Definition & Challenge

Few challenges in life are greater than bringing the pieces of two broken families together. Different backgrounds and experiences, multiple issues, past hurts, high hopes and pre-existing relationships join together and usually produce confusion and pain.
You may be in a Stepfamily System and not even know it.

If you answered "yes" to the questions above, you are in a Stepfamily System.

Knowing what to expect and what is normal for a stepfamily can reduce the pressure of unrealistic expectations. Understanding the territory and the skills required to negotiate the journey facilitates the new family's development and promotes more lasting success.
The Taylors speak regularly on this topic and are available to work with you in your area to set up a Conference for Stepfamilies. Please click here to request more information

Designing Dynamic Stepfamilies   Children Of Divorce

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Carri Answers Most Asked Stepfamily Living Questions

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Opportunities Unlimited Carri & Gordon Taylor

Designing Dynamic Stepfamilies Carri & Gordon Taylor
Eight-part DVD with comprehensive Christian or Secular Study Guide

Children Of Divorce Carri & Gordon Taylor
Seven-part DVD with comprehensive Study Guide

National Stepfamily Resource Center Best bibliography

Smart Stepfamilies Ron Deal

InStep Ministries Jeff & Judy Parziale

Oklahoma Marriage Initiative

California Healthy Marriages

Blending a Family Moe & Paige Becnel

Restored and Remarried Gil & Brenda Stuart


Becoming a Stepfamily
Patricia Papernow (

Grandparents as Parents
Sylvia De Toledo & Deborah Edler Brown - The Guilford Press,1995

How to Win as a Stepfamily (2 nd Edition)
Emily & John Visher (

Old Loyalties, New Ties

Emily & John Visher (

The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family
Ron Deal ( )

Stepfamilies: Myths & Realities
Emily & John Visher (

Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage, and Parenting in the First Decade
Dr. James H. Bray and John Kelly (

Stepfamilies Stepping Ahead
Stepfamily Press (

Stepfamily Decision Booklets
Dr. Marjorie Engel (

The Stepfamily Survival Guide
Natalie Nichols Gillespie - Revell

Treating the Remarried Family
Clifford J. Sager – Brunner/Mazel Inc.

Therapy with Stepfamilies
Emily Visher, Ph. D & John S. Visher, M.D. – Brunner/Mazel Inc.

Weddings a Family Affair
Dr. Marjorie Engel – Wilshire Publications (