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Stepparent Tip #3: Give the Gift of Time

with Ron Deal | April 12, 2024
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Sometimes you build a bridge to your stepchild's heart by staying away.

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    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

Sometimes you build a bridge to your stepchild’s heart by staying away.

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Stepparent Tip #3: Give the Gift of Time

With Ron Deal
April 12, 2024
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Ron: Sometimes you build a bridge to your stepchild’s heart by staying away.

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

Ron: Yes, I know that doesn’t really make sense does it? Unless you know that one of the things kids of stepfamilies commonly miss is time alone with their biological parent. Think about it. Since you came along, they have to share their mom or dad with you and perhaps your kids if you have them.

So every once in a while give them some time with their parent. They need that. And when they see that you’re not always competing with them for the parent’s time, they might just view you as a friend instead of a competitor. Now wouldn’t that be nice. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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