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About the Author
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.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A very well organized approach to an increasingly frequent issue in real lives. My counseling practice has grown significantly with the pains of blending families with successful respect. Thank you for a tool that is right on topic and filled with insightful guidance.
This is an excellent book for men who find themselves in the new position of being a father figure to children who aren't biologically theirs. The author goes into great detail explaining what these men should and shouldn't do, and includes quite a few true stories to support his evidence. Even though I'm a woman and certainly not a stepfather, I think that the author's suggestions could be applied to several different situations, not just for a new stepdad.
The Smart Stepdad is a wonderful tool for blended families. Mr. Deal truly touches on every situation that can occure. Blended families are becoming the norm, but not much dialogue / resources are readily available to families. And I must also add, many families don't really understand the challenges they will surely face. This book should be "given" to anyone facing a blended family situation. Being a "Step-Mom", this book not only helped me understand how to be a successful Step-Mom, but it gave me understanding when it comes to my husband and my step-children. The Smart Stepdad was wonderfully written, and a solid book of instruction on helping a blended family "Blend". I love, The Smart Stepdad.
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