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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FamilyLife's self-driven, online ministry certificate course helps you create & sustain thriving stepfamily ministry and lead transformative experiences. View Show Notes →
Sometimes in stepfamilies, we take things out on each other that really are about someone or something from the past. Listen to Ron Deal talk with Shelby Abbott on how to keep unresolved issues of the past from damaging relationships in the present. View Show Notes →
Stepfamilies can't happen without loss. Author and counselor Ron Deal talks about how to engage kids in blended families and start healing together. View Show Notes →
If you're a stepfamily, you face particular challenges. Author and counselor Ron Deal offers practical help towards blending a family with character. View Show Notes →
Discipline and a stern lecture are only for the young, right? Well -- View Show Notes →
When a relationship feels fragile, it's tempting to stop speaking the truth. View Show Notes →
Okay, if you have any relationships, anybody you care about, I want to give you a principle that will strengthen those relationships. Are you listening? View Show Notes →
Compared to other siblings stepsiblings have less conflict. That may not be as good as it sounds. View Show Notes →
Really good parents give each other advice. View Show Notes →
Laughter is contagious, right? Well, so is a smile. View Show Notes →
Have you forgotten to rejoice? View Show Notes →
Have you ever met a rich person who was miserable? View Show Notes →
Should dating and engaged couples talk about money? View Show Notes →
Parents need to get off the teeter-totter. View Show Notes →
Did your mom ever tell you to "Act your best"? View Show Notes →
How do you let stepchildren know you’re not trying to take their parent’s place? View Show Notes →
Is self-care the same as selfishness? View Show Notes →
Ron, what do we do? My kids are confusing my husband. View Show Notes →
Did you know that when it comes to your neighbor, the Bible says that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all? View Show Notes →
I think it’s time to rethink premarital sex and cohabitation. View Show Notes →