Columnist Joel Stein in the December 21 issue of TIME labeled 2015 as “The Year the Adults Gave Up” in a provocative article. Is he correct in his assertion that parents en masse are giving up? Are adults really capitulating to their children’s whims and wishes? Stein’s TIME op-ed wasn’t about parenting, per se but I’d like to suggest that he’s correct in his initial observations about parenting.
The holidays are stressful for a multitude of reasons. One significant one is that it brings together people who are not used to being around each other and may have serious disagreements and simmering emotions that are festering. Holiday gatherings provide the perfect opportunity for them to surface. If pressed into an unavoidable conversation, how should you start it?
In her last blog, Alisa Grace discussed some important ways holiday traditions can benefit you and your family. In this blog post, she offers you a fun list packed full of practical, creative suggestions – gleaned from real-life families like yours - for Christmas traditions that will appeal to your family no matter what age or stage of life you’re in!
Does it ever seem like the church views singleness as a malady to be cured? For singles, do you find yourself believing that you need to be married to be truly fulfilled? How should the church view marriage and singleness, especially in light of passages like 1 Corinthians 7? In this video, Dr. Thoennes discusses this topic.
Do you have a Christmas tradition in your family? Are there certain activities that your family does that build in special meaning? Traditions, when done right, lend a certain magic, spirit, and texture to our holidays. They can add tremendous depth and meaning. They cause the day to stand out from among other days as special. Alisa Grace shares 7 ways that your family will benefit from holiday traditions.
In our closest relationships we desire to have a voice that influences each person’s life. We expect that a spouse, child, relative or co-worker will take our opinions seriously. When they are easily dismissed or ignored, conflict quickly escalates. In this blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explains how a speaker's credibility affects our communication during conflict.
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