Focus on the Family Commentary
True Meaning of Christmas12/12/14
Every Christmas season, my wife, my boys, and I gather around the TV to watch the Charlie Brown Christmas special. It's a classic, and it's become a tradition for us to grab some hot chocolate and join Snoopy and the gang. Hi, this is Jim Daly with...
Parents, are you "making moments" with your kids? Think of it as investing in your kids' lives now in a way that could pay off down the road if your relationship hits a rough patch.
De-Stressing the Holidays
The holidays can be filled with happiness and joy. But they can also be stressful causing conflict in a family. Here's a suggestion that can help to de-stress your holidays?
The Real Saint Nick
If I asked your children to tell me about Santa Claus, what would they say? I know there are many ways parents have told their children about this "jolly old elf", but however you've approached it in your family, be sure to tell your kids about the...
Theres a lot that goes into parenting. But sometimes the most important principles are the simplest. Like this one: pay close attention to your parenting radar for risks your children might face.
Ninety Percent Rule
Someone once said, Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond. I can tell you from experience, that ninety percent rule is not just a clich.
Grieving Through the Holidays
Christmas can be especially difficult when youre grieving the loss of a loved one. If youre dealing with heartache, our counselors have a few ideas Id like to share to help you get through this holiday season a bit easier.
Create a New Normal
Here at Focus on the Family we hear from couples every day whose marriage has been rocked by adversity. Many have endured an affair. Others have suffered from abuse or addiction. But the common thread running through them all is the challenge of...
Fall in Love More Every Day
At his nephews wedding, Ken Blanchard said something unusual. He told the young couple he hoped their wedding day would be the moment they loved each other the least. That may sound like a curse, but he actually offered them a blessing.
It's My Spouse's Fault
Almost every marriage in crisis shares an identical problem. At least one member of the couple has a bad habit of blaming their own poor behavior on their spouse.
Unresolved Anger in Marriage
Every couple gets mad from time to time. But some marriages are sinking under the weight of unresolved anger. To heal the problem, you'll have to do some digging.
Babies Change Marriage
Maybe you're a married couple who's discovered you're going to have your first baby. To that I say, "Congratulations! Children are one of life's greatest blessings!" But I also want to encourage you to take steps now to strengthen your marriage...
The Foundation of Parenting
Youve probably heard parenting experts talk about balancing love and discipline in raising children. But do you know how to do that in real life when your child is acting up?
Grieving With Someone
What do you say to comfort a grieving loved one? When someone close to us is suffering deeply, we naturally want to make them feel better, but we struggle knowing theres really nothing we can say to lessen their grief.
Telling Kids a Loved One is Dying
If you knew a loved one was going to die, what would you tell your kids? In an age-appropriate way, have a conversation with your children about terminal illness. Let them ask questions and express their feelings honestly.
Soar Like a Bird
Do you ever feel like youre having trouble getting life off the ground? Take a look around you. Find a mentor you can learn from or talk to people who have accomplished the things youre after.
Ping Pong Marriage
Many couples can think of a list of things they wish were different about their spouse. But, according to Dr. Greg Smalley, improving your marriage by trying to change your spouse is wasted effort. When it comes right down to it, you cant change other...
Life Transitions 1
People often expect life to remain basically the same year after year. But life is filled with transitions. Many of them unexpected, of course. But a lot of them are common. And, if youre prepared for those changes, they can actually improve your...
Life Transitions 2
Yesterday, I talked about a common transition point in a womans life. If she prepares for it ahead of time, she can turn the experience in a positive direction. So, whats a common transition point for men?
Passion is often born from our deepest pain. That was certainly the case in my life. And maybe its the case in yours.
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