Stepparenting

Issues in Theory, Research, and Practice

Author: Kay Pasley

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 304

View: 215

Pasley summarizes and analyzes research, theory, and practice related to stepfamilies and stepparenting, and offers a look at the latest developments in this field.

Stepparenting

Author: Jeannette Lofas

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 241

View: 406

One big step beyond love and marriage.

Stepparenting

Creating and Recreating Families in America Today

Author: Stanley H. Cath

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 362

View: 446

In an era when teachers commonly report that up to half of the children in their classes come from multiple homes and have multiple caretakers, the special psychological challenges of stepparenting have never been in greater need of examination. As thoughtful clinicians have long known, stepparenting is among the most complicated of psychological projects: it may simultaneously be a multifaceted burden and a spur to personal autonomy, deepened sensitivity to others, and newfound competence as a nurturer. Among the thousands of divorced people who remarry each year, most - despite their best resolve to live in the present - persist in reassessing the price of separation, especially as they come to appreciate the fact that divorce is seldom a total break for their children. Stepparenting is a comprehensive exploration of the process of reconstructing families. More specifically, it is a book about the perils and promise of stepparenting, a caretaking role that may be more challenging than biologically given child rearing. Contributors follow people as they try to reevaluate past misunderstandings and acclimate to new parenting contexts and obligations. Editors Cath and Shopper have taken pains to offer a balanced purview that includes both successful and maladaptive instances of stepparenting. Of special note are the clincal examples throughout the book that chart the extended periods of slow, creative learning experienced by parents and children, biological and step, as they test the waters of new family systems and try to elicit newly attuned responses from each other.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stepparenting

Author: Erika Lutz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 384

View: 156

You're no idiot, of course. You know how to push a toddler on a swing, the recipe for the gooey chocolate chip cookies, and even how to get teens to confide in you. Your own kids think you're hip, too (although they'd never admit to it). But when it comes to figuring out how not to come across as the wicked stepparent, you feel like you need a magical potion. Don't reach for the garlic yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Stepparenting gives you sanity-saving advice for dealing with the stepfamily, getting to know your stepchildren, and feeling confident in your role.

Stepparenting with Grace

Encouragement for Blended Families

Author: Gayla Grace

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 859

These devotions provide companionship, encouragement, understanding, and biblical insights from a veteran stepmom. This trusted resource will help you gain strength, wisdom, and comfort as you navigate the rocky terrain of creating a blended family. You will learn how to: Trust a loving God when the kids do not. Find unity in your new marriage and parenting through grace and understanding. Explore your worth in Christ amid rejection. Gain confidence in the stepparent role as you take on the armor of God. Persevere through challenges and obstacles toward healthy, thriving relationships. Each devotion begins with Scripture along with an encouraging thought for the day and closes with prayer.

Grace-Filled Stepparenting

Help and Hope for This Unique and Loving Role

Author: Laurie Polich Short

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 176

View: 260

Stepparenting Is Hard…but It Can Also Be Richly Rewarding Stepparenting can sometimes feel like an overwhelming and thankless challenge. Loving and caring for children who aren’t biologically yours means having to earn trust, establish authority, and often put your own needs aside in favor of your stepchild’s well-being or a birth parent’s wishes. But here’s the good news: With some expert guidance and God’s help, you can have tremendous influence in your stepchild’s life and grow in your faith along the way. Seasoned stepmom Laurie Polich Short understands and empathizes with the difficult job you face. Drawing on extensive research, biblical teaching, and her own real-life experience (including an insightful chapter cowritten with her stepson, Jordan), Laurie provides practical and spiritual advice to help you fully embrace and succeed in your role as stepparent. Whether you are about to become a stepparent or are further along on your journey, this compassionate and insightful resource offers the hope, help, and encouragement you’ve been looking for.

Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapeutic Perspectives on Stepfamilies and Stepparenting

Author: Prophecy Coles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 122

View: 118

Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapeutic Perspectives on Step-families and Step-parenting looks at the role step-parents can play in the psychic development of children. Step-parenting requires enormous confidence and resilience that stretches into a territory of human emotions and conflict that can make marriage seem easy. Prophecy Coles’ concern has been that we are witnessing a new kinship system and our psychological thinking has not kept up with the emotional effect that stepparents are having upon the next generation. The author traces the history of our beliefs about stepparents through the oral tradition of the fairy story into our present, arguably prejudiced beliefs about them. Coles explores whether our feelings about stepparents arise from the unconscious tradition that placed stepparents in hostile opposition to the natural forces of parenting. The absence of detailed clinical work on the subject has meant that the author has drawn on interviews, biography and three long term research projects to think about this new family constellation. Covering such topics as the prevalence and importance of step-mothers historically, the reasons for psychoanalytic neglect of this subject, and using clinical material drawn from work with step-mothers, children and fathers, this is a much-needed guide to working with families affected by maternal loss and alternative parenting roles. It will encourage a further appreciation of the psychological difficulties that stepparents face, and at the same time offer a re-appraisal of the pain that young children go through when their parents decide to separate. Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapeutic Perspectives on Step-families and Step-parenting will appeal greatly to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

Stepparenting

The Best Resources to Help Blend Your Family

Author: Patricia Stevens

Publisher: Resource Pathways Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 223

View: 103

Describes and evaluates books and other resources on parenting, remarriage, and children for members of blended families

Successful Stepparenting

Author: Bonnie B. Juroe

Publisher: Fleming H Revell Company

ISBN:

Category: House & Home

Page: 191

View: 338

Identifies common problems stepparents face, tells how to be sensitive to the needs and fears of new stepchildren, and explains how to help children adjust to their new family

Stepping In, Stepping Out

Creating Stepfamily Rhythm

Author: Joshua M. Gold

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 160

View: 633

This much-needed resource offers insight into building and maintaining satisfying and successful stepfamily relationships. As the number of stepfamilies continues to increase, counselors and other mental health professionals are likely to encounter clients seeking help in navigating these often complicated relationships. In this book, Dr. Gold emphasizes the principles and practices of narrative therapy as a means to address key concerns within the family system, reauthor dominant social myths surrounding stepfamily life, and create realistic treatment plans that are inclusive of all members of the family. Detailing the inherent strengths and challenges of the stepfamily experience, he provides an in-depth examination of the roles of each member in a blended family, including stepfathers and stepmothers, ex-spouses, grandparents, and children. This book is an excellent guide to thoughtful, practical, and empirically validated interventions for helping stepfamilies thrive. *Requests for digital versions from ACA can be found on www.wiley.com. *To purchase print copies, please visit the ACA website *Reproduction requests for material from books published by ACA should be directed to [email protected]

Step-Parenting 101

Author: Kevin Leman

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 96

View: 117

Drawn from Dr. Kevin Leman's book Living in a Step-Family without Getting Stepped On, Step-Parenting 101 is an informative and practical guide to living in a blended family.

Wisdom on Step-Parenting

How to Succeed Where Others Fail

Author: Diana Weiss-Wisdom

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 204

View: 740

"..a guide to creating loving, stable stepfamily relationships." -- back cover.

Grace-Filled Stepparenting

Help and Hope for This Unique and Loving Role

Author: Laurie Short

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 729

Stepparenting Is Hard…but It Can Also Be Richly Rewarding Stepparenting can sometimes feel like an overwhelming and thankless challenge. Loving and caring for children who aren’t biologically yours means having to earn trust, establish authority, and often put your own needs aside in favor of your stepchild’s well-being or a birth parent’s wishes. But here’s the good news: With some expert guidance and God’s help, you can have tremendous influence in your stepchild’s life and grow in your faith along the way. Seasoned stepmom Laurie Polich Short understands and empathizes with the difficult job you face. Drawing on extensive research, biblical teaching, and her own real-life experience (including an insightful chapter cowritten with her stepson, Jordan), Laurie provides practical and spiritual advice to help you fully embrace and succeed in your role as stepparent. Whether you are about to become a stepparent or are further along on your journey, this compassionate and insightful resource offers the hope, help, and encouragement you’ve been looking for.

