The Smart Stepfamily

The Smart Stepfamily

7 Steps to a Healthy Family

Ron L. Deal


Discover the Keys to a Healthy Stepfamily Leading stepfamily expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily whether married or soon-to-be-married.

Discover how to

  • Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships

  • Communicate effectively with an ex-spouse

  • Handle stepfamily finances confidently

  • "Cook" your stepfamily slowly rather than expect an instant blend

Foreword by Dr. Gary Chapman

Ron Deal has it covered in this book and I no longer feel lost and alone. I think it is a must read for blended families.This revised and expanded edition has updated research and two new chapters with even more real-world advice on topics such as stepsibling relationships and later-life stepfamilies.

Almost every week someone says to me, "Have you written anything on blended families?" My answer is always the same: "No, but I know someone who has." I then recommend The Smart Stepfamily by Ron Deal. Not everyone can find a counselor who is equipped to deal with the common struggles of stepfamilies. However, when you read The Smart Stepfamily you will find yourself sitting in the offce of a counselor with great experience. No two stepfamilies are alike, but this book offers clear advice on how to solve the common challenges faced by all who enter a second marriage with children. I highly recommended the first edition, and I am even more excited about this new edition. 

—Gary Chapman

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