Two-Step Your Marriage

March 28, 2017
FamilyLife Blended™ with Ron L. Deal

Stepparenting: Express Your Desire

March 29, 2017

Has anyone ever said to you, “You know, I’m just getting to know you, but I really appreciate you. I’d like to get to know you a little bit better”?


A few times in my life, I’ve had someone essentially say those very words to me. It makes me feel kind of good inside and it encourages connection. Foster parents and stepparents can express this same sentiment to a child. Kids, just like adults, like hearing that they are valued. And feeling appreciated? That opens their heart to you. Now be prepared. Kids may not be instantly open toward you. But that’s okay. One of you has to step out in courage and build a bridge; it might as well be you. 

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About FamilyLife Blended™

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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