FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Act Your Best

with Ron Deal | April 11, 2022
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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

Did your mom ever tell you to “Act your best”?

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Act Your Best

With Ron Deal
April 11, 2022
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Ron: Did your mom ever tell you to “Act your best”?

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

Ron: It’s really not a bad warning but here’s the thing. We naturally act our best when meeting someone new. You were just in the worst mood and unpleasant towards a loved one but now you have a smile on your face and kindness in your heart. What is that?

Maybe we do that because we’re trying to make a good first impression or we trust that our family is not going to go anywhere. But permanence is not an excuse for bad behavior. You know how you treated your waiter or waitress at lunch? Be kind to your spouse like that. And be patient with kids and co-workers alike. Act your best, especially with those you love the most. For FamilyLife Blended®, I’m Ron Deal.

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