Becoming a step parent to children often results in many questions. It is a confusing time because you are unsure what your boundaries are as a step parent towards your step children. Should you discipline them? Should you give them extra freedom? Many question, such as these, can be answered in books for step parents. There are many books available to assist step parents with the transition to parenting step children.
Stepparenting by Jeannette Lofas is an excellent resource for new step parents. Many of the questions you have will be answered within this book. Stepparenting includes coping with difficult situations that arise with step children, including the emotional issues. This book offers advice for making the blended family situation work well and how to maintain a quality family aspect of life.
7 Steps to Bonding with Your Stepchild
Written by Ph.D. Suzen J. Ziegahn, 7 Steps to Bonding with Your Stepchild is a great resource to learn how to build strong and loving relationships with your step children. This book analyzes why it is so important to build a strong bond with step children to maintain a strong marriage. It offers realistic approaches to everyday situations that arise when parenting step children. The book teaches new step parents how to deal with the anxiety of having step children by answering many of the questions and worries new step parents have. The advice offered in this book is practical, upbeat, and very realistic.
Loving Someone Else’s Child
Loving Someone Else’s Child by Angela Elwell Hunt is another great resource for step parents. The main reason this book is so important for learning how to parent step children is that it offers first hand experience. Author Angela Elwell Hunt has been in the situation of being in a blended family. This fact gives her the credibility and knowledge to successfully help other parents in similar situations. It teaches how to effectively communicate with step children, while building a respectful relationship for one another.
When your spouse brings children along into a relationship, it is sure to complicate matters. But, step children are not a bad thing. To maintain a quality family life, it’s important to learn how to be the best step parent you can be to your step children. The books listed above are just what you need to build those strong brides between you and your step children. Taking the time to learn what works and what doesn’t will save the entire family headaches and heartaches as the two families mesh together.
‘Loving Someone Else’s Child’ by Angela Elwell Hunt
Written by Ph.D. Suzen J. Ziegahn, ‘7 Steps to Bonding with Your Stepchild’
‘Stepparenting’ by Jeannette Lofas