Raising Children In Blended Families: Helpful Insights, Expert Opinions,and True Stories Paperback – Dec 1 2008
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Maxine has a blended family herself and has added many stories from her counseling background to illustrate each chapter. The book is divided into two major sections: "What the Children Have to Say" and "What the Experts Have to Say." Each chapter in the "What the Children Have to Say" section contains 'Joy Builders', 'Thoughts for Today', 'Let's Look at This Family', 'Things We Can Do Now' and 'If I Could Tell My Parents Something It Would Be' . . . . No subject is too hard to cover, serious abuse, hatred, anger and the example spare no details. I found the suggestions to be excellent. The second section when the Experts speak is written by well known names like Patricia Rushford and H. Norman Wright. It would be helpful to any blended family with children from preschool to adulthood. I recommend this title.--Jan Arkills"The Lamplighter" (05/01/2007)
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Excellent parenting tips as you face the inevitable struggles. One of the better books about parenting school-age children as you blend one set of kids with another.
Barbara Sheldon, M.S.W.
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I've read all three of this author's books (all three are right here on Amazon) and all three are helpful, practical, and strong. This book specifically targets parents, so it may not apply to all remarriages. But if you are trying to raise children (his, hers, ours) there are tips and ideas here that will help you move forward.
Readable, interesting, true to life, and well-written. A great choice if you're blending a family and struggling with the way your kids are adjusting (or failing to adjust) to all of the changes.
Apple Valley, CA
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