FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Having an Ours Baby

with Ron Deal | April 22, 2024
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Hey Ron, should we have a baby?

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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

Hey Ron, should we have a baby?

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Having an Ours Baby

With Ron Deal
April 22, 2024
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Ron: Hey Ron, should we have a baby?

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

Ron: Wow, I know that’s a strange question. It’s not every day that someone walks up to you and asks you if they should have a baby. But, honestly, once people find out I work with stepfamilies, couples do ask. I think what they are really saying is, “We’re a blended family, and we’re wondering if having another child is going to help or hurt our family.”

So here’s my answer: “I have no idea.” And then I add, “But I bet you do.” You see, adding a child to a stepfamily generally helps strong stepfamilies get stronger and weak stepfamilies get weaker. So, give careful consideration to how your family is doing and then decide. Having a child is a huge decision. Bathe it in prayer, and ultimately, follow God’s lead. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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