What Others Are Saying About Heather’s StepParenting Coaching

“Your tools have been very helpful to me. I appreciate your honesty and your insight.”
– Carrie, stepmom

“You truly get it. I feel so much better knowing that I’m not alone. Thanks for your help.”
– Ashley, mom and stepmom

“Thank you, Heather. Your call and email were super helpful.” – Lori, mom and stepmom

“I look forward to your encouraging words. I practice what you teach and it has made a huge difference for me. Thank you!” – Bella, stepmom and new mom.

“Everything you just said is so ON POINT!” – Andrea, stepmom to be

What Others Are Saying About the StepMom Book

I am still relatively new to the world of step parenting, and have encountered many struggles along the way. When I read of other families experiencing the same emotions, problems, road blocks, etc. as mine I feel comfort in knowing we are not alone. Heather and Gayla share their experiences, and what they have done to overcome the bad and celebrate the good. This book taught me not to dwell on the negatives, as I can not control them and it is best to roll with them. Sounds like something I should have known to begin with, but I needed to read it in this book to realize it was the only healthy way to live my life. My husband read this book and it provided great insight as to how I feel on many occasions, as well as helped him see how he can help me get through the tough times. This is a great read for all parents of step families. – Allison Quinn

This morning I finished reading the aptly-titled Unwrapping the Gift of Stepfamily Peace: A Stepparent’s Guide to Success by Gayla Grace and Heather Hetchler. The book deals with the issues all blended families face during the holidays, and is full of solutions and tips. Stepfamily Peace (wouldn’t that be a great seminar title, too?) has a kind spirit, reasonable suggestions and a foundation of experience by the book’s two authors. I’ve read other books about navigating blended family life, and none had the instant credibility this one does.

One of my favorite quotes, in Chapter 4’s section on journaling, is: “When we write our prayers on paper along with the feelings associated with our need, we process our thoughts and emotions with expectations of hopeful resolve.”

I’ve always thought, as this quote suggests, that prayer’s power is more practical and psychological than magical (though I do believe in the magic as well). Keeping a prayer journal is an essential element of the self care that Stepfamily Peace encourages explicitly in Chapter 7 and subtly throughout all of its pages. Think about it. When you establish new traditions for your family; set healthy boundaries with regard to each other and your exes; and engage your family plans with a flexible approach–aren’t you caring for yourself as well as your loved ones?

Hetchler and Grace’s advice isn’t just for the holidays. The principles here can be a great support to blended families throughout the year, which is why this book is a perfect New Year’s gift for those of us making resolutions for 2013. If you can carve out a couple hours with your partner or spouse on New Year’s Day, read it together and think about how you can incorporate its helpful tips going forward.- Sarah Kinbar, www.bigblendedfamily.com

For the Stepping With Purpose “This book is filled with some powerful stories,” radio show host Glenn Mertz