The Stepparent’s Survival Guide: A Workbook for Creating a Happy Blended Family

Dr. Suzen Ziegahn, a psychologist and stepparent herself, has written a very helpful workbook for blended families. She leads the reader through a process for developing a personalized family plan to deal with issues like discipline, comptetitiveness and traditions.

The Truth About Stepfamilies

While written from a stepmom’s perspective, this book can be really helpful for the stepdad, too. Anne O’Connor interviewed many American stepfamilies to determine what really works in a blended family, and the pitfalls to avoid when trying to make such families successful.

Stepchildren Speak

Ever wondered how stepchildren reflect on their blended family experiences when they are older and have a chance to look back? In this book, Susan Philips interviews ten such stepchildren who helped her learn what works and what doesn’t as children are raised in a blended family.


There are reasons why the failure rate of second marriages is significantly greater than that of first marriages. And in this book, authors Susan Wisdom and Jennifer Green help second marriage couples navigate these troubled waters. They offer help in dealing with issues like diverse parenting styles, relationship patterns, legal issues and problem solving skills.

StepWise: A Guide to Family Mergers

A lighter read, Step Wise offers practical and down to earth advice about the challenges of stepparenting. Author James Dale is a stepfather, and the book also features commentary along the way by his stepdaughter, Alex. As such, it is also a great book to share with and read along with your stepchildren.

The Package Deal, My (not-so) Glamorous Transition From Single Gal to Instant Mom

This appears to be a fun read, by fellow blogger, Izzy Rose. It’s a memoir that details her life as a new stepmom. It will be available in bookstores in May, just in time for mother’s/stepmother’s day! I can’t wait to read it. In the meantime, I encourage you to visit her blog (link is listed in my blogroll) to check out an excerpt from the book.