Stepparent Survival Skills 101

American family photos typically feature a mother, father, and the children of their ­­­marriage. But today, instead of perfect family portraits like the Huxtables and Beavers, many modern families resemble the Brady Bunch and the Kardashians.

Over 30 million children live with a stepparent in what many call blended families. Although each family has a unique set of circumstances, everyone faces similar challenges. Where should you live? Should you change your children’s last names? What about in-laws? Should you have more babies? Who disciplines whom?

The new book, We’re Not Blended, We’re Pureed, asks if two families can ever learn to cohabitate in peace.

Perfect for those who feel like they’ve turned into fairy-tale wicked stepparents, dating couples, newlyweds, pastors and counselors — this book offers Diana Lesire Brandmeyer’s real-life experiences paired with expert advice from certified professional counselor Marty C. Lintvedt.

Both authors have created an engaging, readable text that is held together with humor and liberally peppered with informative commentary. This matter-of-fact book shows readers that if they’ve ever felt like they’re not cut out for the stepparent job, they are not alone.

Readers will learn:

1. The pros and cons of changing your children’s last names

2. How to deal with sibling rivalries

3. What to do when siblings try to play parents against each other

4. Why in-laws may resist accepting you or your children

5. Practical advice on discipline

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