FamilyLife Blended® Minute

30 Years to Gratitude

with Ron Deal | April 19, 2024
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I think stepparents should get a gold medal.

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  • Ron Deal

    Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

I think stepparents should get a gold medal.

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30 Years to Gratitude

With Ron Deal
April 19, 2024
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Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: A man once told me that it took 30 years before he could tell his stepfather he loved him. Thirty years. Now I’m sure his stepfather struggled through those years longing for acceptance, but despite his efforts his stepson just couldn’t say, “I love you.”

Now I know that is an extreme circumstance. Thankfully not all stepparents have to wait that long, but it is fairly common for them to have all the responsibilities of parenthood long before receiving the rewards. That’s why they should receive a gold medal or at least a hug and a thank you from somebody. Somebody like you. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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