Relationships

Our heart is to help strengthen relationships and further develop an understanding of what a true relationship commitment means. By working together, you can have a great basis for a lifelong relationship – fulfilling even if at times challenging.

Relationships Toolbox - Easy to use resources to help your relationship THRIVE
article
As a newlywed, it was easy for me to engage in conversation with other women when I had questions about men and marriage. Unfortunately, I had not yet learned that girlfriends could either help or...
article
Romantic relationships often get their start in healthy friendships. Think back to the days when you and your spouse were dating and then engaged — the long talks, romantic picnics, casual walks,...
article
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...
article
I met Jeff and Kirstin when they were in the middle of a crisis. Their 17 year old son was in full-blown rebellion. Many nights he would never show up, and on others he would come home intoxicated....
article
Question: What should I do about conflicts between my child and my new spouse? I was remarried last summer, and though my 10 year old daughter was warm and friendly towards my husband during the...
article
“So many couples in blended families divorce. How can I make sure this marriage is my last?” — Stepfamily seminar participant. Everyone wants “this marriage” to be their last. They want it to last...
article
Question As a divorced woman, what can I do about my young child's resistance to my efforts to develop relationships with men and to have a social life outside the home? My son simply doesn't like to...
article
Sex is a lot like LEGO. OK, cut me some slack. As a mum of three boys, I think it’s a good analogy. Consider this: The first time a child sees a box of LEGO, he might be naïve enough to think that...
article
I’ll never forget when my wife, Erin, said these words: “I feel alone.” We were in the midst of a huge work transition, leaving my father’s marriage and family ministry, to begin a ministry of our...
article
We all like to know what is expected of us, especially regarding our family roles. Stepparents often discover that the ambiguous nature of their role leads to great frustration. Being a smart...
article
One day as I walked past the den, I heard my daughter hollering at the computer screen. “Are you kidding me? She is such a liar!” I stopped to see what had upset my daughter. She showed me her friend...
article
After the birth of our first grandchild, my daughter and son-in-law asked us to consider caring for the baby one day a week. They thought their request would burden us, but we laughed at the thought...