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PARENTING A CHILD WITH OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
October 19, 2021
Do you have any advice for handling an elementary school age child whose life is dominated by senseless little rituals? It’s become clear to us that our daughter’s behavior is consistently obsessive-compulsive in nature. For example, she won’t go to bed before checking the front door at least ten times to make sure that it’s locked. She’s anxious and worried all the time, and it’s starting to drive me crazy! Any thoughts or suggestions?
HELPING YOUR TEEN DEAL WITH ANXIETY
October 13, 2021
When the internal and external voices whisper the lies You’re insignificant, You’re not enough and You don’t measure up, we want our children to know, deep in their souls, that the only One who gets to define them is the One who created them and calls them beloved.
TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS: WHEN MENTAL ILLNESS HITS HOME
October 11, 2021
What happens when the person grappling with mental illness is someone within the walls of your own home? And what are some of the signs?
MOTIVATING KIDS TO STAY ACTIVE AND FIT
October 7, 2021
What can we do to encourage our school-age son to get away from the television and computer screen and spend more time playing outdoors? We’re getting worried about his health and fitness, and we’d like to know how we can motivate him to become more active. So far all of our “nagging” hasn’t helped a bit. Can you suggest a more effective strategy?
TWEEN AND TEEN DEVELOPMENT
October 7, 2021
Tweens and teens experience many physical and emotional changes that can be confusing for parents. Dr. Meg Meeker explains those changes and offers tips for parents to respond effectively so their sons and daughters can thrive during their teenage years.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD WITH DISABILITIES IS BULLIED
October 6, 2021
Dr. Tyler Sexton, a physician who has cerebral palsy, discusses the link between disabilities and bullying, and explains how parents can strengthen a disabled child before bullying occurs, recognize if their disabled child is being bullied, and respond to the child and others in a healthy and Christ-like way.
CORRECTING YOUR PRESCHOOL CHILD’S BULLYING BEHAVIOR
October 6, 2021
How can we stop our preschooler from bullying other kids? Our 4-year-old is a bright and loving child, but he’s also quite strong willed. His teachers have already talked to us several times about his uncooperative behavior — interrupting, ignoring instructions, etc. But now something more serious has happened. He recently pushed one student to the ground and hit two others. His only explanation was that these boys weren’t his friends and weren’t doing what he wanted! We don’t allow this kind of behavior at home, but how can we make sure that he’ll follow our instructions when Mom and Dad are not around?
INSTILLING MORAL VALUES IN CHILDREN
September 14, 2021
What’s the best way to teach young children the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, and appropriate and inappropriate behavior? We understand the importance of early spiritual training, and we’ve been praying with our child and reading her Bible stories ever since she was old enough to listen and understand. But the challenge of instilling practical moral values seems more difficult. How would you approach this with a child in the elementary grades?
RAISING CHILDREN ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
September 5, 2021
Parenting kids with a variety of special needs is certainly challenging, yet Katie Lundquist has found ways to work with all of them – including those on the autism spectrum. Most of all, she’s learned to be a student of each one of her children.
HOW TO HELP YOUR FAMILY GET BETTER SLEEP: 10 STEPS
August 31, 2021
Good sleep is essential to maintaining physical, emotional, spiritual and social health. Unfortunately, many people are seriously sleep deprived. Dr. Meg Meeker discusses the benefits of getting good sleep and some of the potential problems parents and kids may experience if they don’t get enough rest at night.
10 WAYS YOUR MARRIAGE CAN SURVIVE THE CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE
August 30, 2021
These weeks haven’t been easy. But there are things you can do to lower the stress level and find peace during the coronavirus quarantine.
EVALUATING A POSSIBLE DIAGNOSIS OF ADHD
August 25, 2021
How can I tell if my child really has ADHD? She is struggling in school, and her teacher has told us that she exhibits some of the symptoms of ADHD. I have serious concerns about the over-diagnosis of this condition and the over-medication of many kids today. Do you think I should take the teacher’s observations seriously?
