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Stepmom: A Challenging Role

with Ron Deal | March 27, 2024
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You've heard about the "wicked stepmother," right? But what about the "plight of the stepmother"?

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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

You’ve heard about the “wicked stepmother,” right? But what about the “plight of the stepmother”?

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Stepmom: A Challenging Role

With Ron Deal
March 27, 2024
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Ron: You’ve heard about the “wicked stepmother,” right? But what about the “plight of the stepmother”?

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

Ron: I’m quite certain the average person doesn’t have any idea just how challenging it is to be a stepmom. On the one hand, she has all the responsibility of caretaking for her stepchildren, but clearly she is not their mom. Yes, there are some rewards along the way but confusion and ambiguity surround her on every side. Everyone, especially her, expects her to do the job well.

No, this is not “feel sorry for the stepmom” minute. This is a “cheer her on and lift her up” reminder. She has a lot of challenges. A little encouragement could go a long way.

For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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