FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Merging Parenting Styles

with Ron Deal | January 8, 2021
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    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, I thought I was going crazy, but now I know I’m not alone.

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Merging Parenting Styles

With Ron Deal
January 08, 2021
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Ron: Ron, I thought I was going crazy, but now I know I’m not alone.

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

Ron: Tina had just read an article online about parents who get paralyzed and don’t set boundaries for their children—which, by the way, is just plain hazardous for kids because they need to learn respect for authority. In Tina’s case, she and her husband were a blended family. She worked hard at structure and expectations with the kids but her husband—well, to be honest, he just let his son do whatever he wanted.

You can’t have two different parenting styles in the same home; you’re just going to have conflict. Now you’re both going to have adjustments to make, but if you’re the paralyzed parent there’s hope. You can move again. Let us help you. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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