Q&As

Talking with Teens

Teaching Children to Lose with Grace

Our child is a bad loser and will often throw a temper tantrum and throw things around his room. How can we help him become a better sport?

Teaching Purity

Teaching Responsibility

Our oldest daughter is 15 and it seems like it’s almost impossible for her to admit when she is wrong, apologize and ask for forgiveness.  What can we do?  How can we help her learn the importance of taking responsibility for her actions?

Teaching Responsibility

We love our 10-year-old daughter but her irresponsibility is driving us crazy.  How can we teach her to be more responsible?

Teenage Music

I don't approve of some of my teen's music. What's the best way to approach this -- do I forbid it or ignore it or what?

Telling Lies

My husband “fibs.” It’s mostly over stupid little things such as leaving the cap off the milk. I’ve tried to discuss this with him and it seems to help for a while, but then he reverts to his old behavior. What should I do?

Temporary Separation

My wife and I are really struggling with our marriage and we’re just about ready to call it quits. We’re both Christians and we know God hates divorce. Is there ever a time when separation is okay or even a good idea?

The Value and Benefits of Cleaning

We have two boys, 9 and 12, and we’ve had a hard time getting them to pitch in and help with basic household tasks. How can we encourage our boys to see the value and benefits of actively contributing to our family life?

Troubling Transitions

We’re concerned about some of the changes in our 12-year-old daughters behavior. Over the past several months she seems to feel more overwhelmed, her grades have gone down, she isn’t eating like she used to and she doesn’t care to spend as much time with her friends. We’ve had a lot of transitions including moving and having a new baby boy join our family and wonder if what we’re seeing could be caused by all of the stress we’ve experienced.

Unannounced Visits

My mother-in-law comes to our house unannounced several times a week. I’d like some peace and privacy. What should I do?

Unbalanced Family Time

My husband goes out of his way to spend time with his family—he even admits he’ll stop everything to be with them. When it comes to seeing my family, though, he always has a reason for not being able to spend time with them.

Unequal Attention

Unequal Parenting

I am a Christian, but my husband is not. We don’t see eye to eye about parenting issues, which makes it difficult to be a team in raising our 6-year-old son. My husband also displays behavior around our son that I disagree with. I’ve tried to talk to him, but he doesn’t see a problem. How can I raise my son to be a godly young man in spite of all this?

Unequally Yolked Parenting

Unfinished Projects

My husband keeps starting projects on our home—then doesn’t finish them! Right now, it’s the kitchen. When he comes home from work, he sits in front of the computer or the TV, and gives excuses about why he can’t complete the job. This has been going on for seven months and I can’t take it anymore!

Unhappily Married

I’ve been married 12 years and unhappy for 10 of them. I’ve asked my husband to attend workshops, counseling sessions, and church. He’s just not interested.

Unhelpful Husband

I’m a stay-at-home mother of three children (all under the age of 7). My husband works hard at his job, and I appreciate that; but he doesn’t help out at home with caring for the children or helping with any of the housework. How can I get him to understand the importance of helping me and of spending time with the kids?

Unwelcoming Step-Children

Vacationing

On vacation, I like to rise early and plan our day, while my husband would rather lie in bed half the day. By the time he finally gets up, I feel as though we’ve wasted half the day—then I become angry and threaten to leave without him! What can we do?

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