Preparing to blend a family can be a daunting endeavor. But you can—and should—get smart about stepfamily living ahead of time. Listen to Ron Deal talk with two stepcouples about what they did before marriage that helped prepare to blend their families.
Yellow flashing lights mean proceed with caution.
It's time for a dating attitude adjustment.
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.
As a second wife or second husband, have you ever felt second best? Ron Deal talks with Lore Ferguson Wilbert about how to combat the insecurities that naturally arise in second marriages.
As a second wife/husband, have you ever felt second best? How can you be first in your spouse's heart when you're not the ONLY? Ron Deal talks with Lori Ferguson Wilbert about how to combat insecurities as you look to God for the source of your identity.
You know lukewarm doesn't taste so good.
You can tell a lot about what a person values by the choices they make with money. Ron Deal says finances and personal values are especially complicated in blended families. He lists practical tools to help make asset management easier, on FamilyLife Today
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Money matters can be a pain point in any marriage and family. However, stepfamilies can produce monetary minefields! Ron Deal, along with, Greg S. Pettys and David O. Edwards, discuss financial planning and how blended families can finance togetherness.
What would you do if the night before your wedding one of your children comes to you and says, "Please don't get married tomorrow?" On this episode, Mike and Kim Anderson discuss how they handled that as well as how they dealt with losing their daughter to her biological father's control.
Shallow is fun, but you can't stay there forever.
Steve and Misty Arterburn talk about the unique way blended families function. Steve and Misty recall bringing three children into the early years of their marriage and what they did to build a firm foundation for their family.
Ron Deal joins Steve and Misty Arterburn to talk about the complexities of a second marriage. Steve and Misty both experienced divorce in their first marriages. The Arterburns share what they have done to make their marriage work.