34 episodes

FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with host Ron Deal, provides timeless wisdom and practical help and hope for blended families and those who love them.

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FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with host Ron Deal, provides timeless wisdom and practical help and hope for blended families and those who love them.

    35: Second Wife, Second Life

    35: Second Wife, Second Life

    As a second wife or husband, have you ever felt second best? Or treated as second class by others? How can you be first in your spouse's heart when you're not the ONLY? In this episode, Ron Deal talks with Lore Ferguson Wilbert about how to combat your insecurities that naturally arise in second marriages. Perhaps there's a lack of trust, shame, or feelings of competition with your partner's former spouse. Whatever the reason, insecurities dissipate when we look to God as our source of love for our identity. We can respond from His wellspring of love even in the midst of hard emotions, offering compassion for our spouse instead of competition with someone who isn't even in the picture anymore.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Learn more about Lore Wilbert at Sayable.net.

    ARTICLE: Second Wife, Second Life. (8 min. read)  https://www.fathommag.com/stories/second-wife-second-life

    Handle With Care by Lore Wilbert.  https://www.handlewithcarebook.com/

    Dating and The Single Parent by Ron Deal.  https://shop.familylife.com/p-2487-dating-and-the-single-parent.aspx

    Building Love Together in Blended Families by Dr. Gary Chapman and Ron Deal.  https://shop.familylife.com/p-5763-building-love-together-in-blended-families.aspx

    Daily Encouragement for The Smart Stepfamily by Ron Deal.  https://shop.familylife.com/p-5224-daily-encouragement-for-the-smart-stepfamily.aspx

    Learn more about the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry.  https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/

    • 47 min
    34: Finding Support for Your Family

    34: Finding Support for Your Family

    Are you looking for support for the unique dynamics and challenges that stepfamily life brings? Have you wondered where you can go to get help? Then this episode is for you! Ron Deal talks with Gil and Brenda Stuart on how to find a church that will support you as a stepcouple, how to know if you need counseling and where to go, and what to do if not everyone is willing to go. It might be as simple as attending a small group at your church with other couples on a similar journey. But you must commit to go! Listen in as we talk about the value of finding the right support for your stepfamily and your part in making it happen.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Learn more about Gil and Brenda Stuart. https://gilandbrenda.com/

    Blended Family Ministry Map. https://www.familylife.com/blendedmap

    Learn more and register for the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry. https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/

    How to Find a Competent Christian Stepfamily Therapist. https://www.smartstepfamilies.com/smart-help/learn/sharing-hope-finding-help/how-to-find-a-competent-christian-stepfamily-therapist

    Trusted Counselor List https://smartstepfamilies.com/smart-help/marriage-therapy-intensives

    Encouragement for the couples in a stepfamily. https://gilandbrenda.com/restored-remarried/

    Building Love Together in Blended Families by Dr. Gary Chapman and Ron Deal.  https://shop.familylife.com/p-5763-building-love-together-in-blended-families.aspx

    • 1 hr 6 min
    33: Bonus Parenting

    33: Bonus Parenting

    If you had your pick, what term would you use for the stepparent in your family? Some people are perfectly fine with “stepparent”, but others prefer “bonus parent” or “Smom” if you’re a stepmom. And, does the label really matter? Or is it how you conduct yourself as a stepparent that matters? Ron Deal will get into all that and more on today’s FamilyLife Blended podcast with guests, Steve and Misty Arterburn.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Learn more about Steve and Misty Arterburn http://www.stevearterburn.com/

    The Smart Stepfamily by Ron Deal.  https://shop.familylife.com/p-3625-the-smart-stepfamily.aspx

    Blended & Blessed- Digital All-Access Pass https://shop.familylife.com/p-5838-all-access-pass-blended-blessed-2020.aspx

    Learn more and register for the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry. https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/

    Books by Steve and Misty Arterburn http://www.stevearterburn.com/books/mediterranean-love-plan/

    Daily Encouragement for The Smart Stepfamily https://shop.familylife.com/p-5224-daily-encouragement-for-the-smart-stepfamily.aspx

    Your generous support of FamilyLife helps create podcasts like the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast. https://donate.familylife.com/familylife-blended/

