Effective Biblical Discipline

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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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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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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The Difference Between Training and Controlling

Tracey Eyster

Nurture your kids toward success by giving up your need for control.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Conveying God's Love Through Discipline (Part 2 of 2)

In a discussion based on their book Discipline That Connects With a Child's Heart, Jim and Lynne Jackson offer parents practical advice for disciplining their children in a God-centered, grace-based way. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Conveying God's Love Through Discipline (Part 1 of 2)

In a discussion based on their book Discipline That Connects With a Child's Heart, Jim and Lynne Jackson offer parents practical advice for disciplining their children in a God-centered, grace-based way. (Part 1 of 2)

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Girl in orange shirt need eating her dinner and looking un-motivated to do so

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Discipline

What do you do when your child acts up? Here are some ideas for effective discipline.

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Smiling tween girl wearing a black bandit mask and enjoying a large bowl of macaroni & cheese. She has given her broccoli to a little dog in the background.

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Why Do Kids Misbehave?

Michael Anderson and Timothy Johanson

Often the reason a child engages in troubling behaviors is not complex. There is a payoff for the child, some reward for the negative behavior.

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Sulking African American boy sitting on sofa

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Retooling Timeouts

Mary Martin

Helping kids understand choices and consequences and develop self-control.

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Child in shopping cart with Mom beside her

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Are You Rewarding or Bribing Your Child?

Melissa Kruger

Do you know the difference between a reward and a bribe? One encourages exasperating behavior and the other teaches kids the joy of doing what is right.

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Focus on the Family Weekend

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Sound Advice for Today's Parents

This weekend, psychologist and author Dr. Kevin Leman offers practical advice to parents who need help in disciplining their children effectively. 

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Sound Advice for Today's Parents (Part 2 of 2)

Psychologist and author Dr. Kevin Leman offers practical advice to parents who need help in disciplining their children effectively. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Sound Advice for Today's Parents (Part 1 of 2)

Psychologist and author Dr. Kevin Leman offers practical advice to parents who need help in disciplining their children effectively. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Tweak Your Child’s Bad Attitude

I’m sure this’ll come as no surprise to parents everywhere: sooner or later, every child is going to need an attitude adjustment.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Discover Their Motivation

Many parents struggle with how to get their children to be responsible around the house.  The trick is to figure out what motivates them.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Shaming Kids

You see it everywhere, from youth sporting events to grocery stores.  And, these days, even on social media.  I’m talking about parents who use shame to discipline their children.

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Anger to Get Compliance

There are a lot of parents who believe anger is the only way they can get their children to do what they’re told.  If you’re one of them, I have a surprise for you!

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Raising Well-Behaved Children

Psychologist and author John Rosemond offers parents sound, biblically-based advice on disciplining children.

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Girl toddler in striped shirt banging on pots and pans

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Create a "Yes Zone" for Your Toddler

Kathryn O'Brien

Honor your children’s God-given drive to learn and understand while still training them to obey by balancing the yes /no, can/can’t and don’t touch/please touch decisions in their lives.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Principles Not Rules

Here's a question: Do you, as a parent, make a lot of rules for your kids? Now, rules are important. But sometimes parents think of them as a foolproof way to corral an unruly child and transform him into a mature young person.

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A child is in timeout and rests his face against his knees, as if in shame.

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Why Kids Misbehave

Here are three ways parents encourage their kids to misbehave.

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A toddler pouting while sitting in time out

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When Children Become Angry

Learn more about the different forms of anger, what they indicate and how a parent can deal with each type.

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A little boy looks sad at the dinner table

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Creative Discipline Ideas

Try these discipline ideas from the book <​em>Creative Correction<​/em>!

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