FamilyLife Blended® Minute

When Relationships Compete

with Ron Deal | April 24, 2024
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What do you do when family relationships compete?

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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

What do you do when family relationships compete?

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When Relationships Compete

With Ron Deal
April 24, 2024
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Ron: What do you do when family relationships compete?

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

Ron: Usually we think of family members as standing up for each other, but sometimes we don’t. Like when siblings rival for their parent’s attention and favor. That’s what happened in the Bible in Joseph’s family. His brothers despised him for being the favored child.

In stepfamilies there’s a natural temptation to compete for the time and energy of others. Stepchildren want time with their biological parent that is now shared with the stepparent. Stepsiblings who live with mom want lots of exclusive time with dad when they are at his house for the weekend. The secret to navigating this competition is for you to let go of your selfishness and consider the needs of others before your own. There’s just something about losing yourself that helps you find yourself. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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