Dear Barbara: What About Giving Our Kids Christmas Gifts?

By Barbara Rainey | December 4, 2017 | 53 Comments

Dear Barbara, How should we handle giving gifts to our children? I want them to have some presents they want, but I don’t want to overindulge them. Are gifts appropriate? I feel pressure to forego gifts altogether and spend Christmas morning serving at the soup kitchen instead. I equally feel the pressure to buy them […]

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Dear Barbara: Where is God When Our Marriage Fails?

By Barbara Rainey | August 21, 2017 | 31 Comments

Dear Barbara: Where is God when our marriage fails? We tried everything. Is every marriage meant to be saved? This question was among the comments I received on my recent post, “If Their Marriage Couldn’t Survive, What About Mine?” I knew when I wrote it that I didn’t have space to fully explain every point […]

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Dear Barbara: What If I Don’t Even Like My Kids?

By Barbara Rainey | July 17, 2017 | 9 Comments

Dear Barbara: I’m almost scared to say it out loud, but lately there are days when I don’t even like my kids. Am I a total mom failure? What do you do when you don’t like your kids? You too, huh? There were many days in motherhood where I was scared to say that out loud. […]

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Dear Barbara: How Many Kids Should We Have?

By Barbara Rainey | May 15, 2017 | 21 Comments

Dear Barbara: I know being a mom is a high calling. Sometimes I wonder how high I want to be called. I feel exhausted with little ones tugging at my legs all day and my husband is asking for more. So how many kids should we have? Oh, tired mom. I remember those days filled […]

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When Sex Is at the Bottom of Your List

By Barbara Rainey | February 9, 2017 | 3 Comments

Mom, This is a little embarrassing. Okay, a lot embarrassing. But please tell me that sex is more than I think it is. It’s fine. Don’t get me wrong. But the initial passion has pretty much cooled off, we have all the kids we want, and honestly, sex seems like the last thing on my […]

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