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Ron L. Deal

Dating: Myth #1—If I’m Happy, They’ll Be Happy

December 1, 2020

If you’re a single parent or dating one, here’s a dating myth to avoid.

Our culture tries to convince us that personal happiness is at the center of life. For example, the divorce culture says, “If I’m not happy in my marriage why should I have to stay?” and single parents sometimes think, “If I’m in love and happy, my kids will be happy, too.” But there is no guarantee your romance will improve the lives of your children; in fact, your happiness can bring great unhappiness to your kids. So pursue romance but carefully consider how it’s impacting your children.

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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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