Parenting Roles

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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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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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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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What Sons Need

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

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Why Kids Need Mean Moms

Joanne Kraft

Give kids the tough love they need so they’ll develop into independent adults.

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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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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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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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Hooray for Dad! (Part 1 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 1 of 2)

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The New Reality of Motherhood

Kasey Johnson

Learn how to gain a new perspective so you can embrace motherhood . . . after real life has clouded your dream of being the perfect mom.

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Practical Advice for Grandparents (Part 2 of 2)

Jerry and Judy Schreur discuss ideas from their book Creative Grandparenting to encourage grandparents to take an active role in the lives of their grandchildren and leave a generational legacy. (Part 2 of 2)

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Modeling Respectful Speech

Michael Ridgeway

Much of our kids’ attitudes come from watching Dad. Want kids to respect Mom? Model respect for them.

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Practical Advice for Grandparents (Part 1 of 2)

Jerry and Judy Schreur discuss ideas from their book Creative Grandparenting to encourage grandparents to take an active role in the lives of their grandchildren and leave a generational legacy. (Part 1 of 2)

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Father squatting near baby sleeping in a crib with his head in his hand. He is listening to a radio sitting on a dresser top.

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An Unprepared Dad

Thomas Jeffries

One young father found hope on the radio—and turned this inspiration into a lifetime of ministry to at-risk youth.

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Be the Dad

Carey Casey

Do you confront your kids when they're not thinking clearly? Sometimes they will need you to intervene and help them deal with issues.

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From Helicopter Parent to Lighthouse Parent

Tim Elmore

Are you doing a better job of protecting your kids from the world instead of preparing them to live in it? Don't view their struggles as a negative. Instead, help them take appropriate risks now so they learn how to trust God and lean on Him as they mature.

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Unsung Heroes

One of the most important aspects of fatherhood is “being there” for your children.  That’s a lesson many men still need to learn.

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Moment to Hold On To

Every father I meet has the same goal: they want to be a good dad.  But how do you know when you’ve become one?  Parenting can be tough, and it isn’t always easy to tell whether or not you’re doing a good job.

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Little Mimic

On the pathway to adulthood, your child looks to you as a model. Author and researcher Dr. Kara Powell shares with Jim Daly a moment when that parenting truth stood out. Listen to the full program here.

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Finding Your Identity as a Mom

In a discussion based on her book Surprised by Motherhood, Lisa-Jo Baker tells her touching story of how God changed her heart about becoming a mom after she had vowed to never have children.

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Break Up With Yourself

If you’re a parent who feels torn between the things you want to do and the things you need to do for your children, here’s an idea to help make it all a little easier: Break up with yourself.

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Motherhood as Crucible

Crucibles create something new by subjecting elements to high temperatures. According to author and mom Lisa Jo Baker, motherhood is a crucible. Listen to the full program here.

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