Parenting

Portrait of multicultural family

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A Double Dose of Variety

Gareth Morgan and Michael Ridgeway

Raising kids in an intercultural home has many benefits.

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A teen boy stands if front of a car

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Simple Keys to Launch a Financially Fit Teen

Ellie Kay

Does your teen grasp the reality of money matters? Four practical ways to get your teens financially fit

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A woman and her son sorting the laundry, the boy balancing towels on his head.

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Mothering With Justice and Mercy

Erin MacPherson

How a gentle approach can help your kids want to do what is right

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Article

8 Small Resolutions That Can Change Your Family

various authors

Have you been successful in making lasting changes as a parent? Try these small tips to make a big change in your family?

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Bob Goff, his wife, Maria, and their children and spouses stand in front of brightly colored balloons.

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Bob Goff's Audacious Parenting Adventure

Marci Seither

Bob Goff, the best-selling author of Love Does, has not lived a typical life and chose to not be a typical parent. Instead, he chose to be intentionally engaged with his children and their individual adventures.

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Five tweens are behind a metal fence that overlook an object or place that is far below.

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Why Kids Need Boundaries

John Townsend

Boundaries are more important than you may realize. Here’s how to establish limits that will help your children succeed.

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Older sister tightly hugging brother around the neck. Both are laughing.

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Siblings Can Learn to Be Kind to One Another

Daniel P. Huerta

Raise kids who treat each other with kindness

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Teen girl stares back at camera

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Rebuilding Your Relationship With Your Children After a Divorce

Shannon Perry

Divorce is difficult for children. Confusion and hurt can often lead to resentment and emotional separation between kids and parents.

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Mother sitting with daughter in her lap reading a picture book

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100+ Books to Read to Children

Sheila Seifert

Reading books to your children is a great parent-child activity, but do you know how to choose the right books to read to your children?

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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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mother and son smiling at each other

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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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A large group of young children running across a green park

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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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A mom reading a book to her young daughter

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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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Mom hugging her two girls and laughing

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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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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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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

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

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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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