how the jigsaw puzzle pieces of their newly combined family will ever fit together,” MacGregor has created another warm and understanding resource for children of divorce. Jigsaw Puzzle Familyhelps kids realize they’re not alone—many, many other kids are dealing with a new stepparent… new rules in the house… new stepbrothers and/or stepsisters… living somewhere new. Readers will find engaging stories of children facing the same issues, dozens of practical and helpful suggestions for making stepfamily life better, gentle guidance in understanding the mixed feelings that go with fitting into a blended (“jigsaw puzzle”) family, and lots of reassurance that time will help.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Using humor and realistic scenarios, (MacGregor) places a positive spin on the changes kids face when their parents divorce...”
Marriage and Family Therapy News, The Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

“Practical help for real kids with real parents living real lives...”
National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter

&ldquot;MacGregor... has mastered the art of communicating in a friendly, conversational manner that children will respond to...”
Youth Today

School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-MacGregor offers simple guidelines, practical advice, and lots of fictional examples about living with a new blended family. Her jigsaw puzzle analogy works well because it describes the need to round off the corners or try a different angle in order to make the pieces fit together properly. In a straightforward tone, she encourages children to talk about things with their parents. She discourages whining and shouting as methods for getting one's way, advocates trying to find solutions to make things easier for everyone, and emphasizes that the child is not the only one experiencing change. Important points are summarized after each chapter, and the volume ends with a list of helpful Web sites and books. A good resource for teachers, counselors, and parents to present to kids in these situations, this title offers healthy and helpful suggestions for resolving much of the conflict that arises when family situations change. It challenges readers not to accept stereotypical ideas about stepparents but to give the real people in their lives a chance.-Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886230637
Publisher:
New Harbinger Publications
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
Rebuilding Books Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Cynthia MacGregor is the author of nearly 50 books for parents and children, many with a focus on helping kids through difficult situations. A divorced mother herself, she helped her own daughter (now an adult) cope with parental divorce, and brings real-life experience to the subject of this book.

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