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How to be a Happy Stepmum by [Doodson, Lisa]
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"This is an essential book for any woman who has taken on the often-confusing role of being a stepmum. It provides valuable information, practical guidance, honest challenges and bucket loads of support. This frank and encouraging book demonstrates that enjoying a happy family life is still more than possible" (Relate)

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The only practical guide on the market for stepmums, from a leading authority in the field

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (10 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GDFQY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Got this book as although I'm not new to the game, I was struggling with a few issues that weren't going away. Lisa provides realistic, practical advice to help you and your partner work through the problems you face. Also good that she quotes other stepmums, so you are reassured that it's not just you who feels what you feel, and your mental/emotional struggles are not unique. A recommended read for new-to-the-role stepmums, as well as the veteran ones!
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I would strongly recommend this book, and not just for stepmums, but for the husbands or partners in a step-family too. The core themes, of the importance of communication, patience, understanding are relevant to both sexes. And the core problems, such as not being sure what your role is, feeling resentful, the ex causing issues, are also something that both adults in the relationship could think about.

The book was easy to read, in that it was free from gobbledygook type jargon. It was inspiring however, and thought provoking. It was organised and structured in its approach, but most importantly it came up with ways of dealing with the problems of being a step-mum that are positive and aimed at reducing animosity long term. It does not advocate being a doormat, but the approach does remind us that to be truly happy we do need to give and take, and let time tell, and be patient and kind -not constantly trying to assert our rights and territory. Often in the book - and this is a good thing - the author does not preach to the reader what the correct answer to a problem is (such as who disciplines the children?), but reminds us that whatever it may be will come from the step parent and biological parent communicating honestly about the problem together, agreeing a solution and applying it consistently.

I read the book cover to cover, but have already delved into it from time to time to read back over some passages that I found particularly helpful, and advised my partner to read it too.
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I've not quite finished this book yet due to a mad lifestyle these past few weeks! What I have read so far though has been easy to follow and not patronising. It's also nice to have an English point of view as most information on the web is American!
I'm 24 with no children of my own and what started off as a good relationship with my Stepkids and their bio-mum, has recently become difficult due to the bio-mum turning into a Jekyl and Hyde character and my Step Daughter reaching the dreaded hormonal stage! After a few episodes, I completely lost my confidence and having no-one my age in the same situation, I needed help! This book has provided real comfort knowing I'm not alone and everything I'm feeling is normal! It's given me another take on things rather than fretting and reading in to everything too much and has taught me to deal with things more effectively. Whilst I feel a lot of the book doesn't relate to me a great deal, I have still been able to take advice and comfort from the authors words.
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I can't recommend this book highly enough. As a relatively new step mum to 4 children I felt invaded and resentful each fortnight they came to stay in 'my house'
I felt guilty, selfish, lost and confused. I don't have children of my own and had never dealt with so many young children at once.
This book helps you work through the causes, of frustration and provides solutions. I cried when I read the quotes from other women who felt the same as I did. I felt such relief that I wasn't alone, and then cried again reading quotes by children, as I realised the kids were probably feeling as confused about everything as I was.
My partner has been so open to the suggestions in this book, and we now have house rules in place. My house is 'our home', the children's behaviour has improved, they are so much more content, and adapted really quickly to the changes. My relationship with the children is now a 'positive' to being with my partner, and I ensure that I do something with each child on their own each time they come, and for special occasions spend an afternoon with them doing something we both enjoy.
We ensure that each time we are together as a family we do something together as a family, be it hide and seem in the local woods, or deciding what to cook for a themed dinner that night.
There are times when I feel I could do with the kids not coming, but I find that once they're here it's great fun. My parents have been so open and welcoming to the children, and the kids said themselves that although they'd prefer their mum and dad to be together, this arrangement is a really good second best. (The parents have been separated for 3 years)
I now love the Sunday morning 'invasion' of children in the bed playing 'there were 6 in the bed'.... And feel lucky that these wonderful children have so readily accepted me in their lives.
Thank you thank you thank you for writing this book, I really don't know what I'd have done without it,
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Im an 'unoffical' stepmum (not married) of 24 to my boyfriends 7 year old daughter.. a very scary transition was eased by this book.. knowing my up and down thought patterns were normal was a relief and whenever i need a pick me up or reassurance first thing i do is turn to this book. its been a life changer for me.. must have for new stepmums, experienced or girlfriends xxx
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