Book Blending Families

Review of The Friendship Factor.

Blending Families is an easy-to-read guideto a new family.

Blending Families: A Guide for Parents, Stepparents, and Everyone Building a Successful New Family

by Elaine Fantle Shimberg

While they may never be the Brady Bunch, newly blended “stepfamilies” do not have to be a war zone when their own unique problems and special needs are considered..

Newly blended “stepfamilies” have their own unique problems and special needs. Blending families is not a rerun of the Brady Bunch but it does not have to be a war zone either. With patience and understanding, the new family works, lives, and hopefully eventually loves as a blended family rather than as two or three separate groups–his, hers, ours.

Real-life stories from families who’ve been "there and done that" assist the book in covering emotional, financial, disciplinary, and interpersonal conflicts and issues. The issues are covered in a straightforward manner without difficult-to-understand theory.

The book includes many special sections that make it a great source for new families of all kinds. Some are:

Family communication including former spouses. Grandparents and step-grandparents. Discipline and rules including school. Family customs and rituals, including religion. Stress reduction. Money issues. Holidays and vacations and adult time.

The author concludes with “Twelve Secrets for Successful Stepparenting,” and while they seem simple, they are the valuable basics for building a happy new family.

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