FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Parenting Teenagers 2

with | September 5, 2023
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My wife asked me, "What happened to our teenage son? He used to be sweet."

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  • About the Guest

  • My wife asked me, "What happened to our teenage son? He used to be sweet."

  • 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 2

September 05, 2023
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Ron: My wife asked me, “What happened to our teenage son? He used to be sweet.”

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

Ron: Yes, one parent educator said that all kids are subject to a relapse of the terrible two’s—usually around age 15. It really is predictable. Your loving, huggable child who used to adore you suddenly becomes sarcastic and prickly.

Adolescence naturally shakes things up in any home. In blended families what was once smooth sailing could become rough waters. Or if you’ve already had some struggles, they could get even more frustrating. If this is your situation, pull back and regroup as parents so, united, you can ride out the storm. Like the terrible two’s, this too will pass. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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