CAN YOUR KIDS BRING THEIR FAITH TO SCHOOL?
August 17, 2021
Did you know the majority of students in New Zealand spend at least six hours per day in school? That’s a lot of time, and it presents a unique challenge to Christian students who spend that time in an environment that’s completely different than—or even contradicts—what they learn at home and at church.
HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO YOUR CHILD’S SUSPECTED PORN USE?
August 10, 2021
There have been countless times I’ve had to respond to a parent’s pleas for help after they have just discovered their child has viewed pornography.
FOUR WAYS COUPLES CAN WAKE UP FROM FEELING STUCK IN MARRIAGE
August 4, 2021
Consider the following four ways to “wake up” and start moving toward healing if you feel stuck in your marriage, like a repeating bad dream.
LISTENING IS THE FIRST STEP TO CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN L.U.V.E.
July 27, 2021
True listening requires you to be fully present — clearly and intentionally focused on your spouse. Intent focus shows that your whole heart, soul, mind and body are present.
WHY PARENTS WANT TO CONTROL THEIR TEENS
July 16, 2021
If whitewater rafting were just a matter of floating downstream, it wouldn’t be much of an adventure. So it is with the journey to adulthood. Just as every interesting river contains rocks and waterfalls and “strainers” that threaten to trap you underwater, the path you and your teen are trying to navigate includes some hefty obstacles.
LIVING TOGETHER BUT NOT MARRIED? CONSIDER THE POWER OF THE VOW
June 28, 2021
My marriage vow kept me from making a grave mistake. Without it, I would have lost a lifetime of love. This special promise is powerful — and we need it for many reasons. If you’re living together but you’re not married yet, consider the power of the vow.
A BIG WEDDING DAY, A BIG HOUSE OR A MARRIAGE THAT LASTS A LIFETIME?
June 22, 2021
Should couples invest the most resources in a dream wedding day, a dream house or a dream relationship — one that lasts for a lifetime?
MAKING PERSONAL TIME FOR GOD AFTER MARRIAGE
May 19, 2021
When I was single, I was deeply aware of my need for God. He was the only other Person in my apartment to talk to on quiet evenings. He was the one who gave me peace when I was scared and loved me no matter what. And while those things were still true after I got married, suddenly it was a lot harder to make time for God.
LOGGING OFF TO FOCUS ON YOUR REAL-LIFE RELATIONSHIPS
April 7, 2021
LOSING A CHILD LED TO THE HARDEST YEAR OF OUR MARRIAGE
March 15, 2021
My husband Russ and I are the parents of 12 kids through birth and adoption and sometimes more through foster care.
CARING FOR SINGLE MOMS + PREGNANT WOMEN DURING A PANDEMIC
March 15, 2021
We can help single moms during this pandemic, offering hope and love in word and deed. Together, we can ensure no single mom walks alone.
6 WAYS TO DEVELOP SELF-CONFIDENCE AND POSITIVE SELF-IMAGE IN CHILDREN
March 5, 2021
These six steps can help you to build self-confidence and a positive self-image in your children.
RECONNECTING WITH YOUR SPOUSE (Part 1 of 2)
March 5, 2021
If busyness, exhaustion, and distraction have caused you and your spouse to drift apart, listen in as Dr. Greg Smalley and his wife, Erin, offer practical suggestions for rekindling intimacy in a discussion based on their book Reconnected: Moving From Roomates to Soulmates in Your Marriage. (Part 1 of 2)
CULTIVATING A HEALTHY LIFE AS A SINGLE (Part 1 of 2)
March 4, 2021
Dr. Tony Evans and Lisa Anderson describe how single adults can live full and complete lives. (Part 1 of 2)
CULTIVATING A HEALTHY LIFE AS A SINGLE (part 2 of 2)
March 4, 2021
Dr. Tony Evans and Lisa Anderson describe how single adults can live full and complete lives. (Part 2 of 2)