Book Review


Unglued. The title of this new devotional by Lysa Terkeurst grabbed my attention. I had to read and see what this book was all about. Only one page in and I was hooked. The words and heart in this devotional spoke directly to my heart and continues to do so each day. 

Believe it or not, I’ve come unglued a few times in my life and my most “memorable” moments have been in my role as stepmom/second wife. I know what to do, think and say in most of my challenging stepmom situations but I don’t always take my own advice.  So when I read Lysa’s words in the intro of her devotional, I immediately felt a connection with her heart and the mission of her book:

God has taught me so much about making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions. I’m not as loud when I’m upset, and I’m less prone to stuff down bitterness when I get hurt. Here are the key words in this last sentence: “not as loud” and “less prone.” I’m making progress, but, as you’ll see in these pages, it’s very much “imperfect progress.”

Love it. I am an imperfect work in progress. Aren’t we all? There is no such thing as being perfect yet we can be the hardest on ourselves when we feel we don’t measure up. I know I am grateful for the wisdom, love and mercy God gives us and it’s my prayer that I can be an open vessel for God’s love and truth to flow through me to others.

And the term raw emotions is such an accurate way to describe our emotional state when we feel we’ve been stripped to the core by pain, hurt, and frustration. Love brings vulnerability and it hurts to be hurt. Dealing with stepchildren, your husband’s ex-wife and possibly an ex spouse of your own can bring out lots and lots of raw emotion. Lysa bares her heart and shares “if you relate to my hurt, I pray you will relate to my hope.” Based on what I’ve journeyed through this devotional so far, I believe you will.

Anyone who reads my blog regularly or follows me on Twitter or Facebook knows I’m a huge proponent of starting the day off positive. Lysa shares ”Each morning my mind is like a dry sponge. Whatever I soak up first is what I’ll be most saturated with each day.” So true and soaking in the truth of God’s word in this devotional will set your heart and mind on a positive path. As we all know, it won’t erase our burdens but it gives us the mindset and strength to persevere.

What I love most about this book is that Lysa shares her heart, her hurt, and her hope with all of us. Lysa’s words assure us “you are not trapped by the emotional cycles of your past. Hope for change is rising.”  While we all know that we are not prisoners of our past, having a devotional to inspire and encourage along the way…. brings support, strength and inspiration knowing you are not alone.

This devotional walks you through 60 days of imperfect progress. Each day blesses you with a topic, thought for the day, and ends with a prayer.

Let me give you a little sneak peek into the book. I believe you will love this book as much as I do:

Day 1: Time For A New Script. “While feeling unglued is all I’ve really known, today my life can be different.”

Day 2: Imperfect Progress. “Just because something is hard doesn’t mean it’s impossible.”

Day 15: Is My Pain Talking? “Our Lord doesn’t whisper shameful condemnations.”

Day 46: The Secret to Conflict Resolution. “Don’t let your lips or typing fingers be the first thing that walks into a conflict.”

This devotional is a companion to the book Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst. I have not read the book but it is on my (long) list of must-reads. You do not need to read the book to utilize this devotional. This devotional is designed to help handle emotional struggles. Yeah, this devotional is designed to help everyone.

Personally, it was while I was reading the fourth day of this devotional that I stopped and jumped on Amazon to order four additional copies; three for my friends in my stepfamily prayer group and one to give away on my blog. I bought four more copies because I had to share this book. It is making a difference for me and it is my heart that it may help you.

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I always love when I get to meet in person someone I have connected with via social media. This September, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Deborah Gilboa (@AskDrG to me on Twitter) at BloggyCon in Cincinnati. Dr. G is as wonderful in person as she is online. I was thrilled when I learned about her new book and you will be too! 

Dr. G provides us parents with an amazing tool in her mini book: Teach Resilience: Raising Kids Who Can Launch!
While this book is not written specifically for stepmoms, it is written for all parents who want to raise resilient kids. I love a lot of things about this book. Here are my top five:
  1. It’s a mini book. Seriously. It is 5 inches by 3 1/2 inches and 62 pages.
  2. You navigate by category: Errands, Self-Care, Crisis Management, Occasional Events, Around the House. 
  3. Tips are also segmented by age; 2 to 4, 5 to 7, 8 to 10, 11 to 14, 15 to 17, All Ages. 
  4. This book offers 50 opportunities to build our children’s resilience and self-esteem. 
  5. Easy to read. Straight forward. Ideas you can use every day to continue to build resilience. 

