“How was school?”  (Shrug.) “Fine.”  “What did you do?”  (Shrug.) “Nothing.”  “Anything fun happen today?” (Side eye. Sigh. And…Shrug.)  If this sounds familiar, join the club! Not only do I have two teenagers, but I’ve interviewed and surveyed about 3,000 of them for For Parents Only and other books, and discovered that the condition homo teenagesapiens silenticus (otherwise known as “being a teenager who is uninformatively silent”) affects many members of the adolescent species. Often, when we most want them to share! But… Read more

So ladies, imagine one morning during the holidays, your old refrigerator suddenly seems about to give up the ghost. Images of all that spoiled food start dancing in your head, and you find a one-day-only flash sale for a fridge at a fantastic price . . . but your husband says he needs to think about it.   What goes through your mind? If you’re like many women, you’re not only frustrated (or furious) that by being indecisive, he’s risking… Read more

Nate and Kathryn are working to improve their marriage, but Nate has a pet peeve that he can’t seem to let go of. Although Kathryn is a wonderful woman and a great mother, it drives him crazy how negative she’s become. She’s critical about the most insignificant things. If it’s not the laundry, he didn’t pick the right pajamas for the kids or he bought the wrong brand of cereal. It really bothers him, but he knows that jumping all… Read more

Even after years of being a social researcher and learning what is in the hearts and minds of men and boys, I just wasn’t ready when my pre-teen son began struggling with the same visual temptations as adult males. But why would he not? He is genetically programmed to be male. But just because he struggles with these temptations doesn’t mean he has to be at the mercy of those temptations. There are ways we as parents can help and… Read more

I know this might seem like it should be a Mother’s Day article… but I’m going to give a shout out to all the wonderful Fathers out there. Dads, you so often are not recognized as the strong, caring, protective, loving presences that you are. I’ve interviewed so many thousands of you over the years and heard the heart behind the protectiveness. The deep desire to provide for your family.  The tears that surprise you when you think of how your little… Read more

At a recent marriage conference, a man sidled up to me and began talking while keeping an eye on his wife nearby, clearly trying to ask a question before she noticed. “So,” he said in a low voice, “I say ‘I love you’ a lot. But it seems to sort of bounce off. It’s like she discounts whether that’s really true because it’s such a common phrase. Is there something I can say to her that won’t just be background noise, so… Read more

First of all—I’ve got great news! My newest book, Find Rest: A Women’s Devotional For Lasting Peace in a Busy Life, is back in stock on Amazon! We had such a good response that it went temporarily out of stock until we could get another shipment in. (Click here if you would like to order your copy of Find Rest—don’t forget that they make beautiful and meaningful Mother’s Day gifts!) And thank you to those who have already purchased one… Read more

When your husband walks through the door at the end of the day, is he more like Prince Charming from Cinderella or Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? If your answer is “definitely Grumpy!” you’re not alone. Most married couples spend busy days apart, no matter what their jobs are and whether they work inside or outside the home. And for you—like many wives— the reunion at the end of the day can be rough. You try talking… Read more

I am excited to announce that my new devo Find Rest is BACK IN STOCK! We were so thrilled to discover such a HUGE demand for this devotional during the pre-sales period, before it was officially released. And then less thrilled to discover that the huge demand meant we were going to “sell out” of the available copies before it even went on sale… and that the rest of the copies were trapped on a slow boat from China. (Literally!) So please accept… Read more

After speaking at some awesome women’s events recently (shout out to the ASPIRE women’s conference tour!), I was going through security at a Florida airport when I saw a real-life example of a truth about men. There were two grade-school children, a pretty wife with a frown, and a discouraged husband in the security line after a family spring-break vacation. I could tell that for the husband… it hadn’t been much of a vacation. And I would also bet that… Read more

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