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Stepparent Tip #2: Depersonalize Rejection

with Ron Deal | April 11, 2024
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Here's a tip for building a bridge to your stepchild's heart. Don't take rejection personally.

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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

Here’s a tip for building a bridge to your stepchild’s heart. Don’t take rejection personally.

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Stepparent Tip #2: Depersonalize Rejection

With Ron Deal
April 11, 2024
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Ron: Here’s a tip for building a bridge to your stepchild’s heart. Don’t take rejection personally.

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

Ron: You know, sometimes I find that when a child is struggling to accept a stepparent it really has more to do with wanting to stay in contact with their biological parent than it does necessarily rejection of the stepparent. Now if you can keep that in mind, then maybe you won’t take the rejection so personally.

You know the Apostle Paul. He was a pretty good guy, and he spoke lots of truth but lots of people rejected him. But I think what kept him going was feeling his heavenly Father’s approval even when he didn’t have it from those around him. That sounds like a pretty good prescription for stepparents, too. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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