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The Smart Stepfamily

The Smart Stepfamily
Seven Steps to a Healthy Family

by Ron L. Deal

  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release : 2014-05-13
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1441264205
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Discover the Keys to a Healthy Stepfamily Leading stepfamily expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Whether married or soon-to-be-married, you'll discover how to · Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships · Communicate effectively with an ex-spouse · Handle stepfamily finances confidently · "Cook" your stepfamily slowly rather than expect an instant blend This revised and expanded edition has updated research and two new chapters with even more real-world advice on topics such as stepsibling relationships and later-life stepfamilies.

Preparing to Blend

Preparing to Blend
The Couple's Guide to Becoming a Smart Stepfamily

by Ron L. Deal

  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release : 2021-09-14
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 1493433555
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Premarital Guide for Blended Family Couples If you want to enter a blended family marriage well, this is the book for you. Aimed at engaged or pre-engaged couples who have at least one child from a previous relationship, Preparing to Blend offers wise counsel on parenting, finances, establishing family identity, and daily routines for your new life together. Within these pages you will learn how to: · predict common issues · define expectations · create solutions You, your soon-to-be-spouse, and your children will benefit from exercises designed to accelerate family bonding and help you better understand each other. There is even a chapter to help you plan your wedding with your children in mind, so you can build a strong future together. Preparing to Blend is also an ideal premarital counseling tool for marriage coaches, mentors, and pastors wanting to prepare couples for complex blended family dynamics. If you are considering forming a blended family, Preparing to Blend is the resource you've been looking for.

The Smart Stepfamily Participant's Guide

The Smart Stepfamily Participant's Guide
An 8-Session Guide to a Healthy Stepfamily

by Ron L. Deal

  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release : 2014-05-13
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN : 1441264213
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Practical Solutions to the Issues Stepfamilies Face The Smart Stepfamily Participant's Guide provides discussion questions to use before and after watching the DVD, space to take notes, and bonus reading material. Includes leader instructions and guidelines for facilitating effective groups.

The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning

The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning
Money Management Before and After You Blend a Family

by Ron L. Deal,Greg S. Pettys,David O. Edwards

  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release : 2019-09-17
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1493421859
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Money issues are a frequent source of conflict in all marriages. But blended families are a monetary minefield. Debts, bills, and child support payments from previous relationships often influence the finances of a blended family. And planning for college expenses, retirement, and inheritance gets even more complicated in remarriage. These issues can explode couple unity and blow up developing family harmony. However, proper blended family money management can make money an asset to your relationship, not a liability. The authors use over 50 years of combined financial planning and blended family educational experience to help you envision your combined financial future and plan for how you'll get there. You'll discover practical ways to merge your current financial realities and protect your marriage while doing so. Get real-world financial advice specific to unique blended family legal and relational matters so you can provide for your family both now and in the future.

The Smart Stepdad

The Smart Stepdad
Steps to Help You Succeed

by Ron L. Deal

  • Publisher : Bethany House Publishers
  • Release : 2019-07-02
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9780764234491
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Help for Stepdads from Leading Expert The Smart Stepdad gives you all the tools you need to navigate the stepparenting minefield, such as how to connect with the kids, how to be a godly role model, and how to handle tricky issues like discipline.

The Smart Stepfamily Marriage

The Smart Stepfamily Marriage
Keys to Success in the Blended Family

by Ron L. Deal,David H. Olson

  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release : 2015-05-12
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 144126633X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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

The Smart Stepfamily

The Smart Stepfamily
Seven Steps to a Healthy Family

by Ron L. Deal

  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Release : 2006-01-01
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 076420159X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Each member has their own unique place in a family. Ron Deal explores the myth of the "blended" family offering practical, realistic solutions for stepfamilies.

Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily

Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily
A Book

by Ron L. Deal,Dianne Neal Matthews

  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release : 2018-03-06
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 1493413678
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Daily Inspiration and Wisdom for Blended Families Got a minute? Then you have time for a daily dose of encouragement and wisdom for your stepfamily journey. These 365 short and sweet thoughts will keep your family blending and bonding throughout the year. Topics include parenting and stepparenting, strengthening your marriage, grief in the stepfamily, bonding with children, co-parenting with exes, practical wisdom for bringing family members together, and inspirational stories to lift your spirits and keep you stepping in the right direction. This book also addresses special days like Mother's Day and holidays. Each daily dose of encouragement includes a prayer for your home. Sharing these readings with your spouse and, when appropriate, kids will spark valuable conversations that strengthen family understanding and closeness.

