Stepdads: Don’t Compete With the Child’s Father

Orville is about to become a stepfather, and he wrote to me with a question: the 8-year-old son of his fiancée minds his father very well, but wreaks havoc at home. “What should I do?” Orville writes. These situations are always more complicated than I can...

The Best Gift for Your Child: Romance for Your Wife

You love your children; you deeply desire to see them grow up healthy and happy. But what is the most important thing you can give your children to help them grow up feeling loved, nurtured, self-confident and at peace? There are many good answers here, such as...

What Children Gain When You Love Their Mother

“Who has helped you the most in your fathering?” We asked that very question to thousands of men as part of our research. Some answered, “My father” or “My pastor.” Several mentioned Dr. James Dobson. But the most popular answer by...

Prepare To Fight Fair

The Williams family was at it again. Mom accused Dad of being rude to her that morning, and Dad denied it. His memory, he claimed, was much more accurate than hers. Mom said he was crazy—if he couldn’t even remember to put up the toilet seat, how could he claim...

Great Dates (even for busy parents)

Remember your dating days—those long walks, romantic dinners, and intimate conversations that were the milestones of falling in love? Those moments full of emotion and closeness became the foundation for your marriage relationship. However, for most, dating abruptly...