Parenting & relationships

Help - we’ve got problems!

September 27, 2010 | Nicky LockOne of the questions I often field from friends and acquaintances is 'can you recommend someone to see for counselling?' often followed up by 'are they Christian?'

Mental bullying and the verbally-abusive relationship

August 15, 2010 | Nicky LockWatching the ABC's Criminal Justice program last night reminded me of some of my clients...

The blame game began in the Garden of Eden

August 2, 2010 | Nicky LockNicky Lock explores the reasons why we blame each other, and how we can change.

How to weather life’s storms in marriage

July 18, 2010 | Nicky LockI was talking with a young married mother this weekend about what would have been helpful for her to know about before she got married...

Girls on film

July 15, 2010 | Judy AdamsonNew-release films, pop stars and the ongoing impact they have on our pre-teen and teenage girls

Want a new kid by Friday?

July 11, 2010 | Catriona CorbettDo parents have the right idea when it comes to discipline? Amongst the experts the pendulum is swinging away from a focus on a child's self-esteem.

Parting is such sweet sorrow

July 4, 2010 | Nicky LockNick Lock explores the complexities of 'leaving'.

Taking the kids mines family gold

June 27, 2010 | Catriona CorbettI want to tell you the story of a house hunting experience. A mum and dad and their four year old daughter and three year old son went house hunting on the

Relating to ourselves

June 20, 2010 | Nicky LockChristians know how they should love others but Nicky Lock asks "How should we relate to ourselves?"

Moving boys to manhood

June 13, 2010 | Catriona CorbettI feel sad for young adolescent boys that there is no real rite of passage from boyhood to manhood in Australian society.

When is the right time to commit?

June 6, 2010 | Nicky LockWe have had a happy week in our household – our 'baby' (21yrs old!) got engaged at the weekend to the young man she has been dating for over 2 years. We are delighted – they are a wonderful couple.

Boys, Dads and Mentors

May 30, 2010 | Catriona CorbettParents need to continue to be very watchful about the activities and safety of their adolescent sons, but they also need to start easing back.

Keeping Sexual Passion Alive

May 23, 2010 | Nicky LockFor many couples attending relationship counselling, talking about their sexuality and physical relationship with their spouse is difficult and embarrassing, and yet a loving sexual relationship with our spouse is where we may experience some of the most profound feelings in our whole lives.

The four horsemen of marriage doom

May 9, 2010 | Nicky LockJohn Gottman, a USA based marriage researcher, has filmed and analysed hundreds of couples during his career focusing on what are good predictors of bad marriages, and what can be done to reverse some toxic dynamics.

Girls and Boys

May 2, 2010 | Catriona CorbettWith pressure in society to experience sexual relations outside marriage, young people must have an alternative value base in order to make counter cultural choices.