A Stepparent’s Shame

with Ron Deal | June 4, 2020

Parents love their kids but they don't always have the same affection for each child. Shamefully, parents whisper these words to me thinking they are alone, but I hear it regularly. From biological parents who don't relate well to one of their children or don't like who their adult child is becoming. From adoptive and stepparents who are still bonding with a child. Feeling differently about kids is normal. Treat them fairly, with kindness, and work at being empathetic. Ask God to grow your love.

Parents love their kids but they don't always have the same affection for each child. Shamefully, parents whisper these words to me thinking they are alone, but I hear it regularly. From biological parents who don't relate well to one of their children or don't like who their adult child is becoming. From adoptive and stepparents who are still bonding with a child. Feeling differently about kids is normal. Treat them fairly, with kindness, and work at being empathetic. Ask God to grow your love.

A Stepparent’s Shame

With Ron Deal
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June 04, 2020
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Ron: There’s a shame virus infecting parents and it’s time we address it.

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: Parents love their kids. But they don’t always have the same affection or delight for each child. Shamefully, parents whisper these words to me thinking they are all alone, but I hear it regularly. From biological parents who don’t relate well to one of their children or don’t like who their adult child is becoming. And from adoptive and stepparents who are still bonding with a child, and working out their relationship.

Hey, feeling differently about kids is normal. It’s okay. Treat them fairly, with kindness, and work at being empathetic. Ask God to grow your love over time. You may not feel about them today as you’d like, but tomorrow is a new day. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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In this 60 second short feature, Ron Deal delivers a daily word of encouragement for those in stepfamilies and those who know them—which is a whole lot of us today. A relevant, real-world outlook with a biblical perspective.

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