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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.
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.
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,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic read as I have recently become a step mother and have no idea on what to expect or do and came in the nick of time too.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Found this very informative, gave me a better understanding of stresses in stepfamilies.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
just started reading this book, appears very good at the momentPublished 15 months ago by C. Newman
Easy read, informative, realistic, & above all you can really relate to everything Dr Doodson is saying, it has really helped me & my other halfPublished 21 months ago by Emily
Bought this when a boyfriend with kids was on my horizon. The relationship failed, not because of the kids though. Have kept it on a just-in-case basis. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jill Hubbard
I was struggling with a few issues within my step family. This book really helped me look at things from a more helpful perspective and now we are all very happy.Published 22 months ago by angela vaughan
i was hesitant in the beginning thinking that my situation is unique and will not be addressed, however, in each chapter of this book, i felt like i was personally being spoken... Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2014 by noora r s sabbah
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