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Turning Points–Conflict

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Who knew conflict, can be a turning point for good?

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  • Who knew conflict, can be a turning point for good?

  • 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

Who knew conflict, can be a turning point for good?

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Turning Points–Conflict

July 20, 2023
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Ron: Who knew conflict, can be a turning point for good?

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

Ron: Turning points are moments that improve stepparent-stepchild relationships. Now, there is nothing instant about this. The positive outcomes take a while to experience. But when researchers asked adult stepchildren, looking back, how things got better, they discovered that conflict can bring about good.

Not the conflict itself, of course, but when a stepparent showed a commitment to work it out—and when apologies were offered and forgiveness sought it carried their relationship forward. Even a rift, you know, that lasts for a while when you finally work through it can become a turning point for good. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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