Love may be sweeter the second time around, but once the bliss of a newfound relationship wears off a little, the reality of being part of a stepfamily sets in. If you are one of the millions of remarried Americans facing the challenge of blending two existing families into one cohesive whole, you are part of a stepcouple—and you know all too well how hard it can be to make your marriage work in sometimes tough terrain. 

Different parenting styles, finances, relationships with ex-spouses, legal matters, and even seemingly simple issues such as the kinds of chores assigned to children can chisel away at your union if you don’t always make your marriage a priority. 

The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, Revised and Expanded Edition
By Ron L. Deal / Bethany House

In The Smart Stepfamily, leading expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Whether married or soon-to-be married, you'll discover how to communicate effectively and solve the everyday puzzles of stepchildren relationships. This revised and expanded edition has updated research and two new chapters with more real-world advice on stepsibling relationships and later-life stepfamilies.

The Smart Stepdad: Steps to Help You Succeed
By Ron L. Deal / Bethany House

Written specifically for men, The Smart Stepdad provides essential guidelines to help stepfathers not only survive but succeed as both dads and husbands. Learn how to connect with your spouse's children, be a godly role model, deal with discipline issues, relate to your stepchild's biological dad, and keep your marriage strong. Discover from an expert what your stepkids are going through and why things don't work the same as in a biological family. Paperback.
But I'm NOT a Wicked Stepmother! Secrets of Successful Blended Families
By Kathi Lipp & Carol Boley / Focus on the Family

Written by two stepmothers, But I'm Not a Wicked Stepmother offers support and encouragement for women dealing with the demanding role of loving and caring for other people's children. Offering spiritual insight from Scripture on marriage, prayer, and forgiveness along with practical action points, this Focus on the Family resource is an essential resource for stepmoms. It also is conducive for use in a small group setting.

Stepcoupling: Creating and Sustaining a Strong Marriage in Today's Blended Family

101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom: Expert Advice from One Stepmom to Another
By Laura Petherbridge / Bethany House

Being a stepmom is never easy, but with God's help and wisdom from others, you can rise to the challenge. Laura Petherbridge offers topically arranged tips on everything from coping with the children's mother to handling finances and managing family holidays. Learn to understand your blended family, navigate the drama, and gain your stepkids' respect!

Books for Blended Families

30562X: Blended Families: Creating Harmony As You Build a New Home Life Blended Families: Creating Harmony As You Build a New Home Life
By Maxine Marsolini / Moody Publishers

Remarriage brings together people who are not blood relatives, and statistics warn that most of these unions do not survive. Find out in Blended Families how you can keep your family together, alive and thriving through the inevitable challenges ahead.