Young Adults

Don’t Freak Out: How to Respond Wisely to Your Teen and Young Adult’s Choices and Opinions

Dear Dr. Degler, What is up with my 18-year-old child? She’s a good kid overall but she is making choices that upset me, like saying she isn’t sure if the…

Launching Our Children Like Arrows

This past fall a photo stream of parents dropping their kids off at college filled my social media newsfeeds. Proud, teary eyed parents, beaming teenagers, decked out dorm rooms, and…

Holidays with Parents and In-laws: Let It Be Good

You’re into preparation mode-shopping, cooking, invitations, fundraisers, junk mail, Christmas cards, special parties. And this is above and beyond the regular stuff on your plate–sports teams, concerts, work deadlines, homework…

Six Helpful Mother-in-Law Ideas

We have all probably heard the old adage, “A daughter is a daughter for life. But a son’s a son ’til he takes a wife.” As the mother of boys,…

Stepmom Living: The Things I Have Learned

I had two stepmoms in my lifetime. One when I was fourteen, and the second when I was thirty. That means I should have known what it was like to…

I Met Hazel for Coffee

The other day I met Hazel for coffee. The youngest, most adorable coffee date I have ever had! We met at the local coffee shop. Her mom and I spent…

When a Mother’s Love Is Not Enough: 11 Things We Can Do to Help Our Children Through Trials

As I made my way up and down the aisles in the grocery story, my thoughts were at home with my child who was hurting. As I passed the candy…

Stepfamily Suggestions for Weddings, Graduations and Proms, Oh My!

There’s nothing like a wedding, graduation, prom, or special occasion to get the tension taut in a stepfamily. That’s because dreams, family traditions, and high expectations are tied to these…

The Value of a Servant Heart

Growing up in a family with 10 children, there were always chores to be done. No one was exempt from helping with chores and there were many to go around….

How To Prepare For A Great Empty Nest Marriage

Picture this: your kids have moved out, and it’s just you and your husband living at home. Do you feel a mixture of excitement and sadness anticipating your final baby…

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