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Posted 5/21/17 at 7:51 AM | George Smith

Guys Need Time With the Boys: Here’s Why

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As a married man, there is no relationship more important than the one you share with your wife. However, just because you’re married, doesn’t mean you should shun all of your other relationships. There’s something incredibly powerful about being surrounded by other Christian men.

3 Reasons to Make Room for Guy Time

It doesn’t matter if you're looking at it from a secular perspective or a biblical point of view, men need to be surrounded by other men just as much as women benefit from being in the presence of other women. There’s something intrinsically woven into our DNA that encourages us to connect and bond with members of the same sex. But what exactly are the benefits of having “guy time?”

1. God Designed You to be in Relationship

When most people look at Genesis 2:18 – in which God tells Adam that it isn’t good for him to be alone – they assume that he’s talking about marriage. And while he is including marriage in this statement, the New Testament is also clear in multiple places that marriage isn’t for everyone. FULL POST

Posted 5/13/17 at 6:20 AM | George Smith

Top 10 Family Safe Cars in 2017

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Our Lord watches over us and protects us all, but sometimes we have to do more to protect ourselves. God is omnipotent and all-powerful but even a being as so powerful cannot be everywhere at the same time. In order to protect ourselves and our families, we have to do something by ourselves. If our fate is to go to the loving bosom of our Lord before our time on this Earth ends, then so be it. But if we are to extend our stay a bit longer we should look for ways of doing so.

Car safety is a very important part of the automotive industry. Accidents are growing and sometimes unforced human errors are to blame. But luckily, there are ways of diminishing the odds of getting into an accident or even enhance your chances of surviving and protecting yourself if an accident does happen.

That is why all the major car manufacturers do their utmost best to include the best kind of protection inside their vehicles. The features are much more important for a family vehicle. Some people will choose their family car only based on the amenities it has to offer to protect your family. Family safety comes first and a suitable vehicle would mean the world if it is able to protect us and our family well. FULL POST

Posted 5/12/17 at 6:14 PM | Sunny Shell

The Hands That Rock The Cradle, Heals or Hurts The World

Parenthood.

Biblical parenthood.

There is a difference.

The well-known phrase, "The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world" is an abbreviated version of the refrain in a poem written by William Ross Wallace (1819-1881) that honors motherhood; but above what God decreed.

The second to the last stanza reads like this,

Woman, how divine your mission
 Here upon our natal sod!
 Keep, oh, keep the young heart open
 Always to the breath of God!
 All true trophies of the ages
 Are from mother-love impearled;
 For the hand that rocks the cradle
 Is the hand that rules the world.

A mother's love, acceptance, and discipline (or lack of all three) has an enormous impact on whether her children will learn between right and wrong. But she's neither the sole, nor sovereign influence on her children. How a father engages, or doesn't engage in his children's lives also plays a significant role on a child's demeanor. How a father treats his wife, teaches their children to respect or devalue women. How a father treats or speaks of those who have authority over him (father, church elder, employer, government officials, etc.) teaches children how to honor or deride their elders. How a mother speaks to or speaks about her husband, teaches their children to appreciate and respect authority, or feel entitled and dismiss them. Both the father's and mother's words as well as actions set the foundation for whether or not their children will be compelled to be lovers of self or lovers of God (Eph 6:4; Col 3:18-21). FULL POST

Posted 4/29/17 at 10:54 AM | George Smith

4 Best Places to Raise your Kids in the U.S.

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During the course of our life, we move house at certain key stages: when we leave for college, when we get married, when we have kids and especially when kids reach school age. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American moves 12 times during his lifetime. One of the reasons why Americans move so much is searching for the right place to raise children, the others being related to the job market. Even if different criteria applies depending on the size and budget of the family, we made a short list of the most balanced communities. These places are walkable, they have good schools, low crime rates and many options for children’s activities:

1. Rockville, MD
Rockville is a diverse city with good transportation and healthcare systems and a developing business environment. It has one of the lowest poverty rates from the US and the median household income is nearly double the national average. But what makes it a great choice for parents is its public school system, as five of its high schools were included in America’s Best High Schools. Rockville has an 89% graduation rate and the local school system offers many magnet, charter, and subject-specific programs. FULL POST

Posted 4/6/17 at 3:04 PM | Karen Kramer

Porn Wins Marriage Loses

“My marriage was a complete lie.” my friend wrote.

