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8 Rules: How to Not Be the Wicked Step-Parent

From the Show: HER
Summary: Eight rules to help you navigate through the role of a step-parent.
Air Date: 12/5/13
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Gail Gross, PhD, EdD
drgrossDr. Gail Gross is a nationally recognized family and child development expert, author, and educator. Her positive and integrative approach to difficult issues helps families navigate today's complex problems.

Dr. Gross is frequently called upon by national and regional media to offer her insight on topics involving family relationships, education, behavior, and development issues. A dependable authority, Dr. Gross has contributed to broadcast, print and online media including CNN, FOX's The O'Reilly Factor, MSNBC, the New York Times and USA Today. She has also appeared on ABC, CBS and KHOU, Great Day Houston Show. She is a veteran radio talk show host as well as the host of the nationally syndicated PBS program, Let's Talk.
8 Rules: How to Not Be the Wicked Step-Parent
We’ve all heard of the wicked stepmother who made Cinderella’s life miserable.

But in reality, the role of a step-parent doesn’t need to have such a negative stereotype.

Not to say it's not difficult.

The merging of two families, lifestyles and parenting methods can make the transition seem like an uphill battle.

Add to this the angst, insecurity, and fear of the displaced children struggling to come to terms with the new arrangement (that, by the way, they neither asked for, nor, in many cases, wanted), and you have the recipe for the infamous wicked witch step-parent.

So how do you make the family assimilation as easy as possible?

Dr. Gail Gross, PhD EdD, is a nationally recognized family and child development expert who shares eight rules to help you navigate through the role of a stepparent.
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