Parenting

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Managing the After-School Chaos

Esther Feng

Find the right strategy to keep your kids from ending up with a chaotic readjustment, homework time and home life.

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Rites of Passage for Your Son

Robert Lewis

The power of ceremony to reaffirm a son's shaky identity, in some cases redirect his life, and empower his future was wholly unexpected.

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The Fields children: Elisha, Noah, Micah, Abraham, Naphtali and Isaac. Their mother and author, Leslie, is shown in the inset mending a net.

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At Home in the Storm: Raising confident and courageous kids

Leslie Leyland Fields

It's easy to forget what our ultimate job is — to work toward preparing and releasing our kids into the world, to help them trust God and to go on to serve Him.

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7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment

Good parents aren’t perfect. And that’s okay. There’s no formula to follow, but there are ways you can grow every day. Focus on the Family’s 7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment gives parents an honest look at their unique strengths, plus some areas that could use a little help.

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Back-to-School Blues

Vicki Caruana

Parents can help their kids who dread the new school year.

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Illustration of a sad-looking girl sitting in a desert place under the shade of a palm tree. Cacti dot the landscape and the sun beats down on it.

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Faith Grows in Hard Places — Even for Kids

Dan Dupee

Help kids see that God works through pain and suffering in their and other people's lives.

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Guiding Your Child Through Grief

Ashleigh Slater

Helping young children process grief is a challenging, but beautiful privilege.

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6 Ways to Effectively Lead Young Children

Tricia Goyer

Setting the tone of leadership while your children are young prepares you to lead well throughout your child’s life in your home.

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The Biblical Approach to Spanking

Chip Ingram

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "The Biblical Approach to Spanking." Regardless of the method, the Bible's word on discipline clearly demands that parents be responsible and diligent.

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Why Kids Need Mean Moms

Joanne Kraft

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Why Kids Need Mean Moms." Give kids the tough love they need so they’ll develop into independent adults.

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Age-Appropriate Chores

Sheila Seifert

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Age-Appropriate Chores." Do you know which chores your child can do? You may be surprised at how capable your kids are and what they can do to help out.

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When Children View Pornography

Rob Jackson

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "When Children View Pornography." Today's child lives in a culture where hard-core pornography abounds.

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Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children

Cynthia Tobias

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children." It can be tough to parent a younger version of yourself. But you also have a definite advantage — you know what it’s like to be a strong-willed child. 

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Planting Seeds of Biblical Truth Devotions

Focus on the Family Magazine

A much-loved download for busy parents: Get 52 weeks of family devotions free — faith-affirming biblical principles that will help you encourage your children to build lasting, thriving faith in God.

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