About the Guest
Ron DealRon L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series
What do you do when your love associations differ?
Ron: What do you do when your love associations differ?
Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.
Ron: In our book Building Love Together in Blended Families, Dr. Gary Chapman and I discuss how blended family love associations—meaning, the qualities or behaviors we associate with love—can be different on day one in a stepfamily. A stepchild, for example, may love their stepparent, but not respect their authority like they would a biological parent. A stepparent may love all the children the same, but still find it awkward to hug their stepchild.
When love associations collide, you get conflict. Just recognize it takes a while to merge definitions of love. Building love together, must be done together. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.
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