Posts Tagged 'family'

Is My Child Too Young to Have a Phone?

Is My Child Too Young to Have a Phone?

Although there is no magic age, you will have a better understanding if your child is ready to have a phone by asking some specific questions.

Dear Caring, There really is no magic number. You will have a better understanding if he is ready by asking some of the following questions: How much training have I invested in internet safety? Have I discussed stranger danger? What information can be shared with others? Does he make wise decisions in my absence? Teach him that owning a phone is a privilege and, if used improperly, it will be taken away. Give clear rules for when, where, and what purpose the phone may be ...
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I Can’t Stop Checking My Husband’s Activity Reports

I Can’t Stop Checking My Husband’s Activity Reports

Should accountability software be used to catch your spouse doing wrong? How can it help a marriage to heal from suspicion and past hurt?

Dear Gail, I encourage spouses to be accountable to one another. It is a great way to create a lifestyle of honesty and transparency. It also gives couples the opportunity to have healthy dialogue that reinforces trust and builds intimacy. Accountability software is not beneficial if it is being used to catch your spouse doing wrong. The joy of accountability comes when we are able to motivate and support the goals and values our partner wants to achieve. If secrets ...
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3 Reasons Not to Trust in Web Filters

3 Reasons Not to Trust in Web Filters

Web filters have their place, but don’t put too much trust in them. Here are three big limitations of any internet filtering software.

Web filters might form part of your family media plan, but don’t put too much trust in them. It’s important to be aware of the shortcomings of any internet filtering software. What are web filters? These are tools that allow parents to selectively filter what content an app, a device, or even an entire home network can access online. Parents can restrict whole categories of sites (like those related to gambling or dating) as well as specific sites. ...
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Help! My Husband Admitted to Viewing Pornography

Help! My Husband Admitted to Viewing Pornography

Wrong choices from the one who has vowed to “love and cherish” you can feel like a betrayal. But you can experience a fulfilled and trusting relationship again!

Dear Devastated, Wrong choices from the one who has vowed to “love and cherish” you can feel like a betrayal. The hurt can be so overwhelming that it can be hard to extend forgiveness. But you can experience a fulfilled and trusting relationship again and make your marriage even stronger! Your husband has made the first step with his confession. It was probably not an easy decision for him knowing the pain that it would cause you. The fact that he ...
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How Do I Ask My Fiancé about Pornography?

How Do I Ask My Fiancé about Pornography?

It is important to know how your future spouse feels about pornography and if it is a struggle in his life. A healthy marriage needs honesty and transparency.

Dear Soon To Be, Congratulations on your engagement! Entering into a marriage covenant is a serious decision and life-long commitment. An issue with pornography is a valid concern and should be discussed before marriage. It is important to know how your prospective spouse feels about this issue and if it is a struggle in his life. Ask how he feels pornography affects the marriage relationship. Does he agree it is harmful and damaging, or no big deal? How has it affected ...
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My Daughter Is Using Her Phone Inappropriately

My Daughter Is Using Her Phone Inappropriately

Technology has made it so easy for kids to engage in dangerous behavior that can go unnoticed by parents. What can a mom or dad do?

Dear Worried Mom, The short answer: Take it away! Inappropriate actions on a device need to be dealt with immediately. Technology has made it so easy for kids to engage in dangerous behavior that can go unnoticed by parents. Chat rooms and social media provide exposure to bullying and meeting strangers. Pornography is abundant. Personal photos can be exploited. Demonstrating maturity should be required to earn the privilege of using technology. If your daughter needs to be able to ...
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How Do I Get My Family Excited about Accountability?

How Do I Get My Family Excited about Accountability?

Accountability is an exciting way to move toward success in a desired goal! Here are some great ways to motivate your family about accountability.

Dear Earnest, Understanding the true meaning and purpose of accountability is very exciting. Accountability is a way to take responsibility for actions and decisions that move toward success in a desired goal. So, accountability offers an encouraging perspective on life! Accountability should not be looked at with drudgery. It is not meant to catch someone doing wrong, but rather to assist an individual toward right choices. We are all more successful at accomplishing goals when a partner comes alongside ...
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Should My Spouse Be My Accountability Partner?

Should My Spouse Be My Accountability Partner?

Seek open, honest communication with your spouse in all things. Consider these questions to help you decide how to handle accountability in your marriage.

If you are married, you will especially want to be open with your spouse. Keeping secrets in marriage tends toward disharmony, suspicion, arguments, and worse. Instead, seek open, honest communication with your spouse to build intimacy and trust. If you are intentionally and successfully pursuing purity, then it may be natural and beneficial that your spouse serves as your formal accountability partner. Are you struggling and often losing this battle with impurity? Is your spouse aware of your ...
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