What a wonderful little book! I was surprised to see a few other readers who felt they did not get much out it. When I picked this up I did not expect it to be an advice book, or even totally true for my stepmom experience all the time. Being a stepmom is the hardest and most thankless thing I have ever done, and it is a lifetime job, so I am looking forward to a lifetime of hard work and self-sacrifice. But as hard as it is, there are many wonderful things about being a stepmom (I wouldn't trade it for the world!), and this book is a great reminder to step back and look at the big picture and be thankful for the good times!
Even when happy moments such as described in this book are few and far between, it's so important to hold onto the positive. For me, it is the only thing that gets me through the negative!
I love how the author has broken the book into chapters:
Introduction: Stepmom Forecast
1). Stepping Up as the Other Mother--Universal Aspects of Stepmotherhood
2). Suddenly Stepmom--From Single Gal to Married with Children
3). Adding to the Flock--Combining Kids for a Real Life Brady Bunch
4). Nonstop Stepmom--When Your Stepchildren Live With You Fulltime
5). Baby Steps--Stepparenting Infants and Toddlers
6). Next Steps--The Middle Ages
7). Big Steps--Life with Tweens and Teens
8). Giant Steps--When Your Little Steps Are Finally Grown
9). Grown and Gone--Becoming a Stepmom When His Kids Are Adults
10). In Step with Your Husband--Making Your Marriage a Priority
Conclusion: Silver Linings Found
I also admire how the author has interspersed comments and stories from real stepmoms throughout the book. I always love to hear about other stepmoms! The illustrations are adorable, too.
Readers should know that not all chapters will apply to their own lives as a stepmom, and this is definitely not an advice book! This is more of a celebration, a time to think about the parts we enjoy about being a stepmom. But I think every stepmom should have a copy of this in their stepmom library!