Parenting Roles

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3 Ways to Avoid Legalism in Parenting

Dannah Gresh

The best way your children can discover the joy and freedom of faith is through connecting with, not lecturing, them.

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A Biblical Basis for the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting

Phil Steiger

These seven traits offer parents the tools they need to break harmful parenting habits and the opportunity to replace them with healthy practices.

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Imperfect Kids, Imperfect Parents

Jim Daly

Sometimes we, as parents, need to let go of our expectations so we can embrace the 'beautiful mess' of family life.

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David Robinson: Parenting in the Fourth Quarter

Joshua Cooley

NBA legend David Robinson talks about preparing to launch his three sons.

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Ted Dekker and his family

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Ted Dekker's Family Journey

Jeremy V. Jones

In the Dekker household, and perhaps in your own, fiction and parenting are closer than you think.

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Dads Can Be Heroes to Their Kids

Dr. Meg Meeker

Dads can take back the role they’ve been given and become a hero to their children.

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Are Your Parenting Fears Hurting Your Kids?

Joshua Straub

Avoid three common parenting fears so you can provide the emotional safety your kids need to be who God created them to be.

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A young girl wearing bunny ears is pouting in a corner by herself; arms are folded.

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Does a Child's Bad Behavior Mean You're a Bad Parent?

Karen Ehman

Your child’s bad behavior does not necessarily mean you’re a bad parent. Here’s why.

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A young lad is looking up and has filled his cheeks with a breath of air.

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Are You a Marshmallow Mom?

Joanne Kraft

Marshmallows moms are sweet. Who doesn’t love sugar? But being overly soft and sweet in our parenting can be detrimental to our kids.

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Natalie and her family: Bernie, Sadie and twins Gracie (wearing eyeglasses) and Bella

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Natalie Grant: Music and Motherhood

Andrea Osmun

Christian music artist Natalie Grant opens up about music, mothering and how God changed her plans for a family.

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Illustration of a father and mother in a child's nursery. The mother is lifting the baby from his crib and she looks uncertain.

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Parenting: Take This Job and Love It

Arlene Pellicane

Five simple tips will help you thrive as a parent. 

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Parents and kids on the same parenting team

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Parents Working Together

When Dad and Mom work together as a team, kids benefit from their parenting.

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Mom and two teen daughters are sitting on the couch leaning against each other.

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Feelings of Guilt

You know you're not perfect, but sometimes you may not do everything you can as a parent. And then comes the guilt.

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Illustration of a mother with symbols of her life on a string held between her hands. A small female figure is seen as a silhouette running away in the lower right corner.

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Control and Motherhood

Elisa Morgan

Is there such a thing as being in control when you're a mother?

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Does Performance Drive Your Parenting?

Ted Cunningham

Stop being a trophy parent. 

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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Being Your Daughter's Hero

Dr. Michelle Watson offers fathers advice and encouragement in a discussion based on her book, Dad, Here's What I Really Need From You: A Guide for Connecting With Your Daughter's Heart.

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Approachable Parenting

Andrea Lucado

Max Lucado demonstrates a grace-filled approach to parenting his daughters.

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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Your New Roles With an Empty Nest

Author Michele Howe discusses the transition parents have to make to establish a new identity and parenting role when their children leave home.

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What Sons Need

Parenting sons can be difficult if you don't understand what they need from you.

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Illustration of two parents at an outdoor children's birthday party; the scene is a mess with food spilled everywhere and children running wild in the background

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Be the Parent

When you know your role, your job as a parent can become a lot less stressful — and you might even enjoy it.

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Illustration of a little girl unhappily surrendering a digital tablet to her mother

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Why Kids Need Mean Moms

Joanne Kraft

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Why Kids Need Mean Moms." Give kids the tough love they need so they’ll develop into independent adults.

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Five kids with backpacks are joyfully running, victoriously running, down a hallway together.

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Parenting Switchfoot’s Jon and Tim

How do you instill the desire in your kids to live the best version of themselves? The parents of Switchfoot's Jon and Tim explain how they helped their kids live their own "great story."

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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Hooray for Dad! (Part 2 of 2)

Ken Davis shares humorous illustrations and heartfelt stories to remind dads why it's important to spend time with their kids, speak with kind words and live a life committed to Jesus Christ. (Part 2 of 2)

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