Parenting

What Does a Daughter Need from Her Mom

I just finished reading, Mothers Who Can’t Love, by Susan Forward, Ph.D. and Donna Frazier Glynn. Over the course of fourteen chapters, I met moms who were overtly enmeshed in their daughter’s lives; they were narcissists, control freaks, abusive, neglectful, and in need of mothering, themselves; I heard the broken hearts of their daughters and what they desperately wanted from their moms while growing up, yet never received. While each story was disheartening, the author

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Parenting

What to Do When Your Teen Doubts God

As a Children’s Minister I conducted baptism classes for children, who had professed Christ as Savior of their life. I met with the child and their parents to ensure they each understood what baptism was and was not. After covering the material with the child, I turned to the parents and encouraged them not to be surprised when their young children became teens and began to struggle with their faith in God. Most young children

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Closer to Jesus

What Do You Do When Betrayal and Pain is in Your Face?

Some use their past hurts and betrayals that others have inflicted upon them as an excuse to reject God. After all, they may think, “Why did God let this happen to me? Doesn’t He care?” This perception satisfies Satan. He is happy with these assessments they have concluded; because they have led a person to a place of doubt and unbelief. That is his aim. If you find yourself at this juncture, let me tell

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Closer to Jesus

How to Have Emotional Intelligence in Conflict

As Daniel Goleman writes in his book, Emotional Intelligence, “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” Goleman suggests that we be self-aware of our emotions. Applying his statement to conflict, it takes maturity to take an

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Parenting

How You Can Help Kids Living in Troubled Homes

When I was a Children’s Minister, along with leaders, we took kids to camp every summer. Some years, I also went as a leader to the student ministry camps. We would pack up the kids (or teens) and off we went for a week to camp each summer. I admit these weeks were highlights of my ministry! I looked forward to them every year! Some kids and teens came from homes filled with love and

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