Belonging Is About More Than Biology
As an adoptee and adoptive mom, God is teaching me about his welcoming love.
excerpt | Family. Belonging Is About More Than Biology. While the dynamic is similar, adoptive reciprocity burrows deeper, pushing toward family formation.
When Your Spouse Is Mentally Ill
My husband’s schizoaffective disorder devastated our family. Here’s what I’ve learned in the years since he was first diagnosed.
My husband's schizoaffective disorder devastated our family. Here's what I've learned in the years since he was first diagnosed. Opinion | Family. When Your Spouse Is Mentally Ill.
5 Things You Should Know Before You Send Your Kid to College
A college administrator offers counsel on coming of age and higher ed.
In the process of being let go of by her family, Marie found herself being picked up by a new community that helped her heal from an abusive relationship and gave her the courage to
13 Books to Read with Your Kids This Summer
What books would I take to a desert island—if my children came with me?
Opinion | Family. 13 Books to Read with Your Kids This Summer. Like any good librarian, she fosters a love of literacy that Tomás then shares with his own family.
How Discipleship Is Transforming Nairobi, One Woman at a Time
Women in urban East Africa face challenges that are both unique and universal.
She hid behind her sunny smile and didn't share anything about her family or holiday plans. As I listened to her story, I felt prompted to ask her to join our family for the holidays.
What the Single in Your Pew Needs from You
Singles are on the rise. Here’s what forward-looking churches need to know.
years. What emerges is a portrait of an evangelical church that is still firmly family-centered even while the demographics within it have shifted. Single
The Turquoise Table Movement Wants You
Kristin Schell invites believers to trade entertaining for simple front-yard hospitality.
interview | Family. But within about 48 hours of arriving in France, I remember being with our host family and having dinner and feeling completely captivated.
The Three Myths of Cohabitation
Sociologist Bradford Wilcox reports the surprising results of his new international study on cohabitation and its impact on kids.
interview | Family. The Three Myths of Cohabitation. Sociologist Bradford Wilcox reports the surprising results of his new international study on cohabitation and its impact on kids.
How to Binge Watch Like a Believer
The acclaimed cultural critic Andy Crouch says parents, not kids, are the key to a tech-wise family.
The acclaimed cultural critic Andy Crouch says parents, not kids, are the key to a tech-wise family. interview | Family. How to Binge Watch Like a Believer.
Who’s the Most Excited About Brio? Probably Moms
We grew up on glossies. Our daughters want a different medium.
Opinion | Family. Who's the Most Excited About Brio? Probably Moms. We grew up on glossies. Our daughters want a different medium. Image: Focus on the Family.
The Pay Gap Is Worse for Pastor-Moms
How being married with kids complicates church compensation.
One of the criticisms she heard lobbied against her (from congregants who ultimately left the church) was based on her family status: She's a mom of young children and therefore
The Crown: Balancing Family and Calling Is a Royal Pain
The Netflix series focuses on the pressure around the monarch's marriage.
The Crown: Balancing Family and Calling Is a Royal Pain. Within her family, ascending the throne is often referred to as a death—both for Elizabeth and her father before her.
Cohousing: The New American Family
How alternative forms of living are changing communities, challenging the church, and keeping millennials in the fold.
Cohousing: The New American Family. Like this DC family, growing numbers of people are finding creative ways to live together and forge new kinds of community.
Sibling Rivalry: From Childhood to the Church
Will they—or will we—ever stop fighting?
Opinion | Family. Psychology offers us myriad explanations for sibling behavior—everything from birth order to the need to differentiate oneself from the other members of the family.
Give Your Kids the Gift of Absence
Time and attention are not the only ways to bless our children.
Opinion | Family. The childcare we had in place fell apart at the last minute when my extended family came down with the flu, so I texted a babysitter to see if she could help.
This Christmas, Remember the Refugees
The Nativity scene would be empty without Jews, Arabs, Africans, and displaced people. Here's what that means for your holiday.
email; print. In October, I visited a Syrian refugee family who was recently resettled through World Relief. I went with friends and looked forward to getting
The Unique FOMO of Motherhood
Living in the tension between my dreams and my family’s needs.
Opinion | Family. The Unique FOMO of Motherhood. Living in the tension between my dreams and my family's needs. Marlena Graves. Image