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?
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 Once fun-loving, he's withdrawn and quiet now.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?
Doers, not Hearers Only
How do I get my children to change their behavior?
I often have dreams about being unfaithful to my husband. They usually involve a faceless “mystery man” who’s perfect in every way.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Encouraging Your Children
My spouse recently told me that I’m overly negative, critical and discouraging parent. I know that it’s easier for me to criticize than to compliment. How can I become a more encouraging parent?
Encouraging Your Family
My wife has helped me see that my desire for excellence often comes across as a need for perfection from everyone in our family. I’ve realize that I’ve created a depressing and discouraging environment and that’s not what I want. How can I create an encouraging environment in our home?
My wife is touchy-feely with several of my guy friends. While I trust her completely--and the guys too for that matter--I'm uneasy about this. Are there any guidelines on what's acceptable?
I recently returned from a two-week business trip, and since returning home, I haven't been the same. While on the trip, I became friends with this man. I am so confused right now. I feel horrible about this. I did not mean for this to happen. I don't know what to do? Is this normal? Please help.
I am in an interracial marriage, and we have just been blessed with a baby. My problem is my wife’s family was trying to separate us, and now they won’t acknowledge our baby. What can I do?
Fear of Failure
Our 17-year-old son is obsessed with a fear of failure. So much so that he is withdrawing from normal activities and afraid to try new things. How can we help him?
My 13-year-old daughter is almost paralyzed by fears. She won’t try new things because of her fear of failure or disaster. Her conversations are peppered with “What ifs” and “I cant’s.” I know she is capable of succeeding in many things, and I also want her to learn there is no shame in occasional failures. What can I do to help her out of this downward spiral of negativity?
My husband and I were both sexually active before we were married. When we married and became Christians, we realized premarital sex was wrong and we asked God for forgiveness. The problem has been that my husband has not been so forgiving.