FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Managing Conflict

with Ron Deal | November 15, 2023
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Never get caught in a forest fire.

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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

Never get caught in a forest fire.

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Managing Conflict

With Ron Deal
November 15, 2023
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Ron: Never get caught in a forest fire.

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

Ron: In 1988, Yellowstone National Park was burned by a massive forest fire that cost $120 million to extinguish. A number of factors contributed to the fire burning out of control. For a long time the forest service would quickly put out small forest fires. What resulted was a huge build-up of debris.

A lot of people are like this. When a relational conflict arises, they quickly put it out. Over time, relationship rubble builds up and easily fuels a wildfire. Don’t be afraid of conflict. When managed, it removes what is unhealthy and helps your forest to be free of debris. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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