FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Parenting Teenagers 1

with | September 4, 2023
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Help! I've given birth to a teenager!

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  • Help! I've given birth to a teenager!

  • 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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Parenting Teenagers 1

September 04, 2023
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Ron: Help! I’ve given birth to a teenager!

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

Ron: Okay, teens, I apologize. I know we parents always talk about how bad it is to have a teenager. Hey, we love to commiserate. It’s not like you teens don’t’ ever talk about how weird we are, right?

You know, now that I think about it both teens and parents can be difficult sometimes. No wonder we clash around boundaries. We’re trying to put some slack in your rope and you’re trying to stretch it as far as it will go. And if you’ve got a stepparent holding the rope well, that just makes it even more complicated for both of you.  Definitely an EGR situation—extra grace required from both of us. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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