Christmas is brilliant! But it can be hard work. Here are my top five tips for surviving Christmas! Don’t get sucked in by the adverts We all love a John Lewis or M&S advert, and although we like to think we are immune to their hard-hitting subliminal messages, we’re not. Get that thought ‘But […]
How to have a jolly holiday
A friend asked me a couple of weeks ago ‘What’s your ideal holiday with the family?’ My response was to laugh because in my head, those two phrases ‘ideal holiday’ and ‘family’ don’t go that well together. When I think ‘holiday’ I think sun, pool, a gripping book and good food. When I think family […]
Why my husband went skiing for 10 days and left me at home with four kids
So, I’ve been involved with Familylife for two and half years. Over that time I have learnt something really important about how my husband and I communicate. I am verbal processor. Sometimes I have barely thought something before it’s out of my mouth. I regularly think and speak so quickly that I interrupt myself mid-sentence […]
Does January really need to be ‘Divorce month’?
Global ripples #FamilyLife40
Family life is serious in Nigeria because violence within marriage is widespread. Stepping up to the challenge Ademola and Ajoke and their team are bringing hope and help, working in two cities. In the Philippines Albert and Marife are seeing whole mountain tribes being helped using the HomeBuilder resource. In Kenya the FamilyLife team work […]
Christmas – holding the holiness
‘No!’ the kids protested. ‘Not the oysters-for-breakfast book again!’ It was Christmas eve. Our family tradition insisted that this O Holy Night was for Jesus – a time to sing about his birth and read the familiar story and pray. For years we’d used selections from Our Christmas Story by Mrs. Billy Graham, which lays […]
Dear God, why can’t I be a mother?
Sally shares her story of struggling to conceive, the longings, questions and emotions she and husband, Graham, experienced. She explains how she wrestled with God but how ultimately her Christian faith helped her to find unexpected ‘blessings’ in their married life. Graham and I met twenty seven years ago when we were in our early […]
Fifty Shades of… what?
Are you drawn in, repelled by or intrigued by the hype surrounding the release of the film version of best-selling book: Fifty Shades of Grey? I’ve been reading lots of commentary recently and I don’t like the finger wagging brigade. There is something inside me that wants to do the opposite when someone says: “don’t […]
How you can help care for single parent families
This article accompanies Tish’s story of becoming a single parent. Before looking at the ‘how to’ care for a single parent family it’s very important to consider how it might feel to be a single mum or dad. You can read Tish’s story HERE. It’s worth acknowledging that some people find divorce difficult, but remember that […]