FamilyLife Blended® Minute

A Stepparent’s Shame

with Ron Deal | June 4, 2020
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    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

There’s a shame virus infecting parents and it’s time we address it.

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A Stepparent’s Shame

With Ron Deal
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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