Thursday, March 9, 2017

Get Parenting Help for Blended Families in Library Workshop

Did you know statistics reflect that almost 50% of children of all ages are part of a stepfamily?  This is a statistic that continues to grow.  As a result, men and women are finding themselves having to adjust to being a stepparent, which at times can create a whole new layer of parenting issues one needs to navigate.

At times, it may feel as if a new stepparent is in uncharted waters and in need of some practical advice.  If this is you, be a part of a free workshop at your South Branch Library on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:00PM titled Step-Parenting: Do's and Don'ts with Practical Suggestions.  This workshop will be led by local psychotherapist Dr. Marc Orner, who is also a licensed marriage and family therapist.  Dr. Orner will be on hand to discuss ways to learn positive actions to improve interactions with families, while also opening up a discussion of practical suggestions to implement, and covering the four different parenting styles.

Speaker: Dr. Marc Orner
Dr. Orner has been in private practice in Abilene for more than 30 years and has taught in psychology departments at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at several universities (including McMurry University).

Plus, feel free to make use of additional materials at your Abilene Public Library to supplement the subject of stepfamilies.  Such includes Blending Families: Merging Households with Kids 8-18 by Trevor Mullineaux.  This book will help you to explore blended families by starting with the marriage as being the central relationship in the new family unity.  Other topics discussed include attachment styles, building trust, challenges with solutions, practical advice, and more.

Another great title providing similar information is The Remarriage Blueprint: How Remarried Couples and Their Families Succeed or Fail by Maggie Scarf.  Still need another resource?  Try Two Happy Homes: A Working Guide for Parents & Stepparents After Divorce and Remarriage by Shirley Thomas.  Although published in 2005, this title is only 169 pages and will provide you with quick answers to get started if you're pressed for time.

Plus, you may also find resources for children to read to help them adjust as well.  A great place to start is with Sheila Stewart's I Live in Two Homes: Adjusting to Divorce and Remarriage.  Located in the juvenile nonfiction section of the library, this book will address how divorce and remarriage are common, but may not always be an easy change for kids.  At times, they may feel as if they're the only one who has ever felt what they're feeling.  However, this book aims to help them discover how these changes have benefits and may bring good things they might not expect.

Look for these resources at your library, and feel free to attend the free workshop by Dr. Marc Orner, at your South Branch Library on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:00PM.

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