Dear Barbara, how do I not resent my husband?

By Barbara Rainey | May 13, 2019 | 9 Comments

Dear Barbara, Your words were wonderful to read tonight as I just got into a fight with my husband because I feel he does not appreciate all that I do and gives no help at all with our daughter, while I am expecting a second child. After reading your post, I just realized that I […]

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Dear Barbara, What about Santa?

By Barbara Rainey | December 3, 2018 | 26 Comments

Dear Barbara, How should our family handle the popular tradition of Santa? I know Christmas is about Jesus, so is it wrong to talk about Santa too? Like many of you, Dennis and I kept our favorite childhood holiday traditions alive as we began growing our new little family: Santa, cookie recipes, all white lights […]

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5 Ways to Believe the Best About Your Husband When You Feel Like He’s Failing

By Barbara Rainey | October 29, 2018 | 18 Comments

Dear Barbara, How do I still respect my husband when I feel like his lack of faith negatively affected the plans God has for our family? Don’t get me wrong; my husband is a strong believer. And there’s not a big sin issue.  I just feel like he isn’t believing and relying on God in […]

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What if we fight all the time?

By Barbara Rainey | October 1, 2018 | 10 Comments

Dear Barbara — “What if we fight all the time? It seems like that’s all we ever do anymore: nitpick about everything, look for the worst in each other, and are ready to duke it out daily. What can we do?” First, let me assure you: you’re not alone! Earlier this month on September 2, […]

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Dear Barbara, how do I decide which new friends my child can play with?

By Barbara Rainey | July 23, 2018 | 3 Comments

Dear Barbara, We recently met a family at our library who has since that day been asking our son to come play. I don’t feel comfortable with my children spending a lot of time with a family I barely know, so I invited the family to a 4th of July party we were going to. […]

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