In the 2005 film "Yours, Mine and Ours", featuring Dennis Quaid and Renee Russo, the couple attempts to blend 16 kids in a comedy about the trials and tribulations of a stepfamily. In real life, such families find the process much less comedic. January has been named “National Yours, Mine and Ours Month” to focus attention on the skills needed to make stepfamilies work.
The Stepfamily Foundation estimates 1,300 step families form each day, and
organizations such as the National Stepfamily Resource Center offer help for these sometimes rocky transitions, including articles on finance, co-parenting, co-grandparenting, and where to find counseling if necessary.
For more on the art of step-parenting, check out:
Stepmotherhood: How to Survive Without Feeling Frustrated, Left Out or Wicked by Cherie Burns.
Stepliving for Teens: Getting Along With Stepparents, Parents and Siblings by Joel Block.
Becoming Family: How to Build a Stepfamily That Really Works by Robert Lauer.
Blending Families by Elaine Shimberg.
Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage and Parenting in the First Decade by James Bray.