FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Roller Coaster

with | August 14, 2023
Play Pause

Parenting in a complex family is like riding a roller coaster.

  • Show Notes

  • About the Host

  • About the Guest

  • Parenting in a complex family is like riding a roller coaster.

  • 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

MP3 Download Transcript

Roller Coaster

August 14, 2023
| Download Transcript PDF

Ron: Parenting in a complex family is like riding a roller coaster.

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

Ron: You’ve heard me say to foster parents and stepparents that developing a role where the child might progress from babysitter to uncle or aunt to being a bonus parent. Well, I need to apologize for oversimplifying that, bonding is not linear. In reality, it’s more like up and down, in and out, round and round, one step forward and two steps back. And just when you think you’re getting somewhere the roller coaster turns you upside down.

I know, it’s confusing. But believe it or not, you’re still actually getting somewhere. Roller coasters can disorient you but as long as you don’t jump off, they have their rewards, too. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

Announcer: To find out more visit

FamilyLife Blended with Ron Deal is a production of FamilyLife®.

We are so happy to provide these transcripts to you. However, there is a cost to produce them for our website. If you’ve benefited from the broadcast transcripts, would you consider donating today to help defray the costs?


Copyright © 2023 FamilyLife®. All rights reserved.