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    In addition to providing uplifting music, K-LOVE has ten full-time pastors to give you Christian advice and as you walk through the challenges of life. The following are some common answers to questions that listeners have about marriage, faith, the Bible and a host of other topics. If you have a question for one of our pastors not listed below, feel free to contact us.

    Question: "My husband and I are dealing with infertility issues. How do we cope with this?" Joy, NM
    Answer: Infertility can be an emotionally painful ride because of the uncertainty of the whole process.  Here are some things to do that can be helpful. Face your feelings. All of them.  Ignoring emotions only hurts you and your spouse more in the long run. Talk about what your feeling with one another and share the pain together. Build your support system. Church, family, online and local support groups. You can always find people who have gone through or are currently going through infertility. There are also great resources for you in these groups. Confront depression. It can lower fertility rates even more so focus on doing things that help you relax. It may be necessary to see a therapist. Plan carefully. Look into all of your options and make sure you are comfortable with them personally and ethically.  Include as much counsel from others as possible.
    Question: "What can I do to help my child with our divorce?" Kelly, TX
    Answer: Divorce can be painful and can be one of life’s stressful events. It threatens children’s sense of security and identity leading them often to blame themselves. Every child experiences some pattern of emotional pain when their parents’ divorce. They go through the stages of grief which include denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. These emotions can affect the children’s sleep, appetite, schoolwork and relationships. The parents must reassure children over and over that the divorce is not their fault. They are loved by both parents and they can love both parents.  Parents must not pit the child against one another. Getting along for the kids must be a goal for the parents. Parents should always observe their children's behavior. They may need a counselor’s help to work through their grief and so may you the parent.
    Question: "My kids are always fighting. How can I stop the sibling rivalry?" Sally, CO
    Answer: Sibling rivalry is very common.  The main reason for these conflicts is jealousy and competition between children.  Parents can help to diminish this problem by not comparing one over the other on a regular basis. James Dobson says the three main areas to avoid doing this are physical attractiveness, intelligence and talents and abilities. Try to distribute praise and criticism as evenly as possible. Take time to spotlight the unique gifts and talents of each child.  Try to know each child’s differences and how they think.  Study them. Be aware of how your children may be bragging about themselves or attacking their siblings.  This reveals how they are feeling about themselves. We must be sensitive to these clues so we can help minimize jealousy which will in turn minimize conflicts. Remember however that some small level of rivalry is normal.
    Question: "How can I have better communication with my teenager?" Tim, CO
    Answer: Make sure your really listening to your teenager.  Make eye contact and take time to actively listen.  Don’t assume you know what they are saying and start formulating your answer while they are still talking.  Ask questions that draw them out and show that you have actually been listening to that point. Remember listening validates and shows respect for another person's feelings and ideas, not necessarily an agreement of them. Make sure you are talking and not arguing with them.  If you both are talking louder and interrupting one another it’s time to take a break.  Calm down and try it later.  Remember you are the mature adult teaching your child the correct way to communicate. Keep a teachable and humble attitude with your teenager.  Always seek to cultivate the relationship so they will know you are truly interested in them.
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