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Question: How do we discourage sibling rivalry and introduce a more loving and cooperative atmosphere into our home? I know this behaviour is normal up to a point, but I can't help feeling that there...
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Question: Do you have any ideas on how to stop my older kids from picking on their younger brother? I intervene when I can, but all this bullying is causing the youngest one to play the victim, and I...
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Pastors,Bill Putman and Jim Putman, describe the challenges they’ve experienced with prodigals — who grew up in loving, Christian families, yet were far from God. But through unconditional love and...
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It’s easy to categorise those who leave their faith as prodigals. But how many prodigals are still active in church? Two pastors, Bill Putman and Jim Putman, share their experience with prodigals and...
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Question: Should we tell our children that their mother had an affair? We've traveled a rough road and are now on the other side of this painful episode. As a matter of fact, our marriage is stronger...
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Question: How can I come alongside a compulsive gambler and encourage him to take steps to overcome his addiction? After observing my husband's behaviour, seeking out the opinions of pastors and...
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Question: Does the Bible really say that gambling is wrong? I realise that it's one of those activities – like dancing and playing cards – that religious conservatives have traditionally been "...
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We hear a lot about mums struggling with “Empty Nest” Syndrome, but often it’s good ole’ dad who takes it the hardest. All parents have a hard time when kids leave home, but a recent survey showed...
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Peer pressure is a powerful force in a teen’s life. But not all peer pressure is bad for them. Almost all teens get to an age where they pull away from mum and dad and instead look to their friends...
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Question: Can you tell us what changes we should expect as our child goes through puberty and enters adolescence – and how we should deal with them? I realise that this is likely to be a challenging...
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To teenagers, dating is like a field full of fresh flowers; to parents, the field is often filled with explosive land mines. Views about dating are different from family to family. Some parents...
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How you see yourself as an adult depends largely on how your parents saw you when you were young. That’s a good thing to keep in mind when it comes to our own kids. You and I have a huge...