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Step Parenting Books
We've tried to include some of what we believe are the best books on stepparenting. This isn't a definitive list by any means but these are all best sellers and really do give good advice to those embarking on stepfamily life.

Understanding stepfamilies: A Practical Guide for professionals working with blended families

In this practical, evidence based guide published by McGraw Hill Education, Dr Lisa Doodson offers a valuable resource for professionals working with stepfamilies, giving insight into their unique nature and guidance on how to provide more effective support and advice. In addition to the wealth of research and knowledge that the book shares, there is a range of case studies which illustrate issues that the different types of stepfamilies frequently face. Each chapter also contains practical tools and exercises that professionals can use with their clients to help facilitate change in the family unit, as well las interventions including mediation and group workshops and more traditional counselling techniques.
The book is now available to order from Amazon or directly from McGraw Hill Education (

How to be a Happy stepmum by Dr Lisa Doodson

 This is the first book written specifically for stepmums. It is packed full of practical tips and  advice for all types of stepmum. Whether you look after your stepchildren all the time or just at weekends, or whether you also have children of your own or are new to the parenting job, the book offers specific help based on your unique family makeup. It covers all the common issues including understanding and developing your relationship with your stepchildren, dealing with resentment and ambiguity, developing an integrated family unit and learning to manage inevitable relationships with ex partners. The book is based on Lisa's extensive psychological research on stepfamilies and includes comments and case studies from stepfamilies across the UK who took part in her research. To order a copy from Amazon today, just click on the link to the right.
The Stepparents' Parachute by Flora McEvedy

An easy to read book that identifies four cornerstones to help stepfamilies cope with the challenges they face. These include the importance of teamwork and keeping rejection at arms length. The cornerstones guide you through the difficulties and help transform your family into a happy and stable unit.



Stepfamilies - Living successfully with other people's children by Suzie Hayman

This book offers practical advice and positive strategies for coping with the emotional issues that stepfamilies typically have to deal with. It's well written but can be a little hard going.



Stepfamilies - Surviving and thriving in a new family by Suzie Hayman

A more up to date book from Suzie and an easier read. Excellent advice and well written.



Every Step Counts - Building a healthy stepfamily by Christine and Tony Tufnell

This book written by stepparents and counsellors uses a range of real life scenarios and questions to help readers address their own issues. The authors share their own experiences and offer realistic hope for the future for other stepfamilies.