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Step-By-Step-Parenting/A Guide to Successful Living with a Blended Family  
by James D. Eckler - Paperback - 224 pages 2nd edition (April 1993)
Stepfamilies, also called blended families, are different from traditional biological families.  Stepparents need to learn how to work together in a way that will allow the children to adjust to the new family environment, without displacing the other parent. This book provides a competent guide for those parents.

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The Not So Wicked Stepmother, A Book for Children and Adults [LARGE PRINT]
by Leslie Allgood Venable, Julie M. Harrison (Illustrator), Leslie Allgood Venable
Paperback: 24 pages - L.A. Venable Publishing, (July 1999)
Olivia & Maria are two young sisters who are coping with the recent divorce of their parents. Later, when their dad begins dating again, the sisters decide to make sure he's dating someone who is right for them too. When Dad does meet that someone, Olivia and Maria are happy. Then Dad announces his plan to remarry. Now the girls must cope with the experience of having a stepmother. Will she be like the wicked stepmother in the story, Cinderella? Written for children ages 4-8 (to be read with an adult).

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Let's Talk About It: Stepfamilies
by Fred Rogers, Jim Judkis (Illustrator)
Paperback: 32 pages - Puffin, Reissue edition (October 2001)
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) opens the door for stepfamilies to safely talk about their good and sometimes not-so-good feelings by encouraging both parents and children to communicate. While he acknowledges that difficult situations will probably arise, he emphasizes that the joy of belonging is what all families are really about.

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Families & Change: Coping With Stressful Events and Transitions
by Patrick C. McKenry (Editor), Sharon J. Price (Editor)
Hardcover: 458 pages - Sage Publications, Sage Publications
This Second Edition presents a synthesis and analysis of the detailing families' responses to various transitions and other stressful life events. This book is intended to serve as a basic or supplementary text for undergraduate and introductory graduate courses on family or social problems. It is more suited to the professional.

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The Combined Family: A Guide to Creating Successful Step-Relationships by Taube S. Kaufman, Glen D. Slovenko, Helen Coale
Hardcover - 312 pages  (September 1993)
This book provides parents with examples about how to manage a variety of step-parenting problems, as well as identifying many of the pitfalls of blended families. Recommended reading before and after forming a stepfamily.

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Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage, and Parenting in the First Decade
by James H., Dr. Bray, John Kelly
Paperback: 288 pages - Broadway Books, (April 20, 1999)
A handbook for blended families that offers some substantive advice, based on a 10-year longitudinal study by Dr. Bray, presented with the help of John Kelly. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Bray (Family Medicine/Baylor Coll. of Medicine) worked frequently with stepfamilies and knew that up to 60 percent of second marriages that include stepchildren do not succeed. Dr. Bray offers the first detailed guide to easing the conflicts of stepfamily life and healing the scars of divorce.

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The Expanded Family Life Cycle: Individual, Family, and Social Perspectives (3rd Edition)
by Elizabeth A. Carter (Editor), Monica McGoldrick, Betty Carter (Editor)
Hardcover: 541 pages - Allyn & Bacon, (September 9, 1998)
This book is better suited to professionals working with stepfamilies, but does provide an excellent perspective on redefining families in the 21st century.

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