Q&As

Re-Marriage and Children

I have remarried, and now feel like I am in the middle of a war. I love my husband and my kids, but I am constantly in the middle of their disputes. Who do I have more of a responsibility to--my kids or my husband? Is there anything I can do to make them all get along?

Ready for Kids?

My husband and I have been married for about four years, and for the past several months we’ve been going through a rough patch in our marriage. But lately my husband has been suggesting we should start having children soon.

Regaining Trust

Same-page Parenting

It seems we disagree about everything — from the little things (whether he should eat ice cream for breakfast) to the big things (like making sure he stays on a schedule).

Sarcastic Children

Our 9-year-old has picked up a habit of speaking to us and to her younger brother in a sarcastic, disrespectful manner. Her favorite phrase lately is "whatever." What's the best way to handle this?

Seasonal Depression

Every year during winter my wife becomes extremely emotional and depressed. The only reason I can figure is that she’s affected by the lack of sun and the dreary days and weather. Would that be true? Is there something I can do to help her?

Self-Conscious Child

My 8-year old son says that he doesn’t like himself and is constantly putting himself down.

Self-Esteem in Marriage

I really like being noticed and receiving attention from other men. It makes me feel great about myself, as if I'm still attractive. My husband always tells me I'm beautiful—and after nine years of marriage, we still love each other a lot. But that doesn’t seem to be enough. Is there something wrong with me?

Separate Churches

My wife and I attend separate churches. While her church is fine, I find it’s not my worship style and I prefer the church I attend. Is it wrong for us not to go to the same church?

Sharing Too Much

How much should a spouse express his or her true feelings and thoughts without fear of “rocking the boat?” I get weary of telling my husband things because it seems to end in an argument. It’s just easier to let things go and not have the hassle.

Shoving Spouse

My husband and I argue frequently. But lately, he's begun to shove me. I'm having trouble drawing a line between what's acceptable and what isn't. Am I overreacting?

Shutting Down

. I knew we would have disagreements, but when we fight I shut down and don't respond. I think this is because my family never talked things out. My husband's family was totally the opposite. How can I learn to communicate what I'm feeling and thinking to my husband?

Shy Child

Our 10-year-old daughter is painfully shy around others. She’s quiet but still a lot of fun at home with us and her two younger brothers, but at church she’s very shy and has a hard time making new friends, and her teachers tell me she’s the same at school. How can we help her open up and make friends?

Single Mother

I am a single mother due to a marriage filled with domestic violence. I am raising three children, ages 6, 5, and 3, on my own. I am working two jobs and going to college full-time, also. Sometimes I feel guilty because I am so short tempered with my kids. I am only 26 years old and feel so overwhelmed and inadequate for the situation in which I have been placed. My oldest son has ADHD and I am not sure how to discipline him because nothing seems to work.

Smelly Spouse

My husband has a problem with routinely taking a shower. Sometimes three days will go by before he does! I’ve tried a lot of things to get him to shower at least every other day. He won’t even wash up daily. To me, it’s about plain cleanliness and maturity. He thinks he has to stink in order to shower, but I think you should shower before you stink. Any advice?

Spoiled Children

This is my first marriage but my husband’s second. He feels so guilty about his divorce that he spoils his children—they get whatever they want, whenever they want, with no boundaries. What should I do?

Step-Parent Troubles

My husband and I divorced four years ago. Now he is remarried, and his new wife allows my 10-year-old daughter to watch movies, wear clothes, etc. that I don't approve of. What is the best way to handle this? I don't want my daughter to feel caught in the middle.

Talking About Sex

As I was dropping off some clean laundry in my son’s room recently, I found a package of condoms on the floor. What’s the best way to address this with him?

Teenage Music

I don't approve of some of my teen's music. What's the best way to approach this -- do I forbid it or ignore it or what?

Telling Lies

My husband “fibs.” It’s mostly over stupid little things such as leaving the cap off the milk. I’ve tried to discuss this with him and it seems to help for a while, but then he reverts to his old behavior. What should I do?

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