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It's been an interesting year so far. I've lost both my Moms. My mother died in January after a long decline. Soon after, my Mother-in-Law went in for bypass surgery. While her heart healed, other issues zapped her strength and she died April 22.

I may have challenge update posts but I don't know when I'll be posting regularly or when I'll get to visit everyone who is working on the challenges I'm hosting.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Review Book Arrived


Stepmonster:
A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do

Author: Wednesday Martin, Ph.D
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: May 4, 2009
format: Hardcover
pages: 336
Subject(s):
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS: Parenting - Stepparenting
PSYCHOLOGY: Psych - Interpersonal Relations

from the publisher:
A groundbreaking and truly stepmother-centered way of understanding the tensions that seem to define relations between women and their stepchildren

Half of all women in the United States will live with or marry a man with children. And what woman with stepchildren has not—in order to defuse the often overwhelming challenges of the role—referred to herself as a "stepmonster"?

As Hope Edelman does in her book for motherless daughters, Wednesday Martin’s empowering and original Stepmonster unlocks the emotional mysteries of why stepmothers think and feel and act the way they do. Martin draws upon her own experience as a stepmother, interviews with other stepmothers and stepchildren, and fascinating insights from literature, anthropology, psychology, and evolutionary biology to reveal the little-understood realities of this most demanding role.

Stepmonster illuminates the harrowing process of becoming a stepmother, considers the myths and realities of being married to a man with children, counteracts the cultural notion that stepmothers are solely responsible for the challenges they encounter, identifies the "Five Step-Dilemmas That Create Conflict," and considers the emotional and social challenges men with children face when they remarry.

Finally, in an unexpected twist, Martin shows why the myth of the Wicked Stepmother is our single best tool for understanding who real stepmothers are and how they feel.

Amazon.com Sales Rank, as of 10-23: #15,774 in Books
Popular in these categories:
#5 in Books > Parenting & Families > Family Relationships > Stepparenting & Blended Families
#30 in Books > Health, Mind & Body > Psychology & Counseling > Counseling > Couples & Family Therapy

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