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The Smart Stepfamily

The Smart Stepfamily Book
Author : Ron L. Deal
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2014-05-13
ISBN : 1441264205
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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, you'll 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 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.

The Smart Stepfamily Marriage

The Smart Stepfamily Marriage Book
Author : Ron L. Deal,David H. Olson
Publisher : Bethany House Publishers
Release : 2015-05-19
ISBN : 9780764213090
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 that will last. Each chapter of this book explores one of the key qualities of happy remarriages as identified by research. Like a GPS for your relationship, this book has built-in discussion questions that can help you and your partner discover where you are, where you'd like to be, and how to get there. The online survey gives you a report with personalized results for your relationship. "The Smart Stepfamily Marriage is the road map to a healthy marriage."--Gary D. Chapman, PhD, author, The Five Love Languages and When Sorry Isn't Enough "Remarried or marrying again? This book is loaded with specific, useful ideas for helping your marriage reach its full potential."--Scott Stanley, PhD, author, A Lasting Promise; research professor, University of Denver "This book is a must-read for any remarried couple. It includes the tools needed to create and maintain a wonderful remarriage."--from the foreword by Evelyn Husband Thompson, widow of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband, now remarried to Bill Thompson "The Smart Stepfamily Marriage is the most up-to-date, relevant, complete guide for remarried couples--I know of no other resource like it."--Francesca Adler-Baeder, PhD, professor and director, Center for Children, Youth, and Families, Auburn University; director, National Stepfamily Resource Center "This book will help you thrive in your marriage and beat the odds of divorce. The preventative information is the best I have ever seen, and the practical application covers it all. I have put The Smart Stepfamily Marriage at the top of my resource library for couples who find themselves in this beautiful and yet challenging world of remarriage."--Jim Burns, PhD, president, HomeWord, author of Creating an Intimate Marriage, Confident Parenting, and The Purity Code "Remarriages have unique challenges and different relational needs than first marriages. Based on a national study of 50,000 couples, this book is a wonderful resource for remarriage couples. Take the online Couple Checkup and get a report about your relationship, read the book, and build a relationship that lasts!"--Dr. Gary Smalley, author of The DNA of Relationships "You want a marriage that lasts forever, right? Blended family couples can beat the odds--this book will tell you how."--Dr. Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife, author of Stepping Up

The Smart Stepfamily Participant s Guide

The Smart Stepfamily Participant s Guide Book
Author : Ron L. Deal
Publisher : Bethany House Publishers
Release : 2019-07-02
ISBN : 9780764235665
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Discover the key steps to building a healthy family with stepfamily expert Ron L. Deal. Now revised and updated, this interactive workbook is guaranteed to help you benefit from The Smart Stepfamily book and DVD. It includes: · Discussion questions for before and after each DVD session · Bonus question-and-answer section · Group leader instructions · Guidelines for facilitating effective groups Through eight engaging sessions, you'll learn useable solutions for everyday living and glean valuable insight and practical tips for becoming a smart stepfamily.

The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning

The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning Book
Author : Ron L. Deal,Greg S. Pettys,David O. Edwards
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2019-09-17
ISBN : 1493421859
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Money issues are a frequent source of conflict in all marriages. But blended families are a monetary minefield. Debts, bills, and child support payments from previous relationships often influence the finances of a blended family. And planning for college expenses, retirement, and inheritance gets even more complicated in remarriage. These issues can explode couple unity and blow up developing family harmony. However, proper blended family money management can make money an asset to your relationship, not a liability. The authors use over 50 years of combined financial planning and blended family educational experience to help you envision your combined financial future and plan for how you'll get there. You'll discover practical ways to merge your current financial realities and protect your marriage while doing so. Get real-world financial advice specific to unique blended family legal and relational matters so you can provide for your family both now and in the future.

The Smart Stepdad

The Smart Stepdad Book
Author : Ron L. Deal
Publisher : Bethany House Publishers
Release : 2019-07-02
ISBN : 9780764234491
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Help for Stepdads from Leading Expert The Smart Stepdad gives you all the tools you need to navigate the stepparenting minefield, such as how to connect with the kids, how to be a godly role model, and how to handle tricky issues like discipline.

