Whether formed after the death of a spouse or through remarriage, blended families are led by parents defined by courage and hope. Having found their way through painful circumstances, they’ve stepped up to grasp another opportunity for happiness. Alongside courage and hope, parents of blended families need much wisdom too: their children may have conflicted feelings about this new beginning, there may be difficult ex-spouses to deal with, and pain from the past can make present-day issues confusing.
On this page you’ll hear from family experts and from other parents who have navigated many highs and lows of the blended family experience. If you’re parenting a blended family, we hope that their insights will help you and everyone in your household find more harmony and joy as a family.
The Smart Stepfamily Marriage by Ron L. Deal and David H. Olson
Blended families face unique challenges. It’s critical for parents to understand the dynamics at play in their blended family’s interconnected relationships so they can lead their family well. Join Smart Stepfamilies founder Ron Deal for a free, seven-part video series that will help you establish your blended family on a solid foundation of love and trust. Get started
Understanding and Loving Your Bonus Child by Stephen Arterburn and Connie Clark
Building Love Together in Blended Families by Gary Chapman and Ron L. Deal
The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning by Ron L. Deal, Greg S. Pettys and David O. Edwards
Inspiring and empowering stories of women in the Scriptures, church history and contemporary culture
Stories from the lives of men and women, past and present, who have shaped culture by the providence of God