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Ron L. Deal is a bestselling author, licensed marriage & family therapist, podcast host, and popular conference speaker who conducts “laugh and learn” marriage and family seminars and professional training around the country and online. He specializes in both marriage enrichment and stepfamily education.

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Practicing pediatrician, parent, grandparent, coach, speaker, and author. Say hello @MegMeekerMD

Being a stepparent is a wonderful blessing, but it comes with its fair share of challenges. Blending families, with or without children involved, is hard because you have to get to know a new normal, but you also don’t want to overstep appropriate boundaries that involves loving and discipling any children involved. Often you’re left wondering how you can ever become the step-parent you wanted to be when you said “I do!” These hurdles aren’t impossible to jump, but they do take a good bit of wisdom and discernment. That’s where bestselling author, licensed marriage & family therapist, podcaster, and popular conference speaker, Ron Deal, can bring a good bit of help to a seemingly unwinnable situation. Dr. Meg shares the first of a 2-part conversation with Ron, and they have a great talk about being a smarter stepparent in a blended family. Ron has a new book called Building Love Together in Blended Families: The Five Love Languages and Becoming Stepfamily Smart. This book will give you incredible insight into how to show and receive love in your new family. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and listen to future episodes to see if your question is featured!



Dr. Meg starts this episode by introducing her special guest, Ron Deal and their conversation regarding becoming “stepfamily smart”. She also teases her points to ponder that you can start using right away.


In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a great conversation with Ron Deal about how to navigate the challenging transition into a stepfamily.



In today’s episode Dr. Meeker has a great conversation with Ron Deal about how to navigate the challenging transition into a stepfamily


Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about navigating the journey into a stepfamily.



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