Q&As

Moody Child

I've been going through a rough patch with my 10-year-old son. I love him, but to tell you the truth, sometimes I just don't like him. And I definitely don't understand him. I'm generally even-tempered and happy, but he has bouts of moodiness that make no sense to me. When I ask him what's going on, he just clams up. What can I do to get inside his head?

Moving with Children

We just moved to a new town. My daughter will be in 6th grade; my son will be in 9th grade. How can I help them adjust?

Negative Lens

It’s like all I notice are the things that he does that frustrate, disappoint, or hurt me. How can I change this?

New Baby

We just had a baby. Now my husband says that I'm not interested in him anymore and that I love our child more than I love him. I'm just overwhelmed and frazzled. How do I make him understand?

Newborn Troubles

I know that the Bible says divorce is wrong, but what about a separation to get your spouse's attention? Ever since our daughter was born four years ago, my husband has left all child care responsibilities (feeding, bathing, dressing, taking to sitter, etc.) and housework to me.

Newborns and Intimacy

How can couples achieve intimacy with a newborn in the house? How can we keep the spark going?

Non-believer Spouse

My husband and I weren’t Christians when we married. But I'm a Christian now, and he isn’t. He doesn’t like that I believe in God. I’d love for my husband to accept Jesus. What should I do?

Not Feeling Love

I do not feel “in love” with my mate, what should I do?

Not in Love

I’m married to the most loving, giving, and understanding man I’ve ever met. I love him dearly; however, I'm not in love with him. I don’t want to destroy my family, but I long for the desires described in Song of Songs.

Obese Spouse

Intercourse had always been very painful for me because I was diagnosed with endometriosis, and I thought his being heavy made it worse. Well, fifteen years later he is at least 100 pounds overweight. Now sex is painful for a whole different reason— I’m getting crushed!

Old Friends

Before we were married, my wife had a lot of guy friends. Now that we’re married, she wants to keep her friends and sees no problem going out for lunch with them or meeting them for coffee to “catch up.” Is it okay to have close friends of the opposite sex when you’re married?

Opening Hearts

My mate’s heart is closed towards me, what can I do to open it?

Opposing Interests

I'm newly married and have a lot of interests that don’t include my husband, but I always have to negotiate to get to do them. I know marriage means sacrifice—but sacrificing everything?

Parenting and Yelling

I grew up in a home where my mother yelled and screamed about everything. I swore I'd never do that to my kids, but sometimes in the chaos of life with a 7-year-old son (who’s recently picked up a sarcastic streak) and a 5-year-old daughter (who likes to play loudly), I just lose it. This is not who I want to be. Any ideas for getting it under control?

Parenting Spouse

She talks to me in the same tone and voice she talks to our son. Plus, whenever he’s around—which is constantly—she insists I call her “Mommy,” while she calls me “Daddy.” It’s creeping me out. How do I make her stop?

Parenting through Failure

My 7-year-old daughter is a perfectionist. She can't seem to have fun because she gets frustrated when things aren't like she wants them to be. For example, she wanted to build a fort in our back yard, but because she couldn't find trees spaced out perfectly together in our yard, she just gave up and didn't pursue it. I fear that if we can't help her with this now, it will just become worse when she's an adult. Any ideas?

Physical Abuse

My husband has been hitting me since we got married, but lately it’s gotten worse. I’m afraid of what the church will think if I leave him because he’s very well respected in our church and our town. I don’t know what to do…please help.

Poor Health

My husband was told recently he may have MS. The symptoms have really taken a toll on him... Lately, it seems as if all we do is argue. I love him and hate what's happening to him. How can I help?

Power Struggles

My wife and I are constantly getting in power struggles. How can we get beyond this?

Raising Doers

I find myself getting discouraged because while they seem to listen to me I don’t see a lot of change in their behavior.

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