FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Bonus Mom/Dad

with Ron Deal | April 25, 2024
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"Okay, Ron, just where do I fit in this picture?"

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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

“Okay, Ron, just where do I fit in this picture?”

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Bonus Mom/Dad

With Ron Deal
April 25, 2024
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Ron: “Okay, Ron, just where do I fit in this picture?”

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

Ron: I was talking with a friend of mine. He’s a stepdad, and he loves his children dearly. He said, “Ron, I want to be the one who teaches my stepson how to shave and who walks Emily down the aisle on her wedding day, but I think their dad ought to do that. So, what is my role?”

You know, being the Bonus Mom or Dad sometimes means you don’t get the first seat at the table, but it does mean that as an added parent-figure in the life of a child, everything you do offer is bonus! A bonus hug, a bonus word of encouragement, a bonus godly influence…and in a world where lots of people don’t have any of it—bonus love. Hmmm. Nice. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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