Essential Tools for the 16 Million Stepdads in America-Just in Time for Father’s Day

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In his newest book, The Smart Stepdad, leading stepfamily expert and counselor Ron L. Deal lays out steps and tools for the 16.5 million men in the United States who are stepdads. The Smart Stepdad provides essential guidelines to help stepfathers not only survive but succeed as both dad and husband.

The Smart Stepdad by Ron L. Deal

The Smart Stepdad

...16.5 million men in the United States are stepdads. These numbers translate into a stunning 42% of all adults and 16% of all men in America.

95.5 million adults in the United States have at least one step relative in their immediate family, reports a new national study conducted by the Pew Research Center. The same study also found that 16.5 million men in the United States are stepdads. These numbers translate into a stunning 42% of all adults and 16% of all men in America.

Enter leading stepfamily expert and counselor Ron L. Deal, founder of Successful Stepfamilies. In his newest book, The Smart Stepdad, Deal lays out steps and tools for men navigating the stepfamily minefield, including how to

  • connect with stepchildren of all ages
  • be a good role model
  • discipline
  • deal with the biological dad
  • keep the bond strong with one’s new spouse

He also gives perspective on what the kids are going through and why things don’t work the same as in a biological family. The Smart Stepdad provides essential guidelines to help stepfathers not only survive but succeed as both dad and husband.

Knowing that the stepdad can’t take the stepfamily journey without his wife working with him as a team, Ron also includes two chapters full of helpful tips for wives.

About the Author

Ron L. Deal is the founder of Successful Stepfamilies, which empowers stepfamilies toward healthy living and equips churches to minister to their unique needs. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor who has appeared in national media, including ABC’s Nightline, Fox News, WGN-TV, ABC.com, New York Daily News, and FamilyLife Today. He speaks at conferences including the National Stepfamily Conference. Ron and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Amarillo, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.successfulstepfamilies.com

Questions and Answers with Ron Deal

Watch a recent interview with Ron Deal on WGN-TV

The Smart Stepdad
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0696-2
Trade Paper; $13.99; 256 pp.
Release Date: April 2011
Bethany House Publishers

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