Q&A: Trying to surprise my spouse

Like a lot of guys, I’ve tried to surprise my wife only to have my best efforts crash and burn. I have an aversion to failure, so I’ve about decided to stop trying. Any advice before I throw in the towel?

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Q&A: Helping my teen lose weight

Do you have any advice for a parent of a pre-teen child who’s extremely overweight? I want to help him lose weight while he’s young before it becomes a serious problem later in life.

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Q&A: Keeping track of the music they listen to

It seems a lot harder to keep tabs on what my children are listening to than when my parents were raising me. Back then our music came from limited sources, and the medium was visible and in plain sight. But children today can download and store thousands of songs for free on devices the size of a postage stamp. Any solutions?

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Q&A: Initiating lovemaking with my spouse

Is it appropriate for wives to initiate sex and to take the lead on occasion when it comes to lovemaking? My husband and I enjoy a fulfilling and satisfying sex life, but that’s one thing I’ve wondered about. I guess I’ve always felt that should be the man’s place. There are times when I desire physical intimacy, but I have doubts about whether it’s right for me to get things started. Do you think this is okay?

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Q&A: Getting along with in-laws

My spouse doesn’t get along with my parents and siblings. This has led to serious conflict in our marriage. My mum and dad have always enjoyed hosting big family get-togethers, especially during the holidays, but things have gotten so bad that my spouse is no longer willing to participate in these gatherings. I’m tired of dealing with the tension. Can you suggest a solution?

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Q&A: Teaching discernment or making it a rule

How do we establish workable media standards for our teenagers? I understand the importance of teaching thoughtful discernment, but sometimes I feel the need for more solid guidelines in order to gauge the merits of movies, television programs, and music. Can you suggest anything?

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