Remarriage and Stepparenting

Current Research and Theory

Author: Kay Pasley

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 323

View: 661

Since the mid-1970's, the texture of modern society has been changed dramatically by the increasing presence of the stepfamily. No longer considered the exception to the norm, the stepfamily has been thrust into the mainstream by a 50% divorce rate combined with a high incidence of remarriage. According to some estimates, 35% of children born in the 1980's will experience stepfamily living by the time they reach the age of 18. Although interest in remarriage and stepfamily relationships is growing, the literature often takes the form of popular work or anecdotal accounts with minimal data. This volume provides a much-needed overview of current research and theory in the field. It stems from a series of meetings sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development and funded by the Foundation for Child Development. The nine scholars who participated in the year-long study group, along with two others prominent in the field, have produced a work which explores the intricacies of remarriage and stepfamily living from a variety of perspectives. How do divorce and remarriage determine parent's adjustment and parent-child relationships? How are the boundaries set within this new family form? What are the dynamics between biological and step parents, both within the newly-created nuclear family and within the linked family units--those tied together for life by their common children? This comprehensive volume sheds new light on these issues and more, including the relatively untouched area of stepsibling relationships. It incorporates findings from five recent research studies, providing data not available elsewhere. The contributors also examine the stepfamily within historical, social, and cultural contexts--from changing demographics to stepfamily stereotypes. They cast a critical eye on current literature in the field and on research methodologies, providing insights on the changing nature of the stepfamily, and developing conceptual frameworks for further research. With so much important, up-to-date scholarship under one cover, REMARRIAGE AND STEPPARENTING TODAY is a valuable resource for researchers and clinicians in the areas of sociology, psychology, psychiatry, and social work, as well as for advanced students pursuing any of these disciplines.

Impact of Divorce, Single Parenting and Stepparenting on Children

A Case Study of Visual Agnosia

Author: E. Mavis Hetherington

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 392

View: 805

This book, a result of a conference sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, explores developmental and clinical evidence of how divorce, and the transition to single parenting and stepparenting affects children. Many of the articles collected here look at the legal measures being used to make such transitions easier for families.

Handbook of Marriage and the Family

Author: Gary W. Peterson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 914

View: 761

The third edition of Handbook of Marriage and the Family describes, analyzes, synthesizes, and critiques the current research and theory about family relationships, family structural variations, and the role of families in society. This updated Handbook provides the most comprehensive state-of-the art assessment of the existing knowledge of family life, with particular attention to variations due to gender, socioeconomic, race, ethnic, cultural, and life-style diversity. The Handbook also aims to provide the best synthesis of our existing scholarship on families that will be a primary source for scholars and professionals but also serve as the primary graduate text for graduate courses on family relationships and the roles of families in society. In addition, the involvement of chapter authors from a variety of fields including family psychology, family sociology, child development, family studies, public health, and family therapy, gives the Handbook a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary framework.

Steps to Step Parenting Success: How to Integrate Yourself into Your New Family

Author: Betty K. Autumn

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page:

View: 882

These days it can often feel like a 'normal' nuclear family is something of a rarity; that most families are varied, broken up or diverse. Children find themselves with step-parents, half-siblings, or living in single-parent households - even having same-sex parents. It's a time when the family unit is a much more flexible arrangement, rather than the biological 'Mom, Dad. The most common structure away from the traditional is that of two families coming together, creating step-parents and step or half-siblings and therefore a whole new family; and this book looks at how parents can build a step-family successfully and also gives you the guidance and support to overcome much of the difficulties with a mixed family. What you read here may not directly address your own situation, but we have tried to give a broad overview, and this book should help you understand some of the challenges associated with blended families, and developing new coping mechanisms and strategies to deal with them.

Step Parenting Getting It Right

Author: Brenda Van Niekerk

Publisher: Brenda Van Niekerk

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 66

View: 152

Step families or Blended Families Are the Norm Nowadays. The statistics show that 65 percent of remarriages will include children from previous relationships. When families “blend” to create step families things rarely progress smoothly. Some children may resist the many changes they face, while parents may become frustrated or disappointed when the new family doesn’t function like their previous family functioned. This book teaches you to deal with basic issues such as privacy for individual family members, who should handle the discipline, giving your stepchildren space, not to expect respect, but to earn respect. How to deal with hot and cold behavior from your step kids. Contrary to myth, step families have a high rate of success in raising healthy children. 80% of the kids grow up and turn out to be fine. Do not beat yourself up about being a bad step parent, learn how to deal with the situation.

8 Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting

Author: Nadir Baksh / Laurie Murphy

Publisher: eBookIt.com

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 192

View: 522

Written in a non-apologetic voice, 8 Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting present strong and specific direction for handling common problems. This book will empower readers to take up their new challenge of step-parenting with common sense, firmness and compassion; but most of all, with greater self-knowledge - the best strategy for success in any important task.