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Being Family

with Ron Deal | April 20, 2022
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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

Compared to other siblings stepsiblings have less conflict. That may not be as good as it sounds.

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Being Family

With Ron Deal
April 20, 2022
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Ron: Compared to other siblings stepsiblings have less conflict. That may not be as good as it sounds.

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

Ron: Parents, we all expect a little sibling conflict, right, but mostly we want our kids to get along. Parents in stepfamilies want peace as well but they also take peace as a sign that the kids are accepting each other so conflict is not a good sign.

Now here’s what’s ironic, stepsiblings may be less negative because they feel less like family. In other words, feeling safe and connected frees siblings to be more negative. That means the more bonded stepsiblings are over time the more conflict you can expect. Yes, more conflict would be wonderful, I think. For FamilyLife Blended®, I’m Ron Deal.

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