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How Perfectionism Damages Relationships By JeaNette Goates Smith

It’s easy to see how perfectionism harms the perfectionist. Unfortunate, however, is the fact that their perfectionism can also make others miserable.

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Your Hardest Family Question: What if my daughter marries an abuser?

As a father of three daughters, how can I know if a guy (daughter's boyfriend) is really a good person and not an abusive two-faced loser? I don't want my girls to go through heartache.

By Geoff Steurer, MS, LMFT
Your Hardest Family Question: I’m so depressed I want to give up

"I am so depressed and feel so worthless. I've recently been through a painful divorce and my friends are tired of being around me because of my depression. I don't know what to do or how to move on."

By Geoff Steurer, MS, LMFT
Your Hardest Family Question: I’m on my deathbed and my daughter won’t talk to me

My time here on earth is limited due to a terminal illness. I have written her letters, but she does not respond. She has many good redeemable qualities and I miss the good parts of her in my life. What can I do?

By Geoff Steurer, MS, LMFT
A Secret to Neutralize Contention

Have you ever been in an argument and didn’t know how to make up? Have you said things that you regret and wished you could take back? Have you been hurt by someone and didn’t know how to let go of the grudge?

By Larry Barkdull
Why Dads Aren’t Dispensable: Four Unique Things They Provide

It is central to our gospel understanding that both mother & father are indispensable in a family. Neither mom nor dad can be replaced & each brings unique & essential gifts to the rearing of a child. We need each other. How could that be more obvious?

By Maurine Proctor
6 Keys for Successful Stepfamilies

Stepfamilies (or “blended” families) are often seen as if they were similar to first-marriage families “once the dust settles.” Research and experience demonstrate, however, that the idea that the stepfamily must match the original family is flawed.

By Jonathan Decker
Your Hardest Family Question: My daughter is marrying a guy we don't like

Our daughter dated this guy for a couple of years and we had major concerns about him. They are now engaged and he will be a part of our family. How do we get involved when our daughter knows our disapproval?

By Geoff Steurer, MS, LMFT
Turning our Thoughts to Father’s Day

The men worked long hours together and my brothers were privy to a side of Dad that we sisters did not experience first hand. To our great blessing, Jack took the time to record some of these experiences.

By Janice Kapp Perry
When a Sweatshirt Isn’t the Answer

The answer to feeling better usually doesn’t lie in hanging out in sweatpants and sweatshirts and waiting for our delivery of bread to come.

By Susan Elzey