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The Smart Stepfamily Marriage: Keys to Success in the Blended Family

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Make This Marriage Last a Lifetime

Leading blended family authority Ron Deal and marriage and family expert David Olson show you how to build on your relationship strengths and improve your weaknesses. Whether you're dating, engaged, a young stepfamily, or an empty-nest couple, The Smart Stepfamily Marriage gives you the tools you need at any stage to create a remarriage t
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Bethany House Publishers (first published May 12th 2015)
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Amergin
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent methods on managing conflict in relationships, as well as how stepfamily dynamics differ from original family dynamics. I read this book wanting to learn how to date someone who has a child with his ex, so that I don't keep blundering around that relationship. (hint: that family may be altered by divorce, but it doesn't go away.) however, I thought the authors presented solid relationship techniques for any couple that might be in need of assistance. The book deftly straddles the line ...more
Grace
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I was on my honeymoon, I read a book by Ron L. Deal, called The Smart Stepmom. It was co-written with Laura Petherbridge, and it illuminated a lot of things I hadn’t thought about before crossing the aisle to wedded bliss. I appreciate Ron L. Deal’s insight on stepfamilies. He’s a credible therapist with years of experience and success at helping families cope, as well as being a well known author on the topic of blending stepfamilies. Recently he’s co-written a book with David Olsen, found ...more
Oak
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Marriage requires effort and communication. And when marriage includes step-children, unique challenges may arise that must be overcome in order to maintain stable family dynamics. In The Smart Stepfamily Marriage, authors Ron L. Deal and David H. Olson discuss ways to approach problems to create a healthier family union.

This book is a gem, and the advice given to stepfamilies can be used for marriage and relationships in general. I liked how the authors point out that marriages need “check-ups.
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Sarah
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"The Smart Stepfamily Marriage" offers practical advice on how to strengthen relationships and stepfamilies whether your newly dating, engaged, a young stepfamily or an empty nest couple. This book is for YOU! It gives plenty of tools and goes over various topics including communication, finances, conflict, spirituality and a variety of other important topics that are important to any marriage. This book has built in check points with pictures, graphs and questions that are super helpful and pra ...more
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