Parenting Challenges

A teen girl has her head in her hands and a teen boy with his back to the camera holds one of her elbows as if they are both sorting through something difficult.

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Finding Purpose After a Loved One's Suicide

Shawna Marie Bryant

After the death of her oldest, Paulette helped her other children take steps toward finding their own path and moving forward in their grief.

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A young girl places a blanket over her dolls in a doll bed

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Chores: Making the Bed

various authors

Here are some ideas for helping kids learn to make their own bed.

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Tween who is trying to make a decision

Series

Decision-Making

Training children to make their own good decisions takes time and intentionality. 

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Mothering When Life Gets Hard

Kara Tippetts

Kara Tippett on shepherding the hearts of our children amid the stress of life.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Understanding Teen Depression and Suicide (Part 2 of 2)

Best-selling author Dr. Gregory Jantz offers practical advice for helping parents whose teens may be dealing with depression. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Understanding Teen Depression and Suicide (Part 1 of 2)

Best-selling author Dr. Gregory Jantz offers practical advice for helping parents whose teens may be dealing with depression. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Finding Hope in the Midst of Raising Troubled Kids (Part 2 of 2)

Tom and Dena Yohe discuss the struggles they experienced with their troubled teen daughter Renee, who suffered from depression, substance abuse and self-injury. The couple talks about the difficult path to their family's healing and recovery, and offers hope to other parents of wayward teens. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Finding Hope in the Midst of Raising Troubled Kids (Part 1 of 2)

Tom and Dena Yohe discuss the struggles they experienced with their troubled teen daughter Renee, who suffered from depression, substance abuse and self-injury. The couple talks about the difficult path to their family's healing and recovery, and offers hope to other parents of wayward teens. (Part 1 of 2)

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Raising Engaged Citizens

Carrie Gordon Earll

Five ways to model social involvement for the next generation

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Mother talking to her teenage son

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Protect Your Kids from Negative Influences

Bill Maier

Get tips to help you be a proactive parent during turbulent times.

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Shining a Positive Light on Down Syndrome

Robert Hendershot discusses the amazing impact individuals with Down syndrome can have upon the world as he highlights the inspiring story of his son Trevor, a young man with Down syndrome who is a team store greeter for the Los Angeles Angels and the Anaheim Ducks.

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A mother and daughter sit outdoors on concrete steps talking

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Talking With Tweens About Marijuana

Sarah Hilgendorf

Help get kids thinking critically about why avoiding marijuana and other drugs is a smart, healthy choice. The goal is to avoid scare tactics while still sharing facts.



 

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A girl and boy holding hands

Series

Boy-Girl Attraction

Attraction between boys and girls is often innocent, but kids need to know how to respond appropriately to the opposite sex.

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Trusting God Through an Adverse Diagnosis in Pregnancy

Brandon and Brittany Buell offer hope to expectant and new parents of disabled children as they share their moving story of raising their toddler son, Jaxon, who was born with part of his skull and most of his brain missing as a result of a rare medical condition.

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Work: The Payoff Beyond the Paycheck

Joshua Becker

We work hard to provide for our families and to model a strong work ethic. Our kids see our dedication, but do they know what we're working for?

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Mother reading to her two children

Series

Time for Bed

Get fresh ideas for how to get your children to go to bed and stay there until they fall asleep.

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Illustration of a girl making her bed

Series

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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Young boy eating breakfast, gripping his knife and fork in this fists

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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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Child sitting in chair, writing in a journal

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Do Your Kids Have a Right to Privacy?

Greg Smalley

What are their rights vs. your responsibility?

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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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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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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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Illustration of a child and an adult on either side of a teeter totter with healthy foods in their arms

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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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