You have an exciting, fulfilling job. You've fallen in love with the man of your dreams—and met his three kids! Now what? Jacquelyn B. Fletcher shows how any professional woman turned wife and instant stepmother can build on the skills she employs at work—organization, team-building, goal-setting, and planning—to succeed at home in her new role as stepmom. Drawing on the latest research, her own experiences, and those of other real-life stepmothers, Fletcher offers advice, hope, encouragement, and much-needed answers to common conundrums, including:
Why don't I have control over my own schedule?
What kind of relationship do I want with my stepkids?
What if I want to have a baby of my own?
How do we create a budget that feels fair if I make more money than my husband does?
A Career Girl's Guide to Becoming a Stepmom is essential reading for the professional woman who has it all—and then suddenly has more than she expected.
Jacquelyn B. Fletcher
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Really great read and perfect for women coming into a relationship with no children of her own. Most stepmom books seem to focus (at least from what I've read) on generality and many aren't of the perspective specifically if the woman does not have kids of her own. Keep in mind when reading these books that we all have our own experiences so I have to remind myself that just because other examples/scenarios played out a certain way or challenging, that that doesn't indicate that my experience with my step kids will also be 100% that way. Keep your head up, stay positive and if you truly invest in spending time with the kids and getting on their level that you'll build the respect you both want and need.
Over the last six months, I have bought and read six or seven books on being a stepmother. This is one of the better books but my complaint about all of them, including this one, is that they all assume a stepmother is going to step into the role of a "mother" who is responsible for "chores" associated with the kids. I deliberately chose not to have children but I now am involved with a man with two kids and am at a crossroads to decide whether to make a long term commitment to him and his kids. One of my biggest hesitations is whether I can be a stepmother, with all its responsibilities and heartache. The books all have helped to inform me as to what the expectations are for a stepmother. It seems like the books all assume (expect) a stepmother has to cook for, clean up after, discipline, carpool, etc. the stepkids. All the books I have read deal with these situations and help to solve problems associated with this type of stepmother role. I wish, though, that the books, including...
This past fall I married a man with 2 children from a previous marriage - hence entering the world of stepmotherhood. I never ever thought I'd be here. I had spent the better majority of my life working hard to further my career and continue to find that part of my life both rewarding and very fulfilling. I knew likely I would marry - I had great interest in the companionship and lifelong partnership that would bring. But I have never had quite the same desire to be a mom, let alone a stepmom. Life has a funny way of interjecting an alternate path when you least expect it!
Since I met the kids almost 4 years ago, and knowing my relationship with their father was going to be serious, I started searching for support help and doing a lot of reading. But so much out there just never felt like it fit me...negativity, horror stories, or just basic differences - like me not bringing any kids into the equation on my side. I felt like the odd man out, and often felt more...
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