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By Cherie Burns

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Format: Paperback / softback, 272 pages, Revised Edition
Published In: United States, 01 October 2003
If you're one of the more than 15 million stepmothers in the country, you know the particular trials--and joys--of stepfamily dynamics today. You wonder if you're doing the right thing and, as a stepmother, many of your specific questions are unique. In this second edition of Stepmotherhood: How to Survive Without
Feeling Frustrated, Left Out, or Wicked, journalist and stepmother Cherie Burns brings together countless insights and sound advice, based on the latest research and interviews with experts in the field (including dozens of other stepmoms), to answer questions such as:
- How do you manage discipline when parents and stepparents disagree?
- How can you help stepsiblings get along?
- How do you handle birthdays, holidays, and weddings?
- What's the best way to get along with your stepchild's mother?
- When should you seek a therapist's help?
Burns's wise and empathetic suggestions go beyond struggle, stigma, and compromise, showing how sensitive, informed stepmothers can take charge--and pride--in their role, becoming more effective and fulfilled.

About the Author

Cherie Burns is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, People, Glamour, Sports Illustrated, US, New York, Self, Working Woman, and other publications. One of the first writers to address stepfamily issues, she speaks publicly to local and national stepfamily groups and organizations. She is a mother, stepmother, and stepgrandmother and is married to journalist Richard L. Duncan.


Burns's aim is to ``reexamine and to shed new light on stepmothering and its modern dimensions.'' She bases her book on interviews with ``more than forty stepmothers'' and desires to assist the stepmother reader in putting ``herself and her experience into focus by understanding stepmothering's peculiar chemistry and inherent obstacles.'' Such topics as visits, holidays, family gatherings, financial obligations, and problem stepchildren are covered. Commonsense advice, informal tone, and touching anecdotes will make the book popular with its intended audience. For public libraries. Susan McBride, Northeast Texas Comm. Coll. LRC, Mt. Pleasant

EAN: 9780609807446
ISBN: 0609807447
Publisher: Crown Publications
Dimensions: 20.42 x 13.21 x 1.52 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Tracey Richardson on
When i met my husband i knew that he had a child, but no one could prepare me for the challenges i was going to face when i took the role of "step-mother". I never asked for the role, and yet i was cast into it with out even a thought. I have been faced with every possible issue, it has affected me in so many ways, and i have really struggled with accepting that this is apart of my life, my marriage and my future.

This book gave myself and my husband a clearer understanding of what i was to except from myself, from my husband and also for the other parties involved in this situation. Although I can not "control" my step son and his mother, i can make sure that their actions dont affect me in a negative way, and this book showed me how to accomplish this.

I found this book, clear, concise and relevant.

I have refered this book to friends who have also been placed in this "step-mother" role and are facing simular issues that i have.

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