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Bug Off, an Angry Teen 48 MS5

Your phone vibrates. On the other end are your friends. You can almost feel their fear and frustration. You learn their teenage son is flipping out. The parents are perplexed because their son has always had a gentle disposition. They can rarely get him out… Continue Reading …

How Do I Honor My Older Parents? 47 MS5

Case Study How Do I Honor My Older Parents_

Mable and Biff have a beautiful relationship. They married each other seven years ago and have two kids, five and two-years-old. Mable’s mom has been pressuring her to spend more time with her during the week. Mable’s dad is passive, and the mom has always… Continue Reading …

Practice Parenting with Adoptive Kids 46 MS5

Mable comes to you for counseling. Ten years ago, she buried her second son. He was shot five times by his wife. The court trial had come and gone. Her now-former daughter-in-law received 300 hours of community service for the murder. There were many lies,… Continue Reading …

No More Fun with Biff and Mable 45 MS5

Mable blurted out, “This is not what I signed up for.” She married Biff 11 years ago and is regretting each of those years. Their marriage has never moved beyond two singles living together. Biff works and has his friends; Mable works and has her… Continue Reading …

Confession of an Imposter’s Wife 44 MS5

My husband’s lack of interest in our marriage has left me in a surreal search for self-worth through many surrogate husbands. These tack-on “husband replacements” are not working. I went to a bible study and learned what it meant to be a Christian, e.g., discipline,… Continue Reading …

The Addict and His Wife 43 MS5

Biff has made repeated promises that he will never do drugs again. Each time, he fails, and his wife is growing impatient with his half-hearted promises to change. He has been an addict for the past twenty-three years. Biff is remorseful but not repentant. He’s… Continue Reading …

The Troubled Teen 42 MS5

When I asked her why she was coming to counseling, she said her teenage daughter was in rebellion. It was my next question that surprised her. I asked her about the state of her marriage. After refocusing, she said that they dishonor one another, do… Continue Reading …

The Spear You Sharpen May Stab You in the Heart 41 MS5

Five years ago, Mable met Biff and had a whirlwind dating relationship. They were impure but rationalized what they were doing by marrying hastily. Though friends had reservations about them marrying, no one spoke into their lives because the couple kept themselves at arm’s length… Continue Reading …

What About Biff? 40 MS5

Mable has left Biff after 24 years of marriage. She cites Biff’s problems as ongoing anger issues, four episodes of physical abuse, mental manipulation, consistently demeaning her, embarrassing her in front of their five children, and his unwillingness to seek help. In addition to these… Continue Reading …

39 – No Thanks for Thanksgiving MM Course Copy Copy Copy Copy Copy

This Thanksgiving is Biff’s first without his wife and children. Mable left him this past spring, the culmination of a mediocre marriage that muddled along for seventeen years. Biff has three teenage sons, all of whom live with their mom, who blame him for the… Continue Reading …