FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Let Her Live in the Other Home

with | August 23, 2023
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My teenage daughter wants to live somewhere else. Should we let her?

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  • My teenage daughter wants to live somewhere else. Should we let her?

  • 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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Let Her Live in the Other Home

August 23, 2023
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Ron: My teenage daughter wants to live somewhere else. Should we let her?

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

Ron: When there’s conflict in a home, sometimes teenagers want to find a way out. This is most common when they have another home to go to. Jerry’s daughter was angry over her parent’s divorce, living life between homes, and now Jerry’s remarriage. She wanted to live with her mom all the time.

I told him that developmentally sometimes kids need to live with one parent more than the other for a season, but this request is about anger and avoiding conflict. That is not a good reason to make a change. Keep your visitation time and keep trying to work through things. This is about reconciling with your daughter and that is always worth the effort. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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