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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Dear Barbara, How do I convince my husband to change?

By Barbara Rainey | July 16, 2018 | 16 Comments

Dear Barbara, How do I convince my husband to change? There are certain areas we’ve been fighting about for years now. And I really am right. How can I get him to see it?  The moment I married Dennis I knew I was in for an adventure. He wasn’t just different in his interests. His […]

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Dear Barbara, It’s so hard for me to leave my children!

By Barbara Rainey | February 26, 2018 | 7 Comments

  One of my favorite quotes about moms explains the reason for your it’s-so-hard-to-leave-them fear, worry, and anxiety. Author Jean Fleming wrote, “Every child is a piece of a mother’s heart walking around outside her body.”* Babies and little ones so recently severed from your body are especially hard to leave. Their existence literally depends […]

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Mommy, why does racism exist?

By Barbara Rainey | January 15, 2018 | 11 Comments

Mommy, why does racism exist?  What a huge question from an inquisitive eight-year-old girl. What a huge question for a loving mother, my friend, to answer that day on the drive home from school. Why does racism exist? And how, as believers, should we respond while helping our children understand? What’s a mom to say […]

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