I could sense the tears that came with those words. The beautiful beginning—complete with a flowing white gown, ring bearer and flower girl, had come to this twisted ending.

She then wrote, “We were doomed from the start, because I didn’t know what he was hiding.”

The story came out in staggering sentences. It’s one thing to sit on the other side of a table, reach across to hold a hand and offer a measure of comfort. It’s totally another to read the devastation, line by line in an email.

Chalk up another one on the side of Porn Wins.

She found out about her husband’s porn use when he’d inadvertently left his favorite computer site open by mistake. Upon questioning, there was a confession, apologies, and a sincere desire to quit.

“But that was a lie too. He never quit, he just found different ways to deceive me.”

Yet, the marriage continued with grace and forgiveness. Then came his slightly accusatory statements, like, “You need to trust me.” “You’re making it a bigger deal than it is.” “You need to get over it.” FULL POST

Posted 4/6/17 at 1:03 AM | Joy Mali

10 Types of Room Partners That Reside in Every Girl’s Hostel in India

If you are open up to listen the quarrels, loud voices, chit chats, giggling’s, singing nodes, bitching talks, and tough words, then you are definitely in a place called Girl’s Hostel that has welcomed all birds from different corners of the world to live under one roof and to behave like this on every single day. Even, thinking for a while to stay in a place like this, can raise your goosebumps. But, it is also true that no Hostel or PG is complete without having them. These arrogant, selfish, caring, emotional and silly roommates in a Hostel or PG accommodation create several crazy stories while having fun with each other.

Hostel or PG is the only place which unites different type of roomies all together with an amazing bond of care and affection. Here, we have mentioned some crazy characters that can be easily discovered in every Hostel or PG accommodation in India.

1) Lazy One (Indolent Roomies): What you can expect from a lazy roomie, who even find waking up the hardest task of the day. Joining her as a room partner can often raise your BP because you are the sole person to do all things like cooking, cleaning, dishwashing and tidiness. What she can do is “order and eat”, meanwhile repeat the same. Asking them to collect fresh veggies from the market or milk and eateries from the booth can totally be a waste of time. FULL POST

Posted 3/30/17 at 5:03 AM | George Smith

5 Ways Parents Can Ensure Long Car Journeys Don't Turn Into A Disaster

How much quality time do you get to spend with your kids these days? Maybe it's only when you go to church on Sunday mornings. If your kids are young they'll likely go to bed really early. If they're older they will sit in their room playing video games all night.

It's why you need to make vacation time extra special. Lots of families go on road trips, but they don't make the journey enjoyable and everyone ends up frustrated. We're going to look at a few ways you can prevent that from happening to you.

Let Kids Help Organize Things

Do you think your kids would enjoy themselves more if they played a part in organizing things? You don't need to let them take care of everything, but if they can pick a few places you'll stop on the road trip they'll love it.

This also has an additional advantage you've maybe never thought about before. When your kids feel like they're part of the process they will learn things and grow up a lot quicker. Being forced to do everything mom says isn't always fun. FULL POST

Posted 3/29/17 at 12:43 AM | Lara Sen

Is Your Snoring Problem Becoming a Marriage Problem?

At first, a snoring partner might simply be annoying. But after years of keeping your spouse awake at night, your sleep issues become their sleep issues. And if you’re like most couples, it can become a source of contention within the marriage.

How you deal with it could impact the health of your marriage moving forward.

