Building Trust

Question I recently married a widow who has 8 and 10-year-old daughters.  My wife has acknowledged that because of their fathers’ death and her need to work two jobs, many […]

“I Wasn’t Expecting a Ring Bear!”

A little boy was in a relative’s wedding. As he was coming down the aisle he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd (alternating between bride’s side […]

Talking Finances with The Kids

Question Due to a job loss and other factors we’re faced with some significant financial challenges and we’re going to have to make some major changes in our standard of […]

Disagreeing Spouses

Question My wife and I have problems agreeing on many things. We seem to hold on strongly to our parent’s view. What can we do to start agreeing? For example, even […]

Different Interests

Question My wife and I have nothing in common. We’ve been married nine years, and I find myself wondering what it would be like if I were married to a […]

Opinionated Grandparents

Question 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 […]

Parenting through Grandparent Conflict

Question We have two boys and two girls, and both sets of grandparents enjoy going overboard in their gift-giving.  It’s almost like they’re in competition with each other as to […]

Children’s Privacy

Question My 15-year-old daughter jealously guards her privacy and I want to respect that. At the same time, I feel the need to know what she is up to.  Is […]

Cleaning Rooms

Question My 9-year-old daughter is a great girl who’s a lot of fun to be around. Her only fault is keeping her room clean. She likes to look nice when […]

Work Boundaries

Question My husband is a workaholic and has trouble setting work-related boundaries. He’s also sensitive to criticism. I know he’s deeply committed to our marriage and family, yet he tends […]