You may ask “why teach resilience?” Dr. G answers with this “Resilience means the ability to recover from adversity.” Dr. G knows we help our kids and stepkids most by giving them the tools they need to handle tough situations.

As stepmoms, we know our stepkids have walked through tough times and may still be living with adversity. We know as stepmoms that we deal with adversity. Giving our stepkids tools to navigate life is giving them a priceless gift. How often does our heart break for our stepkids as they go back and forth between two homes with two different sets of rules and “climates”? This book will bless everyone!

I carry my book in my purse and flip through it when I’m waiting in line, stuck in traffic, etc… With it’s size, it makes a great gift idea and stocking stuffer.

The book is so practical. I don’t want to give all of Dr. G’s great tips away but I will share one with you that is for all ages. I have actually done this since my oldest was two and it has made a difference with all of my kids. My stepkids were slightly resistant at first but they like to play along now.

PLAY HIGH-LOW-HIGH (For all ages)

Want more than one word answers about your child’s day? Teach resilience by finding the highs and lows of their – and your – experiences. At dinner (or in the car, etc.) ask each person for a high, a low, and a high from the day.

Kids will learn:

  • to express emotions. 
  • to evaluate their experiences. 
  • to find more good than bad. 
  • to listen. 
  • that adults have highs and lows also, and how we handle them!
Doctor G (Deborah Gilboa, MD) is a board certified Family Physician, mom of four kids and founder of AskDoctorG.com, a resource for parents and educators who are working to raise great kids. She gives parenting workshops around the country and offers great free tools for raising kids who are respectful, responsible and resilient!

If you are interested in purchasing the book, please click here: http://askdoctorg.com/buy-doctorg-book/
                                   
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What are your thoughts on teaching your stepkids resilience? Care to share any tips that work for you?

Stepmom friends, we all know the importance of being mindful as a stepmom and we also know how important it is to get useful tips and tools from other stepmoms who have been there and thrived through a challenge. My StepMom Magazine colleague, Joan Sarin, is writing a book that will help you build your Emotional Intelligence as a Stepmom and she is looking to get YOUR input.

One of the things I cherish about our stepmom community is the way we come together to support, encourage and inspire one another. Please read the following from Joan and I ask you to take the two calls for action and consider sharing your stories with her:

Learn to Love Being a Stepmom By Building Emotional Intelligence (working title)

This book is written by a stepmom for stepmoms – it’s about building the emotional intelligence to make a highly challenging role into a successful and fulfilling one.

Anyone who’s a stepmom knows how hard it is, and how tricky it can be to find your way. At first it seemed like my home was a landmine field, where I could set off explosions of conflict with the slightest misstep. I didn’t know then that all of us had the same anxiety, and our household was often an awkward and painful place to be.

In my book, I tell the story of how we made it through; we will celebrate our 20th year as a stepfamily as this book is published. I now thoroughly enjoy my role as a stepmom in the successful stepfamily we have built. My experience as a stepmom is my most important qualification for authoring this book; however I am also a social psychologist, as well as a Master Stepfamily Coach with the Stepfamily Foundation. Last year when I trained as an EQ (Emotional Intelligence) Educator, the proverbial “light bulb” went off. The Six Seconds’ (a top international leader in EQ training) framework for developing emotional intelligence is an ideal method for a stepmom to use for transforming her experience to a more positive, and happier, one.

There are books for stepmoms, and some give excellent advice. But in my work with many stepfamilies (teaching “The Stepfamily Success Course”) I am struck by the complex variations of stepfamily life, there’s just no “one size fits all” solution. As a smart stepmom, you need a system to work through your feelings and to find answers that are uniquely right for you and your family. Learn to Love Being a Stepmom provides that system.

Fortunately, EQ skills are trainable (unlike IQ, which is pretty much set by our genes). There are eight “EQ Competencies” in the Six Seconds framework. Each of them has a chapter devoted to developing that skill as it relates specifically to stepmoms. Each skill is taught by example and stories, and is followed up by a Study Guide to help you practice. The skills range from better awareness of our feelings to learning how to navigate the difficult emotions; from recognizing patterns we find ourselves repeating to using consequential thinking; and from finding our own intrinsic motivation to practicing optimism. In addition, we learn to practice the critical skill of empathy, as well as discover the importance of pursuing noble goals.

The book is authentic, well-researched, and rich with stories of real stepmoms. It also gives surprising insight into what’s going on in the emotional lives of the other members of the stepfamily. It gives you the “how to” you need to build the internal resources that will help you make good choices for yourself and your relationships. Through this book, you will learn to use your emotions in a smart way, in a way that will benefit you far beyond the stepfamily. All your relationships will improve, with the emphasis on the most important one – the relationship with yourself.

Call to Action:

Please vote for the title you’d most likely purchase by leaving a comment below and Joan will get the vote:

1. Learn to Love Being a Stepmom
By Building Emotional Intelligence
2. The Emotionally Intelligent Stepmom
3. Other(After reading the summary): _____________________________

Share Your Story:

Also, you can help other stepmoms by sharing what you’ve learned. I need several more stories from stepmoms. The focus is on a difficult challenge that you’ve faced and overcme through taking an emotionally mature approach. Just write a brief summary (half to a full page), and I’ll interview you if your story is selected for possible inclusion in the book.

Everyone who sends in a story will receive a complimentary electronic copy of the book; those whose stories are included will get a print copy and more!

- all information will be confidential and anonymous (you can select the name you want to use)
- Please respond to Joan@StepmomSOS.com
- When sending a story, provide your email address & phone number as well as the best time to reach you.

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I hope you’ll consider helping Joan and in turn helping many, many other stepmoms.

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year. Time for family & friends and counting our blessings. But what happens in a stepfamily when the holidays aren’t so cheery? While this time of year can bring much joy and peace, it can also bring much heartache and frustration for stepfamilies as they seek to successfully navigate the holiday season and unwrap the greatest gift of all – PEACE! 

Gayla Grace, of StepparentingWithGrace, and I have listened to the hurts and struggles of stepparents during this time of year and have put together a 36 page guide to help stepparents THRIVE (not just survive) during the Holiday Season.

In our new book: Thriving at the Holidays: A Stepparent’s Guide to Success, Unwrapping the Gift of Peace, Gayla & I provide tools, tips, encouragement, inspiration and personal stories to help stepparents thrive during this time of year.

We know you may be struggling during the holidays and we know that you also don’t have a ton of time or extra money to combat the stress. Keeping your needs in mind, our book is 8 chapters and is priced at $2.99. In addition to the practical tips, inspiration, encouragement and personal stories, we’ve included a long list of stepfamily traditions you can start and recipes from our kitchens to yours.

To give you a sneak peak, here are the chapter titles:

  • Manage Your Expectations
  • Live by Faith to Overcome Fear
  • Define Your Date to Celebrate
  • Remain Hopeful During Stressful Periods
  • Give the Gift of Grace and Flexibility
  • Value the Treasure of Family Traditions
  • Maintain Balance with Self-Care and Couple-Care
  • Boundaries as Blessings
  • Family Tradition Appendix
  • Holiday Recipe Appendix

We are extremely honored to have Ron L. Deal’s seal of approval:

“Heather and Gayla want to help your family unwrap the gift of familial peace. From stepparents living in the trenches, the booklet is packed full of practical advice, encouragement and perspective for your holiday challenges. You already unwrapped one gift by opening this booklet, now start unwrapping holiday peace. Read on.” Ron L. Deal, President www.smartstepfamilies.com (taken from the Foreward written by Ron)

It is our sincere hope that this book will help you thrive at the holidays and beyond. If you’ve found help through my blog and/or tweets you will love this book. I would be extremely honored if you would share this link with friends and family via your social media connections. My heart is to help stepparents everywhere with this great resource.

The book is available on Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Sony and also as a PDF on the book’s website www.StepparentingSuccess.com.

I’ll be giving away one free copy. Below are a few ways to enter. Each is considered a separate entry. Leave a comment below for each of your entries. If you are already following me or Gayla on FB or Twitter, leave a comment – it counts! Contest closes 12AM December 13, 2011:

  • Like StepparentingSuccess on FaceBook
  • Like CafeSmom on FaceBook
  • Follow CafeSmom on Twitter
  • Follow Gayla Grace on Twitter
  • Sign up to receive CafeSmom Blog updates via email/RSS feed
  • Please share your biggest struggle at the Holidays.
  • Please share your greatest joy at the Holidays.
If you are selected as the ebook winner and have already purchased the book, I’ll send you an apparel item of your choice free from my CafeSmom Eshop!  Thanks for entering.
It is my sincere hope that you and your family have a peaceful Christmas season and that love, laughter and harmony fill your heart and your home.

