Still A Dad by Serge Prengel.
An honest and sensitive book for men without custody or in high-conflict
post-divorce relationships. Still A Dad explores the experiences
involved when living with the anger, pain and loss of control
that characterize situations where fathers live with little or
no access to their kids. Prengel skillfully guides and encourages
men on how to deal with their distress and move into developing
new and positive definitions of fatherhood.
Successful Step-Fathering by Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D.
An excellent resource for stepfathers (and, in fact, any stepfamily
adult) that provides detailed descriptions of the social and psychological
complexities of stepfamily relationships. Pickhardt discusses
the problems a stepfather can expect to encounter, along with
practical advice for meeting these challenges head on. He proposes
three types of parenting involvement possible: coparenting, consulting
parent and nonparent. The book covers developing realistic expectations,
building healthy step relationships, easing the adjustment, defining
roles, establishing parental authority and, perhaps most useful
to the stepparent, managing the emotional intensity. Outstanding
chapters include emotional explosions, resolving conflict and
fair fighting--what these things are about and how to work with
them. Above all his advice is: Go slow!
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