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Stepfamilies: What works, what doesn’t


Blended families with children have a lot on their plates. There are roles to define, needs to pay attention to, and loyalties to understand. There is an entirely new family architecture to consider when fostering a healthy stepfamily.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb hears from blended families expert Patricia Papernow, EdD, author of Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn’t.

Dr. Papernow is in her fourth decade of working with, learning about, and teaching others about stepfamily relationships. Her first book, Becoming a Stepfamily, is widely recognized as a classic in the field.


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