Dating and the Single Parent

Dating and the Single Parent
* Are You Ready to Date? * Talking With the Kids * Avoiding a Big Mistake * Finding Lasting Love

by Ron L. Deal

  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release : 2012-10-01
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1441271015
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Trustworthy Stepfamily Expert Offers Single Parents a Guide to Dating Single parents who are dating or want to begin a dating relationship wonder, How will dating affect my children and my parenting? They probably have figured out that "dating in a crowd" is complicated. Now they're looking for help. Ron Deal, who has counseled single parents and remarried couples for many years, helps single parents--as well as those who date them--navigate the potential pitfalls involved. He gives perspective on when a relationship may be harmful to the children as well as how it can be a blessing to all. Always at the forefront is the goal of strengthening families. Includes questions for individual or group study.

The Smart Stepmom

The Smart Stepmom
Practical Steps to Help You Thrive

by Ron L. Deal,Laura Petherbridge

  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Release : 2009-10-01
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781441210999
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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

101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom
Expert Advice From One Stepmom to Another

by Laura Petherbridge

  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release : 2014-05-13
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 1441264167
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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

The Smart Stepdad
Steps to Help You Succeed

by Ron L. Deal

  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Release : 2011-04-01
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 144121464X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

In Their Shoes

In Their Shoes
Helping Parents Better Understand and Connect with Children of Divorce

by Lauren Reitsema

  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release : 2019-10-15
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 1493422529
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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As a stepparent or biological parent in a blended family that has experienced divorce, you may encounter resistance. But take heart. That resistance is probably not because of your personality or something you've done wrong, but because of the position you hold. Walking in your child's shoes for a while, to see things from their point of view, can make all the difference. Lauren Reitsema's stories, research, and firsthand experiences will help you better understand the mindset of your child. While every stepparent/stepchild relationship is unique, there are many common themes that children experience as they adapt to their changing family. Lauren carefully explains these themes and brings out practical ideas that will help you cultivate authentic connections. Discover what's going on in the heart and mind of your child and learn to walk beside them. Your efforts will pay off in stronger, closer blended family relationships.

Building Love Together in Blended Families

Building Love Together in Blended Families
The 5 Love Languages and Becoming Stepfamily Smart

by Gary Chapman,Ron L Deal

  • Publisher : Moody Publishers
  • Release : 2020-02-04
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 080249773X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Create a Loving and Safe Environment for Your Blended Family Blended families face unique challenges, and sadly, good intentions aren’t always enough. With so many complex relationships involved, all the normal rules for family life change, even how you apply something as simple as the five love languages. That’s why Gary Chapman, the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages® andnational expert on stepfamilies, Ron Deal, join together in this book to teach you how the five love languages can help your blended family. They’ll teach you: About the unique dynamics of stepfamilies How to overcome fear and trust issues in marriage How to develop healthy parenting and step-parenting practices How the love languages should—and should not—be applied You’re going to face many challenges, but with the right strategies and smart work, your family can be stronger and healthier together.

101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom

101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom
Expert Advice From One Stepmom to Another

by Laura Petherbridge

  • Publisher : Bethany House Publishers
  • Release : 2014-05-20
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 9780764212215
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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 Art of Parenting

The Art of Parenting
Aiming Your Child's Heart toward God

by Dennis Rainey,Barbara Rainey,Dave Boehi

  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release : 2018-08-21
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1493413686
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From Marriage and Family Experts Dennis and Barbara Rainey Dennis and Barbara Rainey have spent decades helping families find biblical help to strengthen and transform family relationships. Through radio broadcasts, conferences, and other events, they have been teaching on the foundations necessary for building godly families. Now they bring insights and expertise gleaned from those years of ministry, as well as from their own personal experience of raising six children, to The Art of Parenting. Expanding on parenting themes shared with FamilyLife audiences in person and on the radio, Dennis and Barbara offer trusted advice on how to establish Christian values in your home. In The Art of Parenting, Dennis and Barbara will help you to experience God's truth and apply his Word in your family by focusing your attention on four crucial elements in your children's lives: 1. Identity--understanding who they are in Christ 2. Character--learning to live wisely and honorably 3. Relationships--fostering godly connections with others 4. Mission--understanding why they are here When you apply biblical truths in these four areas, you can feel confident your children will have a foundation they can build upon for the rest of their lives.

