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This practical guide looks at the numerous obstacles placed in the path of building a stable step-family. Beginning with the foundations of the new marriage, it looks at the many different past experiences that can re-emerge to waylay the unsuspecting couple. Then it looks at introducing the children to the prospective step-parent and establishing a relationship between them. Finance raises its head as a key issue, particularly in relation to ex-spouses and provision for children. Then there is the task of adjusting to new roles, balancing the demands of children with the need for adults to have time together, helping children to adjust and learning to live together as a normal family. And, of course, there is always conflict to handle, as well as recognizing the role of the children's absent natural parent and other family members. As well as drawing on her own experience as a divorced mother married to a previously single man, Merrily Williams gives numerous examples of other couples and their step-families to provide sympathetic, practical advice and comfort.
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  • Paperback | 189 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04mm | 172.37g
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745933831
  • 9780745933832