Parenting

A teen is resting on a rock in nature, looking into the sky and contemplating.

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Your Kids Can Avoid Negative Thinking Traps

Todd Cartmell

Dwelling on truth will help your child make wiser choices and discover better solutions to the challenges she faces.

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Do You Need to Lighten Up

Courtney DeFeo

Don't settle for a gloomy household. Instead, discover the fun in everyday family life.

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An illustration of a Mom and a child sitting on either side of a tree that is filled with stuff that the child likes. The child is looking at a butterfly.

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The Gift of Self-Denial That Leads to Gratitude

Susie Larson

You might be surprised at how self-denial actually leads to gratitude.

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Training Kids to Be Grateful

Jill Savage

Cultivating gratitude in children begins at home, as we model discipline, patience and intentionality.

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Girl and boy sitting at a table with pies on it. The boy is laughing after having poked his thumb into a pumpkin pie.

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Cultivate Gratitude at Thanksgiving

Ashleigh Slater

Model the benefits of having a thankful heart, while providing guided opportunities for your children to express gratitude.

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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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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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Illustration of a mother with symbols of her life on a string held between her hands. A small female figure is seen as a silhouette running away in the lower right corner.

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Control and Motherhood

Elisa Morgan

Is there such a thing as being in control when you're a mother?

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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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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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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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