    • 59 min
    32: The Essentials of Co-parenting

    32: The Essentials of Co-parenting

    If you've ever had frustrations dealing with between-parenting issues, today's conversation will provide you practical help. We're going to wrestle with the every day hiccups of co-parenting and the stressful, ultra frustrating challenge of dealing with a difficult former spouse. Healthy co-parenting truly works. Jay and Tammy Daughtry talk with Ron Deal about how they have thrived in this area and how you can do the same.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Learn more about Jay and Tammy Daughtry's ministry http://modernfamilydynamics.com/

    Co-Parenting Works! by Tammy Daughtry https://coparentinginternational.com/resources?olsPage=products%2Fco-parenting

    One Heart, Two Homes Digital Resource https://coparentinginternational.com/resources?olsPage=products%2Fhome-study

    Cooperative Co-Parenting article https://www.smartstepfamilies.com/smart-help/learn/ex-spouses-co-parenting-multiple-home-realities/cooperative-co-parenting

    Learn more and register for the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry. https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/

    Learn about FamilyLife's other podcasts. https://www.familylife.com/podcast

    Visit FamilyLife Blended® online for articles, videos, and resources for blended families. https://www.familylife.com/blended

    • 1 hr 5 min
    31: Mother’s & Father’s Day in Blended Families

    31: Mother’s & Father’s Day in Blended Families

    For stepparents, biological parents, and children, Mother's Day and Father's Day seem to have tons of swirling emotions. How do you manage this so the day doesn't work against you? Our panel of guests today react to the challenges that all members of a stepfamily can feel on these special days. Previous podcast guests have shared their experiences and tips for you. Additionally, Ron Deal talks with Bryan Stell, Jennifer Walker, Tanisha Johnson and Shannon Simmons about how they each have lived and learned through the many Mother's Days and Father's Days they have celebrated.

    Show Notes and Resources

    The Smart Stepmom by Ron Deal and Laura Petherbridge.  https://shop.familylife.com/p-5665-the-smart-stepmom.aspx

    The Smart Stepdad book by Ron Deal.  https://shop.familylife.com/p-5666-the-smart-stepdad.aspx

    Learn More about Building Love Together in Blended Families by Dr. Gary Chapman and Ron Deal.  https://shop.familylife.com/p-5763-building-love-together-in-blended-families.aspx

    Learn about FamilyLife's other podcasts. https://www.familylife.com/podcast

    Visit FamilyLife Blended® online for articles, videos, and resources for blended families. https://www.familylife.com/blended

    Your generous support of FamilyLife helps create podcasts like the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast. https://donate.familylife.com/familylife-blended/

    • 56 min
    30: Re-Sex: The Challenges of Sex for Blended Family Couples

    30: Re-Sex: The Challenges of Sex for Blended Family Couples

    Should you ask your spouse about their previous sex life? What if you find yourself thinking about sex with your former spouse-is that a problem? And, what if your spouse is thinking about sex with their former spouse-should you be concerned? What if there are clear differences in your sex life now and then-what do you do with that and how do you keep it from being a problem? Healthy marital sexuality is important to the vitality of any marriage. More and more, married couples are engaging in re-sex, that is, a second or subsequent sexual relationship. Whether the story is death, divorce, or relationship dissolution, one or both partners has had a sexual relationship with at least one other person prior to the current marriage. Dr. Juli Slattery joins Ron Deal to have a conversation about sex.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Learn more about Dr. Juli Slattery.  https://www.authenticintimacy.com/

    Get the book Rethinking Sexuality. https://shop.authenticintimacy.com/products/rethinking-sexuality

    Sex as Sacrament? Learn more... https://www.authenticintimacy.com/resources/2756/is-sexual-intimacy-a-sacrament

    Sexual differences CAN build intimacy. Check this out... https://www.authenticintimacy.com/resources/12334/sexual-differences-can-make-us-better-lovers

    Learn about FamilyLife's other podcasts. https://www.familylife.com/podcast

    Visit FamilyLife Blended® online for articles, videos, and resources for blended families. https://www.familylife.com/blended

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

TheTanTanMan ,

A must-listen for single parents / future blended

I went through a divorce 5 years ago and when I started dating my now fiancé I thought I had a pretty good idea of how step families worked because I grown up in two different households after my parents divorced.

Not the case! Every child, every parent, and every relationship is different. This podcast highlights that, which can be daunting, but it also draws out principles, biblical concepts, and practical wisdom from all different kinds of unique relationships.

brentandlisa ,

Must listen to for blended families

I love this podcast! I haven’t been able to find such helpful information before. Every single podcast is helpful!

NylaIrene ,

Re-sex

This is one of the very best podcasts on Blended!

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