All posts in Family

Q&A: How Do I Maintain Boundaries with Someone Who Has Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

Guest Post: Tips for a Healthy and Balanced School Year

This week I’m pleased to present a guest post from my number-one favorite person in the world: my husband, Trevor. I think you’ll like him too (most people do). But he’s not only a great guy; he’s also someone who has dedicated nearly 25 years to serving adolescents and their families in various ways, whether […]

Guest Post: Finding Home

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Helen Cottee, a fellow coach and leader whose post I suspect will resonate with many of you. You can read about her work at the end of this post. In the meantime, enjoy this piece of her story and the encouragement she has for you.   February […]

Q&A: How Do I Get My Loved One to Accept Help?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

Q & A: How Do You Have Hope and Perspective When a Loved One Has Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

10 Less-Obvious Things I Wish I Didn’t Have to Discuss with My Kids

I’m sure all parents, along with the rest of the adult population, would agree with me that life contains plenty of elements we wish we didn’t have to talk about with the young people in our lives. Beyond the topics that simply feel uncomfortable, there are so many things we wish didn’t exist at all. So to have to […]

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 2

…This post is continued from last week. Click to read Part 1. Emerging into Light Eventually I met and married a good man who has a gift for granting safety to others. I trusted him enough to make him part of my family and to start a family with him despite my greatest fear: that […]

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 1

My family never had much, and excess was not in my parents’ lexicon. Dad was a pastor, serving small rural congregations, and Mom stayed at home. We were poor, but we didn’t feel it much, surrounded by farmers who lived simply and at the whim of the rains we asked for at the Wednesday night […]

When New Moms Can’t Stop Worrying

The night I brought my firstborn home from the hospital, I broke down and cried. In the hospital, I had been giddy with happiness. At home, I felt panicked. I realized that for all my preparation, I had no idea how to care for a baby. This wonderful, vulnerable person I had fallen so deeply […]

10 Interesting Things about Being a Parent of Teenagers

They say parenting teenagers is not for the weak. And they’re right. But I say neither is parenting 3-year-olds. And after recently spending 2 1/2 weeks driving 4,000 miles and camping every night with my husband and kids, I’m awfully glad my kids can dress themselves with ease, entertain themselves for 10 hours in the […]

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