Parenting

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Rethinking Christmas Wish Lists

Jill Savage

Help your teen move from receiving to giving — using these six simple strategies.

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Christmas Gift Giving

various authors

Find out how others have taught their children the importance of giving gifts or how they as parents have given gifts to their children.

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The Very Best Christmas Money Can't Buy

Gary Thomas

When your oldest child is 30, and you ask him or her, “What’s your most treasured Christmas memory?” what do you want to hear?

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A boy stands in front of a nativity scene

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Advent—A Countdown to Christmas

various authors

Advent is a fun, faith-filled way to keep the family focused on Jesus, even as you countdown to Christmas Day!

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Children reenact the nativity

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Christmas Activities

various authors

Are you looking for ideas to help keep your children focused on the reason for the Christmas season?

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O Holy Night Advent Calendar and Advent Wreath

Chris Brack

Download this year's FREE Advent calendar to get 23 Scripture readings, devotions and pieces to build your own Nativity set! Also get directions for how to create an Advent wreath.

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Healthy Sexuality: Sending the Right Message to Your Kids

Dannah Gresh

Start a healthy and ongoing conversation about your child's sexuality that will continue into the teen years.

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Healthy Childhood Sexual Development

Rob Jackson

This four-part series is designed to help you chart a course that will nurture and fortify your child's sexual development.

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Teaching Children Healthy Sexuality

Rob Jackson

We need a comprehensive theology of sexuality, chock full of practical applications lived out at home. As parents, we can appreciate that it's easier to shape character sooner than later in the lives of our children.

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Reinforce Your Child's Sexual Identity

Daniel L. Weiss

Help children understand that their sexual identity is an indelible part of who God created them to be.




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A girl looking into the room but not excited about it. Her arms are crossed.

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When My Kid Doesn't Like Your Kid

Mike Bechtle

Three ways to help your child navigate challenging peer relationships.

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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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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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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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When Children View Pornography

Rob Jackson

Today's children live in a culture where hard-core pornography abounds. How should you respond when they see it?

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Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children

Cynthia Tobias

If you’re a strong-willed woman, 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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