The Smart Stepmom

The Smart Stepmom

Practical Steps to Help You Thrive!

By Ron L. Deal; Laura Petherbridge

Bethany House Publishers, Paperback, 9780764207020, 267pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

The stepmother's role often is ambiguous and underappreciated, and frequently it carries unrealistic expectations. The book answers women's concerns and questions, including: How can I be a caretaker and a key emotional connector in the family if the children don't accept my influence? How shoud I cope with children who are confused about their family and torn between loyalty to their biological mother and me? When should I step back in conflicts and when should I insist that my husband stand up for me? In addition it addresses the spiritual and emotional climate of the home, providing perspective and guidelines to help stepmothers and their families thrive.

About the Author
Ron is a marriage and family author, speaker, and therapist. He is Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies and Director of Blended Family Ministries for FamilyLife. Ron is author of "The Smart Stepfamily", "The Smart Stepdad", and "Dating and the Single Parent", and coauthor with Laura Petherbridge of The Smart Stepmom and with David H. Olson of "The Smart Stepfamily Marriage". Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor who frequently appears in the national media including "FamilyLife Today, Focus on the Family, HomeWord", and "The 700 Club". He's also been interviewed by "Ladies Home Journal, New York Daily News", WGN-TV and

He is a popular conference speaker and his video series "The Smart Stepfamily" DVD is used in communities, churches, and homes throughout the world. Ron is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center and is a featured expert on the video curriculum "Single and Parenting". Ron and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information, visit and

Laura Petherbridge is an international speaker, and the author of, When 'I Do' Becomes 'I Don't'-Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, 101 Tips for The Smart Stepmom and, The Smart Stepmom, co-authored with Ron Deal and endorsed by Gary Chapman (Five Love Languages). Laura has been featured at the Billy Graham Training Center, and Family Talk (Dobson), Focus on the Family, and Moody Broadcasting.In addition to her books she has been published in Focus on the Family Magazine, Today's Christian Woman, Christianity Today's Marriage Partnership, and Laura is the founder of Sisterhood of Stepmoms, website Gayla Grace writes, speaks and coaches on family and stepfamily issues. She is a monthly columnist for Lifeway's Parenting Teens and has been published in more than 75 parenting publications across the United States and Canada, including Thriving Family and HomeLife. She is the co-author of Unwrapping the Gift of Stepfamily Peace and founder of Stepparenting With Grace. Gayla is a mom and stepmom to five children, holds a master's degree in Psychology and Counseling and resides in Shreveport, LA with her husband and an "ours" child still at home. Heather Hetchler, M.A. is an author, speaker, life coach, and the founder of This mom of four and full-time stepmom of two has a passion to help stepmothers define their own positive path to success and focus on a peace filled heart rather than a perfect home. She is the co-author of Unwrapping The Gift of Stepfamily Peace, a monthly contributing writer for StepMom Magazine and other publications and the co-founder of the Sisterhood of Stepmoms ministry. Heather resides in Cleveland, OH with her husband and six kids.