FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Work Smarter, Not Harder

with Ron Deal | April 8, 2024
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Have you ever tried to force a jigsaw puzzle piece into a spot it wasn't made to fit?

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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

Have you ever tried to force a jigsaw puzzle piece into a spot it wasn’t made to fit?

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

With Ron Deal
April 08, 2024
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Ron: Have you ever tried to force a jigsaw puzzle piece into a spot it wasn’t made to fit?

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

Ron: You know sometimes parents want so badly for the pieces of their blended family to come together that they push and shove on a particular piece in their family. Sometimes they get angry with it all the while hoping that this is going to lead to a loving home. Ah, I don’t think so.

Demanding love from a child, it’s just going to backfire, right? So here is a tip. Stop working harder at controlling people and relationships, and start working smarter by getting educated about how stepfamilies come together and understanding the dynamics of your home. If you do that, the pieces will fit and the picture will come alive. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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