FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Left Out of the Family Portrait

with Ron Deal | February 22, 2024
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Have you ever been left out of the family portrait?

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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

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Left Out of the Family Portrait

With Ron Deal
February 22, 2024
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Ron: Have you ever been left out of the family portrait?

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

Ron: Steve and Joanne married and blended a family of five kids. After a few years, they bought a home. When decorating Joanne made sure to include some pictures of her stepdaughter’s deceased mother. She’s an important part of their life. But Joanne didn’t get equal consideration from her stepdaughter, Mary, when she was decorating her apartment. Mary didn’t include any pictures of Joanne. Ouch.

Why is Joanne hurt? Because she wants her blended family to blend. But to her credit, she’s also patient with her stepdaughter because she knows becoming family, sometimes, is harder for some than others. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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