FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Before You Travel

with Ron Deal | July 10, 2020
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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

When the cat’s away, the mice will…try to play the other parent, that’s what!

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Before You Travel

With Ron Deal
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!

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

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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