Parenting Challenges

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Two-and-a-Half Hours With Audrey

Pam Woody

Celebrating life in the shadow of death

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Facing the Truth

Tricia Goyer

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

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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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Modeling a Healthy Body Image to Your Kids

Margot Starbuck

Simple choices make significant impact

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Confronting Your Fears as a Mom (Part 2 of 2)

MOPS International President Sherry Surratt and Jean Daly discuss common fears that mothers face, offering encouragement to struggling moms and practical suggestions for how they can overcome their fears with God's help. (Part 2 of 2)

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Confronting Your Fears as a Mom (Part 1 of 2)

MOPS International President Sherry Surratt and Jean Daly discuss common fears that mothers face, offering encouragement to struggling moms and practical suggestions for how they can overcome their fears with God's help. (Part 1 of 2)

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The Whisper of a Mom's Fears

Angie Smith

Do you parent from your own fears and regrets or shepherd the young lives entrusted to you wisely? Don't let fear hinder your ability to parent with confidence.

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Teaching Kids the Weight of Words

Karen Ehman

Can the power of words be controlled? Can we teach our kids to train their tongues (and their typing!) so that their words are a force for good? Here are a few ways to help them discipline their speech.

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Child’s Weakness, Parent’s Strength

When a child in your home makes a poor choice, do you assume it’s because of some weakness in your parenting?

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Bringing Home the Prodigals (Part 2 of 2)

Author and speaker Rob Parsons offers biblically-based encouragement and hope to parents of children who've chosen a destructive lifestyle and/or adopted spiritually-wayward perspectives. (Part 2 of 2)

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Bringing Home the Prodigals (Part 1 of 2)

Author and speaker Rob Parsons offers biblically-based encouragement and hope to parents of children who've chosen a destructive lifestyle and/or adopted spiritually-wayward perspectives. (Part 1 of 2)

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Summer

Summer can sure feel long when your child approaches you every day with her favorite phrase,  “I’m bored!” Author Kathi Lipp explains why boredom is actually good for our children. Listen to the full program here.

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Adult Children Move Home

There’s a reason those in their mid-twenties and -thirties are called the “Boomerang Generation” -- nearly 30 percent of them are moving back in with their mom and dad.

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