The Zuckerman Parker Handbook of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for Primary Care

The Zuckerman Parker Handbook of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for Primary Care
A Book

by Marilyn Augustyn,Barry S. Zuckerman,Elizabeth B. Caronna

  • Publisher : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Release : 2010-09-29
  • Pages : 521
  • ISBN : 1608319148
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The thoroughly updated Third Edition of this popular handbook provides practical guidance on diagnosing and treating children with developmental and behavioral problems in the primary care setting. Chapters written in outline format address topics ranging from everyday problems such as biting and social avoidance to serious and complex psychiatric disorders such as anorexia and depression. This edition includes new chapters on dealing with difficult child behavior in the office; alternative therapy for autism spectrum disorders; treatment of autism spectrum disorders; oppositional defiant disorder; bilingualism; health literacy; incarcerated parents; and military parents. Recommended readings for physicians and parents are included. A companion website includes the fully searchable text.

The Therapist's Notebook for Children and Adolescents

The Therapist's Notebook for Children and Adolescents
Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy

by Catherine Ford Sori,Lorna Hecker,Molli E. Bachenberg

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2015-07-24
  • Pages : 362
  • ISBN : 1317963318
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Raising Children in Blended Families

Raising Children in Blended Families
Helpful Insights, Expert Opinions, and True Stories

by Maxine Marsolini

  • Publisher : Kregel Publications
  • Release : 2022
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN : 0825497515
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A realistic and forthright resource, this practical guide for parents of blended families helps adults understand their children's feelings and cope with arising difficulties.

The Struggle Is Real

The Struggle Is Real
How to Care for Mental and Relational Health Needs in the Church

by Dr. Tim Clinton

  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Release : 2017-09-21
  • Pages : 484
  • ISBN : 1512792985
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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20-25% of Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. Divorce is epidemic. Abuse of all kinds is rampant. Suicidality is at an all-time high. Domestic violence is out of control. Cohabitation and out of wedlock births are at unprecedented levels. Addictions are more widespread than ever. These and many other problems confront our culture today in alarming proportions. Consequently, mental and relational health issues find their way home. To everyone’s home. People with these and other concerns typically turn first to the church for help. Yet most churches are not equipped to adequately minister to the depth and magnitude of these overwhelming problems. This book was created as a comprehensive resource to provide the church with practical tools to care for these hurting people in a biblically sound and emotionally healthy way. We at the American Association of Christian Counselors hope and pray this book finds its way into the hands of every pastor, church leader, counselor, and Christian caregiver in America. Because the struggle is real. The struggle is real indeed. This is a lineup of experienced healers and caring writers. It will be a valuable resource for the field of mental and emotional health for years to come. John Ortberg, Ph.D., Senior Pastor of Menlo Church, Menlo Park, CA, Clinical Psychologist and best-selling author People everywhere are hurting, including those inside the church. Written by a team of experts, this important resource is designed to shine the wonderful and liberating light of the gospel into the dark and difficult areas of people’s lives. What’s here will heal. You need this book and the people you love need it too. Johnnie Moore, Founder, The KAIROS Company People today are struggling in ways that only the church can help. The Struggle is Real is an excellent resource for equipping ministry leaders and counselors alike to meet this most pressing need. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference I heartily recommend The Struggle Is Real...Clinton and Pingleton have provided exactly what the church needs. Jeremiah J. Johnston, Ph.D., President, Christian Thinkers Society, Professor, Houston Baptist University We are not fine; the people we serve are not fine—we all struggle! This book is an invaluable resource for helping us minister to people who need our understanding. Greg Surratt, Founding Pastor, Seacoast Church, Mount Pleasant, SC, President, Association of Related Churches (ARC) In this book, Tim Clinton and Jared Pingleton provide a solid guide to better understand the issues and dynamics of trouble that people experience and how to effectively minister to them. George O. Wood, P.Th.D., J.D., former General Superintendent, The General Council of the Assemblies of God