There is endless capacity for a loving relationship between a stepdad and his stepchildren.
When you must decide between siding with your child or your spouse in a blended family, choose your spouse.
Another friend called to tell me his wife filed for divorce. He’s devastated, yet ready to move on. I listened and wondered what my divorcing friend needs.
As a single mom turned stepmom, I look to the church for help to heal. But it’s challenging to feel accepted in a place where my family isn’t reflected.
Three ways I’ve helped my stepfamily grieve the deaths of both previous spouses.
From widow and single mother to second wife and stepmom, my soul suffered an identity crisis.
Ten ideas that helped (or would have helped) my family during our first blended year.
Divorce rates aren’t really as bad as the academics were implying.
A new marriage requires learning different forms of affection, communication, traditions, and expectations.
The first two years of widowhood, God seemed distant and silent. Then I discovered the problem.
Here are some tips for engaging with and loving the singles around you well.
Facilitating a small group study enhances your own embracing of the material, your relationship with God, and your heart for ministering to others.
One day David and his wife, Meg, realized they wanted their family to see that the world is a more diverse place than what they were experiencing.
How can the victim of sexual abuse trust the body of Christ again? How can we go back to any church body? Why should we even try?
Nap schedules, feedings, teething, separation anxiety, sickness, sports – when kids are young, it seems easier to stay home. Is going to church worth it?
People spend hours tweaking their digital persona in a search for significance. Yet is social media the best place to look?
These basic principles will help you and your family understand the biblical reasons for tragedy.
My morning strolls did more than help me lose weight; they helped me learn valuable lessons about life.
Facing Father’s Day as a single mom brings difficult questions.How can I help my kids on this day? What is expected of me? Am I required to honor him too?
We asked kids what they think about their dads. Turns out, they think they’re pretty darn special.
My Pop-pop told stories. About how my Mom-mom fell in love with him. About the Marines. Later I found out there were some secrets he didn’t recite.
We give words of affirmation to someone shortly before or after their death. But why wait? Learn to speak life giving affirmations today.
Every day is Mother’s Day in our little household. Because you do so much. But I want this day to be a reminder of my commitment to you.
I’m hosting an Easter party. You should too. Use these menu ideas and activities for a fun, easy way to share the Easter season together.
This guide will help you reflect on the days leading up to the Cross, Jesus’ death, His burial, and the empty tomb. One Scripture. One brief reflection. Once a day, for 12 days.
Togetherness is virtually impossible if one or both spouses feel disgust toward each other. But contempt doesn’t just show up overnight … it’s usually built up when unresolved conflicts are compounded over time.
Eight months into their marriage, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brand Falchuk live in separate houses much of the time. Friends say it’s ideal. But what’s up?
As the dad of a 13-year-old girl, when Teen Vogue moves from popping pimples to pushing pimps, I need to raise my hand and say, “I’m not for this.”
Most men would swim through shark-infested waters rather than admit our failures and weaknesses.
Tickets to JoJo Siwa’s sold out D.R.E.A.M. tour is all my eleven-year-old daughter wanted for her birthday. I was determined to find a way to take her.
What happens when society redefines family? Our teenagers are sorting through the wounds of a generation’s idea that family is whatever you want it to be.
High school wrestler Brendan Johnston explained, “I’m not really comfortable wrestling a girl.” Is this a sign of his narrow-mindedness and ego? Or respect?
Does anybody notice me? Am I pretty enough? Good enough? Ayesha Curry’s open interview voiced concerns that most women aren’t brave enough to express.
“Trust your heart. Believe in you.” Yet with the constant encouragement to pat ourselves on the back, the result isn’t all sunshine and cupcakes.
It’s sobering hearing that your body will never carry a child. That because of infertility you’ll never know the kicks of a baby growing inside you.
I polled other women on ways to be a better wife. Because I never want to assume that I have all the right wife answers. Let’s see if our husbands agree.
I struggled with a lot of fear when it came to sex after baby! I avoided telling my husband that I was wrestling with a lack of desire for quite awhile.
When and how do you get back into physical intimacy with each other after a new baby? As the husband, I have learned 3 nonnegotiables for sex after baby.
I no longer felt anything for my husband. That thought terrified me–I don’t love him anymore. “Would I be happier with someone else?” I wondered.
Have you ever thought, I just don’t get her? You’re frustrated at your wife’s frustration with you. You desire to please her. But where do you start?
I wish I could speak to that fresh-faced, 22-year-old newlywed. She needed some of the wisdom that God has deposited in me over the last decade of marriage.
1 in 5 women have the higher sex drive. But when our husbands decline–or rarely initiate sex–it leaves us thinking, What’s wrong with him? Or is it me?
When dads share the household responsibilities, it’s a win-win for the family and a win-win for society. Bill Gates, tech guru, and wife Melinda proved it.
Following a Major League Baseball career, my husband’s work led to a new demanding position. So, I came home to an empty house and had dinner alone again.
You can be intentional with your kids over the summer. Here are 3 ways (+ a printable) to help you pull off a meaningful summer.
Requiring respect is a gift we give our kids (and ourselves!). But in a parenting age aiming to be gentler and more aware of kids’ emotions, it’s not easy.
Unlike the advice of Teen Vogue that robs teenage girls of their value, true advocacy and social responsibility should be in God-glorifying ways.
My son’s first day of first grade introduction worksheet: What do you like to do with your friends? His answer, in wonderfully legible pencil: Chase girls.
Right now there’s a mom whose 18 summers are up with her child.18 sounded plenty when empty sippy cups scattered the backseat. Now 18 doesn’t feel enough.
You’ve detected trends that are leading your kids away from church in college. But, let’s be honest. Kids do what they like. Why can’t that be church?
When fear and anxiety threaten to take control of how I parent my children, I remind myself of four truths.
Changes in educational costs and in the job market should prompt teens and their parents to consider some great alternatives to college.
Spending the night with friends seems like a normal part of growing up. But my wife and I wonder: should we let our kids go to a sleepover?
In the wake of porn and an affair, a pastor’s family is transformed
She searched her home for something she could take to end the pain, instead, she found God’s protection.
Our intentions to do good can also pull us away from the most important human relationship in our lives.
We thought we knew it all, but the Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway gave us practical help that was built on a solid foundation of biblical truth.
A break is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your spouse and face the stress of the holidays together.
Here are a few ways to make spending during the holidays less stressful.
It takes diligence and commitment to remember that your spouse needs to know how much they mean to you on a daily basis.
You might make sure to head to the doctor each year like clockwork, but when is the last time your marriage had a physical?
You don’t have to look far in order to find advice for how you can improve your marriage. Articles are all over the internet about what you should say to sustain your spouse’s interest, the type of clothes you should wear to appear more attractive, and how you can be even more intimate with your partner.