Actions speak much louder than words.
When complicated circumstances show up in blended families, relationship-building slows down. Ron Deal speaks with Dr. Darrell Bock about how the death of his mom, a dad who traveled weekly, & a new stepmom with 3 kids created tension and unease for all.
Stepfamilies are fundamentally different than biological families which creates tension & ambiguity. Ron Deal speaks with Dr Patricia Papernow about key principles for healthy relationship building while navigating complex dynamics & competing priorities.
Do you have a roadmap to follow on your blended family journey? We'd like to encourage using God's Word. Listen to Ron Deal & Gayla Grace, with stepcouple guests, talk about the value of scripture for families who are in need of hope and encouragement.
Growing up in an unstable blended home with 7 stepmoms left Fred Von Canon determined to change his legacy. Listen to his conversation with Ron Deal as he & his wife Anita describe their commitment toward creating a godly home in their own blended family.
As a single parent, it's natural to yearn for a marriage partner who will love you AND your kids unconditionally. But is that realistic? Listen to Ron Deal's conversation with Sabrina McDonald about dating, remarriage, and stepfamily life after widowhood.
Pornography is everywhere. It's quickly becoming the leading sex educator of our kids. Listen to Ron Deal's conversation with Brian Goins about the new documentary series "Brain Heart World" and learn how to address this important subject with your family.
Would you consider joining our mission to serve blended families as a volunteer or affiliate staff with FamilyLife Blended? Listen to Ron Deal and four couples share about why and how they minister to stepcouples and the blessings they receive in return.
It's important to help children connect their choices with the consequences that follow. If a child spills their milk they should clean it up. If they agree to finish their chores before supper but don't they shouldn't get to eat until they finish. If the
Yes, adult children have thought about their parent dating again, but once it's real, it's just bizarre. Sometimes their roles change. The child becomes the dating coach, telling their parent how to ask for a date and to guard against sexual temptation. E
Jesus washing his disciple's feet in John 13 in the Bible is such a profound picture of love. And it really is simple: When you pay a compliment to a child, you're washing their feet. When you serve your spouse, you're washing their feet. When you put on
In this digital age we have many communication filtering options. Say your mobile phone rings, but you let it go to voicemail. You listen to the message and reply with a text. That's filtering. This has pros and cons. For blended families, filtering can h
As parents and stepparents, we want to raise our kids well, but we often feel inadequate. In this episode, Ron Deal talks with Ginger Hubbard about parenting the heart of our children and motivating them to become God-pleasers, not people-pleasers.
Children are blessed when mom and dad love each other and spend time together. But in the beginning in a stepfamily it's different. When a parent and stepparent spend time together children sometimes feel pushed aside. This naturally puts the biological p
My five-year-old daughter adored Mike. They had a great connection and things were going well. But of course, the night before the wedding, she says,I don't want you to marry Mike. I was blindsided. What's going on here? I interviewed Kim Anderson and he
When you struggle how do you know if you need help from an outside source? One indication is you rehash the same territory. One woman wrote that for years her husband talked about his former wife: what went right or wrong, why she left, and how it affecte
I think foster parents and stepparents are heroes because they sacrificially chose to love, provide for, and raise a child not their own, sometimes in difficult circumstances. That's why it pains me when I hear about a stepparent who is M.I.A. It's rare,
Well, it seems the book of Proverbs agrees because five times it makes reference to a quarrelsome spouse who is like a continual dripping of rain, it says. Apparently nagging is like water torture. Why do people nag? Because they are unhappy with somethin
Now, as far as national days go, Mother's Day and Thanksgiving I get. But Bologna Day?
Actions speak much louder than words.
For some reason, we sometimes hide our pain and suffering from God. But on a FamilyLife Blended podcast speaker Michele Cushatt said God is in the pain.The place where God connected with His people at the very closest moment was at the foot of the cross,
A friend stood up against an injustice. A group of people were standing by when his wife heard about what he did and because he put himself in harm's way she reacted in anger. He could have gotten defensive that she chastised him in public, but instead he
Are you in the early years of blending a family and you wonder if life will ever get easier? Listen to Ron Deal & Gayla Grace talk about the honeymoon season that follows hard relationship-building years and the rewards that come as familyness begins.
That sounds strange and it's not meant to be negative or condescending rather it's an important observation. Every stepfamily has a loss narrative just below the surface that impacts and influences every aspect of the family. For a child whose parent died
It's true, isn't it? Just ask someone about their grandkids and their face lights up, they show you pictures, and they get giddy all of a sudden. No wonder Proverbs 17:6 says that grandchildren are the crown, or should I say the reason for joy, of the age
If you're like me, you get a little grumpy when you're in pain. Does God withdraw during those moments? On the FamilyLife Blended podcast author Michele Cushatt and I talked about how God looks past even our big, ugly emotions and moves in closer. Here's
Sometimes stepchildren are more problematic to a stepparent than a biological parent, because they intuitively know the stepparent is able to handle itit's a backward compliment. One couple heard me say that and it immediately planted a seed of truth in t
Whether it's feeling like a social outcast in junior high or not fitting in at church, nobody likes to be an outsider. Stepparents start their blended family journey as outsiders. They have to find belonging and acceptance. Say you're going to play softba
When people tell me they married the wrong person, I say we all married the wrong person. You really didn't know what you needed when you chose who you chose. Now, assuming you want to become who you need to become to love who you chose, by God's grace, y
When the writer of Hebrews 5 said Jesuslearned obedience through what he suffered, he wasn't suggesting Jesus was disobedient. He's suggesting an obedient Jesus demonstrated a deeper understanding of the value of obedience through practicing it when he wa