FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Should We Or Shouldn’t We?

with | August 31, 2023
Play Pause

Don't rely on your judgment. Pray.

  • Show Notes

  • About the Host

  • About the Guest

  • Don't rely on your judgment. Pray.

  • 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

Should We Or Shouldn’t We?

August 31, 2023
| Download Transcript PDF

Ron: Don’t rely on your judgment. Pray.

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

Ron: A dating couple in their early 40’s with a total of five kids shared their dilemma with me. “Ron, we want to talk about getting married, but some of our kids are opposed to it. What do we do?”

I said, my book Dating and the Single Parent discusses [see also: Preparing to Blend by Ron Deal] this, but I don’t know specifically what the answer is for you. I do know getting married when a child—of any age—is strongly against it, is a bad idea. I also know that extended dating makes managing sexual tension challenging. Ultimately, you’re caught between your desire for a spouse and what creates a safe environment for your kids. And that’s why you must pray. And pray. And pray. 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.