Snoring and Your Marriage
While it’s impossible to know the actual number, research estimates that 30 percent of people 30 and older are snorers – and that number only increases as people age. That means millions of couples all over the world are dealing with the negative physical and psychological impacts of snoring.

While the physical side effects of snoring are well-documented, not a lot of people talk about the psychological and relational impact chronic snoring has on marriages. Guy Winch, Ph.D., has spent a lot of time studying what he calls “complaining psychology” and believes snoring is one issue that exacerbates this tendency. Instead of confronting the issue head-on, most people choose to complain. FULL POST

Posted 3/28/17 at 11:59 AM | Mark John

4 Grеаt Things tо Likе Abоut the Infinitу Dresses

The infinitу dress (also called соnvеrtiblе drеѕѕ) is оnе of thе hоttеѕt drеѕѕ tуреѕ оf the season. Thеу аrе great fоr plenty оf formal оссаѕiоnѕ аnd great аѕ сосktаil dresses, еvеning drеѕѕеѕ, оr convertible bridesmaids dresses. Alѕо, thiѕ style оf drеѕѕ is great for еvеrуdау wear and реrfесt for the women that are planning оn going оut in the evening after a lоng dау аt work. Infinitу drеѕѕеѕ соmе in a widе range of соlоrѕ that are easily intеrtwinеd tо create the desired lооk to mаtсh the specific event or оссаѕiоn.It also comes in different sizes.There are various Plus size infinity dresses for plus size women. Hеrе are fоur оf thе thingѕ tо love аbоut this ѕtуlе of drеѕѕ:

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Onе of thе mоѕt рорulаr uѕеѕ fоr thiѕ ѕtуlе оf оutfit iѕ the versatile options thаt соmе with thе bridеѕmаid соnvеrtiblе drеѕѕеѕ. This style оf drеѕѕ mаkеѕ it possible for еасh оf thе bridеѕmаidѕ tо hаvе thе еxасt same соlоr оf drеѕѕ, but it iѕ роѕѕiblе to easily сrеаtе the mоѕt uniԛuе look bу ѕtуling in diffеrеnt wауѕ. Pluѕ, thiѕ has thе рrасtiсаl benefit оf сuѕtоmizing the drеѕѕ to fully соmрlеmеnt thе diffеrеnt size аnd ѕhаре of bridеѕmаid.

Different ѕtуlе skirts
Thе infinitу drеѕѕ is available in plenty оf ѕtуlеѕ, with floor lеngth, tеа length, high-lоw, ruffled аnd ѕtrаight рорulаr choices. Thе саѕсаdе drеѕѕ is dеѕignеd with a high frоnt hemline with a lоwеr hemline at the rеаr. Many of these dresses givе the орtiоn to dесidе оn thе front lеngth, so it саn bе аѕ rеvеаling аѕ уоu likе. Additionally, the drеѕѕ саn inсludе еxtrаѕ ѕuсh аѕ thе bandeau whiсh forms раrt оf thе drеѕѕ аnd helps tо givе lаdiеѕ extra support under thе infinity dress. FULL POST

Posted 3/24/17 at 2:37 PM | Robert Hoffman

How to Deal with a Divorce

Going through a divorce is difficult for everyone involved, not just the adults who have decided to separate. This is especially true of the children, who sometimes may not understand the complexities of the situation. To help ease the burden on everyone, it's crucial for the parties divorcing to learn how to properly handle the situation.

While there may not be a guidebook for how to navigate the process, the tips below may be able to help. They're useful for anyone who wants to help themselves and their family members get through a divorce in the healthiest manner possible.

Healthy Tips for Dealing with Divorce

1. Create a Support System

If you don't allow yourself to express your feelings, they're likely to bottle up before eventually causing a major problem in the divorce proceedings. To ensure you can talk through what you're thinking and feeling, create a support system with individuals who are willing to listen to you. These individuals should be supportive but should not cause you even more stress by triggering your anger or aggression. If friends or family are too emotionally involved, then consider seeing a counselor who will offer an unbiased perspective. FULL POST

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