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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Author Gil Stuart offers tips on being a thoughtful, intentional stepfather--and shaping the kind of family you all long for. View Show Notes →
Being a stepdad just might mean being an unsung hero. Author Gil Stuart offers ideas to do it wholeheartedly and all-in, with all its complexity. View Show Notes →
How can you feed strong identity—so transitions between stepfamily homes mean your teen grows stronger? Author Kara Powell gives real-life ideas. View Show Notes →
Discover the influence of parents on teenage girls' fashion choices and insights on developing a healthy sexual identity. Join Dave, Ann Wilson, Ron Deal, and Dr. Meg Meeker. View Show Notes →
Ever feel like digital devices are breathing down your family's neck? Dr. Meg Meeker gets real about healthy boundaries and wise choices for your kids. View Show Notes →
Ghosts are scary. View Show Notes →
If you were lost, would you ask for directions? View Show Notes →
Yes, age definitely makes a difference. View Show Notes →
Man, sometimes you don't know if you're coming or going. View Show Notes →
What's a wedding, without a honeymoon! View Show Notes →
When a parent dies who can best fill the gap for a child? View Show Notes →
Ron, my family is living proof that dysfunction breeds dysfunction. View Show Notes →
When two people you love are in conflict—don't' get caught in the triangle. View Show Notes →
When a parent dies, a child needs to stay in touch. View Show Notes →
Do you have a soulmate? Then you need soul love. View Show Notes →
Would you like to make Father's Day a great day for your dad? Get along! View Show Notes →
Parents, you've got to role with the changes. View Show Notes →
Drowning in a sea of emotions? You're not the only one. View Show Notes →
So, what kind of step-grandparent are you? View Show Notes →
You see, Ron, I think I destroyed his dreams. View Show Notes →