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Step-family Myths

Challenges in Step or Blended Families

Wicked Stepmother Myth

Resources for Stepparents



  • Learning All the Time: How Small Children Begin to Read, Write, Count, and Investigate the World Without Being Taught
    This delightful book shows how children learn to read, write, and count in their everyday life at home and adults can respect and encourage this wonderful process.
  • Parenting Advisor
    This complete guide, written by parents and professionals, synthesizes the best thinking and current research on all areas of child-rearing--from health and nutrition to the learning, social, sensory, and emotional development of your child.
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
    In Raising Cain, Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., and Michael Thompson, Ph.D., two of the country’s leading child psychologists, share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families.
  • Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic
    Raising your Spirited Child will help you understand your child’s--and your own--temperamental traits, plan for success with a simple four-step program, discover the power of positive--rather than negative--labels, cope with tantrums & blowups, develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school, and many other situations.
  • Spiritual Parenting: A Guide to Understanding and Nurturing the Heart of Your Child
    Spiritual Parenting is a guide to the naturally intuitive and spiritual core of every child. It refutes the current notions of the basic nature of children and teenagers, while offering a radically new way to approach parenting.
  • When Children Ask About God
    Who made God? Can God hear my prayers? Why does God let people die? These are some of the questions that children will always ask. Harold S. Kushner has written this guide for parents and teachers who are no longer satisfied with traditional answers to these questions. He provides sensitive advice for dealing with a child’s questions.


  • My Kids Don't Live With Me Anymore: Coping with the Custody Crisis
    How do you care for the inner you during this extended period of stress & readjustment? How do you face your deepest fears about what will happen to your kids? How do you make sure your topsy-turvy emotions don’t interfere with a loving parent-child relationship? What do you say to people who just don’t understand?
  • The Disposable Parent: The Case for Joint Custody
    The Disposable Parent challenges old myths about the rights of parents and new stereotypes about the rights and welfare of children.


  • Get Out of My Life but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall? A parent's Guide to the New Teenager
    This is a guide to adolescents--how to understand them, cope with them, and, to the extent that we can, direct their turbulent lives.
  • Parenting Teenagers: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens
    As a parent, you know the challenge of raising a family---especially with teenagers. One of the country’s most popular guides, “Parenting Teenagers�?, can help you meet those challenges. It’s filled with easy-to-understand skills that can help you connect with your teens today.
  • Parenting Your Out-Of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority & Reclaim Love (and study Guide)
    A permanent, positive method to reestablish authority and reclaim love with even the most difficult teenager. Through extensive research and years of clinical experience, Dr. Sells has identified seven proven, practical steps that bring new hope to troubled teens and their families.
  • Parenting With Love and Limits: A 7 Step Program for Difficult Teenagers
    A six-class educational video including a parent and teen workbook.
  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
    Why are more American adolescent girls prey to depression, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide attempts than ever before? Here for the first time, are girls’ unmuted voices from the front lines of adolescence, personal and painfully honest.

Elder Care

  • 36-Hour Day
    Do you face a life of days that seem 36 hours long--tending someone who can no longer think and remember, someone who is slowly slipping out of being the person you love? This is a guide to the care of those in the early and middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses.
  • Caring For Elderly Parents
    What your parents face. Charting the emotional landscape. What to do and say. Coping with health problems. Reconciling differences.
  • How to Care for Aging Parents
    Addressing the needs of both the cared-for and the care-giver, it’s a one-stop resource on the medical, emotional, legal, and financial issues involved in caring for an elderly parent. You’ll learn the options, get help sorting through the confusion, and receive day-to-day reassurance that you’re doing okay.


  • The Vermont Parents' Home Companion and Resource Directory
    This booklet provides some tips for parents and a Resource Directory of support services organized by county. Included are sections on the growth and development stages of children, information for helping parents deal with stress, and child safety tips for when you and your child are apart.
  • The Family Book About Sexuality
    Sex is one of the great forces in the life of a human being--mysterious, exciting, wonderful, & rewarding. But in an age which is considered to be sexually enlightened, sexual confusion, misinformation, & fear still persist. This book answers questions & builds a positive, responsible understanding of sexuality as a great life force.

Last Updated: 2/17/15