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About the Author
Laura Petherbridge is an international speaker and author of When "I Do" Becomes "I Don't": Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce. She has been featured on FamilyLife Today, HomeWord, and the Crown Financial Ministries' radio broadcast. Laura is featured on the DivorceCare video series, used by over 12,000 churches worldwide and has taught on divorce recovery at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Laura and her husband, Steve, reside in Lady Lake, Florida.
Ron L. Deal is a marriage and family author, speaker, and therapist (www.rondeal.org). He is Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies (www.smartstepfamilies.com) and Director of Blended Family Ministries for FamilyLife (www.familylifeblended.com). Ron is author of The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepdad, and Dating and the Single Parent, and coauthor with Laura Petherbridge of The Smart Stepmom and with David H. Olson of The Smart Stepfamily Marriage. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor who frequently appears in the national media including FamilyLife Today, Focus on the Family, HomeWord, and The 700 Club. He's also been interviewed by Ladies Home Journal, New York Daily News, WGN-TV and ABCnews.com.
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 and is a featured expert on the video curriculum Single and Parenting. Ron and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Laura Petherbridge (www.TheSmartStepmom.com) is an international speaker, the author of When "I Do" Becomes "I Don't": Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, and the coauthor of The Smart Stepmom. She has been interviewed on many media outlets including FamilyLife Today, Family Talk with James Dobson, Moody's Midday Connection, HomeWord, and the Crown Financial Ministries' radio broadcast. Laura is featured on the DivorceCare video series, used by over 12,000 churches worldwide. She has taught on divorce recovery at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando as well as the Billy Graham Training Center. Laura and her husband, Steve, reside in Apollo Beach, Florida. Learn more at www.SisterhoodofStepmoms.com.
Table of Contents
Section 1 The Smart Stepmom: Who Is She?
Chapter 1 Can You Hear Me Now? 19
Chapter 2 Can I Run Away From Home? 33
Chapter 3 The Wicked Stepmother: Did Disney Have Me in Mind? 51
Chapter 4 Understanding His Kids (Part 1): Loss, Grief, and Troubling Emotions 65
Chapter 5 Understanding His Kids (Part 2): Loyalty 83
Chapter 6 Partnering: Stepparenting Beside the Engaged or Disengaged Father 102
Section 2 Getting Smart: The Stepparenting Team
Chapter 7 Dad Smart (Part 1): She Can't Do It Without You 125
Chapter 8 Dad Smart (Part 2): Pitfalls and Good Intentions 140
Chapter 9 Meet Your Ex-Wife-in-Law: Friend or Foe? 155
Chapter 30 Understanding Your Kids: What Do They Need? 176
Chapter 11 Kodak Moments: Vacations, Holidays, Mother's Day, and Special Occasions 194
Chapter 12 Adult Stepchildren 216
Chapter 13 Baby Steps: Should We Have an "Ours" Baby? 241
Chapter 14 Smart Love 256