Blending Families

Blending Families


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Today more Americans are part of a second-marriage family than a first. Inevitably, these newly blended "stepfamilies" will be confronted by their own special problems and needs.This insightful problem-solving guide offers solid solutions—and includes real-life stories from families who've been through the adjustment process. Written by an award-winning author who specializes in health and family care, the book covers a wide range of issues—emotional, financial, disciplinary, and interpersonal. Naturally, there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution for second-marriage families. Each is unique, with its own composition, personalities, and problems. But with patience and understanding, this new family can work, live, and eventually love—together.Includes special sections on:
* Family communication
* Former spouses
* Grandparents and step-grandparents
* Juggling households
* Commuting children
* Discipline
* School issues
* Family customs and rituals
* Religious differences
* Reducing stress
* Adult time
* Money issues
* Holiday planning
* Vacations
* Curfews and other rules

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425166772
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1999
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 504,353
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elaine Fantle Shimberg is an award-winning medical writer. She has written six health care books and three books on family issues. She is the mother of five, and grandmother of one grandchild and one step-grandchild.

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Blending Families: A Guide for Parents, Step-Parents, Step-Grandparents and Everyone Building a Successful New Family 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has very useful information. If you are a new step parent I would definately recommend reading this book. It covers many of the important issues that someone new to step parenting might not even think of. The chapter on communication is especially important. As a matter of fact, it can be applied to all families, not just step families. This chapter explains the importace of such things as 'family meetings'. The concept of the family meeting helps everybody express their thoughts and ideas in a setting where open conversation is encouraged. Also, discussed in this book is titles for new family members. This is always a touchy subject but the book does offer a few solutions to the problem. There is also great emphasis put on the fact that the husband and wife should focus on their relationship in order to establish a strong foundation. They should make sure that they have some one on one time as well. Also, they must present a united front with rules and disipline. Overall the book 'Blending Families' is a good reference book to have. While it won't fix every problem that could be encountered, it does have some very good ideas to help step parents with some of the bigger issues.