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Attributes Healthy versus Unhealthy Relationships

How can you know the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships? This table can help you identify what's going on.

Baby-Sitting Co-Op

The frustrations surrounding baby-sitting are endless. The true problem with this baby-sitting dilemma is that issues like the cost and availability can create a situation in which many couples are unable to find quality alone time to nurture their relationship.

Caring Enough to Confront

The most practical resource manual for healthy relationships is the Bible. Passages make it clear that an essential part of healthy and responsible communication is the willingness and ability to "speak the truth in love."

Communication

Healthy communication is the one critical ingredient that defines a relationship. Communication is vital and essential because it is the link to every aspect of your connections with others. The outcome of discussions and decisions that affect those around you will all depend on the quality of the communication styles, patterns and skills you’ve developed.

Conflict Engagement

Conflict engagement is the practice of addressing disagreements rather than avoiding them. Many people, often for very good reasons, prefer to avoid conflict or disagreements rather than engaging with the other person to find a solution. This is actually harmful to the long-term health of relationships.

Conflict Management

Conflict management is the ability to keep disagreements from getting out of control. In life, we’re pretty much guaranteed to experience “conflict,” because people have different opinions on things and people will disagree. Conflict management is about how you can keep “conflict” from becoming “combat.”

Creating a Family Mission Statement

The most effective families, however, fashion their own future. Instead of letting other circumstances or people determine their destiny, effective families plan and create their own positive results. The method to accomplish this is to create a family mission statement.

Creating A Geneva Convention For Marital Conflict

One of the most powerful methods I've found for helping couples regulate conflict is by developing a set of rules. Just like the Geneva Convention helps countries to fight "fair" while at war, having written rules can aid couples as they engage in the "battles" of marital life.

Creating Family Harmony through the Use of Contracts

Since the Scriptures instruct us to discipline our children, a contract is a great way to help children of all ages learn limits. Having clearly defined rules and limits allows the child to make informed decisions on how he should behave.

Creating Relational Security through an Anti-Divorce Contract

You may be thinking, "Divorce...that will never happen to us!" I know how you feel. My wife and I made a commitment that divorce will never be an option. However, feelings change. There will be times that you will not feel "in love" with your mate.

Creating the Ideal Marital Environment

People are designed to hunger for intimacy and deep connection. Yet, many of us struggle with various aspects of intimacy because it requires openness, and openness makes us instantly vulnerable.

Cultivating a Spirit of Gratefulness

By taking these three steps, you will be cultivating in your children one of the best things you can provide: a thankful heart. Jean Baptiste Massieu said it best through these words, “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”

Cultivating a Thankful Heart

What comes to mind when you think about the Thanksgiving? Special times with family & friends and too much food? Thanksgiving is a time for all of that, and more. It can be a time for giving thanks for our family & friends and the countless ways that God has blessed us.

Cultivating Children of Integrity

Integrity is not a value that is simply passed on. Growing up, I just assumed that I would wake up one day and I would be a person of integrity. Integrity does not develop exclusively from desire. It stems from the daily practice of doing the right things.

Cultivating Healthy Anger in Your Marriage

In our experience, most people tend to view anger only as a problem, something negative, something to be avoided. In what ways can this unwelcome and potentially destructive emotion be considered a gift rather than a time-bomb?

Daddy Threw My Popcorn Away

The most important aspect of seeking forgiveness is that you are modeling a tremendous life skill for your children. To actively seek out ways to correct our mistakes is a wonderful ability.

Dating With Safety

Great and thriving dating relationships are built on safety, which provides the best possible environment for emotional intimacy to develop. Since emotional intimacy takes people to some of the most vulnerable places a relationship can go, the risks are great.

Depression

Depression may be thought of as secondary emotion. There may be other feelings which contribute to and cause it. One might feel alone, lonely, rejected, discouraged, grief, or disconnected, and all of these feelings drain our energy and lower our motivation.

Destructive Relationships

Relationships build you up by encouraging you and affirming you as a person. Relationships should not be soul draining leaving you with feelings of resentment, depression, hopelessness, frustration, guilt, and shame.

Developing a Family Ministry for Your Church

From the beginning of time God intended for the family to be the basic unit for all society. The quality of family life influences every other part of our life. Surveys have found that American's greatest source of happiness in life is the family.

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