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FamilyLife Blended® with Ron L. Deal

When Relationships Compete

June 23, 2017

What do you do when family relationships compete?


Usually we think of family members as standing up for each other but sometimes we don’t. Like when siblings rival for their parent’s attention and favor. In stepfamilies there’s a natural temptation to compete. Stepchildren want time with their biological parent. Stepsiblings who live with mom want lots of exclusive time with dad when they are at his house for the weekend. The secret to navigating this competition is to let go of your selfishness and consider the needs of others before your own.

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FamilyLife Blended® provides  biblically-based resources that help prevent re-divorce, strengthen stepfamilies, and help break the generational cycle of divorce.

About Ron L. Deal

Ron L. Deal is the Director of blended family ministries at FamilyLife®, and is the author/coauthor of the books The Smart StepfamilyThe Smart Stepdad, The Smart Stepmom, Dating and the Single Parent, and The Remarriage Checkup. Ron voices the FamilyLife Blended short feature and is one of the most widely read authors on stepfamily living in the country. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist who frequently appears in the national media, including FamilyLife Today® and Focus on the Family, and he conducts marriage and family seminars around the countryRon and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys.

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