Smart Stepfamily, The: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family

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Discover the Keys to a Healthy Stepfamily

Leading stepfamily expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Whether married or soon-to-be-married, you'll discover how to

· Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships
· Communicate effectively with an ex-spouse
· Handle stepfamily finances ...

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Overview

Discover the Keys to a Healthy Stepfamily

Leading stepfamily expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Whether married or soon-to-be-married, you'll discover how to

· Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships
· Communicate effectively with an ex-spouse
· Handle stepfamily finances confidently
· "Cook" your stepfamily slowly rather than expect an instant blend

This revised and expanded edition has updated research and two new chapters with even more real-world advice on topics such as stepsibling relationships and later-life stepfamilies.

"I highly recommended the first edition, and I am even more excited about this new edition."
--from the foreword by Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The Five Love Languages

"The Smart Stepfamily is the best book available for stepfamilies that I've seen. . . . Buy it, read it, and share it with a friend."
--Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife®, and author of Stepping Up

"We've pointed countless couples to this outstanding resource. And this revised and updated edition is better than ever!"
--Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, founders of MarriageMentoring.com and authors of Saving Your Second Marriage Before It Starts

"Ron Deal has, by far, the best material available on stepfamilies. The insights and suggestions he shares work. Every stepfamily will benefit from reading this book."--H. Norman Wright, licensed marriage, family, and child therapist, founder of Christian Marriage Enrichment, author

"I love this book! It adds an important dimension to the understanding of stepfamilies and reads as if sitting down with wise friends. Written on the 'information is power' premise, The Smart Stepfamily weaves together a review of biblical materials, current psychological and sociological research, best practices, practical insights, and anecdotal stories to educate and support stepfamilies and the clergy who serve them."
--Dr. Margorie Engel, president and CEO, Stepfamily Association of America

"I have long recommended Ron Deal's work as the very best for stepfamilies. If you are looking for a clear, hands-on resource to strengthen your family from a deeply Christian perspective, you've come to the right place."
--Scott M. Stanley, research professor, University of Denver, and coauthor of A Lasting Promise

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764212062
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 120,953
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron L. Deal is founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, Director of FamilyLife Blended™, the author of The Smart Stepdad and Dating and the Single Parent, and coauthor of The Smart Stepmom and The Remarriage Checkup. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist who frequently appears in the national media, including FamilyLife Today, Focus on the Family, and The 700 Club. Ron and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at RonDeal.org.
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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

HEADED FOR THE PROMISED LAND!
1. Through Wilderness Wanderings
2. Key Stepping-Stones

SEVEN STEPS IN THE JOURNEY
3. Smart Step One: STEP Up!
Discover a redemptive God who loves, forgives, and provides strength and discretion for the journey
4. Smart Step Two: STEP Down
Adjust your expectations and learn how to cook a stepfamily
5. Smart Step Three: Two-Step
Your marriage must be top priority
6. Smart Step Four: STEP in Line (Part 1)
With the parenting team
7. Smart Step Four: STEP in Line (Part 2)
Parent and stepparent roles
8. Smart Step Five: Side STEP
The pitfalls common to stepfamilies
9. Smart Step Six: STEP Through
The wilderness: Overcoming special challenges
10. Smart Step Seven: STEP Over
Into the Promised Land: Stories of those who are making it
11. Smart Questions, Smart Answers

A MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH
12. Ministries to Stepfamilies

Appendix A: Medical Permission to Treat a Minor Child
Resources for Stepfamilies and Churches
Endnotes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

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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.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Step-Family Template

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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