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Dating: I Don’t Want to Date

with Ron Deal | February 18, 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

But Ron, I don’t want to date someone who has kids.” Well, good. I don’t want you to either.

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Dating: I Don’t Want to Date

With Ron Deal
February 18, 2022
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Ron: “But Ron, I don’t want to date someone who has kids.” Well, good. I don’t want you to either.

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

Ron: Now hold on and let me explain myself. What I mean is that someone who doesn’t want to date a single parent shouldn’t date a single parent. I know that sounds obvious but you’d be amazed how many people do so anyway even though they have no intention of taking on the responsibility of a child. Look, we’re not playing games here. We’re talking about people’s lives and the influence we bring to children.

So I commend this guy for thinking seriously about this. Your values and priorities might lead you to a different conclusion about dating a single parent. But knowing what you want is an important aspect of wise dating that every single person should consider. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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