Ron Deal

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About Ron Deal

Ron L. Deal is president of Smart Stepfamilies™, director of FamilyLife Blended™ (a ministry of FamilyLife®), a popular conference speaker, and author/coauthor of a series of DVD’s, books, and curriculum for stepfamilies including The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepmom, The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, and the book The Smart Stepfamily Marriage. His one-minute radio feature FamilyLife Blended can be heard daily on radio stations throughout North America and online. © [2016] by Ron L. Deal. All rights reserved. Learn more from these links.

Second Half Stepfamilies

2017-02-03T11:17:29+00:00By |Categories: Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Most people are very surprised to learn that adult stepfamilies (those that are formed in the second-half of life and include adult stepchildren) have just as many transitions as stepfamilies with younger children. Some of the [...]

How To Cook a Stepfamily: Part Three

2017-02-03T11:17:30+00:00By |Categories: Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Previously, we looked at 5 different stepfamily parenting styles and introduced the crockpot method.  Today we finish off the series with some practical ideas for family activities that can help with stepfamily integration. [...]

How To Cook a Stepfamily: Part Two

2017-02-03T11:17:30+00:00By |Categories: Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether we realize it or not, stepfamilies likely assume a specific integration style. By that, I mean a set of assumptions about how a stepfamily 'ought' to come together. I like to use cooking as [...]

How To Cook a Stepfamily

2018-07-23T12:31:41+00:00By |Categories: Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether we realize it or not, stepfamilies likely assume a specific integration style. By that, I mean a set of assumptions about how a stepfamily 'ought' to come together. I like to use cooking as [...]

Helping Stepchildren Cope with Dual Citizenship

2017-02-03T11:17:30+00:00By |Categories: Featured, Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Most stepchildren live in two countries; that is, they hold citizenship in two homes and are invested in the quality of life found in both. Parents should do everything they can to help children thrive [...]

How to Deal With a Destructive Parent: Part Two

2017-02-03T11:17:31+00:00By |Categories: Featured, Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Read part one of this series. I’ll never forget receiving a call from a woman I’ll call Carrie. She had recently remarried and needed some marital counseling. But what caught me off guard was the [...]

How to Deal With a Destructive Parent: Part One

2017-02-03T11:17:31+00:00By |Categories: Featured, Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sarah called my office with a question I have heard a thousand times. “My husband’s ex-wife is a very unhealthy person. She attacks us frequently in front of the kids and manipulates them constantly. How [...]

Stepmother’s Day?

2017-02-03T11:17:34+00:00By |Categories: Step Family, Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If there is one day of the year that can trigger elation or sadness for a stepmom, it’s usually Mother’s Day. And while stepfathers often find Father’s Day awkward, children and grandparents may find both [...]

Discipline Do’s and Don’ts for Stepparents

2017-02-03T11:17:35+00:00By |Categories: Featured, Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Read how to establish authority:  Discipline: A Delicate Balance for Stepparents At best, new stepparent authority is fragile and easily shattered. That’s why these do’s and don’ts  must be a priority. Do focus on relationship [...]

Discipline: A Delicate Balance for Stepparents

2017-02-03T11:17:35+00:00By |Categories: Featured, Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Emotional attachment, trust, and love are what open the door to influence in parenting. Once influence is established, an adult—foster parent, grandparent, adoptive parent, or stepparent—can lead and discipline a child. Said another way, the [...]