FamilyLife Blended® Minute

I’ve Never Experienced a Blended Family

with Ron Deal | August 10, 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

Ron, this is so hard for me to relate to. I’ve never experienced a blended family. Well, maybe you have.

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I’ve Never Experienced a Blended Family

With Ron Deal
August 10, 2020
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Ron: Ron, this is so hard for me to relate to. I’ve never experienced a blended family. Well, maybe you have.

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

Ron: I often run into people who can’t relate to stepfamilies because they’ve never lived in one. So, I say, you’re part of a church, right? Think about it like this.

A lot of churches these days look and feel like stepfamilies. They have a diverse membership from a variety of theological and ethnic backgrounds trying to find a common worship style, belief, and practice. Or what about when a church changes pastors they get a new stepparent, so to speak, with a different style that some members welcome and others resent. Maybe you know more about blended families than you think. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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