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Four Conversations for Kids

September 28, 2018

Teen researcher David Eaton knows that smart phones are hugely popular among adolescents, but they're often misused. Eaton challenges parents to have four different conversation with their kids before giving them a cell phone. Start with the questions: "How is the smart phone very good, how is it cursed, and how can we as a family redeem it?" End with a conversation about trust. David Eaton is a contributor to Dennis and Barbara Rainey's book, "The Art of Parenting."

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Axis founder David Eaton encourages parents to talk to their kids about appropriate cell phone usage. Eaton reminds parents it's not so much about how to use the phone but why we use it. Eaton also lets parents know some non-negotiables for kids regarding cell phone use, like porn and sexting, and helps parents coach their kids on how to stay safe online. David Eaton is a contributor to Dennis and Barbara Rainey's book, "The Art of Parenting."
September 27, 2018
Reverend Milan and Kay Yerkovich tell husbands and wives how to connect to their spouses. Milan, an admitted task-oriented avoider, and Kay, an avowed vacillator, tell how they learned to understand and connect with one another to form a lasting bond. They share how their "soul word list" helped them learn to describe what they were feeling and to say the things they needed to say.
September 26, 2018
Are you emotionally connected to your spouse? Reverend Milan Yerkovich and his wife, Kay, a marriage and family therapist, explain the "what" and "how" of emotional attachment. They also explain how different people manage stress differently, and how each person's style affects a marriage. The Yerkovichs illustrate what a secure attachment looks like and tell listeners where to look to take an emotional assessment online.
September 25, 2018
Reverend Milan Yerkovich and his wife, Kay, a licensed marriage and family therapist, talk about their early years of marriage and the difficulty they had breaking out of old communication patterns. They tell how delving into their family backgrounds helped them understand the unseen forces governing how they loved each other. For the first time, they understood the source of their frustrations and why they were stuck. Kay also helps us understand emotional attachment.
September 24, 2018
How we think influences how we act. Author and blogger Sheila Wray Gregoire lays out nine thoughts that will change the way you look at your marriage, including the fact that "I'm called to be a peacemaker, not a peacekeeper." Gregorie shares what she's learned in over 20 years of marriage about conflict resolution.
September 21, 2018
Are you asking God to change your husband? Perhaps God wants to change you! Sheila Gregoire, author of "Nine Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage," reflects on her early years of marriage and the countless hours she spent praying for God to tame her husband's sex drive. Realizing that God is pro-sex, Sheila decided to change her way of thinking, and it was then that her marriage began to improve.
September 20, 2018
Author Shauna Shanks felt wave after wave of discouragement, but she refused to give up on her marriage. She shares what inspired her to give herself completely in obedience to God's Word. Shanks remembers the day when she gave her wedding ring back to her husband, and recalls with joy the day he put it back on her finger again.
September 19, 2018
Author Shauna Shanks never imagined her husband, Micah, would ask for a divorce after 10 years of marriage. But she made a decision not to give up. She also decided not to base her love on her feelings, but to love her husband based on what the Scriptures teach in 1 Corinthians 13, the "Love Chapter." Her husband resisted her at first. Then he admitted to having an affair. Shanks cried out to God. Find out how her perseverance and patience paid off.
September 18, 2018
Spring break 2003 couldn't have been better for college co-ed Shauna Shanks. That's when her boyfriend, Micah, proposed at the bottom of the Golden Gate bridge. They were blissfully unaware of future challenges. After all, they both loved Jesus and each other, so what could go wrong? Marriage happened, children arrived quickly, and work was hard to come by. As the years passed, resentment and restlessness began to set in. Shanks tells of the shock she felt when Micah asked for a divorce 10 years into the marriage.
September 17, 2018
Author Laura Taggart, a licensed marriage and family therapist, explains how the wounds and lessons of childhood carry over into our marriages. This often leads us to overreact to situations that might confuse our spouse—and even us. Once we understand our spouse's past, we can extend compassion. Taggart encourages listeners to fully embrace their identity in Christ and to start seeing themselves, and their mate, through His eyes.
September 14, 2018
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About Dave and Ann Wilson

Dave and Ann Wilson are co-hosts of FamilyLife Today©, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program.

Dave and Ann have been married for more than 40 years and have spent the last 35 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® since 1993, and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country.

Dave and Ann helped plant Kensington Community Church in Detroit, Michigan where they served together in ministry for more than three decades, wrapping up their time at Kensington in 2020.

The Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released books Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019) and No Perfect Parents (Zondervan, 2021).

Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as Chaplain for thirty-three years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active with Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small group leader, and mentor to countless women.

The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

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