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Overview This is the hands on guidebook for today's men and women who face the special challenge of blending families, showing the reader how to create an open atmosphere in the home, give reassuring answers to a child's questions, etc.
Publishers Description 'I've got the love to give. Now how can I get my stepchild to accept it?' Does that question sound familiar? Whether you are presently a stepparent, a dating single parent, or in the courtship stage before marriage, the challenge of blending families is one of the most difficulty you will ever face. Winning the Heart of Your Stepchild is a hands-on guidebook for today's men and women who face the special challenge of blending families. Because children must process so many emotions and thoughts -- guilt over the divorce, unrealistic expectations, a sense of panic or fear -- parents must learn to interpret those feelings and behaviors for any new family to succeed. This book shows how to - create an open atmosphere in the home - give reassuring answers to a child's questions - become a strong team with your new spouse - deal with the inevitable challenge to a new authority figure - build a foundation of love, understanding, and personal discipline that will make your new family special. Winning the Heart of Your Stepchild provides an indispensable road map for new moms and dads who want one vibrant, happy, blended family.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1997
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310218047 ISBN13 9780310218043 UPC 025986218041
Availability 0 units.
More About Robert G. Barnes
Dr. Robert and Rosemary Barnes are conference speakers and coauthors of Rock-Solid Marriage and We Need to Talk. Dr. Robert Barnes is executive director of Sheridan House Family Ministries, the author of several books, host of the weekly 'Family Time Radio' program, and writer of a newspaper column on family issues. Rosemary Barnes is a frequent national conference speaker with Robert on marriage and family issues.
Robert G. Barnes was born in 1947.
Spanish Language Biography: El Dr. Robert Barnes y su esposa, Rosemary Barnes, son conferencistas y coautores de Unidos para siempre y Necesitamos hablar, entre otros. Robert es el director ejecutivo del ministerio de familia Sheridan House, animador del programa radial semanal 'Tiempo de Familia', columnista de temas familiares y autor de varios libros. Ellos son invitados con frecuencia a hablar de temas de familia en conferencias nacionales.
Reviews - What do customers think about Winning The Heart Of Your Stephchild?
Looking to make your blended family work -- you need this book! Apr 11, 2007
Barnes gives the same wisdom with blending families that he does with intact families - you need to be intentional about the raising of your children. Especially in a blending family (using the -ing because Barnes says that the process is never quite finished), Barnes notes that clear expectations must be communicated to the children. To do this, Barnes recognizes that the parents must communicate and be on the same page before an incident happens. Communication really is the key to a successful family - blending or intact. But, with the pain and uncertainty of divorce added, Barnes really camps out on this concept hoping to help his readers understand how to best communicate and work through the various issues they are sure to encounter.
Working with students, many from divorced families, I have found that what Barnes is sharing is essential to the healthy development of children and it is even more essential in a family that has suffered a divorce and the separation or loss of one of the parents. Barnes grounds his wisdom in biblical principles, but this book doesn't come across as preachy and isn't even overtly Christian. The advice is practical, the examples are helpful and Barnes is honest in his approach. I would think that any parent who has children that has been through a divorce or is looking to marry another person with children from a divorced situation would find this book extremely helpful.
Getting to the heart of a child isn't an easy task for a parent - and with a divorce making the matters even more complicated, parents must be aware of their situation and work to connect with their children who are confused, wounded and even at times adversarial. For those parents fighting to make a second marriage work, this book will give great insight into the thoughts and feelings of their children and help them better respond to the various situations. I would highly recommend the book to any parent working to make a blending family work!