My husband has struggled with pornography for years and gets angry when I ask about it. My trust in him is slowly breaking down. What can I do?
You are valuable.
You were fearfully and wonderfully made according to the Bible.
Your worth is never based on the choices and actions of others.
I hear and understand the hurt, pain, and mistrust you are feeling because of your husband’s pornography use. Nothing is more painful for a wife than the breaking of intimacy and the betrayal of trust through infidelity. But his choice to pursue fantasy over a real connection with you as his wife is not a reflection ...
Holidays are a great time to practice being screen-free for the day! Cell phones tend to divert attention from what’s happening around us.
Holidays are a great time to practice being screen-free for the day! Cell phones tend to divert attention from what’s happening around us. The mere presence of a phone suggests the potential for a new post, text, or email which affects the quality of the conversation around us.
Some of the most meaningful conversations can happen around the dinner table. But sadly, studies suggest that one in three Americans can’t get through an entire meal without being on their ...
How can you encourage your kids to be safe this Halloween? Having teens who want to make responsible choices will help to ensure a fun holiday!
Hopefully, over the years you have established a good pattern of accountability in your home. Having teens who have earned your trust goes a long way in determining what you are comfortable allowing them to do.
As your kids prepare for Halloween, be sure to discuss the following areas of accountability with them:
Dressing up is a fun way to express yourself creatively, but as kids get older, costumes tend to be more mature. Talk with your teens ...
Is it possible to keep kids safe online? Filtering and blocking software can’t catch all the bad stuff, so what’s a parent to do?
I’m glad to hear that you’re paying attention to your kids’ online safety and not trusting too much in a web filter!
Many companies have done a great job of convincing parents that their software will keep our families and children “safe” and “protected” online. While blocking, filters, and monitoring can help children by keeping them accountable for their actions and decisions, no software will ever keep them safe and protected. Such statements are over-promising what they simply cannot ...
Online predators are tricky and persuasive, so kids have a hard time recognizing the danger. How can we teach our children to be safe online?
I highly encourage parents to wait until their kids are prepared to make responsible decisions about situations they could encounter with strangers before allowing access to chat rooms, online multiplayer games, or social media accounts. Online predators are tricky and persuasive, especially to vulnerable youth. Without the ability to use good judgment, this type of interaction should be off-limits.
Currently, many of the social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat prohibit users under 13 years old. ...
Good communication in marriage can be so hard sometimes, but it’s essential to a healthy relationship. Improve your interactions with these practical tips.
Good communication is an essential part of a successful marriage. The lack of this crucial factor is a leading factor in infidelity and divorce. So here are four ways to encourage continual, healthy conversation with your spouse.
1. Address Issues
Discuss issues when they occur. Don’t let problems fester. When bitterness and resentment have opportunity to grow, communication in marriage breaks down as well as your bond and friendship.
Focus on the issue itself and avoid attacking one another. Identify ...
As parents, how can we encourage less screen time for our children? What alternatives can we offer to boost their development?
I understand your concern, as devices provide unlimited access to entertainment. Games and social media distractions can keep our kids glued to a screen way too long. Self-control is an important skill that will benefit our children in all areas of life, not just when it comes to screen time.
As parents, it is always best to lead by example. Demonstrate what self-control looks like. When using your device, it is wise to set a time limit. Be purposeful ...
It’s not easy to confront a spouse, but it is often necessary to have a healthy marriage. Sweeping issues under the rug will only lead to worse problems.
Dear Concerned Christian,
It’s not easy to confront a spouse about difficult topics, but it is necessary in order to have a healthy functioning marriage. Sweeping serious issues under the rug will lead to worse problems that encourage bitterness, resentment, and discontentment in the relationship. Marriage is a union of two imperfect, sinful people. If we come into marriage comparing our relationship with what we see in the movies or read in novels, we set ourselves up for unrealistic expectations ...
The early years are critical in the development of a child’s brain. Parents should know about the harmful effects of too much screen time for toddlers.
As a mom who is trying to get multiple tasks accomplished in a day, it is very tempting to place young children in front of a screen to keep them occupied. With laundry, meal preparation, cleaning, and errands, it can be overwhelming to get anything done with small children needing Mama’s attention. Television and devices can easily become a babysitter if we are not careful.
As you may know, the first five years are critical in the development of ...
What can you do as a parent to help your kids maintain accountability while at school, their friends’ houses, and other activities away from home?
Way to go Mom and Dad for setting up accountability in your home! You are taking the right steps to teach your children the importance of taking personal responsibility for their actions and decisions. But how do you ensure that they continue this same behavior when you’re not around?
From the time kids are young, we need to continue emphasizing the need for accountability as a lifestyle, not just what we do in the home. It involves much ...