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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What Father's Day gift do you give the man who stepped in when your dad stepped out? View Show Notes →
We love our kids. But we don't always like them. View Show Notes →
Hey stepparents, do you have positional authority or relational authority? View Show Notes →
Grandparents can set the tone for a lot in a family. View Show Notes →
The notion that "All you need is love" just isn't true. View Show Notes →
What would you say to a stepchild who just said, "You are not my dad. I do not have to do what you say." View Show Notes →
What would you say if your stepdaughter just declared, "You're not my dad; I don't have to do what you say." View Show Notes →
Have you ever felt caught between two people you love? Stuck between a rock and a hard place? View Show Notes →
Yo, Dude. Hey, slow down. Have some tact, okay. View Show Notes →
Mark Twain once said, "A cat that sits on a hot stove won't sit on a hot stove again." And then he added, "Neither will it sit on a cold stove." View Show Notes →
Sometimes life forces you to adapt and adjust. View Show Notes →
Mother's Day can be tough for stepmoms—feeling left out and unloved. Ron Deal, Gayla Grace and Summer Butler offer advice to make it less miserable. View Show Notes →
On any journey, part of gauging your progress is knowing how far you have to go and knowing how far you've come. View Show Notes →
…for better, for worse, till death do us part. View Show Notes →
It's quiz time. What do graduation, getting married, getting pregnant or having a baby all have in common? View Show Notes →
If you want to love someone well, be a gentle-servant. View Show Notes →
One quality of those who go the distance in their marriage and family is perseverance. Show Notes and Resources Find out more at Check out our blended family resources.  […] View Show Notes →
Summer is here and for some of you it means the kids are switching homes. Would you like to know how to start it off right? Show Notes and Resources […] View Show Notes →
It’s time for the extended summer sleepover and if you’re a stepparent, you might feel in some ways like you’re starting over. Show Notes and Resources Find out more at […] View Show Notes →
Are you ready for the extended summer sleepover? Show Notes and Resources Find out more at Check out our blended family resources.  Listen to the full-length FamilyLife Blended podcast.  […] View Show Notes →