Before You Travel

with Ron Deal | July 10, 2020

In a lot of families one parent has to travel. It could be a business trip, visiting family, or a military deployment. And at times, one kid tries to play the parent left in charge. So, what do you do? Make sure you're on the same page about rules and communicate your expectation that the kids cooperate with the remaining parent. This is really important in stepfamilies if the biological parent is the one leaving the home. Then, parent in charge, stand your ground, and follow through.

In a lot of families one parent has to travel. It could be a business trip, visiting family, or a military deployment. And at times, one kid tries to play the parent left in charge. So, what do you do? Make sure you're on the same page about rules and communicate your expectation that the kids cooperate with the remaining parent. This is really important in stepfamilies if the biological parent is the one leaving the home. Then, parent in charge, stand your ground, and follow through.

Before You Travel

With Ron Deal
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July 10, 2020
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Ron: When the cat’s away, the mice will…try to play the other parent, that’s what!

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Ron: You know, in a lot of families one parent has to travel from time to time. It could be a business trip, visiting family, or a military deployment. And sometimes, one kid tries to play the parent left in charge. This would happen to my wife when I was away for work. So, what do you do?

Well, like us, a number of things: Make sure you’re on the same page about rules and communicate to the kids your expectation that they cooperate with the remaining parent—who is fully in charge. By the way, this is really important in stepfamilies if the biological parent is the one leaving the home. Then, parent in charge, stand your ground, and follow through. 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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