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 [...]
If we look hard, and perhaps from a different perspective, we will be able to see the potential in our new situation. How it’s a chance to start fresh, to clear out the clutter, to learn, and to grow.
Imagery and idea structure are present among us as powerful governing life forces. These images and ideas are either (1) reality (example: we are beloved of God) which moves us toward Him or (2) lies/falsehood (example: God is untrustworthy and we therefore must take life into our own hands) which moves us away from God. [...]