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Love Him, Love His Kids: The Stepmother's Guide to Surviving and Thriving in a Blended Family [Paperback]

Stan Wenck , Connie J. Hansen

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28 Aug 2009

He loves her. She loves him. But his kids hate her. Or bait her. Or ignore her altogether.

She's the stepmother, and sometimes she feels as if she's never played a more thankless role. It doesn't have to be that way. With this book, the stepmother will find the advice she needs to win over even the most resistant children. This honest, practical guide written by a therapist and stepmother who's been there shows stepmothers the best ways to handle the most challenging situations, including how to:

  • Get off on the right foot from "hello"
  • Build a relationship with each child
  • Share Daddy with his children
  • Define boundaries as a couple
  • Negotiate issues with Dad as well as the kids
  • Deal with their "real" mom
  • Survive holidays, birthdays, and school vacations
  • Create family rituals
With this book, millions of stepmothers find the strategies they need to safeguard their new marriage and establish a happy, peaceful new blended family.


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Stan Wenck, PhD (Fisher, IN), is a clinical psychologist and university professor who has dealt with accounts of relationship disputes and disasters involving stepmothers, stepfathers, and stepchildren. Connie J. Hansen, MS (Elkhart, IN), is a teacher who has used her background in communications and theatre to help students who have families with either one parent or stepparents.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment :-( 22 Nov 2011
By leelee75033 - Published on Amazon.com
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I was so excited to read this book. Unfortunately, it was one of those books where I was waiting for it to actually "start". There were a few good points here and there, but not many. My boyfriend and I recently blended our two families and have five children between us. I was hoping for some good, solid advice and ideas, or to at least to feel validated with some common feelings that we are experiencing . . .there was none of that. The authors came off as "preachy" and offered a "one size, one size fits all" philosophy. If there is one topic that should NOT be classified as "typical", it has to be this one. There are so many different scenarios out there , and the dynamics of each family very unique. For instance, the book states that the step mother should not discipline their non-biological children. This would be great in a perfect world where we could wait until daddy gets home, but when step-mom is the main caregiver, it just doesn't work. That was just an example of how their one track advice could perhaps not work for every family, so no attacks, please. :-) I will be searching for another book that will better suit my needs. I am open to suggestions!!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy if you have a shred of common sense 3 Dec 2011
By Happy Shopper - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a total disappointment. If I could have given this zero stars, I would have. I am a 35 year old widow with two children and dating a divorced man with two children. We have just recently started introducing the two families. I was hoping for some real-life experience advice. There is nothing in this book that I couldn't have reached using my own common sense. I'm fairly certain I know to "be patient with your step children" or "be an active listener" or "show an interest in their interests" or "don't talk bad about their mother". Really? Unless you have NO children of your own. . . maybe, just maybe, you could find something useful in it. If you are walking upright and have any shred of intelligence yourself, skip this and keep shopping for something more useful. I wish I had.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 11 Mar 2010
By T. Golden - Published on Amazon.com
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Wish I had this book at the beginning of my relationship with my stepsons. Excellent advice, easy to read and understand.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical guidebook for all families! 9 Sep 2009
By Tracey E. Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book serves as a practical guidebook for all types of families - blended or not. It features easy to read chapters arranged in progressive stages from building initial relationships to ironing out basic responsibilities and finally, securing life-long success as a family. A perfect blend of helpful hints, tinged with humor, this book makes for the perfect reference for savvy stepparents, and parents alike, hoping to improve communications, trust and the general cohesiveness of the family unit.

Tracey Gordon, MS
Clinical Research Associate
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST have in the Office! 4 Mar 2010
By Dr. Eubank - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a Psychologist in a residential facility. I work with families who are dealing with family discord, conflict, separations, and reunification. I LOVE this book and moreover, the families that I work with LOVE this book. I ordered the book a couple of months ago and have loaned it at least 4 times already. The book is informational and goal orientated. I have used it to create treatment plans. I can't say it enough, "A MUST HAVE for Professionals and for the non-professionals."
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