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Linda Mintle, Ph.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist, author of 16 books, a national expert on family issues and the psychology of food and weight. She's an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School, a national speaker, writer, and news contributor.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Free-Range Parenting: Good Idea or Wrong Approach?

Is a hands-off style of raising kids in order to promote autonomy and independence the best way to go? Family therapist Dr. Linda Mintle answers that question in her explanation of the pros and cons of free-range parenting.

posted @ Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:05 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Lesson in Holding a Grudge

It isn’t biblical and taking revenge doesn’t end well. Consider the story of John the Baptist in Mark 6 of the Bible.

posted @ Friday, April 24, 2015 11:03 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Five Ways to Rebuild Trust in a Relationship

Trust is such an important part of any relationship. When it is broken, repair must be made for the relationship to continue to grow. In order to rebuild trust, consider the following.

posted @ Friday, March 27, 2015 5:35 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What Does it Take to Resist Pre-Marital Sex?

There is a wide disconnect between what we believe and what we actually do when it comes to pre-marital sex. Why is this and how can live what we believe?

posted @ Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:51 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, March 13, 2015

"We Need to Talk!": Dealing With Conflict

How do you respond to these four words? Do you embrace the idea or run for the hills?

posted @ Friday, March 13, 2015 10:27 AM | Feedback (0)

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Surprising Appeal of "Fifty Shades of Grey"

If you haven’t heard of the erotic romance novel turned into a movie, you’ve not listened or watched much news lately or been in conversation with those around you. The media hype for this movie has been over the top. I heard a CNN reporter talk about the movie Fifty Shades of Grey like she was promoting a Disney family movie. The reporter was giddy with approval (not sure how that was journalism)...

posted @ Monday, February 23, 2015 4:47 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, February 13, 2015

In a Rut? Pump Up the Romance This Valentine’s Day

If you plan on going to dinner, buying flowers and candy to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, think again. Doing the same thing over and over, year after year, doesn’t bode well for sustaining love. This year, do something new. Why? Because new experiences stimulate a part of the brain that brings feelings of romance. The key here is to add novelty to your relationship.

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 3:46 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, February 06, 2015

Driving While “Cell Phone Drunk”

I now live in a fairly small town and have noticed how many people drive and talk on their cell phones. The other day the van in front of me was swerving, slowing down and speeding up. I tried to pass, but the driver kept changing his speed so I couldn’t get by him. Finally, with a break in traffic I was able to pass. When I did, I saw a man who looked to be in his 50s, texting on his phone! His eyes didn’t look up once as he appeared to be having some type of conversation.

posted @ Friday, February 06, 2015 9:29 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, January 23, 2015

A New Dad in the Family

A mother, frustrated with her efforts to make her new family blend, writes this: "My 10-old-daughter refuses to talk to her new stepdad at meals and will not listen to him when he gives her directions. This is causing tension in our house. I have been divorced for three years and my daughter sees her father every weekend. She has made it clear that she doesn’t want my new husband around."

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 9:30 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, December 05, 2014

Responding to Betrayal in Families

Forgive and love generously. Hard to do in the natural, right? Remember, as you choose to forgive, bless and do good, this does not mean you condone negative behavior, are minimizing hurt or denying problems. It means you have decided to follow the words of Christ and do what does not come naturally to most of us. Our model is Christ. He was despised, rejected, and abused. Yet, he had compassion and loved the unlovely. What a challenge!

posted @ Friday, December 05, 2014 5:22 PM | Feedback (0)