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Many parents find themselves frustrated with emotional outbursts in their children and don't know how to correct without getting emotionally involved. One of the key indicators of maturity in kids is the ability to manage and communicate emotions in a healthy manner. But when they...

The Bible uses the term “stronghold” to describe a defensive structure. Although viewing God as our stronghold is a good way of looking at the idea, there is also a good picture of a person’s challenges hidden in that word. A stronghold, as mentioned in 2...

Kids bring their problems to parents. It’s what they do. Kids want solutions and parents have answers. Sometimes this is appropriate. A young child who wants to cut up an apple or a teenager who needs a ride home from an activity should receive help...

Parenting is hard work. Sometimes the days are long and you feel challenged at every turn. You may feel like you’re making no progress at all and your joy is fading. Hopelessness threatens to fill your heart. How can a parent keep moving forward, providing...

Every family needs rules. Of course, an overemphasis on rules can hinder or even eliminate a positive atmosphere around the home. But too many families have moved to the other extreme, trying to eliminate rules altogether. This often results in confused expectations, anger, and disappointment....

Getting things done around the house and yard is part of every parent’s agenda. We need to deal with food, clothes, cleaning, homework, hygiene, … and the list goes on and on. But is it possible to get jobs done without creating tension and frustration?...

As parents, we know activities done at a young age can impact our children’s life for many years to come. I, Elena Zwetsloot, can say from my own experience that, even though I grew up in a less than perfect family, one of the main...