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A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do

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An honest and groundbreaking guide to understanding the complicated emotions that develop between stepmothers and children.

When faced with often overwhelming challenges, what woman with stepchildren is unfamiliar with that “stepmonster” feeling? Half of all women in the United States will live with or marry a man with children. To guide women new to this role—and empower those who are struggling with it—Wednesday Martin draws upon her own experience as a stepmother. She's frank about the harrowing process of becoming a stepmother, she considers the myths and realities of being married to a man with children, and she counteracts the cultural notion that stepmothers are solely responsible for the problems that often develop. Along the way, she interviews other stepmothers and stepchildren and offers up fascinating insights from literature, anthropology, psychology, and evolutionary biology that explain the little-understood realities of this unique parent-child relationship and—in an unexpected twist—shows why the myth of the Wicked Stepmother is the single best tool for understanding who real stepmothers are and how they feel.

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Finally, validation.

As a full time stepmother, I have searched countless times for information regarding the dynamics of a blended home. The feelings, the frustrations, the emotions that are attached to step-children. The underlying energy that is sensed but unspoken. I found this book to be a relief. A validation so that I no longer felt guilty about my reality. It was disheartening to read the statistics in regards to how many stepchildren never truly have a great relationship with their stepmothers unless of course stepmothers lower their expectations. Regardless, I read this book and discussed many parts of it with my husband. I am grateful for this book and the insight it provides on the daily struggles of step-parenting.

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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Parenting
  • Published: May 04, 2009
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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