FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Parenting: Sibling Rivalry

with | October 3, 2023
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Honestly, sometimes when siblings fight, it's our fault.

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  • About the Guest

  • Honestly, sometimes when siblings fight, it's our fault.

  • 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

Honestly, sometimes when siblings fight, it’s our fault.

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Parenting: Sibling Rivalry

October 03, 2023
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Ron: Honestly, sometimes when siblings fight, it’s our fault.

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

Ron: Sibling conflict is pretty normal but sibling rivalry is rooted in something bigger. Let me tell you a story from the Bible about Jacob who, with Leah—the wife he didn’t love— had many sons. And with Rachel, the wife he did love, had a special son, Joseph. Now Joseph’s brothers really resented him being favored and at age 17 when he was presented with an extravagant robe, they had had enough. They wanted Joseph gone—dead if possible.

The moral of the story: Sibling rivalry is predictable when parents show favoritism. Stepfamilies are vulnerable to this. So do your best to pour yourself equally into every child in your home. They all need you. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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