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Ron Deal explodes the myth of the "blended" family as he provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues that stepfamilies face. He helps remarried and soon-to-be married couples

Recognize the unique personality and place of each family member Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships Learn communication skills to deal with ex-spouses Honor families of origin while developing new traditions Invest the time...

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Overview

Ron Deal explodes the myth of the "blended" family as he provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues that stepfamilies face. He helps remarried and soon-to-be married couples

Recognize the unique personality and place of each family member Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships Learn communication skills to deal with ex-spouses Honor families of origin while developing new traditions Invest the time to grow their stepfamily slowly rather than look for instant results

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764201592
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron L. Deal is Founder and President of As For Me And My House Ministries, LLC and Successful Stepfamilies, an organization that empowers stepfamilies for healthy living and equips churches to minister to the unique needs of stepfamilies. He is author of the book "The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family" and creator/presenter of the "Building A Successful Stepfamily" seminar. Currently Ron is serving as Stepfamily Educational Consultant to Focus on the Family.

Ron is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a member of the Stepfamily Association of America's Advisory Council and Institute Faculty. Ron and his wife Nan are also members of the National Advisory Board for The Association of Marriage and Family Ministries.

Ron's national radio appearances to address the needs of stepfamilies include "Focus on the Family" (and numerous FOTF broadcasts), "FamilyLife Today," "HomeWord" with Dr. Jim Burns, "America's Family Coaches" with Dr. Gary & Barbara Rosberg, "Live the Life" with AACC president Dr. Tim Clinton, "Josh McDowell radio," and many others. National TV appearances include "Reality Talks" with Dr. Kevin Leman, "A New Harvest," and "At Home Live," and "100 Huntley Street" in Canada. He has written feature family and ministry articles addressing a variety of family matters for a number of publications and online magazines.

On a regular basis Ron trains family ministry professionals at the Association of Marriage & Family Ministries conferences and has spoken at the National Stepfamily Conference, the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference, the national Smart Marriages, Happy Families conference, and the Utah and Arkansas Governors' conferences on the family. He and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Arkansas.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

HEADED FOR THE PROMISED LAND!
1. Through Wilderness Wanderings
2. Key Stepping-Stones

SEVEN STEPS IN THE JOURNEY
3. Smart Step One: STEP Up!
Discover a redemptive God who loves, forgives, and provides strength and discretion for the journey
4. Smart Step Two: STEP Down
Adjust your expectations and learn how to cook a stepfamily
5. Smart Step Three: Two-Step
Your marriage must be top priority
6. Smart Step Four: STEP in Line (Part 1)
With the parenting team
7. Smart Step Four: STEP in Line (Part 2)
Parent and stepparent roles
8. Smart Step Five: Side STEP
The pitfalls common to stepfamilies
9. Smart Step Six: STEP Through
The wilderness: Overcoming special challenges
10. Smart Step Seven: STEP Over
Into the Promised Land: Stories of those who are making it
11. Smart Questions, Smart Answers

A MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH
12. Ministries to Stepfamilies

Appendix A: Medical Permission to Treat a Minor Child
Resources for Stepfamilies and Churches
Endnotes

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

    A must-read for anyone considering remarriage with children

    My husband and I read this in the 6 mos before we were married-THANK GOODNESS it was recommended to us! We have referred to it many times in the 2 years since. This book is a thoughtful, realistic introduction to the complications of step- or blended-family life. It is very sobering, but if more couples read this BEFORE they remarry, perhaps the rate of 2nd+ divorces would be lower. It is so easy in the excitement of courtship and wedding planning to overlook the needs of the children who will be living in the newly formed family. But take heart-even if you are already remarried, there is a ton of helpful and insightful material that can help smooth out the bumpiest of step-family relationships.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Step-Family Template

    Ron Deal provides a great template for the issues faced by many with the daunting task of creating a successful Step-Family. This book is useful even for those that are still moving past the divorce process. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    This is a must read

    I wish I had read this book prior to marrying my husband! Although we all think we know how to get it right the second time around, when children are added to the marriage, no matter how happy they seem to be as you get married, once the newness wears off, troubles tend to begin. This book helped me change my perception of stepparenting and guided me as to what my true role of a step mother was. I have 5 children who live with us, ranging in age from 19 to 10, and this helped me to 'see' what my actual role should be, not my perceived view or vision. One thing I have realized is that there is no such thing as a blended 'family', but a blending of 2 families which is very different from a 'traditional' family, no matter how hard you try to achieve that traditional notion. I reference this book often, and feel this is one of the few helpful books out there on successful stepfamily procedures and 'protocols', which cover all age levels, offers a good amount of different examples to glean information from, and is very realistic.

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