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Family Meetings; What Is It?

with Ron Deal | January 15, 2021
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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

Corporations have business meetings all the time. Shouldn’t families do that?

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Family Meetings; What Is It?

With Ron Deal
January 15, 2021
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Ron: Corporations have business meetings all the time. Shouldn’t families do that?

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

Ron: Business meetings—when managers and employees get together to discuss production goals, sales reports, and marketing efforts. Generally, the purpose behind a meeting is to generate teamwork and productivity. A family meeting is so much more than that. It’s about facilitating family harmony as well as making vacation plans and discussing the family calendar. You can also work through hurt feelings and support each other in tough times.

And there’s a bonus for blended families: regular family meetings become a ritual that strengthens a sense of family identity. To learn more about how to make family meetings work for you, see my article online.  For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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