Family Problems

Family problems are a universal phenomenon. No family that has ever existed has escaped the realities of family issues, from marital strife to parenting challenges, financial tension, or struggles throughout the extended family. The best way to face problems in families is with an attitude grounded in love, respect and honesty.

Blessings for parents of teens

Blessings for All Parents

Words of comfort for those anxious about troubled teens

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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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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Guideposts: Laura, husband Steve, son Tommy and mother Patricia make a good team.

Falling Back on Family

She was going to be laid up for six weeks with a sprained ankle. How would her family cope without her?

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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?

Guideposts: Grandparents, parents and kids all gather to smile for the camera.

Share the Care: 7 Tips for Multigenerational Living

Are you caught between the needs of an aging parent and those of your children? You're not alone. Nearly half of American adults in their 40s and 50s face similar challenges. Here are some tips for navigating a difficult situation.

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Patricia Raybon and her daughter Alana

Two Faiths, One Family

Patricia Raybon and her daughter Alana, coauthors of Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace, share how they came to reconcile their religious differences.  Interviewed by Brooke Obie.

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Nancy Sandman, with her quilt wrapped around her

Pieces of Love

Learn how her late mother’s unfinished quilt healed their troubled relationship.

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Grant (left) and his father stroll together through a sun-drenched meadow.

Recovery and Reconciliation

After a tough childhood, he vowed never to talk to his father again. And he almost didn’t.

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