FamilyLife Blended®

Ron L. Deal

When Not to Love Best

February 10, 2020
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Believe it or not, sometimes it’s best not to love best.


The Five Love Languages taught us how to best love family and friends by knowing their primary love language. Here’s added wisdom from Dr. Gary Chapman and my book Building Love Together in Blended Families: Just because a stepparent knows a child’s primary language doesn’t mean it will be well received. Begin with Acts of Service, Gifts, and Words of Affirmation, then Quality Time and Physical Touch. Progress from the least intrusive language to the most intimate and watch love come alive.

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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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