72 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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    • 4.9 • 228 Ratings

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

    73. Waiting to Be Wanted in Your Blended Family

    73. Waiting to Be Wanted in Your Blended Family

    Are you good at waiting? What about waiting to be wanted by someone you care about in your blended family? That's a hard reality for many in the early years of stepfamily life. In this episode, listen to Ron Deal's conversation with stepmom Cheryl Shumake on how to persevere through the waiting during the wilderness years.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Cheryl Shumake and Stepmom Sanity

    Free Ministry Map

    Blended and Blessed

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    72: Ridding Your Soul of Shame

    72: Ridding Your Soul of Shame

    Shame is a common theme in blended families, perhaps stemming from a previous divorce, failed relationship building in your current stepfamily, or the negative stigma associated with a non-traditional family. Learn how shame develops and what you can do to release your shame as you listen to Ron Deal's interview with Dr. Curt Thompson.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Curt Thompson

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    71: Have Serious Fun, And Make Each Day Count

    71: Have Serious Fun, And Make Each Day Count

    The benefit of "fun" is often overlooked when we consider how to build healthy stepfamily relationships. But Ron Deal's podcast guest, Dr. Jim Burns, says it's an important piece that can help connect relationships.. Listen to their conversation about why and how intentional play can benefit your family.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Jim Burns, his ministry & his new book, Have Serious Fun

    Stepfamily Resources

    Give us a review of this show or ask us a question. We may answer it on the podcast in the new year! Call (407) 826-2606, or email us at blendedquestions@familylife.com

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    70: Having an Ours Baby

    70: Having an Ours Baby

    Many stepcouples want to have a baby together. Is it a good idea? Are there negative implications? In this episode, Ron Deal talks with Heidi Farrell about how an "ours" baby impacts the family and other children, what research shows on this important topic, and what dynamics should be considered before making a decision.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Heidi Farrell

    How to Add an Ours Baby to Your Stepfamily…Without Resentment Getting in the Way

    The Smart Stepfamily

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    69: Good Co-Parenting: Conflict and Cooperation with Your Ex

    69: Good Co-Parenting: Conflict and Cooperation with Your Ex

    Children need healthy relationships with both parents after divorce, which requires good co-parenting. Listen to Ron Deal's conversation with Dr. Mary Jeppsen on how co-parent anger dramatically impacts a child and how former spouses can keep conflict at a minimum and cooperation at a maximum in order to co-parent well.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Learn more about Dr. Jeppsen.

    Stepfamily Resources

    Certificate in Blended Family Ministry course for ministry leaders

    Well Blended: Growing Unity and Character in your Stepfamily – a self-paced course

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    68: Preparing to Blend: Getting ready for life after the wedding

    68: Preparing to Blend: Getting ready for life after the wedding

    Preparing to blend a family can be a daunting endeavor. But you can—and should—get smart about stepfamily living ahead of time to create a strong family. Listen to Ron Deal talk with two stepcouples about what they did during their pre-married season that helped them prepare to blend their families.

    Show Notes and Resources

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    Preparing to Blend + FREE resources.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
228 Ratings

228 Ratings

Liza in NC ,

Such a blessing! A unique and important ministry!

So thankful for Ron Deal and for this ministry. I have learned and grown and been challenged and blessed by it! Thank you!!

Rdy1 ,

Great resource!

I love this podcast. While not all blended families look alike, something out of each episode connects with me as I navigate being a stepparent 4.5 years in. It also gives me insight into others in my life who also have blended family dynamics. Thanks Ron! Your ministry is a blessing!

Ali S. Roberts ,

Grateful

I’m so grateful for Family Life Blended. I found it after reading The Smart Stepmom, and it has served us in so many ways. My husband and I walked through death and divorce before we met and the podcast has helped us understand more about the similarities and differences of each situation. Having nine kids means we have nine different reactions to our new family so we need all the wisdom and insight we can find.

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