My son had concluded that his self-worth was inextricably tied to his achievements as a basketball player. If he was a good basketball player, then he mattered. If he wasn't a good player, he didn't matter. A bad game was more than a bad game; it was a direct assault on his identity.
Get to Church on Time? Is there a more frenzied family time than Sunday mornings? Breakfast to serve, Bibles to grab, belts and shoes to find. The ensuing bedlam can cause heated exchanges and sibling conflict, squelching a calm start to a morning of worship.
Defining Prince Charming When my daughter Matti turned 10, I noticed her interest in boys was changing. She had always had friends who were boys, but now she seemed to tense up a little when they were around. I wanted to establish a positive rapport with her about relationships with boys now in hopes that she'd continue sharing her thoughts and feelings with me when she was a teen.