The fact that money is a major stressor in marriage is not news. The way we spend and save can be a black or white issue for many of us.
Focus on the Family
We all know life can get busy, but it’s so important to take the time to pursue your spouse and find ways to make them feel special.
Being in love is an enchanting experience, but it may cloud your judgement. When you’re in a state of infatuation, you tend to become self-centered, blocking out obvious red flags.
Too often we put our spouses on defense simply by how we say something. This primes the pump for conflict that doesn’t need to happen.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the value of family, and in particular the role of dads, as Father’s Day approaches. What are your strengths as a parent? Are there some areas you could grow in? How do you begin your journey of becoming the parent God has called you to be?
Many Christian parents have seen their children, who were raised to follow the Lord, give up their faith when they were in their teens or twenties. This is a big problem that both parents and the church have to deal with.
An attitude of gratitude is something we all need to have and be able to teach our children. We know that being thankful has physiological benefits, but it’s also good for our mental health and happiness. It is especially important for those of us with faith to practice gratefulness.
If you find that the majority of your arguments stem from money problems, it’s time to take a stand and commit to resolving the issues before they destroy your marriage.
Some people choose not to deal with an issue to avoid conflict. It then becomes the elephant in the room and over time resentment and bitterness set in.
The end of cheap money is a game changer. Preparing for difficult times and having a plan of action will be of immense benefit to staying united through a financial crisis.
We are facing some significant challenges as a nation and some families are doing it harder than others. Interest rates are climbing, and the cost of living pressures are taking their toll, not just on our bank balances, but also on our relationships and marriages.
When you consider the expense of raising children, paying off a mortgage and all the other pressures young adults face, it is little wonder they get to middle age and find their superannuation funds lacking.
Money can make our lives easier and provide more choices for a better life. When it comes to marriage, money can either bring couples closer together or tear them apart. Discover how the principle of giving, saving, spending can bring blessings.
Giving, according to your ability, is considered an important aspect of Christian life, with many believers seeing it as a way to honour God and contribute to the work of the church or religious organisations.
This February, Vision Christian Media invites couples to join our livestream of Focus on the Family’s Marriage and Money tour!
Are you a parent, grandparent or carer in need of support and encouragement? Then you should check out Mainly Music!
Stress is a common and normal physical reaction to things that are challenging or new. It has both mental and physical aspects, and is something that we all have to deal with.
It’s a tough question, but what should we do when our kids reject our faith? Often what they really want is to explore life on their own terms. But it can be challenging to know how to respond, especially when we see them making choices we don’t agree with.
Does what we watch influence our behavior? Does it change how we interact with the world, and more importantly, how our children interact with it? Kids can be so easily influenced and pick up on things, even if they don’t always understand the meaning and complexity behind it.
Did you know that as many as one in five Australians are affected by mental illness every year? This is a problem that we cannot afford to ignore. The impacts are being felt across our communities, both on the health system and the justice system.
We all want to be approachable as parents, but it may be difficult to maintain composure when our kids come home to tell us they have their first boyfriend or girlfriend.
When it comes to our kids, mobile phones can be both a great blessing and a bit of a curse. Schools are just beginning to outlaw them, but not everyone agrees with the decision.
Going on holidays with family can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. One of the best things you can do is plan ahead.
How can we teach our children to be responsible? It’s never too early for them to start and we should be wary of doing things for them that they can accomplish for themselves.
How do we develop a sense of adventure in our kids? For some of us it comes quite naturally, but for others it can be more of a struggle.