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Happy Stepcouple: How Couples with Stepchildren Can Strengthen Their Relationships

by Rachelle Katz Rowman and Littlefield
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Hbk 240 pages
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The Happy Stepcouple is a comprehensive and practical self-help book designed to help couples with children from prior relationships thrive despite the complexity of stepfamily life. The number of issues stepfamilies juggle, from supporting multiple households to establishing healthy boundaries with family members, can make it challenging to establish a flourishing relationship--especially since many stepcouples face them before they have had the chance to learn how to work well as teammates. In fact, the stress is so intense, more than two thirds break up within the first few years of committing to each other. But by learning how to establish realistic stepfamily expectations and communicate about problems in ways that strengthen their emotional connection to each other, most stepcouples can withstand the trials and tribulations of stepfamily life and succeed within it.
This is the book every remarried couple with children needs to read. Rachelle Katz explains why nearly two thirds of all second marriages ultimately fail, then gives readers the knowledge and tools they need to avoid becoming a statistic. If you've realized that love might not be enough and you're looking to create a rock-solid relationship--regardless of how complicated your stepfamily situation seems--The Happy Stepcouple is for you.

- Brenda Ockun, Founder and Publisher, StepMom Magazine,

The Happy Stepcouple tackles head on the challenges facing stepfamilies. Packed with practical advice, case examples, exercises, it provides readers with a toolbox of skills to repair and enhance their relationships. Highly recommended.

- Robert Taibbi, LCSW, author of "Doing Couple Therapy: Craft & Creativity in Work with Intimate Partners"

Filled with relatable stories and evidence-based strategies, The Happy Stepcouple is a comprehensive guide to transforming your relationship. As a psychotherapist and a stepmom herself, Katz offers a unique perspective on the biggest challenges facing stepcouples. Katz provides practical steps that you and your partner can take to improve your relationship. A real game-changer for stepcouples and their stepfamilies!

- Elizabeth Mosaidis, Author of "The Stepmom Project"

Creating a happy, thriving stepfamily can take real work. As Rachelle Katz shows in The Happy Stepcouple, many of the common, practical challenges are complicated by unrealistic expectations for stepfamily bliss, differences in the emotional attachment style of the adults, and communication habits that can undermine love and security just when it’s needed most. Viewing the stepcouple relationship through an attachment theory lens, the Happy Stepcouple helps partners manage the emotions, expectations and influences that can threaten harmony at home. Based on Katz’s own experience as a stepmother, her work counseling other stepmothers in her psychotherapy practice, and primary research, The Happy Stepcouple is a valuable tool for married and living-together partners with children from previous relationships, who find themselves struggling for more agreement, security and joy.

- Wendy Paris, Author of "Splitopia: Dispatches from Today's Good Divorce and How to Part Well"

The Happy Stepcouple is packed with practical and realistic solutions, helpful exercises for stepcouples, and so much more. I highly recommend you buy it, read it, and share it with a stepcouple.

- Bobbi Wilcox, Author, Registered Psychotherapist, and President of Blended Families United

Creating and maintaining a healthy stepcouple life is about more than merely project-managing thorny schedules and logistics. It’s also about acknowledging and tending to each partner’s needs and expectations. That’s a more perilous path to travel, but in The Happy Stepcouple, Dr. Rachelle Katz guides these couples around the deep pitfalls of their restructured lives with practical tools, expert insight, and intense compassion, ultimately steering them to a place of mutual respect and true joy.

- Joel Schwartzberg, Author of "The 40-Year-Old Version: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad" and "Get to the Point! Sharpen Your Message and Make Your Words Matter"

Insightful. Practical. On target advice for stepfamily homes. This book will help you pursue unity and overcome obstacles unique to stepcouple relationships.

- Ron L. Deal, Author of the bestselling book "The Smart Stepfamily," President of
Rachelle Katz, EdD, LMFT is the author of The Happy Stepmother, published by Harlequin Nonfiction in 2010, and is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. She is licensed as a marriage and family therapist and is certified as an addictions specialist in alcoholism and substance abuse. She also coaches stepmothers and their partners, runs a monthly support group for stepmothers, and conducts workshops for stepcouples. She has appeared as a guest on several cable network shows and podcasts to discuss family issues. In addition to her work with individuals and couples in private practice, she has extensive experience lecturing to groups on various topics. Dr. Katz is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Psychological Association. She has been married for 27 years and has a 31-year-old stepdaughter.