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"While Ron's books are very good, he is even better in person!"
-- Mary, California

Welcome to Smart Stepfamilies

Our goal is getting you smart about blended family living. Whether dating or married with stepchildren, a stepmom or stepfather, a stepgrandparent, ministry leader, mentor, relationship coach, or therapist we can help.

Created by author, therapist, and blended family expert Ron Deal, Smart StepfamiliesTM (and sister organization FamilyLife Blended®) empowers couples and stepfamilies for successful family living and trains leaders, coaches, and professionals to help blended families.

Our Story
Ron Deal with his wife Nan.
Ron Deal speaking at a event.

#1 Most Widely Used Blended Family Curriculum

  • The Smart Stepfamily 8-session series with Participant's Guide
  • Useful for DIY individual study and small groups; appropriate for dating or engaged couples and married blended family couples
  • Get the DVD  Get the Participant's Guide
The Smart Stepfamily 8-session DVD Series

Learn

Read articles or watch videos from the largest online library available for step families and those who serve them.

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Podcast

Listen to practical and inspirational conversations designed to enrich your life.
 

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Couple Checkup

Take this assessment to gain helpful insights and grow your relationship with this world-renowned profile.

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Ron Deal offers intensive marital therapy for couples in crisis; he helps you fight for your marriage and family.

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The SMART STEPFAMILY SERIES

  • Get the bestselling series of books & videos for blended families, trusted by thousands
  • Ron Deal, author/coauthor and Consulting Editor
Ron Deal's 2020 Smart Step Family book covers.

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What People are Saying.

Educate: Blended Family Ministry & Professional Training

Stepfamily Ministry: Because Marriage Ministry is NOT Enough.

Many people are surprised to hear us make the above statement, but over a decade of specializing in stepfamily ministry has taught us that it is the truth: typical marriage education programs and ministries are not sufficient for couples in stepfamilies. Since marriage in a stepfamily is a "package deal" you must minister to both the couple and "the package." This means addressing dynamics related to ex-spouses and co-parenting, loss, stepparenting, spiritual shame, finances, and the expectations of both children and adults--just to name a few. To do anything less is grossly inadequate to prevent divorce.

 

"The church needs to be more involved in blended family ministry."

- Dr. Gary Chapman bestselling author of The Five Love Languages as heard on Building Relationships radio broadcast

Contact us today about the possibility of hosting a conference. Together, you can make a difference in the lives of people.