Single parents who are dating or want to begin a dating relationship wonder, How will dating affect my children and my parenting? They probably have figured out that "dating in a crowd" is complicated. Now they're looking for help. Ron Deal, who has counseled single parents and remarried couples for many years, helps single parents--as well as those who date them--navigate the potential pitfalls involved. He gives perspective on when a relationship may be harmful to the children as well as how it can be a blessing to all. Always at the forefront is the goal of strengthening families. Includes questions for individual or group study.
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About the Author
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.
Ron L. Deal is a marriage and family author, speaker, and therapist (www.rondeal.org). He is Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies (www.smartstepfamilies.com) and Director of Blended Family Ministries for FamilyLife (www.familylifeblended.com). 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 Smart Stepfamily Marriage. 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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Dennis Rainey 11
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