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Pete’s primary school teacher announced a pop quiz, but Pete wasn’t prepared. Unable to answer the questions, he started to cry. This wasn’t the first time Pete reacted this way. He frequently needed...
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My son had an ambitious plan. He would drop out of university and focus on his music. All his life, I had urged him to discover what he was created to do and pursue what God had laid on his heart. I...
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Laughter is good medicine, literally. It has important physiological effects on you and your soul mate. The French philosopher Voltaire wrote, "The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient...
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"Steven gets upset whenever something is difficult." "Zoe threw a fit at her brother's birthday party because she couldn't go on the trampoline with the older kids." "Jose argues about everything. It...
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Previous article in the series: The right way to communicate during conflict Once you and your teen have heard and understood each other using drive-thru talking, it's time to pursue solutions to...
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Previous article in this series: Unhealthy ways to argue As you can see, withdrawal, escalation, invalidation, and negative beliefs foster anger and destroy both the parent's and the teen's love if...
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Previous article in this series: Finding the best solution to any conflict When the Smalley kids were teens and large conflicts came up within our family, we tried to follow the next eight steps as...
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Previous article in this series: Effective communication with your teen Attempts at communication between parents and teens can be extremely frustrating for both parties. Unfortunately, many families...
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As a young teen, I contracted a migraine headache that lasted more than six months. I was poked and prodded by doctors as I endured blood tests, spinal taps and ECGs. Nothing helped. One night I was...
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A teenager's little corner of the world is often a pretty convenient place to live. In "teen world," the toilet paper magically grows on the roll, clothes miraculously show up clean and folded, and...
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Spiritual intimacy in marriage can be a confusing and painful issue for many couples. As a matter of fact, I recently asked the couples in my small group gathering to describe their shared spiritual...
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On Valentine's Day, we all celebrate the idealised, romantic versions of marriage. The other 364 days a year, we're back to real life, loving and living with a spouse who has strengths and areas that...