Q&As

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?

Expressive Wife

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?

Extramarital Interest

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.

Family Racism

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?

Fearful Child

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?

Forgiving Spouse

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.

Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude

Our son is a good young man but, like many of his friends, he tends to take his blessings and the kindness of others for granted and he rarely expresses appreciation.  How can we help him learn the value of being grateful and expressing thanks?

Frequent Moves

We’ve moved 16 times during our 18 years of marriage. He says each move is to find a job with more opportunity. I can’t get attached to any place, I’m depressed, and I feel as if I can no longer function. What should I do?

Gaming Husband

My husband has a group of six or seven friends who get together three times a week to play football video games. Although I love him, his video-playing makes me not want to be affectionate—or even nice!—to him. Please help!

Grandparents and Rules

My kids (ages 5 and 7) love their grandparents, and my husband and I want to help foster that relationship. The problem is my parents won't help enforce our rules. How can we address this with my parents?

Grandparents are Divorcing!

My parents just let us know that, after 36 years of marriage, they are getting a divorce. What is the best way to tell our kids about this? Should we tell them or should they tell them?

Growth in Anger

I’ve gone to seminars, listened to tapes and read books on how to be an effective parent. Most of the time I do a great job. But when I lose it and start dumping on the kids, I feel like all of the good I’ve accomplished has been undone. It’s so discouraging.

Healthy Anger

We have two young boys who are 19 months apart and they both struggle with anger. We’re doing a better job at managing our anger but, need some help in teaching our boys how to deal with their anger. Any suggestions?

Healthy Criticism

I often overhear my two daughters criticizing other people. I think they're picking it up from other kids at school, but I want them to see the positive instead of the negative in other people. Any suggestions?

Healthy Spouse

My husband has had bad experiences with physicians and had cancer in the past. And now he won’t go in for check-ups. I'm afraid for his health. I’ve voiced my concern, but he isn’t doing anything about it! What can I do?

Helping Children Deal with Loss

In the last six months we’ve had loss of a grandmother, an uncle and a close family friend. These have impacted our entire family, and especially our three young children. Any suggestions as to how we can help our kids deal with these losses?

Helping Children who Struggle with Sharing

We have four children and our third child who is 11, refuses to share. We know this can be a developmental stage some kids go through but she never grew out of it. How can we help her learn the value of generosity and the importance of sharing?

Helping Your Shy Child

Our 13-year-old son has been shy all of his life but as he gets older it seems to get worse. He seems unsure of himself, has a hard time making new friends and avoids new situations. How can we help him?

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