The Stepfamily Handbook: Practical Steps To Help You Raise Stepchildren: Relaxed Mindset (Paperback)
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Stepfamilies are typically formed after divorce or the marriage of a single parent who has up to that point raised their child alone or after the death of a parent. By their very nature, stepfamilies are born of loss which is grieved in one way or another by all involved.
The author faced the challenges any new stepparent to grieving children experiences, including helplessness to know how to build relationships, awkwardness around memorializing the lost parent, and insecurity-wanting to be more comfortable in her own home and skin. Diane explains why merely voicing her concerns as a stepmom-though vital-was not enough to move forward with her stepfamily. Instead, she advocates a process to learn and grow with one's grieving family.
This book will help you:
- Gain a more relaxed mindset toward stepparenting through grief
- Validate when to let the natural parent take the lead
- Consider how to be part of the team that helps one's stepchildren grieve and grow