Advice on seeing both the stepmom’s and biological mom’s perspectives.
Blended family couples avoid many problems when they communicate and discuss money matters mutually.
These practical strategies will give you tools for a peaceful and effective interchange.
Josh and Tracey Devine barely survived their blended family turmoil, but with God’s grace and the help of resources like FamilyLife Blended®, they are now helping other stepfamilies survive and thrive.
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.
What’s the answer for the many who suffer quietly in the supposed safe place for the hurting–the church–yet go without the comfort of others?
Christian college isn’t a guarantee that students will keep the faith. A thriving relationship with God doesn’t happen simply by immersion.
‘Should I be shielding him? Pretend he’s just tired? I feel like I’m on damage control for his decision.’ Tips to respond when your spouse isn’t into it.
The nations are in desperate need of the gospel. The” least of these” are hurting, hungry, thirsty, unclothed, and homeless. The solution? Not my teen!
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?
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.
“Even good moms have scary thoughts sometimes,” my husband reassured. I didn’t want to admit it. But I knew deep inside I was facing postpartum depression.
“I think the bottom line is that God just doesn’t like women,” my friend shared her frustration. But is that the truth about us?
John MacArthur told Beth Moore to “Go home.” Male and female opinions on both sides erupted. But there’s a bigger offense at play that no one is outing.
I know my kids’ emotions are complex. I’m learning that rather than the disease, those emotions are symptoms. So I’m seeking understanding and solutions.
I am the dreaded Enneagram 8—the challenger. Self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational. But I also stand for what is right in an unmoving way.
It’s easy for Astros fans to love José Altuve’s series clenching 2 run walk-off sending Houston to the World Series. But we all cheer his poise and class.
Casual sex boasts the benefits of being a modern woman: freedom, confidence, independence. But how is hooking up good for girls if 83% prefer commitment?
What is it about Rachel Hollis that makes her so appealing to hundreds and thousands of women? I get why she satisfies and why she doesn’t.
People say talking about depression will make it better. Jarrid Wilson‘s suicide shows you can talk about it and not be okay.
My wife refused all my attempts to reconcile, keeping her distance both physically and emotionally.That scared me. And I had a choice to make.
How could we possibly think retirement, changing health, and decline ahead wouldn’t have surprises and challenges like our 40+ years of marriage?
My grandmother said to prevent getting pregnant she just “…didn’t do the evil thing!” No disrespect to her but sex is not dirty or shameful.
We’ve all wondered the long-echoed question: how often should we have sex? Likely you and your spouse don’t agree. It’d be nice to ask someone else!
Ten questions guys commonly ask and our best answers to these often tricky (and awkward-to-talk-about) situations.
Mike Pence, among many men, committed to not being alone with a woman in the workplace. Is this offensive to working women who don’t have the same option in the male-dominant workforce?
In year one of marriage, we did a lot of right things to be good spouses. But for marriage to last, it has to be based on more than a few early habits.
How do we know in the middle of deep despair if it’s time to throw the house key in his face? Or if we can check our emotions and reevaluate?
I’m Jenn. I’m a 9. If you’re a 6, like my husband, you’re waiting to decide if I’m knowledgeable about the Enneagram until after you hear what I say.
No one tells you all your dreams can’t fit in one life. You may wonder if a strong woman follows or leads. Is she in the boardroom or the kitchen?
Do my high expectations create a stressful environment? Am I helping my kids succeed? Or am I hurting their chances of experiencing the joys of life?
Americans choose sides as if the entire country is getting a divorce. Shouting in ALL CAPS. Colorful @#$% thrown in. Outrage culture is our world today.
I spent most of my 20’s trying to be someone else. Finally marriage, motherhood, depression, and my 30’s forged my self-discovery and acceptance.
The move from New York to Arkansas was painful for our family, but the journey taught us a few things.
The college years can be a tricky transition not just for students, but for their parents as well.
My daughter Sam is 12, but I’ve only known her for a year. No one’s story is as straightforward as it may seem. Families are made in many ways.
Their teachers have encouraged their strengths (and helped them find them), instilled confidence, prayed for them, praised them, and lovingly disciplined them when necessary. “Thanks” just doesn’t seem enough.
Later that night I told my husband thank you. “What you did this afternoon changed our whole day. Thanks for saying what you said and doing what you did.”
Suddenly I knew it was true. He may not be listening, but I finally understood I wasn’t either.
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.