Making Peace in Your Stepfamily

Making Peace in Your Stepfamily

Surviving and Thriving as Parents and Stepparents

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
A guide to recognizing and working through the hostilities and built-in pitfalls that stepparents and stepchildren experience sheds light on issues of jealousy, forgiveness, and power struggles

Blackwell North Amer
From the best-selling co-author of How to Survive the Loss of a Love comes a unique, warm, practical guide to strengthen your remarriage and stepfamily. And the need is enormous - half of all Americans are now a member of a stepfamily, including over 20 million stepparents; 1,300 new stepfamilies are formed each day. Yet most parents and stepparents are unprepared for the tangle of painful and confusing emotions that arise. Tragically, 60 to 70 percent of all stepfamilies end in divorce within ten years. Making Peace in Your Stepfamily is the first book to show exactly how to deal with the many conflicts that arise and to demonstrate the effective steps to create a healthy, happy family.
Harold Bloomfield, M.D., world-renowned psychiatrist and author of many best-selling books on family relationships, offers sound advice on recognizing and working through the problems and pitfalls that can occur in a stepfamily. Drawing upon insights from his extensive practice and research in the field, as well as personal experience with his own stepfamily, Dr. Bloomfield reveals how to turn the most common difficulties into opportunities for growth.
This helpful book contains exercises, case studies, and personal growth techniques to deal with such explosive stepfamily conflicts as stepchildren who reject their stepparents and try to break up their parents' second marriage because they want "Mommy" and "Daddy" to get back together; parents and stepparents struggling with children who want to break up the new marriage; stepmothers who try so hard to avoid being the "wicked stepmother" that they wind up feeling like little more than a maid; mothers who compete with their husband's new wife for their own children's love; fathers who are heartbroken at seeing their children raised by another man while they are expected to pay all the bills through child support; stepfathers so crippled with guilt about abandoning their own children that they cannot bond with their new stepchildren; ex-spouses who battle over the values and rules governing their children's lives in their separate homes; children who feel torn with divided loyalties between two competing hostile households; parents who use visitation as a weapon and their children as messengers of conflict with their ex's new family; children who feel left out and betrayed when they visit their own parent who has remarried and now lives full time with the new spouse's children; sex in the stepfamily - stepteens or stepparents who have engaged in provocative sexual behavior; stepsiblings who find each other sexually attractive; stepfathers who date their older stepdaughters; and parents with custody who resent the financial advantages offered to their children when the children visit a wealthier ex-spouse on weekends - the "Santa Claus spouse."
Making Peace in Your Stepfamily is an invaluable guide to stepfamily life, and the first book to show exactly how the most common problems can be dealt with so that true peace and happiness can be achieved.

Baker
& Taylor

A guide to recognizing and working through the hostilities and built-in pitfalls that stepparents and stepchildren experience sheds light on issues of jealousy, forgiveness, and power struggles. 75,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, [1993]
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9781562828851
1562828851
Branch Call Number: 306.874 BLOOM
Characteristics: xii, 286 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Kory, Robert B.

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