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Ron DealRon Deal is a marriage and family author, conference speaker, and therapist. He is founder and president of Smart Stepfamilies™ and director of FamilyLife Blended™, the ministry initiative of FamilyLife® to stepfamilies.  
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Ghost Busting

Terri’s first husband had an affair. She came home one day to discover he had packed his stuff and moved

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Dating and the Single Parent

Purpose in Dating Does your dating have purpose? What do you mean, Ron? Isn’t the purpose of dating to find

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Stepfamily Strategy

Do you have a Stepfamily Strategy?

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The Blame Game

When stepparents and stepchildren struggle to connect or have a strained relationship, family members naturally look for something, or someone, to blame.

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Conquering Stepdad Mountain

Here are best practices of Smart Stepdads, young and old, new and veteran. Consider how you might implement them into your climb.

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Dealing with a Difficult Ex-Spouse

 10 Tips to Help You Cope…

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How to Cook a Stepfamily

Unrealistic expectations often set couples up to overcook their stepfamily.

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Adding Significance to Your Marriage

Stepfamilies don’t have a family tree — they have a family forest! 

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The Elephant in the Bedroom

Cohabitation, Remarriage, and What’s Best for Your Relationship.

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Managing the Fires of Conflict in Marriage

Stop the fires of conflict from raging in their marriage…

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