Holding on to bitterness takes a heavy toll. Letting go requires a new understanding and a new attitude.
Coffee Can Wait
When my son was born, I prayed he would marry a good Christian woman. When he did, my daughter-in-law relationship with me turned out differently than what I expected.
The Worst is Yet to Come
Divorce is hard on kids in the short term. What's troubling is their inability to "bounce back," even years later.
When the In-laws are in Town
Living near in-laws and parents or caring for them when they are older is a great chance to build deeper relationships.
A Perfect Love
After a divorce, some amount of healing can occur through community support and learning to change certain behaviors. But complete healing can only come from the one who created us.
Managing Conflict in Marriage
Constructive arguing involves expressing negative feelings in a positive way. Learn how to speak this new language.
Out of Bounds
Here's how you can identify and deal with destructive patterns in your relationships.
A New Season
If you no longer raise children and manage a household, it might be time for a change.
Disciplining As a Team
Present a united front by creating a discipline action plan before you need it, and create a structure and stable environment in which your stepfamily can thrive.
Portraits of a Stepfamily
A look at different types of stepfamilies can highlight the unique challenges each stepfamily may encounter.
Remarriage--A Step in the Right Direction?
In order to make a step in the right direction for you and your children, you first must understand the challenges of stepfamily living and then make an informed choice about remarriage.
When Adult Children Move Back Home
Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy your newly empty nest, your adult child decides to move back in. Here's how parents and grown children can work together to make the most of it.
Even in cases of adultery, abuse and addictions, divorce isn't always the solution.
Who Needs Counseling?
Counseling is sometimes perceived as a "last resort," rather than a valuable source of help.
A Hope Big Enough
Barbara Wise found out she was HIV positive. What would her fiance do when she told him the devastating news?
A Spiritual RX for Healthy Mind and Body
A new study of bereaved spouses shows a significant link between religious faith and the ability to heal after a loss. It's just one more confirmation of the faith/health connection.
Advance Medical Directives
This comparison between Living Wills versus Durable Power of Attorney can help you make informed health care decisions for your aging parent.
Aging or Alzheimer's
Regular signs of growing older often get paralleled with Alzheimer's. Find out the difference.
Caregiving Support Systems
Providing for an aging parent can be stressful. It's important to be surrounded by others who can help.
A seemingly harmless question soon had my husband and me in the throes of a conversation meltdown.
There are good fights and bad ones. Knowing which is which makes all the difference.
From child to parent, one woman reflects on caring for her mother.
Help From Hospice
For terminally ill patients, hospice is often a welcomed care option.
Is It Alzheimer's?
If you're concerned about your loved one's mental health, here's help distinguishing normal memory loss from the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Something wonderful happens when a more mature couple reaches out to a new couple. By helping another couple form and live out their dreams, one's own dreams for marriage are reawakened and fulfilled.
Speaking In Code
The language between husband and wife sounds foreign to an outsider. But does each spouse understand what they're saying to one another?
The 'New' Old Age and the Value of Hospice Care
With advances in medicine the period that once led to an "old age" death has lengthened. This life phase is now characterized by a series of crises, remissions and recoveries that can last up to 20 years.
The Long Goodbye
A daughter faces the harsh reality of her mother's Alzheimer's disease and the difficulty of loving the stranger her mother has become.
Time To Take the Keys Away?
Many seniors operate a car safely into their 80s and beyond. Here are some factors to consider in evaluating your loved one's fitness to drive.
Understanding Your Mate
Is your husband too busy or unresponsive? Here's some straight talk to help plug the communication gap in your marriage.
We Need to Talk
Sometimes the biggest problem in a marriage is a matter of words.
When Mom and Dad Get Older
What do you do when caring for your elderly parents falls to you? When Mom and Dad get older, here are some ways to make the situation a little easier.
You Can Go Home Again
As parents reach their later years, many children feel the tug to move closer to them.
The Look of Anger
Anger comes in many forms. But left uncontrolled, the fallout is always negative.
When Couples are Cruel
If insults are your primary form of communication, here's how you and your spouse can make some changes.
If your teen is angry, getting to the root of the problem may enable the conversation to continue without it turning ugly.
When You're the Stepparent
Finding an effective stepparent role is indeed a challenge. Yet, with healthy expectations and a specific strategy to build relationship, a satisfying bond can be nurtured.