Making Friends with Your Stepchildren
By Rosemary Wells
With over 2.5 million children and young adults growing up in stepfamilies, this is a timely book of advice and encouragement for parents seeking to build good relationships with their stepchildren.
The book looks at how the decision is made to start the new relationship and how children should be helped to handle the change that this will bring. It looks at the complexities of stepfamilies and how to settle in to the new family. The importance of recognising and dealing with guilt, jealousy, resentment and anger is considered and the adjustments that will be needed by all members of the new family as they bring their own backgrounds and expectations into the family. The arrival of new babies and relating to teenage step children bring their own special challenges.
The final chapters look at relationships with the extended families and legal aspects of step families, and listening and communication as the key to building a good relationship with your step children. The book comes complete with an index, list of further reading and some helpful addresses of support organisations.
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