The Smart Stepmom

Practical Steps to Help You Thrive

The Smart Stepmom

The stepmother's role often is ambiguous and underappreciated, and frequently it carries unrealistic expectations. The book answers women's concerns and questions, including: How can I be a caretaker and a key emotional connector in the family if the children don't accept my influence? How shoud I cope with children who are confused about their family and torn between loyalty to their biological mother and me? When should I step back in conflicts and when should I insist that my husband stand up for me? In addition it addresses the spiritual and emotional climate of the home, providing perspective and guidelines to help stepmothers and their families thrive.

101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom

Expert Advice From One Stepmom to Another

101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom

Practical Ideas You Can Use Today In this down-to-earth book, Laura Petherbridge offers real answers from someone who's walked in your shoes--and not only survived, but thrived as a stepmom. Here you'll find compact solutions arranged by topic, such as parenting, coping with the children's biological mom, finances, and dealing with the holidays. You will learn · how to better understand your blended family · what to do when you feel like an outsider · ways to navigate the drama · keys to gaining the respect of your stepkids These bite-sized tips are perfect for a busy stepmom, offering at-a-glance advice you can use today--and see change begin.

The Smart Stepdad

Steps to Help You Succeed

The Smart Stepdad

While resources abound for stepmothers, stepfathers are often left to travel a difficult road without clear directions. Ron Deal offers advice for men navigating the stepfamily minefield, including how to connect with stepchildren, being a godly role model, how to discipline, dealing with the biological dad, and keeping the bond strong with one's new spouse. He gives perspective on what the kids are going through and why things don't work the same as in a biological family. The Smart Stepdad provides essential guidelines to help stepfathers not only survive but succeed as both dad and husband.

The Therapist's Notebook for Children and Adolescents

Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy

The Therapist's Notebook for Children and Adolescents

In The Therapist's Notebook for Children and Adolescents, 2nd ed, you'll find the most powerful tools available for aiding children with their feelings, incorporating play techniques into therapy, encouraging appropriate parental involvement in family sessions, and providing group therapy to children. This ready reference is divided into ten thoughtfully planned sections to make it easy to find the right activity, handout, or intervention for the problem at hand, whether you’re looking for creative ideas, running a children’s group, putting interventions into practice in the classroom, or looking for ways to increase parental and familial involvement. Instructions for the activities are clearly explained and highlighted with case examples and many illustrations. Chapters are by leading experts, including Eliana Gil, Risë VanFleet, Liana Lowenstein, Howard Rosenthal, and Volker Thomas, and explore strategies for treating children both individually and in a family context. With more than 60% new material, this expanded version delves into the latest research and thinking on family play therapy and addresses many pertinent issues of our time, including bullying, suicidal ideation, ADHD, autism, adolescents and sex, and cultural issues. It’s a must-have arsenal for both novice and experienced professionals in family therapy, play therapy, psychology, psychiatry, counseling, education, nursing, and related fields.

They Call Me Mom

52 Encouraging Devotions for Every Moment

They Call Me Mom

Moving, funny devotions crafted for every day by moms who know the drill When women take on the role of mom, they take on a hundred other titles as well: healer, comforter, chef, teacher, cheerleader—and less flattering things like disciplinarian, ruiner of fun times, and chief worrier. In the middle of juggling all those roles, finding room to spend time alone seeking God can seem insurmountable. Moms Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett understand the struggles—and the joys. They've pulled together their own experiences with the crazy world of parenting as well as the most requested, most talked about topics on mommy blogs. Their research nailed down what moms really want to talk about. And then they created a devotional that speaks straight to the heart of the mommy life. They Call Me Mom is a lighthearted, transparent take on the real-life ups and downs mothers face through all stages of parenting. Whether mom just brought home her first baby or she has several kids and zero time, she'll find relatable words and helpful encouragement in these pages. And with one devotion for every week of the year, it's easy to fit in a few minutes with God in the middle of a full parenting life.

