Q&As

Preparing Children for Success

It seems like every week we hear of some new “can’t fail” program to help our kids become smarter and better prepared to be successful. In addition to laying a strong spiritual foundation, what are some other ways we can help set our kids up for success?

Preparing for Parenting Teens

We have two children who are approaching adolescence and we’ve heard way too many horror stories of parenting teenagers. Do you have any wisdom as to how we can best prepare to parent our two emerging adolescents?

Preparing Your Children For Adoption

My spouse and I are thinking about adopting a child.  How can we begin to prepare our other children?

Quality Time

My spouse and I both have to work full time.  How can we fit in one-on-one time with each child and still spend time together?

Raising Children in the Technology Age

I’m reading more and more about the potentially negative impact of digital devices and the amount of “screen time” on todays children. Is this a real problem and, if so, what can we as parents do to constructively deal with it?

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.

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?

Saying Sorry

Our 14-year-old daughter is a precious young lady with many strengths. Unfortunately, she isn’t very good at taking responsibility for things she says and does that wound others. It’s always “their” problem. How can we help her learn the value of a sincere “I’m sorry”?

Screaming Parent

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?

Sensitive Daughters

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?

Setting Boundaries with an Attention Seeking Child

Our 6-year-old daughter demands my attention at all times. If we’re not giving her focused attention, she’s misbehaving to capture it.  How can I get her to stop stealing the spotlight from my husband and my son?

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.

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