Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do

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Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do

Format:  Hardcover,

326 pages

Edition: None

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publish Date: May 2009

ISBN-13: 9780618758197

ISBN-10: 0618758194

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An honest and groundbreaking guide to understanding the complicated emotions that develop between stepmothers and children.

When faced with often overwhelming challenges, what woman with stepchildren is unfamiliar with that "stepmonster" feeling? Half of all women in the United States will live with or marry a man with children. To guide women new to this role--and empower those who are struggling with it--Wednesday Martin draws upon her own experience as a stepmother. She's frank about the harrowing process of becoming a stepmother, she considers the myths and realities of being married to a man with children, and she counteracts the cultural notion that stepmothers are solely responsible for the problems that often develop. Along the way, she interviews other stepmothers and stepchildren and offers up fascinating insights from literature, anthropology, psychology, and evolutionary biology that explain the little-understood realities of this unique parent-child relationship and--in an unexpected twist--shows why the myth of the Wicked Stepmother is the single best tool for understanding who real stepmothers are and how they feel.


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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date: May 2009
ISBN-13: 9780618758197
ISBN-10: 0618758194
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 326
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Introduction
The Stepmothering Script
A Wall of One's Own: Becoming a Stepmother
She's Such a Witch!" Fairy Tale History and the Stepmothering Script
Remarriage Realities
You're Not My Mother!": And Five Other Universal Step-Dilemmas
You're Not My Child!": Anger, Jealousy, and Resentment
Him: Understanding Your Husband
Your Marriage
Perspectives
Sociobiology: What the Birds, the Bees, and the White-Fronted Bee-Eaters Can Teach Us About Stepmothering
Stepmothers Worldwide: Anthropology, Attachment, Context
Risks and Rewards
Stepmother Sadness and Depression: Understanding the Risk Factors
Women with Adult Stepchildren: Lessons from "Lifers
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-05-01)

Martin has written an eye-opening book about the world of step families, with a focus on the stepmother. Her well-researched work delves into the animal world, fairy tales, psychology, and soc io biology as she examines from every angle the myth that a well-blended, happy step family is easy to achieve. Sometimes offering differing points of view, she describes examples from animal and bird families, demonstrating the great diversity throughout the animal kingdom and the behavior of many creatures in nonnuclear families.

Many animals are not leading the life portrayed in The Brady Bunch any more than the people with whom Martin talked. While the author admits that there are some families who manage to work well, she was reassured in her own role as stepmother that the frustrations she has experienced are not at all uncommon. Stepmothers, no matter how hard they try, are battling odds that appear to be stacked against them. Martin's questions about the normality of her experience will help validate those who find themselves in a similar situation.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/09.] - Margaret Cardwell, Memphis

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

An honest and groundbreaking guide to understanding the complicated emotions that develop between stepmothers and children.

 

When faced with often overwhelming challenges, what woman with stepchildren is unfamiliar with that “stepmonster” feeling? Half of all women in the United States will live with or marry a man with children. To guide women new to this role—and empower those who are struggling with it—Wednesday Martin draws upon her own experience as a stepmother. She's frank about the harrowing process of becoming a stepmother, she considers the myths and realities of being married to a man with children, and she counteracts the cultural notion that stepmothers are solely responsible for the problems that often develop. Along the way, she interviews other stepmothers and stepchildren and offers up fascinating insights from literature, anthropology, psychology, and evolutionary biology that explain the little-understood realities of this unique parent-child relationship and—in an unexpected twist—shows why the myth of the Wicked Stepmother is the single best tool for understanding who real stepmothers are and how they feel.

 

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Rated 5 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Amazing book for Stepmoms!! I am half way through this book and cannot believe how much it relates to my life! I have been a stepmom for 7 years now and things are definitely not always easy!! It's nice to read a book that tells me I'm not the only one! Not the only one that has these feelings, trouble, heartache, ect. ect. Glad to know there are lots of other women out there in the same boat! 05/27/2013
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