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Hell...p! I'm a Stepmother

Hell...p! I'm a Stepmother
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Since I was committed to making my marriage work, I began to search frantically for helpful reading material on step-parenting and was eventually rewarded by finding one solitary book on the subject. Delving into it, I soon realised that it would not provide the help I was so desperate to find. Although adept at describing her own step-parenting battle, the author had failed to provide suggestions for avoiding being fatally wounded on the battlefield.Reading her book left me feeling more depressed than I had been before and confirmed my suspicion that the prospects for survival weren’t good! Twenty years later I can confirm from my personal and professional experience that step-parenting is indeed a battle not recommended for the faint-hearted. I can also confirm, however, that there are rewards that make the experience satisfying and worthwhile. The ready availability today of pertinent information also assists in making the stepfamily journey a more hopeful one. Understanding the dynamics of a stepfamily can go a long way toward helping you ‘hang in there’ when the going gets tough. The knowledge that other step-parents also struggle with feelings of confusion, anger, isolation, insecurity, resentment and a sense of failure can be invaluable when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Being assured that these painful emotions are a normal part of stepfamily living can be a great comfort and encouragement, especially if the assurances are accompanied by practical suggestions. So, whilst stepfamily living seems to be just as difficult today as it was twenty years ago, there is greater access to resources that will help
Australian Council for Educational Research; January 2002
225 pages; ISBN 9780864315045
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