Outside my morning window for enjoyment is a strategically placed bird feeder where a wide variety of birds such as chickadees, wrens, tufted titmouse, reds, blues and purple finches all dining on tiny sunflower seeds provided in abundance. The only problem is squirrels love the tiny seeds as well. In short order they fill their [...]
For many parents of teenagers, you may often find yourself questioning their behavior and wondering if what they are doing is a "big deal" or not. The changes in their mood and attitude may seem to change with wind. It can be a scary and frustrating time in your relationship with your child. Michael Nichols, author [...]
One of the biggest mistakes parents and educators make is to treat children as if they are little mini-adults. Children are children. They have unique developmental needs and desire. In reality it is disrespectful to not take their uniqueness into account when relating to them in any way. That is why a Playroom and [...]
"When two people in love decide to share their days and nights and futures, they must go through a period of often difficult adjustment before they complete the transition from courtship to a functional partnership. They must learn to accommodate each other's ways of doing things. If marriage is a union between a man [...]
Carol Woods, "What if we were more intentional in getting training before bringing children into the marriage picture? Detailed plans are made for weddings, nurseries, showers, and even college savings programs. But do we really think through important dynamics such as in-law relationships, mom working vs staying home, incorporating both parents into the special [...]
"Young people often think of marriage as a state....the state of matrimony. But intimate partnership isn't something you enter, like the state of Texas. It's something you create". Michael P. Nichols. Inevitable marital conflict, relational difficulties, felt disappointments must be talked about and worked through. Couples get stuck in [...]
Have you ever heard the saying “You’re either in the middle of a storm, about to go into a storm, or coming out of a storm?” Well-meaning Christians often spout this “truth” to one another in an attempt to empathize during a sister’s or brother’s time of suffering. Trying to connect to someone isolated [...]
We are created to be unique. We are all so different— from our hair to our temperament. So are marriages. Each marriage has its own unique history, strengths and weaknesses. Yet through time we have learned that some things are universally essential for people, like food, air, relationships, and purpose. It is the same for marriages.
Sometimes, sad things happen. Losing someone we love, losing a job we hoped to keep, an unexpected move, a special pet passing away, an unwanted divorce-some things are just sad. And when these things happen, it's ok to feel sad. Just like when happy things happen we feel happy, just like when exciting things happen we feel excited, feeling sad is a natural part of being a human.