The Smart Stepfamily Marriage

Keys to Success in the Blended Family

The Smart Stepfamily Marriage

Make This Marriage Last a Lifetime Leading blended family authority Ron Deal and marriage and family expert David Olson show you how to build on your relationship strengths and improve your weaknesses. Whether you're dating, engaged, a young stepfamily, or an empty-nest couple, The Smart Stepfamily Marriage gives you the tools you need at any stage to create a remarriage that will last. Each chapter of this book explores one of the key qualities of happy remarriages as identified by research. Like a GPS for your relationship, this book has built-in discussion questions that can help you and your partner discover where you are, where you'd like to be, and how to get there. The online survey gives you a report with personalized results for your relationship. "The Smart Stepfamily Marriage is the road map to a healthy marriage."--Gary D. Chapman, PhD, author, The Five Love Languages and When Sorry Isn't Enough "Remarried or marrying again? This book is loaded with specific, useful ideas for helping your marriage reach its full potential."--Scott Stanley, PhD, author, A Lasting Promise; research professor, University of Denver "This book is a must-read for any remarried couple. It includes the tools needed to create and maintain a wonderful remarriage."--from the foreword by Evelyn Husband Thompson, widow of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband, now remarried to Bill Thompson "The Smart Stepfamily Marriage is the most up-to-date, relevant, complete guide for remarried couples--I know of no other resource like it."--Francesca Adler-Baeder, PhD, professor and director, Center for Children, Youth, and Families, Auburn University; director, National Stepfamily Resource Center "This book will help you thrive in your marriage and beat the odds of divorce. The preventative information is the best I have ever seen, and the practical application covers it all. I have put The Smart Stepfamily Marriage at the top of my resource library for couples who find themselves in this beautiful and yet challenging world of remarriage."--Jim Burns, PhD, president, HomeWord, author of Creating an Intimate Marriage, Confident Parenting, and The Purity Code "Remarriages have unique challenges and different relational needs than first marriages. Based on a national study of 50,000 couples, this book is a wonderful resource for remarriage couples. Take the online Couple Checkup and get a report about your relationship, read the book, and build a relationship that lasts!"--Dr. Gary Smalley, author of The DNA of Relationships "You want a marriage that lasts forever, right? Blended family couples can beat the odds--this book will tell you how."--Dr. Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife, author of Stepping Up

Quiet Moments for the Stepmom Soul

Encouragement for the Journey

Quiet Moments for the Stepmom Soul

Stepmom, are you seeking reassurance for a weary soul? Would you like to experience peace, power, and purpose in your everyday life? In this devotional, Quiet Moments for the Stepmom Soul, three seasoned stepmoms provide 90 days of encouragement, comfort and insight. Cozy up and relax as Laura, Gayla and Heather provide a soothing salve and renewed enthusiasm for today's stepmoms. Stepmoms will learn how to: Bolster your confidence in a loving God Fall in love with your husband all over again Demolish self-deprecating stepmom thoughts Explore your worth as the beloved bride of Christ Pray with fervency for your family Each day's devotion is filled with real-life anecdotes and practical advice for the stepmom journey to help you rise above your circumstances and trust a loving God to lead your steps. You will glean helpful tips and encouragement to manage issues common to stepmoms including disharmony, difficult ex-spouses, drama, discontentment, confusion in your role, how to persevere, where to find support, how to stay united with your husband and more. Discover how to battle anxiety, keep a positive attitude, and make intentional choices as you claim God's promises for your stepfamily. "Wish you had a support group of stepmoms you could call for encouragement, wisdom, and strength when you need it most? Most stepmoms do. Sitting and talking with trusted friends is ideal, but if you don't have that this book is the next best thing. Quiet Moments for Stepmoms is your virtual support group with trusted friends. So, grab a cup of coffee and let Gayla, Heather, and Laura share their hearts with you." -- Ron L. Deal, bestselling author of The Smart Stepfamily and Director of FamilyLife Blended(TM)"

Forthcoming Books

Forthcoming Books