Giving Your Spouse the Gift of Self-Care

By Suzanne Gosselin Photo by Josh Willink from Pexels Self-care is an act of stewardship, or caring well for the life God has given you. Rightly understood, self-care in marriage becomes a gift to your spouse. Like many couples, my husband, Kevin, and I are busy. Between work, raising four children, and myriad extracurricular activities, … Continue reading Giving Your Spouse the Gift of Self-Care

Conversations Between Parents and Teenagers by Susan Oh Cha

Preparing to converse: at baseline Photo by cottonbro from Pexels If you’re a parent, you might recognize the following scripts: Parent: How was your day? Teen: Fine (as he walks off to his room). Parent: Who are you texting? Teen: No one (as she continues to look down and type). Parent: (After observing her teen … Continue reading Conversations Between Parents and Teenagers by Susan Oh Cha

Struggling in Marriage With a Child Who Has Special Needs

By Troy Griepentrog Photo by August de Richelieu from Pexels Lots of couples can’t cope with the stress of having a child with special needs and they eventually divorce. Here’s some guidance on how to make a marriage strong enough to last. Brian and Treshia were in their early 40s when they discovered they were … Continue reading Struggling in Marriage With a Child Who Has Special Needs

The only six words parents need to say to their kids about sports—or any performance by Brad M. Griffin

I tend to be a disgruntled sports parent. I get concerned about the ways our culture obsesses about young people’s performance. It only takes a walk to a local park to witness the myriad of parental anxiety and dysfunction that plays out on the sidelines. Sports have such potential to build character, perseverance, and skill. … Continue reading The only six words parents need to say to their kids about sports—or any performance by Brad M. Griffin

Time Together — A Perfect 10 Marriage Meditation

By Bill Arbuckle Photo by cottonbro from Pexels There is no secret formula to a lifelong love. It takes commitment. It takes work. And it takes time. Time spent together. Getting Started Read today’s marriage devotion.Share today’s question with your spouse. Today’s Video https://www.youtube.com/embed/M6YmTMf4ODY?feature=oembed&enablejsapi=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.focusonthefamily.com Today’s Devotion On a scale of one to 10 — with 10 … Continue reading Time Together — A Perfect 10 Marriage Meditation

The Other Home: When Kids Change Their Minds

By Tez Brooks How one couple trusted God when their teenager decided to live with the other parent When Christine and I got married, she already loved my teen daughter, Sarah. Although Sarah lived with my ex-wife, she and Christine spent plenty of time with each other. We were her other home. But just a few … Continue reading The Other Home: When Kids Change Their Minds

Help Your Kids Love People of Different Cultures

By Dr. David Ireland Photo by cottonbro from Pexels One of the greatest legacies you can leave your children is the gift of cross-cultural confidence and competency. The journey will not only transform their hopes and goals, but the way they live and love. How do you teach your kids to love people of different … Continue reading Help Your Kids Love People of Different Cultures

Marriage Meditation — Growing Together as a Couple Is Like Growing a Garden

By Bill Arbuckle Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Growing together as a couple is like growing a garden. Your spouse and your relationship need daily encouragement. Getting Started Read today’s marriage devotion.Share today’s question with your spouse. Today’s Video https://www.youtube.com/embed/QrfFv5J-g6Q?start=6&feature=oembed&enablejsapi=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.focusonthefamily.com Today’s Devotion On a scale of one to 10 — with 10 being the highest — … Continue reading Marriage Meditation — Growing Together as a Couple Is Like Growing a Garden

Parenting a Child Affected by a Traumatic Event

By Joannie DeBrito, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT Photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels While it’s hard to reconcile the image of a loving, righteous God in the midst of tragic loss, we parents need to stay focused on the sovereignty of God. Earlier in my career, I was a first responder on a crisis response team, … Continue reading Parenting a Child Affected by a Traumatic Event