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The Unexpected Joys of Raising an Autistic Child (Part 2 of 2)

Emily Colson talks about the trials and triumphs she's experienced in raising her autistic son, Max. Her father, author Chuck Colson, joins the conversation to discuss the lessons they've learned from Max which underscore the sanctity of all human life. (Part 2 of 2)

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Helping Hands

Do you ever wish you had an extra arm just to get through your day?  Even better is knowing you have the support of a friend. Author and mom Emily Colson shares what has helped her the most while raising a son with autism. Listen to the complete program here.

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The Unexpected Joys of Raising an Autistic Child (Part 1 of 2)

Emily Colson talks about the trials and triumphs she's experienced in raising her autistic son, Max. Her father, author Chuck Colson (now deceased), joins the conversation to discuss the lessons they've learned from Max which underscore the sanctity of all human life. (Part 1 of 2)

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Love Equals Time

Sometimes dads struggle to connect with their children.  Maybe you have a difficult career, or travel a lot.  Or maybe your family isn’t your top priority. Roland Warren offers this challenge to fathers. Listen to the full program here.

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Hope and Encouragement for Stepmoms

This weekend, authors Kathi Lipp and Carol Boley share their experiences as stepmothers, offering humor, wisdom and hope to stepmoms and their families.

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Hope and Encouragement for Stepmoms (Part 2)

Authors Kathi Lipp and Carol Boley share their experiences as stepmothers, offering humor, wisdom and hope to stepmoms and their families. (Part 2 of 2)

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Hope and Encouragement for Stepmoms (Part 1)

Authors Kathi Lipp and Carol Boley share their experiences as stepmothers, offering humor, wisdom and hope to stepmoms and their families. (Part 1 of 2)

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Finding Peace in the Midst of Mommy Stress

This weekend, author Lysa TerKeurst offers hope and encouragement to moms who struggle with feelings of failure and guilt over their parenting mistakes. 

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My Adopted Son: A Single Woman's Story (Part 2 of 2)

In a riveting story of hope and redemption, Carolyn Koons tells how she, as a single woman, felt led by God to adopt a young boy she encountered in a harsh children's prison during a mission trip to Mexico. (Part 2 of 2)

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God Changes Lives

Have your kids’ actions or attitudes ever driven you to despair? That’s how Carolyn Koons felt after an argument with her adopted son. Listen to the full program here.

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My Adopted Son: A Single Woman's Story (Part 1 of 2)

In a riveting story of hope and redemption, Carolyn Koons tells how she, as a single woman, felt led by God to adopt a young boy she encountered in a harsh children's prison during a mission trip to Mexico. (Part 1 of 2)

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Finding God's Mercy When Life is Messy (Part 2 of 2)

Author Vicki Courtney encourages parents of prodigals to develop an authentic faith by allowing God to meet them in the midst of the emotional and relational challenges they face with their children. (Part 2 of 2)

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Finding God's Mercy When Life is Messy (Part 1 of 2)

Author Vicki Courtney encourages parents of prodigals to develop an authentic faith by allowing God to meet them in the midst of the emotional and relational challenges they face with their children. (Part 1 of 2)

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Don’t Freak Out

“You did what?” If you’ve ever uttered those words, author and speaker Amy Ford has some advice for you. Listen to the full program here.

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Fun Ways to Pep Up Your Marriage and Avoiding the Chore War With Your Kids

In Part 1 of this weekend's program, author Kathi Lipp offers practical, fun ideas for couples to improve their relationship and make time together a high priority. For more information, see the daily broadcast episode Fun Ways to Pep Up Your Marriage.

In Part 2, our guests offer parents practical advice on teaching children responsibility by giving them age-appropriate chores. To learn more, see the daily broadcast episode Avoiding the Chore War With Your Kids.

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Parenting the Strong-Willed Child as a Team (Part 2 of 2)

Cynthia Tobias and Jean Daly describe how parents can navigate the frustration and challenges of raising strong-willed children. Our guests also explain how couples can get on the same page in their parenting approach. (Part 2 of 2)

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Strong Willed Child

Kids aren’t one-size-fits-all when it comes to parenting.  You have to give careful thought to each child’s individual personality.  That’s especially true if you have a strong-willed child.

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Parenting the Strong-Willed Child as a Team (Part 1 of 2)

Cynthia Tobias and Jean Daly describe how parents can navigate the frustration and challenges of raising strong-willed children. Our guests also explain how couples can get on the same page in their parenting approach. (Part 1 of 2)

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Getting My Child to do His Chores

Dave Meurer

Read one father's humorous look at why his son wasn't completing his assigned tasks.

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Overcoming the Obstacles of Cerebral Palsy (Part 2 of 2)

Lisa Sexton discusses her experiences with raising her special needs son, Tyler. Lisa and Tyler also share their amazing story of how, with God's help, Tyler was able to overcome his limitations and pursue a medical degree. (Part 2 of 2)

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Overcoming the Obstacles of Cerebral Palsy (Part 1 of 2)

Lisa Sexton discusses her experiences with raising her special needs son, Tyler. Lisa and Tyler also share their amazing story of how, with God's help, Tyler was able to overcome his limitations and pursue a medical degree. (Part 1 of 2)

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Get The Facts

I think it’s fair to say that we’d all like an environment of mutual respect and minimal conflict in our homes. But, how do you get there? Here’s a simple step that’ll make a world of difference: Get the facts before you jump to conclusions.

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Get The Facts

I think it’s fair to say that we’d all like an environment of mutual respect and minimal conflict in our homes. But, how do you get there? Here’s a simple step that’ll make a world of difference: Get the facts before you jump to conclusions.

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