FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Loving Someone the Other Loves

with Ron Deal | February 6, 2024
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Because you each love someone the other loves.

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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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Loving Someone the Other Loves

With Ron Deal
February 06, 2024
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Ron: Because you each love someone the other loves.

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

Ron: When a parent marries in later life, many adult children do not see themselves as stepchildren or think of their parent’s new spouse as a “stepparent.” Technically both are true but practically the adult child doesn’t need another parent figure in their life. The answer: relationship. Now that’ll happen when both the adult stepchild and stepparent open themselves to being “friends.” Or at least being friendly. Find things you share in common, discuss grandparenting expectations, and the holidays. Gradually build your relationship.

Because you each love someone the other loves, strive to love each other. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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