Smart Stepdad, The: Steps to Help You Succeed

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While resources abound for stepmothers, stepfathers are often left to travel a difficult road without clear directions. Ron Deal offers advice for men navigating the stepfamily minefield, including how to connect with stepchildren, being a godly role model, how to discipline, dealing with the biological dad, and keeping the bond strong with one's new spouse. He gives perspective on what the kids are going through and why things don't work the same as in a biological family. The Smart Stepdad provides essential ...

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Overview

While resources abound for stepmothers, stepfathers are often left to travel a difficult road without clear directions. Ron Deal offers advice for men navigating the stepfamily minefield, including how to connect with stepchildren, being a godly role model, how to discipline, dealing with the biological dad, and keeping the bond strong with one's new spouse. He gives perspective on what the kids are going through and why things don't work the same as in a biological family. The Smart Stepdad provides essential guidelines to help stepfathers not only survive but succeed as both dad and husband.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764206962
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 160,103
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron L. Deal, MMFT, is the founder of Successful Stepfamilies and an expert in remarriage and stepfamily education and therapy. He is author of The Smart Stepfamily and coauthor with Laura Petherbridge of The Smart Stepmom and with David H. Olson of The Remarriage Checkup. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor who frequently appears in the national media. He is a popular conference speaker and his video series The Smart Stepfamily DVD is used in communities, churches, and homes throughout the world. Ron is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center. Ron and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Amarillo, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Section I Getting It Right

Introduction: Stepdad: Hero or Hostile Takeover? 13

1 Conquering Stepdad Mountain 19

2 Sex Stuff: Did You Marry a Wife (Sex Partner) or a Mother (Business Partner)? 35

3 Understanding Her Kids (Part 1): Loss 51

4 Understanding Her Kids (Part 2): Loyalty 63

Section II Getting Smart: The Stepparenting Team

5 Mom Smart (Part 1): He Can't Do It Without You 85

6 Mom Smart (Part 2): Pitfalls and Good Intentions 103

7 Getting the Socks Picked Up: Parenting 101 119

8 Meet Your Ex-Husband-in-Law: Friend or Foe? 135

9 Your Kids: What Do They Need? 153

10 Hugging Your Stepdaughter, Stepsibling Attractions, and the Awkward Issues of Stepfamily Sexuality 169

11 Keeping Special Days Special: Holidays, Vacations, and Your Stepfamily 191

12 Romancing Your Wife 205

13 Adult Stepchildren 219

14 Should We Have an "Ours" Baby? 229

15 Heroes by Choice 237

Notes 241

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