Parenting Challenges

Illustration of a girl making her bed

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Life Skills

Your goal is to help your child become an independent adult. To do that, you child needs to learn a few important life skills.

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Article

End Mealtime Chaos

various authors

With a little insight, you, too, can have a positive mealtime experience with your kids. Find new ideas for how you can teach table manners to kids,

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Article

Mean Kids

Roy Baldwin

Equip your kids to take a stand against bullying.

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Article

Do Your Kids Have a Right to Privacy?

Greg Smalley

What are their rights vs. your responsibility?

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

Episode

Helping Your Child Deal With Bullies

Best-selling author Nancy Rue, who has written extensively about the subject of bullying, offers hope and practical suggestions to parents who are seeking to prevent their child from being bullied.

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Sad-looking tween girl learning against a wall in the school hall while two other school girls laugh and snicker in her direction

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Mean Girls

Nancy Rue

Empower your tween to respond gracefully when confronted by "mean girls" and seek adult help if she finds herself being bullied.

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Episode

When Your Child Struggles With Their Sexual Identity (Part 2 of 2)

Ann Mobley offers guidance and encouragement to parents who are struggling with their child's homosexuality. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

Episode

When Your Child Struggles With Their Sexual Identity (Part 1 of 2)

Ann Mobley offers guidance and encouragement to parents who are struggling with their child's homosexuality. (Part 1 of 2)

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A young boy holds up his arms to show his muscles as he holds a glass of milk.

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Healthy Bodies

Do you know what your kids need to be healthy? It starts with water and continues with healthy fats, which is a part of good nutrition for your children. 

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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.

Article

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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Parenting Your Teens When Times are Tough

Dr. Greg Smalley offers encouragement to parents who are struggling with the challenges of raising teens.

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Article

Your Kids Are Watching Your Marriage

Sarah Hilgendorf

How is your marriages equipping your kids with the skills they need for interacting with their future spouses? 

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Episode

When Mom Friendships Are Hard

Authors Jill Savage and Anne McClane offer advice on overcoming common challenges that moms often face in their relationships with other moms.

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Teaching Kids About Voting

Voting matters! Help your children, no matter their age, understand that voting is a privilege and part of our democratic process. Registering to vote is the first step.

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Article

Success Begins at Home

Thomas Jeffries

Teachers and tutors do their best, but involved parents can make all the difference in a student's success.

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Article

The Sunday Morning Dilemma

Mary Tutterow

By remaining in community, those of us with kids who have special needs can inspire others.

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Episode

Special Needs Children: How the Church Can Help (Part 2 of 2)

Pastor Lon and Mrs. Brenda Solomon describe how God has sustained them through the emotional and spiritual challenges they've faced in raising their disabled daughter, and encourage listeners to embrace and support families with special needs children. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

Episode

Special Needs Children: How the Church Can Help (Part 1 of 2)

Pastor Lon and Mrs. Brenda Solomon describe how God has sustained them through the emotional and spiritual challenges they've faced in raising their disabled daughter, and encourage listeners to embrace and support families with special needs children. (Part 1 of 2)

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Angie and Todd Smith holding their newborn baby

Article

Two-and-a-Half Hours With Audrey

Pam Woody

Celebrating life in the shadow of death

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Article

Facing the Truth

Tricia Goyer

How do you tell your kids about a painful decision from your past?

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Article

3 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Find Their Calling

Jeff Goins

My job as my son's dad is to guide him into the plan God has for him, based on his uniqueness as a child of God.

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Navigating Life's Toughest Questions With Your Kids

Authors and speakers Elyse Fitzpatrick and her daughter Jessica Thompson offer parents age-appropriate and biblically-based responses to some of their children's most challenging life questions.

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Article

Modeling a Healthy Body Image to Your Kids

Margot Starbuck

Simple choices make significant impact

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Article

Teaching Kids Life Skills

Christine Field

Are your kids ready for the real world? What are the basics that you'd like your children to know before they left home?

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