Monday, November 17, 2014

The Smart Stepfamily DVD

The Smart Stepfamily DVD: An 8-Session Guide to a Healthy Stepfamily Multimedia DVD – May 20, 2014

Practical Solutions to the Issues Stepfamilies Face

In the eight-session DVD--ideal for small groups, seminars, or individual couples--the author offers usable solutions for everyday living, practical tips for raising stepkids, and ways to strengthen the couple's marriage.

The Smart Stepfamily DVD - An 8-Session Guide to a Healthy Stepfamily

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Unwrapping The Gift of Stepfamily Peace

Unwrapping The Gift of Stepfamily Peace

Are you looking for ways to have a peaceful holiday season with your stepfamily? Unwrapping the Gift of Stepfamily Peace: A Stepparent's Guide To Success is a must read to help you create and experience peace in your heart and in your home this holiday season. This easy to read, Christian based book offers encouragement, practical tips, inspiration and personal stories for stepparents to help them embrace and enjoy the holiday season!

This ultimate guide for stepparents at the holidays is organized by topic and chunked full of practical tips and takeaways. You don't have time to read a long book this time of year but you do have a few minutes each day to gain valuable tools while feeling inspired, encouraged and supported. The information in this book will give you tangible ways to manage the holidays so the holiday stresses don't manage you.

Gayla and Heather share personal stories of struggles at the holidays and the lessons learned from them. These authors have a passion for sharing their knowledge and life experiences to empower and encourage you. You are not alone on this stepparenting journey.

Bonus material include: A prayer, family recipes and ideas to start your own family traditions at the holidays.
Unwrapping The Gift of Stepfamily Peace - A Stepparents Guide to Success  with your stepfamily?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Blended families more likely to struggle with money

Forget the Brady Bunch. The idyllic picture of a blended family with a big house and a maid couldn't be less accurate when it comes to today's "blended" families.

Blended families have far less savings and are significantly more likely to live paycheck-to-paycheck than traditional families, according to a recent survey sponsored by Allianz Life. The financial services company defines a blended family as one in which parents who are married or living together live with stepchildren or children from a previous relationship.

One-third of blended families' report they're not saving at all. And they're twice as likely to report that their spouse brought financial baggage into the relationship that's tough to overcome.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Stepfamilies: Professionals and Stepcouples in Partnership

Stepfamilies: Professionals and Stepcouples in Partnership

Stepfamilies: Professionals and Stepcouples in Partnership
By Roger B. Burt, Mala S. Burt

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Help for stepfamilies, and the therapists who counsel them, is available in this book that normalizes the adjustment process and provides hope and guidance.
Published in 1996 as Stepfamilies, The Step By Step Model of Brief Therapy this book has been reissued with a new forward and new title: Stepfamilies: Professionals and Stepcouples in Partnership.

Originally intended for mental health professionals, Emily and John Visher, the founding “parents” of the Stepfamily Association of America, referred to it as the definitive work on stepfamily interventions.

Recently the book went out of print and its authors considered it too important a work to let it disappear. It has been reissued as a book that could be used by stepcouples or helping professionals needing information about the stepfamily adjustment process.

The book contains tools that can be used during a therapeutic intervention or by motivated couples.

The model utilized is called a “normalizing” model in which stepfamilies are considered to be normal families undergoing multiple simultaneous adjustments. There is an economy of intervention using this model and it avoids the extensive data gathering often associated with the medical model where pathology is assumed.

The supporting data for this brief, couples based, episodic therapy model was gathered by the authors from almost 500 couples at Step By Step, their specialized psychotherapy practice. The power of the model is seen in the fact that these families often arrived in terrible distress, yet the average number of sessions was only eight.