Practical, realistic, and upbeat advice--from sharing a bathroom to initiating conversations--for people who "inherit" children along with a new spouse. The success or failure of a stepparent to bond with stepchildren can make or break a new marriage. But this book has a refreshing message--it is possible to achieve longlasting, rewarding relationships with your new children.
Most stepparents feel caught in a bind because in order to connect with their stepchild, they have to reach out--but not too much, too little, or too deliberately. And relationships with stepchildren are inherently different from those with biological children who love their parent unconditionally. But these 7 basic steps will give you the essentials, from deciding what kind of stepparent you want to be to realizing that love comes later.
About the Author
Suzen J. Ziegahn is a clinical psychologist and writer specializing in stepfamily issues. She also has over 12 years of experience in the administration of mental health services, serving as Director and CEO of mental health systems in the Midwest. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the stepmother of two children. She lives in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.