New Book Helps Tweens Cope

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For all the stepkids who have ever cried out, “You’re not my parent!”— this book is for you.

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It's fun to live in a stepfamily. It's kind of exciting going back and forth. You have two houses and you get two bedrooms and two families and stuff like that.

“It’s fun to live in a stepfamily. It’s kind of exciting going back and forth. You have two houses and you get two bedrooms and two families and stuff like that.” —Paige

“My stepdad tries to push ‘family game night’ on us. But I’d rather be with my friends.”—Jake

“It used to make me angry when my stepmom tried to act like my parent. I said, ‘You’re not my mom’ a few times, but then I thought about how rude it was.”—Ziad

These are real quotes from real tweens living in stepfamilies, a.k.a. “step-tweens.” As if being a tween isn’t challenging enough, add a new family dynamic to the mix and there’s bound to be some rough times. But kids don’t have to face these challenges alone. The Step-Tween Survival Guide by Lisa Cohn and Debbie Glasser, Ph.D., was written just for them.

Look inside to find:

  •     Quizzes
  •     Advice from other stepkids
  •     “Survival Tools” to use when the going gets rough
  •     Tips for how to get along with new family members
  •     Suggestions for what to do when nothing else seems to be working
  •     Lively illustrations
  •     And much more

With The Step-Tween Survival Guide, tweens will gain the skills and inspiration to survive and thrive in a stepfamily.

Ask the Authors

  •     Do tweens have a more difficult time blending with a new family than younger or older kids? If so, how is it more difficult at that stage of life?
  •     Are parents and stepparents more tuned in to kids’ needs now than in the past?
  •     What can stepparents do to support the tweens in their families?
  •     What tools can kids use to adjust to new family dynamics, like sharing a bedroom when they used to have their own room? Or having a sibling when they used to be the only child in the family?
  •     Some kids might feel disconnected from their parent after a stepparent enters the picture. How can they approach their mom or dad to reconnect and feel close again?

To set up an interview or to request a review copy, visit http://www.freespirit.com contact Jenni Bowring at 612.746.6848 or bowring(at)freespirit.com.

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