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Chores Without Wars: Turning Dad and Kids from Reluctant Stick-in-the-Muds to Enthusiastic Team Players by L.Lott & R. Intner (Part of the "Developing Capable People" series). A helpful book that addresses the perennial problem of how to engage children (and, they suggest, Dad as well) in contributing to household chores. Encourages responsibility as a way to create self-esteem, skill development and shared decision making. One new stepparents' response: "Read it when you're feeling positive and up to the challenge of encouraging change."


Get Out Of My Life, but first will you drive me and Cheryl to the mall? by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D. If you relate to the title, you'll love the contents. In his approachable and humorous manner, Dr. Wolf takes us to the heart of dealing with teenagers in a direct and compassionate manner. He presents a helpful framework with which to understand teenage behavior and offers useful suggestions for positive parent-teen interaction. Well worth reading!!!


Positive Discipline for Blended Families. Nurturing Harmony, Respect and Unity in Your New Stepfamily by Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin, and H. Stephen Glenn. Based on the "positive discipline" approach practiced by many parents, therapists and educators, this book is based on working with family stepfamily dynamics in a way that encourages mutually respectful relationships. Well organized, realistic and built on a belief in healthy family values as the backbone of any family unit.


I Was My Mother's Bridesmaid by Erica and Vanessa Carlisle (1999). (See review in For Kids/Teens)


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