FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Stubbornly Persist in Pursuing Stepchildren

with Ron Deal | June 19, 2024
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When it comes to parenting, sometimes adults should be…well…stubborn!

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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

When it comes to parenting, sometimes adults should be…well…stubborn!

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Stubbornly Persist in Pursuing Stepchildren

With Ron Deal
June 19, 2024
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Ron: When it comes to parenting, sometimes adults should be…well…stubborn!

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

Ron: You know, kids go through seasons of life when they are prickly. Whether it’s the “terrible two’s” or the adolescent years, sometimes they are just tough to parent. Stepparenting can have its challenging seasons, too, but what helps move both child and adult through the season is a stepparent who persistently pursues relationship with the child and resolution of their issues. They are stubborn to not give up or give in. Sure sometimes you have to seek support from resources or mentors but at the end of the day—don’t give up.

You know what God is to us? A stubborn loving Presence who declares, “Never will I leave you or forsake you.” Be that for your kids and just see if stubborn love won’t win them over.

For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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