FamilyLife Today®

Dave and Ann Wilson

How to Avoid Becoming a Wicked Stepmother

November 12, 2009
With Ron Deal and Laura Petherbridge
Stepmothers have gotten a bad rap ever since the days of Cinderella, but today's guest, Laura Petherbridge, tells why they often deserve it. Laura, a stepmother herself, and family therapist Ron Deal tell you how to avoid making some of the most wicked step parenting mistakes.

Featured Offer

500 Hours Together: A Family Time Challenge
There are 8,760 hours in a year. You’ll spend roughly 2,080 of those hours at work. On average, almost 900 hours swiping on social media. How much family time are you getting in? 


With Ron Deal and Laura Petherbridge If being a mother is hard work, then being a stepmother is twice as difficult. Today Successful Stepfamilies founder Ron Deal, along with author and stepmother Laura Petherbridge, talk about the challenges unique to a stepmother.
November 11, 2009
Join us today as we take FamilyLife Today on location to Washington D.C., where we'll be talking to the winners and organizers of the first ever National Bible Bee.
November 10, 2009
A historic event will take place in Washington D.C., and it's not an election. Hundreds of children aged 7-18 will gather and compete to demonstrate their mastery of Scripture memorization at the first annual National Bible Bee. Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine will interview the winners, as well as the organizers of this event. Join us for the excitement, as we take FamilyLife Today on location to Washington D.C. and the National Bible Bee.
November 9, 2009
With Barbara Rainey Do you praise God even in the bad times? Barbara Rainey talks to parents about training children in gratefulness not only by their example, but through story telling. Today Barbara shares a story about the Puritan preacher Matthew Henry.
November 6, 2009
Barbara Rainey Sometimes it takes a story to jar us to reality. Today Barbara Rainey encourages parents to teach their children gratitude by giving them positive role models to learn from. Besides being models themselves, parents can read inspiring stories, like the stories she tells today about Harriet Tubman and David Livingstone.
November 5, 2009
Barbara Rainey Are you modeling gratitude for your kids? Barbara Rainey reminds us that our kids aren't born naturally grateful, so it's a parent's responsibility to teach them. One way to do that, she says, is to share stories that illustrate "giving thanks" in everything. Hear a true story today about Corrie Ten Boom and her sister, Betsy - women of faith who choose to thank God for all things, even for fleas.
November 4, 2009
With Barbara Rainey Do you know anyone who grumbles and complains? Today Barbara Rainey explains why our whining is so offensive to God. Hear what you can do to cultivate a heart of gratefulness.
November 3, 2009
With Barbara Rainey Would you like your children to be more grateful? Barbara Rainey tells what she did to try and cultivate a heart of gratitude in her children. Today you'll also hear Barbara explain why we struggle to be grateful for God's blessings.
November 2, 2009
Mark and Katharyn Richt Today on the broadcast, University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt and his wife, Katharyn, parents of four, talk about the blessings of adoption.
October 30, 2009
Mark and Katharyn Richt What could you do to help the orphans, as commanded in Scripture? Today on the broadcast, Mark Richt, head coach at the University of Georgia, and his wife, Katharyn, talk about the decision they made years ago to adopt two children from the Ukraine: a little girl named Anya, who was born with a facial deformity, and a 3-year-old boy named Zach. Hear them share what this commitment, made over 10 years ago, has meant to them and their children.
October 29, 2009
See More Episodes
* A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Listen to FamilyLife Today® on
Amazon Echo
Learn How
Learn How

Featured Offer

500 Hours Together: A Family Time Challenge
There are 8,760 hours in a year. You’ll spend roughly 2,080 of those hours at work. On average, almost 900 hours swiping on social media. How much family time are you getting in? 

About FamilyLife Today®

FamilyLife Today® is a weekday podcast featuring fun, engaging conversations that help families grow together with Jesus while pursuing the relationships that matter most.

About Dave and Ann Wilson

Dave and Ann Wilson are co-hosts of FamilyLife Today©, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program.

Dave and Ann have been married for more than 40 years and have spent the last 35 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® since 1993, and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country.

Dave and Ann helped plant Kensington Community Church in Detroit, Michigan where they served together in ministry for more than three decades, wrapping up their time at Kensington in 2020.

The Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released books Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019) and No Perfect Parents (Zondervan, 2021).

Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as Chaplain for thirty-three years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active with Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small group leader, and mentor to countless women.

The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

Contact FamilyLife Today® with Dave and Ann Wilson

Mailing Address
FamilyLife ®
100 Lake Hart Drive
Orlando FL 32832
Telephone Number

Social Media
Twitter: @familylifetoday
Facebook: @familylifeministry
Instagram: @familylifeinsta