11 Best Books For Stepmoms Update 05/2022

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As stepmoms, we often want to connect with other people who understand what we’re going through. That’s why we made the Stepmomz app in the first place. Stepmom help is great, but sometimes we want to take a break and get lost in a good book. There are some books that stepmoms should read, and we’ve put together a list of them and a link to buy them from Amazon.

Please note that if you buy something through one of these links, Stepmomz will get a small cut of the money.

When you’re a stepmom, what book do you think is the best? Let us know what you think in the comments. Make sure you’re signed up for the app when we start our first book club!

Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships

By Patricia Papernow

Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships

As a stepmom, Patricia Papernow gives practical, real-world examples and does research that is based on the facts. There are many feelings and experiences that we all have but can’t put a name to. She gives them names. In general, it’s one of the more expensive books out there, but it’s still a great resource for stepmoms. It’s also important to point out that this book has a section for both LGBTQ and multicultural couples, which is a big step in the right direction.

Parenting With Love And Logic

By Foster Cline

If a stepmother is going to be a good parent, she or he needs to figure out where they fit in with their partner and their kids. How to raise self-confident, motivated kids who can handle things in the real world with steps that avoid anger, threats, nagging, and power fights. This is a great book to read with your partner as you work through expectations in your stepfamily.

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

By Wednesday Martin

One of the best books for stepmothers is this one. Half of all women in the United States will live with or marry someone who already has kids. In the end, the hard truth is that we all know what it is like to be seen as a stepmonster or wicked stepmother. Wednesday Martin is honest and real about the process of becoming a stepmother and the myths and truths that people think about stepmothers today.

The Evil Stepmother Speaks: A Guide for Stepfamilies Who Want to Love and Laugh

By Barb Goldberg

A book about stepparenting called The Evil Stepmother Speaks is one of the most simple to read. Barb’s writing style and sense of humor help women who are in a relationship with a man who has kids feel better about the subject. She validates her feelings and gives concrete advice on how to heal and move forward. She gives advice on how to set and keep boundaries, how to support stepmoms, and how to be a good friend to stepmoms. She’s like your best friend who’s been there and done that.

Skirts At War: Beyond Divorced Mom/Stepmom Conflict

By Jenna Korf and Jennifer Newcomb Marine

Skirts At War Beyond Divorced Mom Stepmom Conflict

In a situation where there is a lot of conflict, you need to set some rules for yourself. Written by a stepmother and a divorced mom, this book talks about how to set boundaries, how to pass on responsibilities, and how to stop overdoing it. So keep an eye out for that, too!

Building Love Together in Blended Families

By Ron Deal and Gary Chapman

You and your partner should read this one if you’re not familiar with the 5 Love Languages or if you’ve only just started to learn about them. You can find out more about how the love languages work in mixed families and how to be a good stepmother.

Blissfully Blended Bullshit: The Uncomfortable Truth of Blending Families

By Rebecca Eckler

Some times, what happens in a blended family is more interesting than what you read in a book. You can read more about what Rebecca Eckler reveals in this book’s prologue, which is the first line. It’s for people who like hard-hitting stories that keep it real, with a few F bombs thrown in.

Judgment Detox

By Gabrielle Bernstein

When you become a stepmom, you will be judged and judge others. This is at the heart of being a stepmom. When we feel hurt, insecure, or vulnerable, it can be a “reliable crutch.” But when we judge, our energy weakens and our thoughts darken. Her six-step process for dealing with and removing judgement from our lives is a game changer, even though she isn’t married. To get the most out of this book, you need to put in the work.

You Are a Badass

By Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass

If you buy this book by Jen Sincero, you’ll get a strong pep talk for stepmoms, which is what you need. It doesn’t matter whether you need to stop doubting yourself, start demanding what you deserve, or just want to be able to lean into financial success, these quick 27 chapters have something for every stepmother out there.

Big Magic

By Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert doesn’t care what your job is or what your passion is. She will help you find and grow your spark. She will get the most out of this book when it talks about facing down what we struggle with and focusing on what we love. If you come out of this class, we promise that you’ll be more happy.

Find the book here.

When you’re a stepmom, what book do you think is the best? Let us know what you think in the comments. Make sure you’re signed up for the app when we start our first book club!

A Career Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Stepmom¬†

by Jacquelyn Fletcher

So, he asked! I’m so happy for you. I know what it’s like to have the man of your dreams get down on one knee and propose to you in the most romantic way possible. It’s the moment you’ve always dreamed about. When Lifetime TV makes movies about this, it’s the time that they talk about.

But, you’ve just said “yes” to a man who has kids from a previous marriage, which is not good. Do this now.

So, don’t be afraid to marry the love of your life. There’s a lot of hope and possibility out there for you to enjoy. Fletcher’s book has been one of my top picks for single women who work hard and fall in love with a man, his kids, and his ex-family.

A lot of times, people don’t talk about money, discipline, privacy, or how they feel when they say goodbye to one life and hello to another. Fletcher talks about all of these things and more in his book. All career women who become stepmoms should add this book to their list of books to read.

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