FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Parenting: Part-Time Parenting

with | October 5, 2023
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Being a part-time parent is challenging.

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  • About the Host

  • About the Guest

  • Being a part-time parent is challenging.

  • 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

Being a part-time parent is challenging.

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Parenting: Part-Time Parenting

October 05, 2023
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Ron: Being a part-time parent is challenging.

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

Ron: You know, stepparents, when kids are in your home part-time bonding can feel like it’s one step forward and two steps back. And, biological parents can wrestle with balancing time to connect with expecting the child to contribute around the home. For parents and stepparents alike it’s just tough to find the balance.

Okay, so here’s the deal. All you can do is all you can do. If circumstances limit your time together, make the most of it as best you can, but realize you can’t overcome every barrier. Make time for fun, but balance it with what life demands. Hey, even chores can be opportunities for conversation, training, and big hugs. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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