FamilyLife Blended® Minute

The Disengaged Stepparent

with Ron Deal | September 17, 2020
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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

Ron, he has nothing to do with them. He has completely shut down toward my kids.

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The Disengaged Stepparent

With Ron Deal
September 17, 2020
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Ron: Ron, he has nothing to do with them. He has completely shut down toward my kids.

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

Ron: You’ve heard me say before that I think foster parents and stepparents are heroes because they sacrificially chose to love, provide for, and raise a child not their own, sometimes in difficult circumstances. That’s why it pains me when I hear about a stepparent who is M.I.A. It’s rare, but some refuse to help pay for college, spend one-on-one time with the kids, or in some cases, to even emotionally engage with them at all.

Hey, when you married the parent you married the package. You’re missing a great opportunity here. Bring the gift of you to a child. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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