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Best Step Parenting Books to Read

Our list of some of the best Step Parenting books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Parent’s Handbook: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (2008)

Best Step Parenting Books to ReadOne of the country's most popular parenting guides. Helps parents meet the challenges of raising a family today. The Parent's Handbook shows parents how they can become more knowledgeable, confident and successful in relating to their children. Discusses misbehavior, communication, encouragement, natural and logical consequences, family meetings, drug and alcohol abuse prevention. The STEP approach to parenting is based on the belief that every child and every parent has equal human worth and dignity. All are entitled to mutual respect.  The system of discipline taught in STEP stresses this type of…
Author(s): Don Dinkmeyer Sr., Gary D. McKay , et al.

2. STEP PARENTING: 50 One-Minute DOs and DON’Ts for Stepdads and Stepmoms (2016)

Best Step Parenting Books to ReadA great step parenting and blended families resource for both the stepparent and the existing parent. Tired of reading a book that is hundreds of pages in length, then thinking they could have boiled down the “important parts” and saved you a lot of time? Here’s a book that eliminates the fluff and gives you just the nuggets in 50 one or two-page chapters, each with an accompanying photo. Fast, easy and insightful reading. Critical steps to loving and effective step parenting of young children and teenagers. Randall Hicks’s prior books on family formation and parenting have been featured on…
Author(s): Randall Hicks

3. Parenting Young Children: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Children Under Six (2008)

Best Step Parenting Books to ReadIt's true that children do not come with instructions, but there is help in this fine handbook. Parenting Young Children gives parents the tools to tackle the special challenges of parenting infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Packed with real-life examples and practical guidance for parents and families on such issues as anger, bedtime, bullies, crying, discipline, fears, lying, nightmares, social development, tantrums and much more. This practical guide for parents is one of the most widely used and earliest of all parenting programs. Topics covered in this…
Author(s): Don Dinkmeyer Sr. , Gary D. McKay, et al.

4. The Smart Stepdad: Steps to Help You Succeed (2011)

Best Step Parenting Books to ReadPart of Ron's of books (over 250,000 copies sold) including The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepmom, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepfamily Marriage, Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily, and The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning.  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…
Author(s): Ron L. Deal

5. Parenting Teenagers: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens (2007)

Best Step Parenting Books to ReadParents know the challenges of raising teenagers. This popular STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) guide is filled with easy-to-understand-and-apply skills that helps parents connect with teens and deal with their "issues." From the STEP/teen program, with practical guidance on social pressure, dating, grades, career plans, and alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse prevention. This handbook is an excellent choice for parents who want to improve their relationship with teens. The authors believe that the rewards of parenting teenagers can far outweigh the…
Author(s): Dinkmeyer Sr. PhD, Don, McKay PhD, Gary, et al.

6. Stepparenting: Becoming A Stepparent: A Blended Family Guide to: Parenting, Raising Children, Family Relationships and Step Families (2015)

Best Step Parenting Books to ReadYou are certainly not alone, and this book is here to help you. Starting a new family in which you have to integrate your life with that of your stepchildren can pose unique challenges that are not present in nuclear or biological families. Stepparents want nothing more than for things to work out with their new family, but sometimes, the issues that arise may just seem so overwhelming. Don’t worry because this book has you covered. This book was written by parents who understand what you are going through, and they provide everything you need to know to make the integration process as easy for you, your spouse, and…
Author(s): Mathew Massimo, Sofia Price

7. The Single Girl’s Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming A Stepmother With Humor And Grace (2005)

Best Step Parenting Books to ReadA funny, honest, and empathetic resource for the novice stepmother, which includes advice on : Adjusting to suspicion, resentment, and biological-parent loyalties; : Living calmly alongside her, whether she’s a psycho or the perfect mother; : Accommodating old family traditions and developing new ones; : Keeping love alive through the kids’ bed-wetting and nightmares. Plus an invaluable list of resources, websites, publications, and organizations specifically for the new stepmother….
Author(s): Sally Bjornsen

8. Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do (2015)

Best Step Parenting Books to ReadHalf of all women in the United States will live with or marry a man with children. And what woman with stepchildren has not—in order to defuse the often overwhelming challenges and anxieties she experiences—referred to herself as a “stepmonster”? What Hope Edelman’s book has done for motherless daughters, Wednesday Martin’s empowering and original Stepmonster does for stepmothers: unlocks the emotional mysteries of why they think and feel and act the way they do. Martin draws on her own experience as a stepmother, interviews many stepmothers and stepchildren,…
Author(s): Martin Ph.D., Wednesday

9. Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage, and Parenting in the First Decade (1999)

Best Step Parenting Books to ReadBased on a landmark longitudinal study, the nation’s leading expert on stepfamilies reveals his breakthrough findings and offers the first detailed guide to easing the conflicts of stepfamily life and healing the scars of divorce.There are more than twenty million stepfamilies in America.  For most of them, the simple, daily issues that challenge every family are even more anxiety-provoking.  After conducting a comprehensive nine-year-long study funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr.  James H.  Bray has written an invaluable book that explains why over half of…
Author(s): James H. Bray, John Kelly

10. Wisdom On Step-Parenting: How to Succeed Where Others Fail (2012)

Best Step Parenting Books to ReadSubtitle: How To Succeed Where Others Fail This book is for anyone who finds them self in the role of stepparent. No one plans on being a stepparent; it’s something that happens when you fall in love with someone who already has children. Just like parenting, it can be very fulfilling or it can be frustrating and heartbreaking. The choice is ours. Written by a psychologist and stepmother, who knows firsthand the challenges that being a stepparent can bring. The stories in this volume are drawn from clients that the author has counseled as well as her own adventurous life…
Author(s): Weiss-Wisdom Ph.D., Diana

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We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some step parenting books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting

Author(s): Thomas Phelan
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Year: 2016, Size: 10 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1591110

Lesbian, Gay and Queer Parenting: Families, Intimacies, Genealogies

Author(s): Stephen Hicks
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2011, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1472738

Asian American Parenting and Parent-Adolescent Relationships

Author(s): Stephen T. Russell, Lisa J. Crockett , Stephen T. Russell, Lisa J. Crockett, Ruth K. Chao (eds.)
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, Year: 2010, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 584350

Parenting After the Death of a Child: A Practitioner's Guide

Author(s): Jennifer L. Buckle, Stephen J. Fleming
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2010, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1371099

Positive Discipline A-Z - A 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems

Author(s): Nelsen, Jane; Lott, Lynn; A, M; Glenn, Stephen
Publisher: Three Rivers Press, Year: 2007, Size: 942 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2091377

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Chicago Tribune, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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