The Smart Step-Mom
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About "The Smart Step-Mom"
The stepmother's role often is ambiguous and underappreciated, and frequently it carries unrealistic expectations. The book answers women's concerns and questions, including: How can I be a caretaker and a key emotional connector in the family if the children don't accept my influence? How shoud I cope with children who are confused about their family and torn between loyalty to their biological mother and me? When should I step back in conflicts and when should I insist that my husband stand up for me? In addition it addresses the spiritual and emotional climate of the home, providing perspective and guidelines to help stepmothers and their families thrive.
Meet the Authors
Ron L. Deal is Founder and President of As For Me And My House Ministries, LLC and Successful Stepfamilies, an organization that empowers stepfamilies for healthy living and equips churches to minister to the unique needs of stepfamilies. He is author of the book The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family and The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive and creator/presenter of the Building A Successful Stepfamily seminar. Currently Ron is serving as Stepfamily Educational Consultant to Focus on the Family. Ron is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a member of the Stepfamily Association.
Laura Petherbridge serves couples and single adults with topics on spiritual growth, relationships, marriage enhancement, and divorce recovery.
She is an international speaker and author of, When "I Do" Becomes "I Don't" - Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, endorsed by Billy Graham's daughter Gigi, Multi-Dove Award winner Kim Hill, and Dr. Archibald Hart, senior professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Laura is a featured expert on the DivorceCare video series, used by over 12,000 churches worldwide. She has taught on divorce recovery at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and functioned as a Stephen's Ministry instructor