Q&As

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For the past several months, our 9-year-old daughter has seemed more withdrawn and quiet than usual.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?

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?

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?

Disciplining Children

My son is extremely strong willed. He throws temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way. I've read all the books and try to be consistent in discipline. What else can I do?

Disciplining Children and Staying Connected

I grew up in a home where my mom nurtured us and where my dad, when he was not on the road, was the disciplinarian. I remember feeling like he was cold and distant and never felt safe talking to him. As parents of three my wife and I know that we need to enforce the rules but we also want our kids feel like they can relate to us. Any suggestions?

Disciplining Through Understanding

We have caught our 13-year-old daughter wearing clothing that is entirely inappropriate, especially for her age. When she leaves home, she looks fine so evidently she is changing after she leaves. What can I do?

Distant Mother

When I was a kid, I didn’t have a good relationship with my mother. She was a cold and distant disciplinarian, and I didn’t feel like I could talk to her about anything. Now that I’m a mom of two kids, I don’t want to be like that. I want to be more of a friend to my kids than my mom was to me. How can I enforce the rules and still be a “cool” mom?

Distrusting Your Spouse

Divorce and Parenting

My husband and I divorced a little more than a year ago. The kids live with me and visit their dad (and his new wife of three months) every other weekend; and their dad makes an effort to be a part of their lives. Our 8-year-old daughter seems to adjusting OK, but our 10-year-old son is like a new person. Once fun-loving, he's withdrawn and quiet now. I thought this would just be a phase for him, but he doesn't seem to be coming out of it. How can I help my son?

Dreaming

I often have dreams about being unfaithful to my husband. They usually involve a faceless “mystery man” who’s perfect in every way.

Effective Parenting

I love each one of my children and want to be the best mother I can be but at times the task seems overwhelming and I am not sure where to start. Do you have any suggestions?

Effective Parenting

Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by the many things that go into being an effective parent. What are some of the core habits that might helpful for me to focus on?

Emotional Affair

My male friend and I have both had marital problems for a while. We started to meet at lunch to be a source of Christian support for each other. How do we make this right in God’s eyes? Should we confess these feelings to our spouses, even though nothing physical occurred?

Encouraging Activities

Our 12-year-old son loves to sit and watch TV or play on the computer. He doesn't like sports, but we would like to help him find a productive, active hobby. How do we go about this when he's almost a teen?

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