Family Problems

Talking to a teen

Communicating with Kids in 5 Words or Less

As Jesus showed us in the Temple, getting results doesn’t require a lecture first.

A happy family around the dinner table during the holiday season.

8 Ways to Deal with Difficult Relationships

If you're worried about seeing a friend or relative this holiday season, follow these tips to reduce stress and help ease the tension.

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Alikay Wood and her father during their sojourn in Iceland

Iceland: Would a Father-Daughter Trip Change Their Relationship?

On a whim, Guideposts editor Alikay Wood asked her father if he'd like to travel with her to Iceland. She never thought he'd say yes, but he did, and their shared adventure taught her a valuable lesson about love.

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Actress Ruth Warrick

Guideposts Classics: Ruth Warrick on the Blessings of Family Bonds

In this story from July 1998, actress Ruth Warrick, best known for portraying Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on All My Children, shares a lesson on keeping peace in the family.

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Blessings for parents of teens

Blessings for All Parents

Words of comfort for those anxious about troubled teens

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Andrea Freidenthaler with grandson Devon

She Learned to Let Go and Let God Help Her Addicted Grandson

Both her adult son and his son, whom she adopted, struggled with substance abuse. Was her approach to parenting in some way enabling?

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Treating yourself with compassion during Lent

Giving Up Self-Criticism for Lent

Learning to see yourself through God's eyes–as loving, worthy and deserving of compassion

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How to persuade family members to help out at home

How to Communicate When Cranky

A mom discovers a better way to get her family to help out more at home.

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Searching for gratitude

Searching for Gratitude

When coming from a place of fear, finding just one blessing changes everything.

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How military families can fight stress during holidays

6 Healthy Swaps for Military Stress

When a loved one serves in the military, it’s a perfect time to learn some new behaviors to deal with life.

Jean (center, in black) and her whole family volunteer at the community Thanksgiving buffet.

This Family Gives Thanks by Giving Back

A newly divorced mom and her kids, struggling with the disruption in their lives, find healing and hope by serving others at a community Thanksgiving dinner.

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Three generations of a family smile as they stand arm in arm

How to Talk with Your Family

Follow these tips to encourage communication across generations and prepare for the difficult conversations.

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From Day One, Nadja welcomed me with open arms, Mary says.

Could She Share a Home with Her Mother-in-Law?

She had four kids and a husband. How could she also manage her sweet but intrusive mother-in-law?

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A family of three generations resides together

Strong Families: 5 Tips for Multigenerational Living

Three generations living under one roof is an arrangement that presents challenges. Here are some tips to help you navigate what can be a touchy situation.

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