December 2010 Entries
"I can't believe we owe this much money on our credit cards from the holidays! What happened? This debt will take months to pay off and has put us in serious financially trouble." "I'm sorry. I guess I spent a little too much. I didn't mean to put us in debt." This dialogue between a husband and wife is being heard in possibly 15 million households all across America. Compulsive spenders feel as if they are unable to resist buying...
As I rejoice in the reason for this season, my heart is heavy. Mom is in hospice, nearing the end of her almost 85 years of life. She knows the Lord and is not afraid to die. But is it ever easy to say goodbye to a parent?
My blog on violent video games stirred quite a few people to comment. I wanted to follow up on that blog and give references this time. Initially, I wrote the blog for parents to think more about the type of games their children play. My intention was to address violent games specifically, not games in general. So let me reference a few findings since video games are a hot ticket for Christmas giving.
Jennifer wonders if it possible to satisfy everyone’s expectations for the holidays? She and her husband Sam both have divorced parents. This means four sets of parents want to see their grandkids for Christmas. And to complicate things, they all don’t get along or live near each other. Last year, Jennifer tried splitting Christmas Day between one set of divorced parents. Christmas Eve went to the other set of parents.
At 42, Tara is married but bored. She regularly engages in online dating as a way to escape her mundane life. In the past year, she has dated 20 men. She secretly meets them a few times a week and enjoys the time they spend together. Lacking physical affection in her marriage, she turned to the Internet when her husband refused marriage counseling.