Parenting

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Mean Kids or Bullies: What's the Difference?

Danielle Pitzer

Teaching children how to recognize the difference between unkindness and being bullied

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Teaching Your Kids About Racial Harmony

Jane Gilbert

How do we teach our children to treat all people equally in a world of racial tension?

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Mom lecturing daughter

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No More Empty Words: Why Parents Should Talk Less

Michael Anderson and Timothy Johanson

The secret to helping kids make wise choices may be easier than you think

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A teen girl stretches and yawns as she awakens in her bedroom

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Sleep-Deprived Kids Need More Rest

Corrie Cutrer

Bring your teens back to life by helping them get more rest.

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Adolescent boy reads his Bible

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Equipping Kids to Defend the Bible: Answers to Common Questions

Eric Metaxas

Help prepare your children to respond to questions and criticisms of the Bible and  to understand that the Bible is accurate, reliable and relevant.

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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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A shy tween boy peaks between his fingers that are held over his face

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Are You Paying the Right Kinds of Attention to Your Children?

Daniel Huerta

Becoming more aware of each child's personality and temperament can help you parent more effectively.

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Teen girl leaning her face on a hand with another hand at her temples. She is looking down.

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Is Your Teen Depressed?

Jill Savage

I knew my daughter was struggling emotionally, but I had no idea about the extent of her depression.

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Child sitting on the floor.

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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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Illustration of a little girl unhappily surrendering a digital tablet to her mother

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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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teenage girl making the bed

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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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Two children look at a computer in shock

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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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Illustration of a mom adamantly pointing over the head of her son in a commanding style. Boy's arms are crossed in resistance.

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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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An older child with her hands thrown out and looking into a golden sunrise behind golden trees

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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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