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The 312 Best Things about Being a Stepmom [Paperback]

Cynthia L Copeland
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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (27 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761138374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761138372
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.4 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,887,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming a stepmom 11 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I love being a stepmom and have enormous respect for others like myself who came to "motherhood" late in life thanks to marrying a wonderful man who is also a father.

There are several excellent quotes in this book, amongst others the helpful reminder that no-one can judge your age by the age of your (step)children, and the idea of being able to threaten to tell their mom about how badly behaved they are when people look at you askance!

It is a timely reminder that stepfamilies are nothing new (albeit previously mainly due to death rather than divorce) and that, despite sometimes being challenging, forming new families can be very rewarding indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Warm, Upbeat, Insightful, and Inspiring Book 27 Feb 2008
By Jill Tamari - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a must-read for all stepmoms and stepmoms-to-be. I received it as a gift when I first became a stepmother, and the positive tone, real-life stories, and honest advice helped me get through what would have been one of the most difficult transitions in my life. Whenever times became difficult or I felt isolated in my struggles, I could always turn to this little book for insight, whether humorous or serious. It truly offers a warm and inspiring view of stepmotherhood. Cynthia Copeland's wit and wisdom shine through in this wonderful book. I adore this book, and I recommend it to all!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So sweet! 6 Mar 2010
By Wendy L. Deppe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Day Brightener! 10 April 2008
By Barbara Sheldon, M.S.W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Okay, most days I can come up with three, maybe four!

I was surprised to pick up this book, start reading for a minute, and then find myself completely enthralled. Positive, upbeat, encouraging --- but without being unrealistic or trite.

This book is changing my attitude --- for the better!

Barbara Sheldon, M.S.W.
I also highly recommend: Moving Forward After Divorce: Practical Steps to * Healing Your Hurts * Finding Fresh Perspective * Managing Your New Life
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed 25 Jun 2012
By Ashley K. Chapin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am fast becoming a step mom to a three and four year old pair. I needed to see what others have gone through, on a positive note, (I have only heard negatives). The book is what I needed, funny, but honest. I love the lil quotes that are included from real women. I have been able to enjoy the kids more because of the book, and the lil tips on mine and their mothers relationship was great too.... Good read, funny too.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty helpful 15 Oct 2011
By Angela D. Kies - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Cute, funny and helpful little tidbits in it. Gives you a few good ways to bond together as a family. It has good uplifting information within it. Some parts really make you laugh out loud.
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