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No One's the Bitch A Ten-Step Plan for the Mother and Stepmother Relationship

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ISBN-10: 0762750936

ISBN-13: 9780762750931

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jennifer Newcomb Marine, Carol Marine, Jim Ottaway

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One of three Americans is today a stepparent, a stepchild, or a stepsibling. That means there arelotsof stepmothers and ex-wives out there wrestling with resentment, jealousy, anxiety, anger, and despair over their relationship with the "other woman" in their life. That's where stepmother/ex-wife team extraordinaire Jennifer Newcomb Marine and Carol Marine step in.No One's the Bitchis their straight-talking, handholding walk through what is typically a very lonely minefield. Whether women just want to create a neutral, "business" partnership or actually, gulp, to become friends, this book shows them how to reach their goal through ten powerful steps, with chapter titles such as "Own Your…    
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, The
Publication date: 5/5/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Jennifer Newcomb Marine(the ex-wife) is an essayist, editor, and a former columnist for AustinMama.com, an award-winning Web site. She is the mother of two teenage daughters. nbsp; Carol Marine(the stepmother) is an oil-based artist who has had her work featured in both local and national magazines. She is the mother of a three-year-old son and stepmother to two teenage girls. Both Jennifer and Carol live near Austin, Texas.

Introduction
Who We Are
How We Got Here
Our Goal
What to Expect
What You Stand to Gain
Survey the Landscape (And Get Your Bearings)
Going about Your Business
"And To Your Left..."
A Look Back from Us
Common Features of the Stepmom/Ex-Wife Landscape
Maxine and Stephanie Duke It Out, from Afar
What about the Man?
External Influences
United by Their Differences
Extra Reassurance
Resources to Explore
As We Leave the Chapter
Own Your Own Crap (What, Me? A Dark Side?)
Turning the Flashlight On
A Look Back from Us
Disowning Your Relatives
Top Ten Reasons Not to Even Bother Trying to Get Along with the Stepmom or Ex-Wife
Shadow Self, Up Close
What about the Man?
Dude, Where's My Trophy?
Emotional Math: Payoffs vs. Costs
Extra Reassurance
Resources to Explore
As We Leave the Chapter
Imagine the Benefits (Dreams Pull You Forward)
Lighter but Stronger!
A Look Back from Us
A Vital Fuel
What's in It for Me?
Two Parallel Realities for Maxine and Stephanie
Overview of the Specific Benefits
What about the Man?
Creating a New Kind of Family Structure
Stepping Back and Assessing
Extra Reassurance
Resources to Explore
As We Leave the Chapter
Take Action (Stretching, Inside and Out)
The Difference between Sitting and Walking
A Look Back from Us
Things to Ponder Before You Act
What about the Man?
External Actions
What You're Going to Actually Try
Stuff to Keep in Mind Beforehand
Signaling a Sea Change
Invite Her for Coffee
Extra Reassurance
Resources to Explore
As We Leave the Chapter
Collaborate (Lighten Your Load-and Hers)
No Singing, Just Drenched
A Look Back from Us
A Closer Look at Collaboration
Defensiveness
The Amazing Power of "Just Talking"
What about the Man?
Consistent Rules between Houses
Extra Reassurance
Resources to Explore
As We Leave the Chapter
Be Accountable (No One Else to Blame)
Stay in Your Room!
A Look Back from Us
A Definition
The Benefits of Being Accountable
What Accountability Looks Like in Action
Some Additional Challenges to Practicing Accountability
What about the Man?
Extra Reassurance
Resources to Explore
As We Leave the Chapter
Communicate (Or, Why Aren't You a Mind Reader?)
On the One Hand
A Look Back from Us
Communication 101
Consequences of Poor Communication
What about the Man?
Harnessing Good Communication to Increase Two-Family Harmony
Family Meetings
Extra Reassurance
Resources to Explore
As We Leave the Chapter
Regroup (Dust Off Your Pants When You Fall Down)
A Pile of Fire Extinguishers
A Look Back from Us
How Many Kinds of Conflict? Let Me Count the Ways
Help for in the Moment
Help You Can Use Later
What about the Man?
Other Ideas to Try
Extra Reassurance
Resources to Explore
As We Leave the Chapter
Strengthen (Bringing out the Best in the Kids)
A Common Horizon
A Look Back from Us
What Might Stand in the Way
What about the Man?
Why Do This?
Examine What They Need
Figure Out How to Make It Happen
One Last Motivator
Extra Reassurance
Resources to Explore
As We Leave the Chapter
Celebrate and Acknowledge (Anytime is Springtime)
Shaking Hands over the Fence
A Look Back from Us
How Far You've Come
What about the Man?
Putting Current Problems in Perspective
Look for More Ways to Bond and Connect
Extra Reassurance
Resources to Explore
As We Leave the Chapter (and the Book)
Index
Acknowledgments
About the Authors