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Dating and the Single Parent: * Are You Ready to Date?* Talking With the Kids * Avoiding a Big Mistake* Finding Lasting Love Paperback – October 1, 2012

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Make the Best Dating Decisions Possible

When children are involved, dating gets complicated. Ron Deal gives single parents--as well as those who date them--expert advice on

• How to determine if you and the kids are really ready for dating, deal with kids' fears, and recognize red lights in a relationship.
• What to expect when dating a single parent and when to start spending time with the kids.
• Things to consider before getting engaged and how to prepare for life as a stepfamily.

Let Ron Deal guide you through the emotional ups and downs of dating with kids. Includes a free online relationship checkup and questions for individual or group study.

"This book will help you see beyond the tingly feelings to determine if a dating partner will help you form a healthy family."
--from the foreword by Dr. Dennis Rainey, President, FamilyLife

"In Dating and the Single Parent, Ron Deal points out the common pitfalls and gives wise counsel in how to navigate the waters. I highly recommend it."
--Gary Chapman, PhD, author, The Five Love Languages

"You can trust Ron Deal to shoot straight with you about kids, dating, and finding lasting love."
--Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times bestselling author of Have a New Kid by Friday

About the Author

Ron L. Deal (www.rondeal.org and www.familylife.com/blended) is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is president of Smart Stepfamilies, directs the blended family ministry at FamilyLife, and is the author of more than a dozen books and resources, including the bestselling The Smart Stepfamily and Building Love Together in Blended Families (with Dr. Gary Chapman). Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the podcast FamilyLife Blended with Ron Deal. He and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bethany House Publishers; 9.1.2012 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0764206974
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764206979
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.4 x 0.55 x 8.4 inches
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RON L. DEAL is a family therapist, an international conference speaker specializing in marriage enrichment and stepfamily education, and a podcaster. His top selling books, online articles, and media appearances make him one of the most widely read and referenced authors on blended families in North America. His widely endorsed bestselling books include Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (coauthored with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman) and The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family. His latest book designed for engaged and pre-engaged couples is Preparing to Blend: The Couple's Guide to Becoming a Smart Stepfamily.

Ron is founder and president of Smart Stepfamilies™ and director of FamilyLife Blended®, a division of FamilyLife®. He is author and editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the Amazon bestselling books The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepfamily Small Group Resource DVD and Participant Guide (8-session video series), The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), The Smart Stepfamily Marriage (with Dr. David Olson, formerly titled The Remarriage Checkup), Daily Encouragement for The Smart Stepfamily (with Dianne Neal Matthew), The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning (with Greg S. Pettys & David O. Edwards), Preparing to Blend, and Building Love Together in Blended Families (with Dr. Gary Chapman).

He is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center and is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor. Ron is also a featured contributor on the video curriculum FamilyLife's Art of Parenting (2018) and Single and Parenting (2011), and his resources are widely recommended and distributed by a variety of family education initiatives. Ron's popular podcast is called FamilyLife Blended.

He has appeared on numerous national TV and radio programs and his work with stepfamilies has been published/quoted by the New York Times, Good Morning America.com, The Wall Street Journal, Vox.com, CNBC.com, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News and World Report, Consumer Reports, Ladies Home Journal, and newspapers/blogs throughout the world. Ron's daily one-minute radio feature FamilyLife Blended can be heard on social media and on over 800 radio outlets around the world.

He and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys. Find resources and conference information at RonDeal.org and FamilyLife.com/blended.

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