The Smart Stepmom

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You Can Be a Smart Stepmom.

In today's complicated stepfamily, the stepmom often doesn't know where to turn for help. Let stepfamily expert Ron Deal and experienced stepmom Laura Petherbridge show you how to survive and thrive as a stepmom, including:

  • How to be a positive influence on children who are torn between loyalty to their biological mom and to you.
  • What to do when you feel ostracized, rejected, or lonely.
  • When and how to step back during conflict and let your husband take the lead.
  • How to handle holidays, adult stepchildren, between-home communication, and much more.
  • Here is the hope, encouragement, and practical information to assure you that you are not alone in the stepmom journey.


"As a stepmom myself, I'm thrilled to find a solid resource that tackles the complex and multifaceted issues associated with being a stepmom."- Kim Alexis, supermodel, speaker, and author

"Finally, a book that is realistic and practical for stepmoms. I highly recommend this book."--Gary D. Chapman, bestselling author

About the Author

Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

Laura Petherbridge serves couples and single adults through her U.S. and international speaking opportunities. Laura is the stepmom to two sons whom she began parenting when they were 11 and 13. Laura has been a stepmom since she married her husband more than 25 years ago. Visit her Web site at

About the Product

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Bethany House (April 16, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0764234484
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces