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About Ron L. Deal
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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Blended families face unique challenges, and sadly, good intentions aren't always enough. With so many complex relationships involved, all the normal rules for family life change, even how you apply something as simple as the five love languages.
That's why Gary Chapman, the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages and national expert on stepfamilies, Ron Deal, join together in this book to teach you how the five love languages can help your blended family. They'll teach you:
- About the unique dynamics of stepfamilies
- How to overcome fear and trust issues in marriage
- How to develop healthy parenting and step-parenting practices
- How the love languages should--and should not--be applied
If you want to enter a blended family marriage well, this is the book for you. Aimed at engaged or pre-engaged couples who have at least one child from a previous relationship, Preparing to Blend offers wise counsel on parenting, finances, establishing family identity, and daily routines for your new life together. Within these pages you will learn how to:
· predict common issues
· define expectations
· create solutions
You, your soon-to-be-spouse, and your children will benefit from exercises designed to accelerate family bonding and help you better understand each other. There is even a chapter to help you plan your wedding with your children in mind, so you can build a strong future together. Preparing to Blend is also an ideal premarital counseling tool for marriage coaches, mentors, and pastors wanting to prepare couples for complex blended family dynamics.
If you are considering forming a blended family, Preparing to Blend is the resource you've been looking for.
Single parents who are dating or want to begin a dating relationship wonder, How will dating affect my children and my parenting? They probably have figured out that "dating in a crowd" is complicated. Now they're looking for help. Ron Deal, who has counseled single parents and remarried couples for many years, helps single parents--as well as those who date them--navigate the potential pitfalls involved. He gives perspective on when a relationship may be harmful to the children as well as how it can be a blessing to all. Always at the forefront is the goal of strengthening families. Includes questions for individual or group study.
Leading stepfamily expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Whether married or soon-to-be-married, you'll discover how to
· Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships
· Communicate effectively with an ex-spouse
· Handle stepfamily finances confidently
· "Cook" your stepfamily slowly rather than expect an instant blend
This revised and expanded edition has updated research and two new chapters with even more real-world advice on topics such as stepsibling relationships and later-life stepfamilies.
The Smart Stepfamily Participant's Guide provides discussion questions to use before and after watching the DVD, space to take notes, and bonus reading material. Includes leader instructions and guidelines for facilitating effective groups.