The Smart Stepfamily Marriage

The Smart Stepfamily Marriage Book
Author : Ron L. Deal,David H. Olson
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2015-05-12
ISBN : 144126633X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 that will last. Each chapter of this book explores one of the key qualities of happy remarriages as identified by research. Like a GPS for your relationship, this book has built-in discussion questions that can help you and your partner discover where you are, where you'd like to be, and how to get there. The online survey gives you a report with personalized results for your relationship. "The Smart Stepfamily Marriage is the road map to a healthy marriage."--Gary D. Chapman, PhD, author, The Five Love Languages and When Sorry Isn't Enough "Remarried or marrying again? This book is loaded with specific, useful ideas for helping your marriage reach its full potential."--Scott Stanley, PhD, author, A Lasting Promise; research professor, University of Denver "This book is a must-read for any remarried couple. It includes the tools needed to create and maintain a wonderful remarriage."--from the foreword by Evelyn Husband Thompson, widow of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband, now remarried to Bill Thompson "The Smart Stepfamily Marriage is the most up-to-date, relevant, complete guide for remarried couples--I know of no other resource like it."--Francesca Adler-Baeder, PhD, professor and director, Center for Children, Youth, and Families, Auburn University; director, National Stepfamily Resource Center "This book will help you thrive in your marriage and beat the odds of divorce. The preventative information is the best I have ever seen, and the practical application covers it all. I have put The Smart Stepfamily Marriage at the top of my resource library for couples who find themselves in this beautiful and yet challenging world of remarriage."--Jim Burns, PhD, president, HomeWord, author of Creating an Intimate Marriage, Confident Parenting, and The Purity Code "Remarriages have unique challenges and different relational needs than first marriages. Based on a national study of 50,000 couples, this book is a wonderful resource for remarriage couples. Take the online Couple Checkup and get a report about your relationship, read the book, and build a relationship that lasts!"--Dr. Gary Smalley, author of The DNA of Relationships "You want a marriage that lasts forever, right? Blended family couples can beat the odds--this book will tell you how."--Dr. Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife, author of Stepping Up

The Smart Stepfamily Participant s Guide

The Smart Stepfamily Participant s Guide Book
Author : Ron L. Deal
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2014-05-13
ISBN : 1441264213
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Practical Solutions to the Issues Stepfamilies Face The Smart Stepfamily Participant's Guide provides discussion questions to use before and after watching the DVD, space to take notes, and bonus reading material. Includes leader instructions and guidelines for facilitating effective groups.

The Smart Stepmom

The Smart Stepmom Book
Author : Ron L. Deal,Laura Petherbridge
Publisher : Bethany House
Release : 2009-10-01
ISBN : 9781441210999
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The stepmother's role often is ambiguous and underappreciated, and frequently it carries unrealistic expectations. The book answers women's concerns and questions, including: How can I be a caretaker and a key emotional connector in the family if the children don't accept my influence? How shoud I cope with children who are confused about their family and torn between loyalty to their biological mother and me? When should I step back in conflicts and when should I insist that my husband stand up for me? In addition it addresses the spiritual and emotional climate of the home, providing perspective and guidelines to help stepmothers and their families thrive.

Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily

Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily Book
Author : Ron L. Deal,Dianne Neal Matthews
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2018-03-06
ISBN : 1493413678
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Daily Inspiration and Wisdom for Blended Families Got a minute? Then you have time for a daily dose of encouragement and wisdom for your stepfamily journey. These 365 short and sweet thoughts will keep your family blending and bonding throughout the year. Topics include parenting and stepparenting, strengthening your marriage, grief in the stepfamily, bonding with children, co-parenting with exes, practical wisdom for bringing family members together, and inspirational stories to lift your spirits and keep you stepping in the right direction. This book also addresses special days like Mother's Day and holidays. Each daily dose of encouragement includes a prayer for your home. Sharing these readings with your spouse and, when appropriate, kids will spark valuable conversations that strengthen family understanding and closeness.

