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Different & the Same–A Valuable Observation

with Ron Deal | September 7, 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

A biological family is born out of hopefulness while a stepfamily is born out of loss.

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Different & the Same–A Valuable Observation

With Ron Deal
September 07, 2020
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Ron: A biological family is born out of hopefulness while a stepfamily is born out of loss.

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

Ron: Yes, that sounds a little strange doesn’t it? It’s not meant to be negative or condescending by the way, it’s just an important observation. Every stepfamily has a loss narrative just below the surface that impacts and influences every aspect of the family.

For a child whose parent died, for example, embracing a stepparent can feel like burying their parent all over again. Sadness impacts bonding. You see, understanding this helps you listen better, have more patience, and support those you care about. The more you know, the better you love. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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