Bonus Dad! Bonus Mom!
:: Step-parenting and blended families; positive role-models; getting rid of stereo-types; children need to understand; taking the high road; love wins!

Giving back: A portion of proceeds from the sale of Bonus Dad! Bonus Mom! will be given to the National Stepfamily Resource Center.


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The Problem

Too many stories talk about wicked step-mothers or evil-step-fathers! We don’t believe this is the narrative that kids needs to hear. As a blended family, our goal was to reinforce the positive things that come from having a Bonus Dad or Bonus Mom. The book focuses on the common activities of a “Bonus” parent (e.g., driving, playing, reading), and also attaches a big idea “value” (e.g., kindness, tenacity, honesty) onto each page which is embedded into each illustration that highlights what the Bonus Parent is role-modeling.

The Idea

Our idea was to provide a beautifully illustrated, whimsical, colorful, and engaging book that both children and adults would enjoy reading together. Reading it one way, the book highlights the Bonus Dad. Flip it over, and the book reads the other way to highlight the Bonus Mom. You can’t help but fall in love with the characters who are represented as a friendly family of yellow labs. Designed as a keepsake book, there is a page for the Bonus Dad/Bonus Mom to write a dedication to their Bonus child.

The Moment

We had a vision for how this book would be illustrated, and we searched high and low for the perfect illustrator who would understand that vision, and be able to translate our words into whimsical watercolors. Our “moment” was when we found Jackie Benson and realized she was the perfect person with whom to work on this project! Not only was she able to personalize the characters on each page, but she also did a great job of incorporating the big idea “value” onto each page.

The Gift

Bonus Dad! Bonus Mom! is the perfect gift for any “Bonus” children to receive either in anticipation of a marriage, or afterwards, to showcase the many possibilities in this new family dynamic. Perfect for those who play the Bonus Parent role in any child’s life, regardless of the circumstances. The time is always right to tell someone how grateful you are that they are in your life, and this is especially important in building a strong family unit. Meaningful and thoughtful … this is a book you will want to keep!