Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family

Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family

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Overview

A wise and inspiring guide to creating a happy and healthy blended family by Mashonda Tifrere with contributions from her co-parents--Swizz Beatz and his wife, Grammy-Award winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys.

In January 2010, founder of ArtLeadHer Mashonda Tifrere and music producer Swizz Beatz finalized their divorce. When Swizz married award-winning singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, a new dynamic was born--three adults who loved and were deeply committed to raising Mashonda and Swizz's four-year old son Kasseem. In Blend, Tifrere draws on the insights they gained from their journey as well as advice from family therapists, parenting experts, and other blending families, to provide an invaluable resource for blended families.

Statistics show that one in three Americans is now a step-parent, stepchild, step-sibling or other member of a blended family. The number of first time marriages or romantic relationships that end in divorce or breakups and the high percentage of remarriages and new relationships that involve children demand a unique, life-affirming approach to processing the end of one relationship and the rebirth of a new familial dynamic with the well-being of children at its center. In this book, Tifrere shares intimate details on how she and her co-parents used communication, patience and love to create an environment where they were able to work as a team and all the children involved could thrive.

Blend will inspire a generation of families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143132578
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 181,201
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mashonda Tifrere is an avid art collector, singer/songwriter, philanthropist and change agent committed to empowering and inspiring women across the globe. At the age of 18, she launched her music career with an impressive publishing deal at Warner Chappell Music, and released her first album in 2005. She has written and recorded hit singles with and for artists such as Jay Z, Eve, DMX, Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J. Born in Boston and raised in Harlem, Mashonda was captivated early in life by the mosaic of arts, music, photography and culture that surrounded her. She has represented artists at art fairs and interned for various galleries and graduated from the prestigious Christie’s Education in New York with a degree in Art Business. She launched ArtLeadHER in 2016, which is a platform designed to celebrate and draw awareness to female artists in a male-dominated art world.
Mashonda currently resides in the New York City area, with her son, Kasseem Dean.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Look to the Light 1

Chapter 2 Rebuild Your Spirit 21

Chapter 3 Surrender 47

Chapter 4 Honor Thy Co-Parent 65

Chapter 5 A Letter from a Father by Swizz Beatz 87

Chapter 6 Walk in Empathy 107

Chapter 7 Bridging the Gap 125

Chapter 8 The Divine Blueprint 147

Chapter 9 The Nucleus Child 177

The Outro 211

Resources 215

Acknowledgments 217

Index 219

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Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JanellChantal More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the Tiifrere/Dean family dynamic. Its not often you see families like this or the Smith family in the media. It goes to show when people are willing to be mature and look at the bigger picture that things can be easy for all involved. I hope a lot of people read this book and take away something positive . War is not love. Be the example for your children showing them you can have compassion for others and be mature and respectful even if your fairy tale did not come true.