The Smart Stepdad

The Smart Stepdad Book
Author : Ron L. Deal
Publisher : Bethany House
Release : 2011-04-01
ISBN : 144121464X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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While resources abound for stepmothers, stepfathers are often left to travel a difficult road without clear directions. Ron Deal offers advice for men navigating the stepfamily minefield, including how to connect with stepchildren, being a godly role model, how to discipline, dealing with the biological dad, and keeping the bond strong with one's new spouse. He gives perspective on what the kids are going through and why things don't work the same as in a biological family. The Smart Stepdad provides essential guidelines to help stepfathers not only survive but succeed as both dad and husband.

Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily

Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily Book
Author : Ron L. Deal,Dianne Neal Matthews
Publisher : Bethany House Publishers
Release : 2018-03-06
ISBN : 9780764230479
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Daily Inspiration and Wisdom for Blended Families Got a minute? Then you have time for a daily dose of encouragement and wisdom for your stepfamily journey. These 365 short and sweet thoughts will keep your family blending and bonding throughout the year. Topics include parenting and stepparenting, strengthening your marriage, grief in the stepfamily, bonding with children, co-parenting with exes, practical wisdom for bringing family members together, and inspirational stories to lift your spirits and keep you stepping in the right direction. This book also addresses special days like Mother's Day and holidays. Each daily dose of encouragement includes a prayer for your home. Sharing these readings with your spouse and, when appropriate, kids will spark valuable conversations that strengthen family understanding and closeness.

101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom

101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom Book
Author : Laura Petherbridge
Publisher : Bethany House Publishers
Release : 2014-05-20
ISBN : 9780764212215
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Practical Ideas You Can Use Today In this down-to-earth book, Laura Petherbridge offers real answers from someone who's walked in your shoes--and not only survived, but thrived as a stepmom. Here you'll find compact solutions arranged by topic, such as parenting, coping with the children's biological mom, finances, and dealing with the holidays. You will learn · how to better understand your blended family · what to do when you feel like an outsider · ways to navigate the drama · keys to gaining the respect of your stepkids These bite-sized tips are perfect for a busy stepmom, offering at-a-glance advice you can use today--and see change begin.

Dating and the Single Parent

Dating and the Single Parent Book
Author : Ron L. Deal
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2012-10-01
ISBN : 1441271015
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Trustworthy Stepfamily Expert Offers Single Parents a Guide to Dating Single parents who are dating or want to begin a dating relationship wonder, How will dating affect my children and my parenting? They probably have figured out that "dating in a crowd" is complicated. Now they're looking for help. Ron Deal, who has counseled single parents and remarried couples for many years, helps single parents--as well as those who date them--navigate the potential pitfalls involved. He gives perspective on when a relationship may be harmful to the children as well as how it can be a blessing to all. Always at the forefront is the goal of strengthening families. Includes questions for individual or group study.

The Art of Parenting

The Art of Parenting Book
Author : Dennis Rainey,Barbara Rainey,Dave Boehi
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2018-08-21
ISBN : 1493413686
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From Marriage and Family Experts Dennis and Barbara Rainey Dennis and Barbara Rainey have spent decades helping families find biblical help to strengthen and transform family relationships. Through radio broadcasts, conferences, and other events, they have been teaching on the foundations necessary for building godly families. Now they bring insights and expertise gleaned from those years of ministry, as well as from their own personal experience of raising six children, to The Art of Parenting. Expanding on parenting themes shared with FamilyLife audiences in person and on the radio, Dennis and Barbara offer trusted advice on how to establish Christian values in your home. In The Art of Parenting, Dennis and Barbara will help you to experience God's truth and apply his Word in your family by focusing your attention on four crucial elements in your children's lives: 1. Identity--understanding who they are in Christ 2. Character--learning to live wisely and honorably 3. Relationships--fostering godly connections with others 4. Mission--understanding why they are here When you apply biblical truths in these four areas, you can feel confident your children will have a foundation they can build upon for the rest of their lives.

The Remarriage Adventure

The Remarriage Adventure Book
Author : Dale Mathis,Susan Mathis
Publisher : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Release : 2012-08-31
ISBN : 9781604826753
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Remarrying couples are looking for real answers to help them build successful marriages that last a lifetime. Knowing God’s plan for a biblical marriage is foundational to finding true fulfillment. This up-to-date and easy-to-use premarital guide will help individuals, couples, pastors, counselors, small groups, or premarital classes prepare for the adventure of remarriage. Couples will learn not only about each other, but also about themselves, their relational skills, and their compatibility as a couple. Sidebars from experts will discuss the spiritual, emotional, social, relational, and physical intricacies of being remarried and provide extensive resources for continued marital education and growth. Each chapter will also include a section called Plus! that deals with second-marriage challenges as well as Plus Kids! that deals with blended-family challenges.

