60: Grace-filled Stepparenting
Stepparenting is a marathon, not a sprint. And getting to the finish line with strong relatiomships requires a lot of grace, personal strength, and wisdom. Listen to Ron Deal talk with Jere and Laurie Short on this important topic.
Most Recent EpisodesStepparenting is a marathon, not a sprint. And getting to the finish line with strong relatiomships requires a lot of grace, personal strength, and wisdom. Listen to Ron Deal talk with Jere and Laurie Short on this important topic.Little things can create big changes in blended family homes. Jed and Jenny Jurchenko share with Ron Deal how they created positive change in their home by taking small, positive steps to grow their most important relationships.We could spend 1/3 of our lives without a paycheck as we live longer now, which makes saving for later-life so important. Ron Deal talks with Greg Pettys about how to prepare for retirement while being mindful of your blended family dynamics.How do you know if you're ready to be a stepdad? Ron Deal talks with Bob Lepine and Dennis Rainey and gives insight into this important role. He encourages men to step out in faith and rely on God's wisdom for a role that can be daunting, but rewarding.Adult stepfamilies—when children are adults from the beginning—experience as many transitions as those with young kids. Listen to Ron Deal's conversation with Terry Moss & his family on how they worked through the adjustments in their adult stepfamily.What does it mean to be a smart stepmom? Laura Petherbridge anwers that question as she speaks with Dennis Rainey and Ron Deal on how to navigate a role that can be confusing and frustrating with how to feel empowered and encouraged instead.Marriage gets complicated when couples must manage a stepfamily maze with multiple lives aroud them. Ron Deal talks with Dave & Ann Wilson about how to navigate those struggles by sharing life with other stepfamilies and leaning on God for help.If self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, how do we allow the Spirit to cultivate that fruit in us? Pastor Rob Bugh answers that question and speaks with Ron Deal on how his lack of self-control contributed to much heartache in his blended family.
FamilyLife Blended® provides timeless wisdom and practical help and hope for blended families and those who love them. Join Ron L. Deal, LMFT, LPC as he and his guests discuss a wide variety of marriage, family, and relationship topics related to blended families.
Meet Our Host
Ron L. Deal, LMFT, LPC
Ron Deal is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife® and President of Smart Stepfamilies™. He is a family ministry consultant and conducts marriage and family seminars around the country; he specializes in marriage education and stepfamily enrichment. He is one of the most widely read authors on stepfamily living in the country.
Ron is author of the bestselling books Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart with Dr. Gary Chapman and The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family (and DVD series). Other books in the Smart Stepfamily Series include The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), The Smart Stepfamily Marriage: Keys to Success in the Blended Family (with Dr. David Olson, which is based on the largest survey of stepcouple strengths ever conducted), a one-year devotional Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily, and The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning (with Greg Pettys and David Edwards).
He is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. Ron has extensive experience with the media and is the host of the FamilyLife Blended Podcast. His one-minute radio feature, FamilyLife Blended® Minute, can be heard daily on over 850 stations nationwide and online. In addition, he has appeared on dozens of national and international radio and TV broadcasts including The 700 Club, Fox News, ABC Nightline, WGN-TV News, FamilyLife Today, New Life Live, and Focus on the Family, and his work with stepfamilies has been covered by Today.com, ABC News.com, New York Daily News, Ladies Home Journal, and newspapers/blogs throughout the world. He has written numerous book chapters and articles for magazines including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife, ParentLife, Gospel Today, Christianity Today, and CrossWalk.com. He and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys. Find resources and conference information at www.familylife.com/blended.