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Parenting Troubled Emotions 1

with Ron Deal | July 9, 2024
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When our kids are troubled, it troubles us.

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  • 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 Troubled Emotions 1

With Ron Deal
July 09, 2024
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Ron: When our kids are troubled, it troubles us.

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

Ron: Kids are bothered about lots of things: Friends, grades, family struggles, finding their place in the world. It’s all very real for them. And we as their parents don’t like to see them hurting, which is one reason we’re tempted to minimize their troubled emotions. “I’m sure she didn’t mean it.” “Don’t worry about that, missing the ball; it’s just a game.” Think about what’s happening here. We’re trying to talk our child out of feeling bad. Does that work with you?

So here’s what you do. Calm yourself as you listen, so you can calm them. Acknowledge their concerns. Don’t minimize them. Then pray with them and hug them to show them how concerned you really are. Then, who knows, they might even let you give them a little advice! For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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