Book: Blended Family Advice

Blending families is tough.  And every situation is different.  It’s no wonder the success statistics for second marriages are so grim.  But there’s hope.  As the saying goes, “knowledge is power” and these days it’s easier to access information to help a blended family survive and thrive. One such source of information is the book Blended Family Advice: A Step-By-Step Guide to Help Blended And Step Families Become Strong and Successful by Shirley Cress-Dudley.  Shirley is a licensed counselor with a master’s degree in Family Studies and another in Education.  More importantly, she’s a member of a blended family. In […]

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Good Reading

I don’t know if everyone surfs the divorce/blended family sites as much as I do. I thought I’d pass along a few good reads I’ve encountered over the past couple weeks.

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Book: Stepmonster…

I’m not a stepmother, but I play one every other weekend.

Given the fact that I live with a man who has children, I was delighted to read and see myself in Stepmoster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel and Act the Way We Do, by Wednesday Martin, Ph.D. What a relieving, validating and motivating read!

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Where Does The Line Lie?

Last week, I overheard one woman tell another, “I’m having a hard time with him lately. When he goes to his dad’s, it’s anything goes. Then when he comes back to me he doesn’t listen and has a horrible attitude. And I have to be the bad guy.”

This past weekend, I heard a father (different family entirely) say, “I get so little time with my kids. I don’t want to spend it enforcing rules! I want them to be carefree and have fun so they have happy memories of their visits with me.”

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Book: “The Look of Love”

I’d like to start this post with a big “Thank You!” to Deesha and crew from CoParenting Matters. It was through their contest on Twitter where I was fortunate enough to win a copy of The Look of Love, written by Jill Egizii.

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