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Stepfamilies: This Is Us

with | August 9, 2023
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Blended families…this is us.

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  • Blended families…this is us.

  • 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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Stepfamilies: This Is Us

August 09, 2023
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Ron: Blended families…this is us.

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

Ron: Every once in a while I get a look from a pastor or church leader like, “Why should we need to start a stepfamily ministry? Well, listen to these stats. The “Sandwich generation” couples—you know, they have at least one parent still living and children of their own. Now, for the first time, over half have either a stepparent or stepchild relationship. Fifty two percent. And for sandwich couples under 55 the rate goes up to 62%. In other words, increasingly blended families are going to be the norm of the future.

Hmmm. Women’s and men’s ministry is based on half the population. Maybe it’s time we do the math with families. Blended families, this is us. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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