Love for Grown-Ups! The Garter Brides’ Guide to Marrying for Life When You’ve Already Got a Life by Amy Blumenthal Jacobs, Patricia Ryan Lampl, and Tish Rabe.

The book’s cover grabbed me and the chapters on blended family living drew me in. At first, I thought this wouldn’t be a book for my audience of stepmoms …. we’ve already met the man of our dreams (and his mini royal family). But the advice on blended family living is so concise and so practical I had to share. We can all benefit from reading stories and gaining advice and this book shares wonderful tips, insight and personal stories from the authors as well as countless other women interviewed.

Take this chapter for instance:

Chapter 3: Who Are All These People? (Friends, Family, Exes and Everyone Else)

I won’t give the book away but one of the topics they tackle is this: what to do when your spouse’s family doesn’t embrace you and/or your kids. Important topic and one that unfortunately, many stepmoms face. Agree very much with their advice that grieving the loss of their son’s last marriage may take them much longer than it did their son. Parents often need to understand and come to terms with many questions ranging from why their daughter-in-law left their son?, to why the marriage didn’t last?, or to why their son left his family?, etc….. Often times, there are no easily understandible answers to the questions in a parent’s heart. In addition, parents sometimes take much longer to grieve and become accepting of a new relationship. Remember it’s your role and not you that many parents struggle with in accepting. Sometimes parents put up a protective wall as they don’t’ want to get hurt again, “what if you leave their son?” may float in their mind and heart. I won’t disclose all their helpful tips and stories, you’ve got to read the book to find out more. And there is much, much more to this chapter.

The other chapter I found applicable is:

Chapter 4: “Nice Roast Beef, Honey, but Did I Mention My Daughter’s a Vegetarian?”

Loved the honesty and genuine truths throughout this chapter. The Garter Brides interviewed numerous stepmoms and these women really let down their hair. I was particularly drawn to a story where a stepmom’s wise counsel to her husband helped heal his relationship with his son. The story really touched me because I felt it is one so many of us can relate to. A stepmom saw the disrespect and hurt her stepson was causing his father (her husband) and gently helped her spouse see how enabling this treatment was good for no one. The father enforced “tough love” and in doing so the son cut off contact for a time but came back around after seeing the error of his ways and now the father-son duo have a tight bond. “Instead of losing his son by setting limits, as Sam had feared, now they talk nearly every day,” shared the loving stepmom.

As the Garter Brides write “Even adult kids and their parents sometimes need the path smoothed by a wise stepmom.” We do have so much to offer our stepkids and our spouse.

There is much more in the book. I appreciate the conversational style in which the book is written and the tips scattered throughout the book. I had the chance to interview the ladies on October 5th on my weekly web show, The Stepmom Connection. If you want to catch the interview, please click here…..

While the majority of the book is about finding your true love and getting married when you’ve already got your life, the information on blended families is definitely worth reading and learning from. One of my biggest pushes in our stepmom community is the power of community itself and in the importance of not feeling alone on the journey. The stories and tips in this book help you to feel a sense of connection while living and navigating the role of stepmom. That is not only enlightening but also empowering.

The Garter Brides would like to send one lucky reader a free copy of their book.

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Each counts as one entry. Make sure to leave a comment for each entry. Thank you!

I’ll pick one winner randomly and announce Thursday, November 3, 2011. Contest ends at 1AM EST on November 2, 2011.

The book can be purchased at any national retailer and as always through Amazon!

Look forward to receiving your entries and also to hearing your thoughts. Thank you!

Allow me to leave you with this sentence in the book which I think speaks to every co-parent out there “one thing everyone can agree on: battlegrounds aren’t good places to raise kids.”

Are you the stepmom of a tween or teen? If so, you may notice that navigating these waters can be a bit tricky. One day your stepchild  shares tales of their day, the next morning they serve you a grunt and a side of eye roll for breakfast.

