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

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




Trustworthy Stepfamily Expert Offers Single Parents a Guide to Dating

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764206979
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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

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 and

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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