8 Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting


by Nadir Baksh, Psy. D. and
Laurie Elizabeth Murphy, R.N., Ph.D.  

No matter who you are and how much experience you’ve had with kids, becoming a step-parent and “blending of families” is difficult work. The book presents 8 Strategies in the form of action steps to maximize anyone’s chances of success in this endeavor.

Use this book to:

• create a “parenting partnership”
• move beyond resentment of or competition with the former spouse
• examine and work with your unrealistic expectations about yourself and your kids
• build new and happy memories with your step-children, while respecting their old ones
• understand the “Family Hierarchy Ladder” to resolve many problems before they show up
• get the help you need when “things” or people break down.

8 Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting is written in a non-apologetic voice, offering strong and specific direction to address current problems. Vignettes of 30 real-life family situations support the strategies suggested. Issues and examples are applicable cross-culturally, and address needs of both men and women.This book will empower readers to take up their new challenge with common sense, firmness and compassion; but most of all, with greater self-knowledge—the best strategy for success in any important task.

“Being responsible for the day-to-day physical, emotional and spiritual care of someone else’s children takes a lot of guts. It also takes persistence, optimism, focus, and love for your new partner, enough to commit yourself to his or her children.”—from the text

  View Bio Nadir Baksh, Psy. D. and
Laurie Elizabeth Murphy, R.N., Ph.D. - Authors
188 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935387-08-4
6 X 9 inches paperback


The Midwest Book Review, February 2012

  • 8 Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting
  • Nadir Baksh & Laurie Murphy
  • Hohm Press
  • PO Box 2501
  • Prescott, AZ 86302
  • 9781935387084, $14.95, www.hohmpress.com

Step-parenting can often prove a daunting endeavor. "8 Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting" discusses what step-parents can do to be important to their child's lives, a task that often leaves many step parents overwhelmed. From creating a bond with the child and creating a bond with both biological parents, and remembering that a step parent can mean the world, "8 Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting" is a strongly recommended pick for any new step parent who may be feeling overwhelmed.