|Step By Wicked Step
Coping with new family members for example Pixie understands that her new stepmother is having as much
trouble ‘adjusting’ as she is.
The nucleus of moral
values, “the family unit,” is being invaded by outsiders (‘step’ or
‘steps’) and this causes
Dealing with adversities
Young children and adults may find difficulties dealing with frustrations, fears and sadness.
‘Life has dealt us
one hard blow, there is no reason for us to be unhappy for ever’. For
example, Claudiarealises it is not fair to hate her new stepmother, Stella.
Think long enough before making a decision
Richard Harwick made a rash decision to run away and that had changed the lives of his stepfather, motherand sister.
Resentful step-siblings cause burden and hostility in a home.
Coping with change
All pain eventually heals and that we have the power to change things for the better.
Characters like Claudia and Pixie are brave as they confess to their own rotten behaviour.
Dealing with Separation and Divorce
It deals with a social phenomenon that many people are experiencing, the idea of a divorce as somehowhorrible. Separation and divorce, and the events leading up to them, interrupts the stability and predictabilitythat children need.