Q&As

Connection with Children

Consistency in Discipline

My husband and I haven't done the greatest job in being consistent in how we discipline our 4-year-old son. Now that we have another child (22 months old), I can see that we've created a problem. Is it too late to start over with our son -- and do you have any tips for how we can do it better this time?

Continuing Affair

My husband is having an affair with a co-worker. At first, he was going to leave and now he told me he wants to stay and that he loves me and the children. What should I do?

Conveying Concern Rather than Anger

When one of my kids makes a mistake that puts them in some kind of danger I often overreact in ways that communicate anger rather than the compassion and concern that I’m really feeling. Any suggestions as to how I can change this pattern?

Cultivating a Lifestyle of Faith

We have three teenage children and are looking for some specific ways we can help them go beyond knowing the core doctrines and the do’s and don’ts of our faith to cultivating a “lifestyle faith” that impacts all of who they are.

Cultivating Healthy Emotions in Boys

We have three sons and have become increasingly alarmed by headlines of adolescent boy with violent behaviors that are caused by out-of-control emotions. Do you have any tips on how we raise emotionally-healthy sons?

Daughters Emotions

We have three daughters and sometimes the drama of all of the emotions feels overwhelming to me and their mom. How can we deal with their emotions in ways that are helpful?

Dealing with Anger in Your Child

I think that our three-year-old daughter is the stereotypical angry child.  When she doesn’t get what she wants at the grocery store she shouts, screams, kicks, holds her breath and becomes the center of attention.  It’s embarrassing and frustrating and usually pushes our anger buttons which just makes things worse.  Any suggestions?

Dealing with Depression

I’ve struggled a lot with depression. To make matters worse, I think my husband is ashamed of me and doesn’t think I should seek help. He says I can take care of this without seeking professional or pastoral counseling. What if he’s right?

Dealing with Depression in Children

For the past several months, our 9-year-old daughter has seemed more withdrawn and quiet than usual. We’ve recently moved and we’re concerned that she might be experiencing some depression. What should we look for and what can we do?

Dealing with Temper Tantrums

Dealing With The Loss of a Pet

Our family pet recently passed away and it’s been very hard on our kids.   How can we talk to them about death and help them deal with this loss?

Defiance at Home

Detached Spouse

My husband and I just celebrated our first anniversary—but the honeymoon ended long ago. He’s become so detached. He doesn’t want to talk, we spend most of our time doing separate things, we argue more than ever, and he’s lost interest in me sexually. What can I do?

Developing A Healthy Body Image

I’m concerned that my daughter has a negative body image and that it’s having a negative impact on her relationships and her school performance.  How can I know of that’s a problem and if so how can I help her build a positive body image? 

Developing Perseverance in Kids

Our eight-year-old son gets discouraged very easily gives up.  He won’t stay at a task long enough to learn how to do it.  Sometimes he won’t even try to do something new while his older brother will try anything.  How can I encourage him not to give up?

Devotional Time

We have tried and tried to have a devotional time as a couple and with our children. Nothing seems to work. Are there any creative and practical ways to foster spiritual intimacy with my spouse?

Different Interests

We’ve been married nine years, and I find myself wondering what it would be like if I were married to a woman who likes the same things I do. It irritates me that we can’t do anything together. What should I do?

Differing Parenting Styles

Disagreeing Spouses

My wife and I have problems agreeing on many things. We seem to hold on strongly to our parent’s view. What can we do to start agreeing?

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