Dating and the Single Parent: * Are You Ready to Date? * Talking With the Kids * Avoiding a Big Mistake * Finding Lasting Love

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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 ...

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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

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764206979
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 352,104
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron is a marriage and family author, speaker, and therapist. He is Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies and Director of Blended Family Ministries for FamilyLife. Ron is author of The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepdad, and Dating and the Single Parent, and coauthor with Laura Petherbridge of The Smart Stepmom and with David H. Olson of The Remarriage Checkup. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor who frequently appears in the national media including FamilyLife Today, Focus on the Family, HomeWord, and The 700 Club. He's also been interviewed by Ladies Home Journal, New York Daily News, WGN-TV and ABCnews.com.

He is a popular conference speaker and his video series The Smart Stepfamily DVD is used in communities, churches, and homes throughout the world. Ron is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center and is a featured expert on the video curriculum Single and Parenting. Ron and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information, visit RonDeal.org and SmartStepfamilies.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Dennis Rainey 11

Preface 15

Introduction: Striving for Love 17

Section 1 Getting Past Butterflies and Warm Fuzzies

Chapter 1 Dating in a Crowd: Dating With Purpose 29

Chapter 2 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Am I Ready to Date? 47

Chapter 3 Ready or Not, Here I Come: The Readiness Factors 61

Chapter 4 The Fear Factor: Preparing Yourself and the Kids for Dating 79

Chapter 5 Kid Fears and Dating Considerations 95

Section 2 Going Fishing

Chapter 6 Finding Love in All the Right Places… and in All the Right Ways 117

Chapter 7 Yellow Light. Red Light Green Light 141

Chapter 8 Going Deeper 163

Section 3 Marital Commitment and Stepfamily Preparation

Chapter 9 Re-Engage? Decisions About Marriage 183

Chapter 10 Preparing for a Good Blend 203

Appendix 1 Social Networking Do's and Don'ts for Single Parents 223

Appendix 2 Sample Purity Pledge 225

Notes 231

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  • Posted October 27, 2012

    Reviewing DATING AND THE SINGLE PARENT by Ron L. Deal

    This book is not a surface-feel-good book, but one that makes you look at yourself realistically. You can't just skim it; every page is important. He quotes a single parent who said, "we had no idea what we were getting into"... after reading THIS book, that won't be you!

    The author is up front and in your face with real issues -- he asks you first of all to want God's blessing in whatever you do. He asks questions so you can avoid repeating past mistakes and discern if you are ready to be serious again.

    At the end of each chapter he lists discussion questions that hammer home the information, and help you to realistically look at yourself and those you are with.

    The author explains the difference between "coupleness" and "familyness" which will give the reader a lot to consider. Coupleness does not equal familyness and should be kept in the forefront of every meeting and activity.

    He will probably shock a lot of people about 'soul-mate' but what he says hits the mark; he is right-on and will save people a lot of heart-ache if they listen.

    I liked how he promotes involving God and His ways in every area of one's life i.e. a spiritually determined purpose in dating, everyone can learn from. Here is one of the thoughts he puts forth:

    "In what way is your purpose in dating blocking God's purpose for you in dating?"

    Like I said, he asks thought-provoking and self-examining questions only you can answer.

    One piece of wisdom I'll share here is when he says "marry someone, not as a replacement parent, but because you love them and believe they will help you raise your kids in the Lord."

    The author gives a behavior list and says he would limit it to 1-4; I would have to say in that area, I would limit it 1-3. You'll have to get the book to see what I am talking about!

    I am not a reviewer who 'gives away' the whole story, but I hope this review will give single parents or those dating a single parent, a taste to read this book. It is well worth it.

    I was given this book to review by Bakerpublishinggroup with no restrictions as to how I would review it. I do highly recommend it.

    IBELIEVE2bk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    A must read for single parents and those dating a single parent!

    The author, Ron Deal, shares wisdom gained through many years as a family counselor. Mr. Deal covers several subjects that single parents might not consider when they begin to date, and also provides insights for those who are dating a single parent. I love how the discussion questions at the end of each chapter helped me to strengthen my own perspective on dating as a single parent, as well as being great tools to spark conversation with my significant other. I highly recommend this book!

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