FamilyLife Blended® Minute

It’s About Time

with Ron Deal | April 4, 2024
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One of the keys to successfully combining a blended family is time.

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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

One of the keys to successfully combining a blended family is time.

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It’s About Time

With Ron Deal
April 04, 2024
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Ron: One of the keys to successfully combining a blended family is time.

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

Ron: I realize microwaves are fast and convenient but some dishes need the slow cooking process of a Crockpot to really bring it alive. Stepfamilies are just like that. It takes time to adjust to new living conditions, new parenting styles, rules, responsibilities, and time to build a family identity. As a matter of fact, the average stepfamily needs many years for this to happen.

So, keep being intentional about building your family but don’t forget to stop and enjoy the family you are today. The Crockpot will take care of tomorrow. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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