Top critical review
Relaxed, conversational tone
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2018
Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily by Ron L. Deal and Dianne Neal Matthews explores topics such as strengthening a second (or subsequent) marriage, handling the step-family's grief and bonding with children. It also has guidance and advice for times of the year that are touchy for every family, such as Thanksgiving or where to spend Christmas. The book explores how to deal with Mother's Day as a step-mother and how to handle step-parenting on all of the routine days.
What I liked about this book was the short stories or examples on each reading. I didn't care for the fact that it was dated, as some people might want to start from the beginning but not on January 1. The writing style was conversational, and each reading offered one or two questions for reflection.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.