6 Parenting Lies That Can Affect Your Marriage

Dare 12 - Struggling Through Priorities

Most parents struggle with priorities.  It doesn’t matter if you have one child or several kids, orchestrating a balanced life sometimes seems next to impossible.  Juggling housework, job, kids, homework, activities, and a spouse is enough to make anyone’s life seem thrown off kilter at times. Add to that a kid who isn’t fairing well […]

How to Teen-Proof Your Marriage

  Yeah, I know! The only way to truly teen-proof your marriage is to never have kids in the first place. But now that they are here, what do you do? Obviously, locking our cute little fourth and fifth graders in their room until they are responsible adults is not an option. The tween and […]

You Want Me to Argue?

My world is spinning in marriage as of late.  Not my own marriage, but difficult marriages. About eight months ago my husband told me he had been looking into getting some training to help men in difficult marriage situations.  It seems that his work world was being ravaged by men who were on the brink […]

When Tempers Flare (Part 2)

In looking at taming the wild beast within us so that we don’t wound the ones we love, we need to look at the goal of the relationship. What is that goal?   To get your way?  To make sure the other person does what you ask them?  To win?  To make sure you are […]

When Tempers Flare (Part I)

Nothing spurs me on more than interacting with a wife and mother who “gets it”.  Notice I didn’t say, “always gets it right”.  It’s just that she recognizes that something needs to change in the communication with her husband.  And if this mom had teenagers, I’m guessing she would become painfully aware of how communication […]

Dare 8 – The Respect Dare – Remembering with your 20-Somethings

Nicole was frustrated beyond belief. “How dare that girl come into our home and act that way!” she verbalized to her friend Belinda. “I have no idea what Nick sees in her anymore! It’s like she has become a totally different person.” As the conversation continued, the whole story came tumbling out. “Nick has been […]