Dating and the Single Parent

* Are You Ready to Date? * Talking With the Kids * Avoiding a Big Mistake * Finding Lasting Love

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Make the Best Dating Decisions Possible

When children are involved, dating gets complicated. Ron Deal gives single parents—as well as those who date them—expert advice on

• How to determine if you and the kids are really ready for dating, deal with kids' fears, and recognize red lights in a relationship. • What to expect when dating a single parent and when to start spending time with the kids. • Things to consider before getting engaged and how to prepare for life as a stepfamily.

Let Ron Deal guide you through the emotional ups and downs of dating with kids. Includes a free online relationship checkup and questions for individual or group study.


This book will help you see beyond the tingly feelings to determine if a dating partner will help you form a healthy family.

from the foreword by Dr. Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife

In Dating and the Single Parent, Ron Deal points out the common pitfalls and gives wise counsel in how to navigate the waters. I highly recommend it.

Gary Chapman, PhD, author, The Five Love Languages

You can trust Ron Deal to shoot straight with you about kids, dating, and finding lasting love.

Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times bestselling author of Have a New Kid by Friday

Your choice is to get real or to get blindsided. In the crackling electricity of a dating relationship, it's easy for single parents to overlook huge issues that cause deep personal pain as well as permanent damage to their children. Ron Deal shows you how to avoid the big mistakes and build successful, lasting relationships. Dating and the Single Parent is a must-read for all solo parents.

Steve Grissom, founder, DivorceCare and Single & Parenting

I wish I'd had a resource like Dating and the Single Parent during my twelve years of single parenthood. Great stuff! Ron Deal helps you avoid common pitfalls and gives you a usable road map to experiencing healthy relationship in the future. He also offers great counsel on guarding the hearts of your kids. If you only read one single-parenting book this year, make it this one!

Elsa Kok Colopy, author, speaker, and former editor of the Single-Parent Family edition of Focus on the Family magazine

Once again Ron Deal has written a powerful book, a much-needed resource, to help those who may be considering remarriage one day. Ron's authentic and frank narrative and advice are a must-read for single parents. From the beginning, Ron points out that 'coupleness does not equal familyness,' and this and many other of his valuable insights can help ensure you have healthy and successful relationships.

Paula Bisacre, publisher,

The Author

  1. Ron L. Deal

    Ron L. Deal

    Ron L. Deal ( and is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is president of Smart Stepfamilies, directs the blended family ministry at FamilyLife, and is the author of...

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