Hey, Who’s In My House? Step Kids
Speak Out by Erin Mantz
About The Book:
Hey, Who’s In My House? Step Kids Share Their Stories, will offer
readers insightful perspectives on how
stepfamilies and blended families impact kids – right from the kids
More than 50% of Americans will
live in a stepfamily at some point in their lives. Hey, Who's In My House?
gives a voice to an integral part of all
these changing families – the kids.
To a kid – many already reeling from their parents' divorce – being
thrown into a living situation with another
family’s children and a new stepparent tremendously changes their lives,
sense of belonging and simple things like buying the right snacks and
reshuffling bedtime routines. Hey, Who's In My House? tells those
stories. Step kids give insight into the new realities of stepfamily life in
today’s world, tackling everything from “Who used my Xbox game?” to what
to do when your stepmom
texts you to come home.
From struggles to survivals and tips to triumphs, every step kid has a story.
This collection of their personal essays speaks to the power parents'
decisions can have on children's lives, to the
resilience of children, and, above all, the fact that, sometimes, some – not
– can rewrite a new kind of happy ending.
Erin Mantz is a writer and marketing
professional in the Washington, DC area
and the mom of two adventurous boys, ages 10 and 14. Erin weaves many real
life experiences and humor into her writing. An only child but with
step and half brothers and sisters, her personal experiences of stepfamily
in several different families offers a unique perspective on how people define
home and family. As a writer and blogger on parenting and divorce, her
work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul Parenting, The Huffington Post
Divorce and Parenting, Washington Parent magazine, the New York Post, Bethesda
Magazine and more. She served as Editor-at-Large for Washington Parent
Magazine and appeared as a recurring guest on NBC News 4 in Washington, DC. She
has more than 20 years of experience in communications and currently works
as a Senior Director of Engagement Marketing at a health and wellness company.
She holds a Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College in New York, New York.
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