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

May 4, 2009|
Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do by Wednesday Martin
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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, andshe 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 stepmothersare and how they feel.

WEDNESDAY MARTIN holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale. She was a regular contributor to the New York Post''s parenting page for several years, and her work has appeared in a number of national magazines. Martin, a stepmother for nine years, lives with her husband and their two sons. www.wednesdaymartin.com
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Title:Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We DoFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:336 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 inPublished:May 4, 2009Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0618758194

ISBN - 13:9780618758197

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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