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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You know what's worth more than silver, or gold, or rubies? According to Proverbs 8, it's wisdom. View Show Notes →
Sometimes stepfamily relationships need a kick in the pants. View Show Notes →
Wise new stepparents are like hall monitors. They know what's going on but they aren't always a part of it. View Show Notes →
Sometimes you build a bridge to your stepchild's heart by staying away. View Show Notes →
Here's a tip for building a bridge to your stepchild's heart. Don't take rejection personally. View Show Notes →
A stepparent recently asked me, "Ron, what do you do with the hot and cold from stepkids? I mean, one minute they love me and the next they want nothing to do with me." View Show Notes →
Dear Ron, I'm a new stepparent. Just what is my role when it comes to discipline? Signed, Confused, But Excited. View Show Notes →
Have you ever tried to force a jigsaw puzzle piece into a spot it wasn't made to fit? View Show Notes →
When it comes to traditions, you need something old and something new. View Show Notes →
One of the keys to successfully combining a blended family is time. View Show Notes →
There is a surprise benefit of stepfamily living; imitating God's choice to love. View Show Notes →
Instead of stressing out and working overtime, are there easier ways to handle things? Get tips from Ron Deal & Gayla Grace to ease stepfamily life--and find easier ways for peace. View Show Notes →
Don't you want this marriage to be your last? View Show Notes →
Have you ever tried to find a model biblical family to emulate? Well, I have and I can't find one. View Show Notes →
Have you ever faced a great trial in your life…with joy? View Show Notes →
Hey, you know a great way to celebrate Christ's resurrection? Search for eggs. View Show Notes →
You've heard about the "wicked stepmother," right? But what about the "plight of the stepmother"? View Show Notes →
Has anyone ever said to you, "You know, I'm just getting to know you, but I really appreciate you. I'd like to get to know you a little bit better"? View Show Notes →
One way to develop faith in your children is to think out loud. View Show Notes →
Now here's a funny one: sometimes, when we're feeling insecure in our marriage, we yell at our spouse so they'll come closer. Yeah, right! View Show Notes →