In today's complex families, grandparents are confused.
Stepparenting is a marathon, not a sprint. And getting to the finish line with strong relatiomships requires a lot of grace, personal strength, and wisdom. Listen to Ron Deal talk with Jere and Laurie Short on this important topic.
Little things can create big changes in blended family homes. Jed and Jenny Jurchenko share with Ron Deal how they created positive change in their home by taking small, positive steps to grow their most important relationships.
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.
How do you know if you're ready to be a stepdad? Ron Deal talks with Bob Lepine and Dennis Rainey and gives insight into this important role. He encourages men to step out in faith and rely on God's wisdom for a role that can be daunting, but rewarding.
Marriage gets complicated when couples must manage a stepfamily maze with multiple lives aroud them. Ron Deal talks with Dave & Ann Wilson about how to navigate those struggles by sharing life with other stepfamilies and leaning on God for help.
Unpacking bumps and bruises on the blended family journey is part of readying yourself for stepfamily living. In this episode, Craig and Gina Morgan talk with Ron Deal and unpack some of their baggage and invite you to do the same as you listen.
A diagnosis of autism creates extra complexity to families. Dr. Stephanie Holmes, professional counselor and mom to a child with autism, speaks with Ron Deal on tips, understanding, and perspective on raising kids with autism in a blended family.
Blended family Christmases with adult children don't always go so well. Ron Deal speaks with Bob and Vicki Maday and two of their adult daughters in a powerful episode about holiday challenges and how they worked through their differences to find harmony.
Stepfamily instability can bring confusion and shame to families. But God works through imperfect people. Listen to Ron Deal's conversation with Ray and Robin McKelvy about God's love and grace that brought resilience and redemption to their stepfamily.
Military personnel marry, divorce, and remarry more frequently than civilians do. Todd Gangl talks with Ron Deal about the added stressors military stepfamilies experience and how you can create a culture that gives everyone the opportunity to bond.
We can't help but live in a social culture. But we can do something about how that culture impacts our children in blended family homes. Listen in while Ron Deal talks with pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker on this important issue.
Our world expects moms and stepmoms to be against each other. But it doesn't have to be that way. In this episode, Ron Deal speaks with Jessical Patterson, a licensed counselor and mom and stepmom about how to mitigate the battle of the moms.
For most of us, grandparents are fabulous! The same usually holds true for stepgrandparents too. But not always. In this episode, Ron Deal talks to Gordon and Carrie Taylor about the unique aspects of grandparenting in blended families.
Investing in your marriage with intentional daily practices can make it stronger. Ron Deal talks with stepcouple Mike and Jayna Haney in this episode about healthy habits that can strengthen stepfamily marriages over time.
As a teacher, school administrator, or parent/stepparent, what can you do to make school-home relationships thrive? Ron Deal conducts a panel discussion with a school prinicpal, counselor, and teacher, along with Gayla Grace, on this important subject.
Okay, I'm going to let you in on a little secret.
Yeah, Ron, I guess I got whooped by a 9-year-old.
Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane?
After her parent's divorce, Melody Fabien was hearing one thing about relationships from her mom, and something very different from her dad who had recently come to Christ. She tells her story to Ron Deal from the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast.