In a culture of relationships, what happens when you find yourself not in one? In a culture that suggests your best life is complete when that other person enters the picture, how do you live as a single person? These questions are the topic of this article by Hannah Ellenwood. She suggests seven things to focus on as you walk through life when dating or marriage is not part of the picture. Read through these points. Which one resonates with you most?
You’ve taken the childbirth classes. You’ve read all the books. You’ve heard your friends’ stories and your family’s unsolicited advice. Finally, after a long nine months, you meet your bundle of joy. This is what you’ve been eagerly anticipating with an irrepressible balance of terror and joy. You’ve just become a parent.
Emotional intelligence is something that is vital to any relationship. Being able to pick up on how another person is feeling, to experience those feelings with them, and to explore where those feelings have come from can establish a deep connection with them. Often in our culture, men are not taught to experience emotion as a way of connecting with another person. However, emotional intelligence is a process by which men can increase marital intimacy. It is like having a "secret code" to their wife's heart.
Have you heard the statistic that the divorce rate in the United States is 50%? Have you also heard that number is not much different for Christian marriages? Those numbers are scary to think about, but are they accurate? Dr. Chris Grace writes this article to explain that those may not be as accurate as you might think and shares some research to support his suggestion!
As parents, there can be a mix of emotions as your children age. It is exciting to watch them learn new skills and find new passions or interests. It can also be a sad time as you watch them grow and begin to move away from home. Dr. Chris Grace outlines 5 mistakes that parents often make as their children become more independent.
When parents have children, interesting questions arise: how will you teach your children life lessons? Will they learn as you model things for them? Will you need to explain how to behave or how to listen? In this article, author Arlene Pellicane writes on this topic, to encourage parents to think about how to launch adults as opposed to babysitting children. What do you think of her approach?
Have you come across a situation in which a person has a habit of making promises to you but never following through? It can be painful to depend on those promises, only to see them never come to life. What do you do in a situation like this? How do you interact with this person, to ensure the promises do not continue to be unfulfilled?
Relationships have a powerful influence in our life especially when they are with family members, close friends, or spouse. They can be an incredible source of joy and safety, but what happens when they are not? Specifically, when a relationship begins to manipulate you to do things you do not want to do, how do you recognize it? Willa Williams, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist shares 4 signs to look for in a manipulative relationship.
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