Yes. We expect tweens and teens to be moody and challenging. But we also want to stay connected. Often we can feel like we are doing the right things but getting the wrong vibes. It’s as if we and our stepkids are not speaking the same language anymore.

And the reality is, we aren’t speaking the same verbal and non-verbal language. Our stepkids are talking teenage and we need to learn their language if we want to stay connected as we parent them through this confusing time in their lives.

Thankfully, there is a new book to learn how to speak, understand and converse in their teenage language.

Teenage as a Second Language: A Parent’s Guide to Becoming Bilingual by Dr. Barbara A. Greenberg, PhD and Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, PsyD has the answers that we stepmoms are desperately seeking to understand and keep connected to our teen stepkids.

And my favorite thing about the book is:

A Section for StepFamilies. YES! They recognize that blended families have different challenges. Chapter 6 is devoted to The Evolving Identities of Mothers and Fathers.

Personally, I love the section titled Stepparents: Shaking the Cinderella Complex. “There is no doubt that stepparents play an increasingly important role in the lives of teenagers,” note the authors. Yes, we do and these authors not only acknowledge that but give us tips on how to grow our relationship with our teens.

I can’t tell you how important this is when choosing a book to help with issues regarding stepfamilies.  There are a ton of parenting books out there but they are written for the parents – the ones who have that unconditional love from their kids. Stepparents have a different relationship with their stepkids and need advice that recognizes that relationship.

Advice for parents on how to parent their children is going to be different than advice for stepparents on how to parent their stepchildren.

Things I love about this book:

  • Informal style and set-up of the book. The book is based on solid experience and real-life research and interactions with teens and their parents yet it doesn’t read like an academic journal. It’s real advice for real parents and stepparents.
  • It decodes their non-verbals. Find out how to translate their non-verbals.  The book decodes nonverbals as they pertain to certain situations. Door slamming, arms crossed, hanging around you quietly don’t always signal negativity. Truly these sections of the book are worth their weight in gold.
  • Try this, Rather than this sections. The authors provide comparisons of how to handle different and difficult situations with teens.
  • What They See vs. What You See sections offers valuable insight. The authors explain the same situation as seen through your teens’ eyes and as seen through the parents’ lens.
  • Positive and encouraging. Love that this book is positive in nature. When reading it you feel empowered, hopeful and you’ll have many AhHa moments! Reading this book will make you recognize all the things that you are doing right.
  • How to ask questions and get answers. The authors explain how asking questions the “right” way makes all the difference. They teach you how to have conversations with your teen where you are both sharing and your kid doesn’t feel like they are playing “20 questions.”
  • Self-standing chapters. Easy to read cover to cover and also great for a handy resource.

As I read the book, I kept saying Yes! Yes! and underlining like crazy. This book is the kind you want to dip in highlighter because you want to remember everything. If I thought it would work, I would sleep with this book under my pillow so that the authors’ wisdom and tips would become cemented in my brain.

Teenage As A Second Language is the Rosetta Stone for the language of Teenager.

This book gets it and you should get this book. Seriously. In my commitment to bring you the best resources, I would be remiss if I didn’t share this tool with you. You won’t find it in the StepParenting Section of the Book Store but it includes wise wisdom for parenting and stepparenting your tweens and teens.

The book has taken the parenting section of publishing by storm. TSL went on the parenting Best Seller List in the UK after only 2 weeks and was #8 in Parenting Teens in Canada. You can buy it at any major bookseller or order it online

Teenage as a Second Language retails for $14.95. The online price is below $10.00. A small investment that yields a big pay-off.

Also, make sure to check out the author’s website: TalkingTeenage

Last not but not least, I am giving away a signed copy of this book to one of my lucky readers. Leave a comment or question about stepmothering teens for your chance to win. This giveaway ends at 5PM EST on Thursday, February 10th.

….that is the question. But what is the answer?  Teens are a different breed. And for StepMoms who have young children of their own or for those who married and got an instant family, managing your relationship with your teen stepkid is unchartered territory. Even when you have a teen and your spouse has a teen, the dynamics are not easy. The teen years are tough on the child and tough on the parents, StepMom included.

As you probably know, I love bringing my Smom Community great resources. I’ve heard from many of you over the past few months that are struggling with defining the relationship between you and your teen stepchild. So when I found www.TalkingTeenage.com I had to stop and stay awhile. I am so impressed with their site and forum.

