Hiding Your Private Choices
The temptation to cover up our behaviors

In the early years of teaching sexual risk avoidance education, I heard a term that really stuck with me: publicly private. Hands down the best use of an oxymoron I’d ever encountered. We encouraged young people to set boundaries, to keep their behaviors marked by the ...

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Is It Wrong to Get Plastic Surgery?
Applying God's wisdom to cosmetic surgery
Is It Wrong to Get Plastic Surgery?

If you look in the mirror long enough, you’re going to see things you don’t like. Wrinkles, a nose that’s too big, flabby skin, and a body that is a better fit for Good Housekeeping than Vogue. Maybe you don’t have to look into the mirror to notice ...

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When Your In-laws Are Too Involved
Advice on boundaries and establishing a healthy relationship
When Your In-laws Are Too Involved

“I fell in love with him, not with his family!” Jacci ranted as she described what she perceived as her controlling and manipulative mother-in-law. “She wants a say in everything we do—how many kids we have, where we vacation, and how we decorate our ...

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How to Build a Strong Blended Family
3 practical ideas for stepmoms
How to Build a Strong Blended Family

This week I had coffee with Kathi and was encouraged by her stories of being a stepmom. You can listen to our conversation here! —Juli

While “intact” families usually have a little time between the wedding night and the arrival of the first kiddo, blended ...

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How Do We Determine Right and Wrong?
Finding truth for questions around LGBT
How Do We Determine Right and Wrong?

In response to some of the posts I’ve written on issues like transgenderism and Fifty Shades of Grey, I’ve heard from women who are angry that I would present some sexual choices or lifestyles as morally wrong. Here is an example:

Who are you to say that sleeping ...
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Avoiding Sexual Junk Food
The danger of porn and erotica
Avoiding Sexual Junk Food

This week, the movie Fifty Shades of Grey comes out on video, and we are watching excitement grow around this series all over again.

As a clinical psychologist, the Fifty Shades phenomenon had my attention right away. Frankly, I thought it was a passing fad. I never dreamed ...

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Bruce Jenner and the Transgender Debate
Should we be true to ourselves?
Bruce Jenner and the Transgender Debate

Within the last several years, the sexual foundation of our thinking has undergone a major change. Basic assumptions that have been held for thousands of years are no longer accepted. “It’s a girl!” may not mean the same thing it used to mean. Maybe this ...

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