FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Train Up a Child

with Ron Deal | January 22, 2024
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Different kid, different parenting.

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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

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Train Up a Child

With Ron Deal
January 22, 2024
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Ron: Different kid, different parenting.

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

Ron: Proverbs 22:6 (ESV) says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” That’s a promise, right? Train them up right and they’ll never stray. No, actually, the emphasis of the verse is on the child, not the path. Train up a child according to their natural bent, in the way he or she is designed to go. In other words, move them toward their giftedness and strengths.

Now, that is challenging enough, but imagine becoming a foster parent or stepparent. Where do you start? What do they need from you? Study the child. Talk to their parent. And pray for the insight to help them be who God has designed them to be.

For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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