And then when I got to actually speak with Dr. Barbara Greenberg, one of the two co-authors of the site, I was blown away by her experience and sheer passion for helping parents speak the Language of Teenage. I’m convinced it is another language.

I was so impressed, I am reading their new book

Teenage as a Second Language by Dr’s Barbara R. Greenberg, & Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder

When I’m finished reading, I will post a review but until then I am sharing a piece that Barbara Greenberg was kind enough to share with me. Enjoy!

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$$ The Price Parents Pay For Being Their Teen’s Friend! by Dr. Barbara Greenberg

Parents consistently ask us whether or not they should be their teenager’s friend. They are torn, primarily, because they feel that if they are their teens’ friend then they will get to know them better. In fact, they may or may not get to know them better but even if they do, it may come at a significant price.

Here are our main concerns about befriending your teens:

1. In the role of a friend, parents lose their status as authority figures and are in less of a position to be taken seriously when setting rules and boundaries.

2.The role of a friend is to be agreeable and keep things harmonious. While parents also strive to provide a harmony: at times they may have to deliver information that is not consistent with being an agreeable friend. Parents need to be comfortable with their teens’ anger and need to understand that this is part of the parenting/authority role. This is inconsistent with the “friend” role.

3. As your teen’s friend you may start to confide in your children. Boundaries are at risk to get blurred. Teens don’t want to be their parents’ confidantes. They neither have the maturity or responsibility for such a role. If they begin to see their parents as needy, they may begin to worry about them. A teen who is worried about a parent often stops confiding and turns to others for emotional support and guidance.

Our takeaway message is that your teens already have friends. They need parents to act as parents and friends to act as friends.

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Interested in your thoughts????

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A note to my New York readers: Their next book signing for Teenage as a Second Language is on Sunday Jan.16 from 1-3 in New York City at Borders on 32nd and 2nd /  576 2nd Avenue. If you are in the area, stop by and say hi to Barbara and Jennifer and pick up their great new book.

Love, love, love how the internet has made if possible to meet and connect with so many wonderful people in the stepfamily community. I also love how our technologically advanced world has made it possible for great writers with a wealth of information to write and sell their books online.

It’s with great pleasures that I introduce you to one such author, Jim Cunningham, and his clever and wise book for stepfamilies titled Mine Are From Heaven, Yours Are From Hell.

If you are in a stepfamily, the title itself makes you want to read because your thinking “this guy gets it. My kids are great but my spouse’s kids are well……”

And Cunningham does get it and he offers 7 key ingredients for successfully blending your stepfamily.

What I like most about his ebook is his honesty, his creativity, and the action steps he lays out for you to work on the ingredients he lists to “cook” a successful stepfamily. In his introduction, Cunningham writes “there is hardly an experience that comes with more fantasies (thank you Brady Bunch) and at the same time more frustrations than this battleground of blended families.” And Jim is right about that.

The action steps will challenge you to personally examine the topics in this book as it pertains to you and your stepfamily. These action items make this book a great study for pre-remarrieds and a great read for couples who are already in a stepfamily. This book would also make for a great book discussion for two to three stepfamily couples.

If you have a hard time discussing your concerns about your stepkids with your spouse, this book is a great resource to read together. The topics regarding the role of the children will open a door to discuss these matters. The book will force the topic not you. You’ll also learn about the Big Three – these are three components you must instill in your children. Cunningham writes “these three are not optional, but crucial to family harmony.”

I’m a firm believer in reading everything you can regarding stepfamily life and digesting the information through the lense of your particular situation. Personally, I read everything with an open mind and try and learn as much as I can and then apply the wisdom gained to me personally and to my role as stepmom in my family.

I learned from Jim. I had many “ah ha” moments while reading. At $9.95 for his book, I believe it is money well spent. How much do we spend on house insurance, car insurance, etc.. to protect the material things in our life that matter to us?  I consider money spent on books, tools and stepfamily coaching as blended family insurance. And nurturing your marriage, keeping your family running and running well is priceless.

Cunningham’s ebook is 28 pages in length and can be purchased via paypal through his website www.livingforkeeps.com

Jim is so sure you’ll love his book, that he offers you a free chapter download. Visit his site today and check out the book for yourself.

Please come back and post your comments here to share with others. Thanks for your feedback:)

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