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Keys to Successful Stepfathering (Barron's Parenting Keys) [Kindle Edition]

Carl E. Pickhardt Ph.D.

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An experienced psychologist who specializes in family relationships discusses remarriage and the relationship created between children and their newly acquired stepfather. This book describes the contributions a stepfather can make to his new family, with advice on how he can assume a reliable and reassuring presence in family life. Also discussed are some of the pitfalls a stepfather might encounter and how he can overcome them. The author stresses the importance of compromise and respect for others in resolving family conflicts. The titles in Barron's Parenting Keys series offer advice and information to parents and discuss the many challenges they face as they raise their children from infancy to maturity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2129 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2 edition (1 Jan 1997)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004F9Q7BI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out and complete. Most helpful! 17 Feb 2000
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Pickhardt shares his years of experience as a psychologist and offers a very useful resource for step fathers and bio-fathers for understanding the multiple changes that affect step families. Issues of multiple alliances, boundaries, even gender differences about step fathers relating to step sons and step daughters, and more are all included in this book which helps normalize the process of step family development. He is very accurate in his description of the developmental process of step-family development, estimating a minimum of 2 years for step families to come together as a working unit. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written 12 Dec 2004
By P. Easton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm about to marry a wonderful woman who has 3 daughters, the eldest is almost a teenager. After a particularly trying weekend, I went to Amazon and bought 3 books on being a stepfather. The other books were okay. Then I read this book. Carl Pickhardt is very careful and thoughtful when choosing his words. Every word was there for a reason and carried enormous weight. The book was insightful, meaningful and accurate. The advice is valuable, but it is the thoughtful, no-nonsense insight behind that advice that is priceless. It is easy to read, but better than that, it grabbed my attention from beginning to end. I've made a note to reread this book every year. Good job Carl!
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Down from the Ivory Tower...real life uses 16 Jun 2007
By Emmett Pennington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is well thought out...and that's the challenge.

Step dads want to know what to do now...not sit and read a long drawn out theory about step fathering and step kids.

I struggled through this book, because of the deep theory...like running in sand, struggling to get what I needed out of the book. Phrases like "...They may exploit this perceived unfairness to justify becoming more ruthless..."

What? Lets just say after a divorce, the patterns are interrupted and deal with them. Too many words get in the way.

There is a challenge to readers of this book to memorize statements and comments. That will make you appear fake...even if your intentions are right. Kids know. You job is to Connect! By being yourself.

With that said, Let me recommend you read Chapter 10, Chapter 13 and Chapter 25. Other chapters in the book are too much sand...too much theory.

Overall, if you want theory get this book. If you want something to use now, read chapters 10,13 and 25. Don't memorize it, be yourself and your kids will respond.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the mark. 30 Nov 2005
By J. Sparfven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is right on the mark. It validated a lot of the emotions felt in this situation and explains how to deal with them positively. I would reccomend this book to any stepfather.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Thank You Carl Pickhardt 30 April 2009
By S. Ramanathan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have had step-children for 7 years now and just bought this book. If only someone had told me about this book 7 years ago, so many lives in my family would have been changed through better relationships coming from understanding the issues. Very well-written book in succinct chapters allowing one to quickly grasp the material and apply the principles on an ongoing basis. I am applying material I have learned here everyday and seeing positive outcomes. Thank you Carl Pickhardt. Well done and God bless.
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the stepfather needs an adequate flow of rewards in the marriage to outweigh the cost of responsibility that comes with this family change. At the same time, he needs to moderate the amount of freedom he gives up by limiting responsibility he will take for her children, keeping it within a tolerable range. &quote;
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Better not to shut protest up, but to listen to it. Better not to punish resistance, but to be firm and patient in response. And better not to ignore expectations, but to elicit them and dispel those that are unrealistic. &quote;
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"Marrying your mother means I agree to assume some responsibility for your care, that I am concerned for your well-being, that I want to get to know you, that I want you to get to know me, and that I want to do what I can to help us get along." &quote;
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