Building Love Together in Blended Families

Building Love Together in Blended Families Book
Author : Gary Chapman,Ron L Deal
Publisher : Moody Publishers
Release : 2020-02-04
ISBN : 080249773X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Create a Loving and Safe Environment for Your Blended Family Blended families face unique challenges, and sadly, good intentions aren’t always enough. With so many complex relationships involved, all the normal rules for family life change, even how you apply something as simple as the five love languages. That’s why Gary Chapman, the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages® andnational expert on stepfamilies, Ron Deal, join together in this book to teach you how the five love languages can help your blended family. They’ll teach you: About the unique dynamics of stepfamilies How to overcome fear and trust issues in marriage How to develop healthy parenting and step-parenting practices How the love languages should—and should not—be applied You’re going to face many challenges, but with the right strategies and smart work, your family can be stronger and healthier together.

The Bible s Answers to 100 of Life s Biggest Questions

The Bible s Answers to 100 of Life s Biggest Questions Book
Author : Norman L. Geisler,Jason Jimenez
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2015-01-13
ISBN : 1441221751
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Every believer has questions about God, the Bible, Jesus, and the purpose and meaning of life. The vexing problem is that so few believers are able to answer even the most basic ones. Without answers, doubt creeps in and the future of the church is in jeopardy. With insight and precision, Geisler and Jimenez address one hundred penetrating questions that the culture asks and Christians must be prepared to answer, including both controversial questions raging in the public sphere and personal questions about family issues, the purpose and meaning of life, and the future of the world. Christians from every walk of life, especially young believers, youth workers, and parents, will treasure this comprehensive resource. Foreword by Josh and Sean McDowell.

Pain Points of Joy

Pain Points of Joy Book
Author : Madeline Kim
Publisher : WestBow Press
Release : 2017-07-12
ISBN : 1512793140
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Pain Points of Joy is the story about the dramatic life change Madeline Kim goes through when she marries a man with seven kids, including five who are adopted and two with special needs. She herself has one son to complete the family, thus begins the incredible ride of learning to navigate family life with eight kids. At times, it is crazy and complex, even chaotic, yet the times of stillness and joy peak inexplicably amidst it all. Each family member has their own history and struggles as they sort out the new normal. Madelines story will resonate with anyone who believes in new beginnings while overcoming the fear of the unknown. Anyone who has gone through the adoption experience or has experienced loss and the pain of abandonment will gain insight as Madeline weaves the impact of her own adoption journey into the present day. If you have ever wondered how to turn a messy life into something meaningful, Pain Points of Joy will clarify how the author found peace, joy, and most importantly, purpose, after choosing Gods standards versus the worlds.

Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships

Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships Book
Author : Patricia L. Papernow
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2013-06-07
ISBN : 1136701540
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships draws on current research, a wide variety of clinical modalities, and thirty years of clinical work with stepfamily members to describe the special challenges stepfamilies face. The book presents the concept of "stepfamily architecture" and the five challenges it creates, and delineates three different levels of strategies—psychoeducation, building interpersonal skills, and intrapsychic work—for meeting those challenges in dozens of different settings. The model is designed to be useful both to stepfamily members themselves and to a wide variety of practitioners, from a highly trained clinician who needs to know how and when to work on all three levels, to a school counselor or clergy person who may work on the first two levels but refer out for level three. It will also be useful to educators, judges, mediators, lawyers and medical personnel who will practice on the first level, but need to understand the other two to guide their work.

Stepparent to Stepparent

Stepparent to Stepparent Book
Author : Margaret Broersma
Publisher : Kregel Publications
Release : 2004-05-01
ISBN : 9780825498381
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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One out of three Americans is a part of a stepfamily. With proven reliability and personal experience, Margaret Broersma gives stepparents sound, practical, biblically accurate advice for the issues they face.