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Rock, Paper, Scissors

with Ron Deal | August 7, 2020
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    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

Sometimes, to settle an argument, flip a coin.

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

With Ron Deal
August 07, 2020
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Ron: Sometimes, to settle an argument, flip a coin.

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

Ron: I know that sounds simplistic, but the Bible in Proverbs 18:18 has some very practical guidance for solving a problem. “Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.” Apparently adding chance to the equation gets you beyond the impasse. Hey, Rock, Paper, Scissors settled a lot of fights in my house between my kids about who goes first!

But there is something else. This simple principle did more than just break the gridlock. Going second taught our kids about delaying their wants, considering the needs of others, and being less selfish. Now, there’s a life lesson for us adults, too. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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