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Understanding the Adolescent Shift

October 11, 2019

How connected are you to your child’s heart? Mike Berry, father to eight adopted kids, talks honestly about the massive influence parents have on their children. Berry explains the shift that happens to kids as they move into adolescence and parents become seemingly secondary to their child’s friends. Instead of retreating, Berry encourages parents to stay engaged and involved.

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Mike Berry, a foster dad of 23 kids over the years and father of eight adopted kids, talks about winning the heart of a child. Berry recalls the darkest season of his parenting years when his son, who suffers with fetal alcohol syndrome, was out of control and injured another child. He recalls what he felt that day and the words he spoke in anger. Seeking forgiveness, Berry tells how being willing to confess and offer grace to forgive is key in winning a child’s heart.
October 10, 2019
Linda Weber, wife of pastor Stu Weber and mother to three grown sons, talks to new moms about their important assignment. Weber encourages moms to believe what the Scriptures tell them about their role and to come alongside their children to help them process the world around them. Find out how a mother’s love impacts a child’s brain.
October 9, 2019
Mom, you have a life-giving mission. Linda Weber, an author and mother of three grown sons, shares how she sought to make her kids feel important and accepted, knowing that her actions and words would leave an eternal mark. Weber reminds moms that their influence makes a big difference both now and in the future.
October 8, 2019
"Why is he so touchy?" It's a question a lot of wives ask. Shaunti Feldhahn and Brian Goins dig into this subject and reveal that while a guy looks confident on the outside, inside he isn't sure he measures up.  Find out how influential a wife can be as her husband grows into the man God wants him to be. 
October 7, 2019
If self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, then how do we allow the Spirit to cultivate that fruit in our lives? Rob Bugh explains that when we value Jesus above all else and are faithful to the gospel, the fruit of the Spirit naturally manifests. He also discusses how this quality is especially critical in blended families.
October 4, 2019
Rob Bugh talks about the importance of self-control in blended families. Self-control is overcoming sinful passions, and is not optional for believers. Bugh tells about how a lack of self-control caused great regret in the early years of his new marriage.
October 3, 2019
Abigail Dodds teaches on the beauty of God's good design regarding gender. Women, Dodds explains, are absolutely just as fearless as men, but their physical reality naturally makes them nurturers. If women are created to bear life, then what about single women? Though singles are excluded from child-bearing, they aren't excluded from anything essential to God's kingdom. Hear how single women can be nurturers and life givers in their homes and communities.
October 2, 2019
Abigail Dodds, author of "(A)Typical Woman," says that despite the culture's depiction of women as warriors, women's bodies were made to do something very different. To understand a woman's role, you have to study how a woman is made. Men have 50% more body strength than women. Women, on the other hand, are softer, and have the capacity to bear children. Dodds explains that just because a woman is created differently than a man doesn't make her inferior. A woman's fragility, like a crystal chandelier, only increases her value.
October 1, 2019
Author Abigail Dodds, a wife and mother to five, talks about the way men and women are inherently different from one another. It's easy to generalize male and female characteristics, but we must be careful. Dodds admits she doesn't really fit the mold of a woman with a gentle and quiet spirit. The gifts of the Spirit, she reminds us—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—can be exhibited by all believers, regardless of gender.
September 30, 2019
Author Nina Roesner reflects on a wife's need to be right and to be known. Roesner admits this was a problem early in her marriage, but explains that as she went deeper in her relationship with Christ, it became less of an issue. Instead of trying to control a situation, Roesner encourages wives to walk through each situation with their husbands without criticizing.
September 27, 2019
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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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