School-Age Children

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Series

Your Child's Intelligence

Like adults, children have intelligence, or smarts, in different areas. Find out more about how your child learns.

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Four Sports Lessons . . . That You Don't Want Your Kids to Learn

David King and Margot Starbuck

Sometimes all the lessons kids learn through sports aren't positive. Here are some tips to help you avoid the negative lessons. 

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Responsibility Training

various authors

Uncover a number of ways to teach children responsibility! These ideas come from parents and experts like you.

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young boy with world globe cut in half and wearing as a bowl on his head

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Beat Summer Learning Loss

various authors

Encourage your kids to actively learn and engage their brains during the summer months so they'll be ready for the rigors of school in the fall.

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Money-Savvy Kid

Kidd Wadsworth

When your tweens want money to buy extras, you can encourage them to find opportunities for earning money.

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Dave Ramsey's daughter, Rachel Cruze

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Dave Ramsey: Raising Money-Smart Kids

Pam Woody

Dave's message of financial hope has grown his corporation Lampo Group Inc. from a card table in his living room to a multimillion-dollar company. 

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Four kids in school with backpacks giving the thumbs-up sign

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‘Did You Make Any Friends Today?’

Karen Gauvreau

Does your tween struggle to become comfortable socially? Read about ways to help your children overcome social awkwardness.

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Girls trying on sunglasses in store

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‘But All My Friends Have One'

Ann Vande Zande

Helping tweens gain perspective on unhealthy comparisons.

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Welcome to the Middle School Zone

Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuña

Your child is changing. Is your parenting?

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Article

Are You Protecting Your Kids From Reality or Preparing Them for Life?

Tim Elmore

Don't get caught in bubble parenting! Give your kids the freedom to fight and fail and find their way through life.

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Article

How Does My Child Learn?

Vance Fry

A child's personality and learning preference must be balanced with the reality that some skills take practice and aren’t fun. 

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End Childhood Comparisons and Choose Contentment

Kay Wyma

Do your kids compare what they have to what others own? Help them beat this comparison game by learning to be thankful for what they have, even when others have more.

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Constructive Praise

John Townsend

Help your kids grow in confidence and resilience through healthy patterns of praise. 

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tween growing

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Those Clumsy Middle-school Years

Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuña

Middle schoolers can be clumsy. Here is a way to help your child through those awkward growth spurts.

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Preschooler sleeping in his car seat.

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Overscheduled Kids

Ann Ordway

Grumpy kids? Maybe their attitude is a symptom of an overscheduled life. 

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Two boys, good pals, sitting and enjoying the day

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Manners and Making Friends

Donna Jones

Help your child learn the necessary traits for developing friendships.

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Curbing the Blame Game and Getting Rid of Excuses

Henry Cloud

Don't settle for a response of "It's not my fault" with your kids. Curb their bad habit of blaming others and making excuses.

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Giving Kids a Voice in Their Home School Experience

Debra Bell

Recess! Report cards! (And other basic human rights)! Give your kids a place to voice their needs in the home-school experience.

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Back to School With Purpose

Lauren Osborne

Moving from a summer schedule to a school-year routine is a time of transition for families. Get four ways to help your child ease into the new school-year schedule.

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When They Wake Up Wet

Shannon Medisky

Does your child still wet the bed? Here are some tips for helping you and your kid get through these nightly inconveniences.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

Chores and Character

When it comes to chores around the house, it’s easy to see them as nothing more than a simple means of  distributing a workload.  Well, I’d encourage you to think of them a bit more deeply.  I believe chores can help develop your child’s character.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Simple Self-Image

It’s a wonderful thing for children to grow up with a healthy sense of their own worth.  But, where does a young boy or girl go to get such a view of themselves.  And, what role do we as parents play?

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

Your Kids’ Money Personality 2

Do you know your child’s “money personality”?  If not, stay tuned to learn a way to prevent conflict with your children over their spending habits.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Your Kids’ Money Personality 1

You’ve probably heard that money is one of the biggest sources of conflict in marriage.  Well, money can cause friction between parents and children as well.  But there’s an easy solution: Understand your child’s money personality.

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