School-Age Children

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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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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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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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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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Teach Kids About Money

Dave Ramsey

Learn what to do to teach your kids about their finances, your giving of allowances and more.

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Boy-Girl Friendships

Wendy Buckler

Even if dating is years off, it's never too early to teach our children how to communicate and interact with members of the opposite sex. 

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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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Manners and Making Friends

Donna Jones

Help your child learn the necessary traits for developing friendships.

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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

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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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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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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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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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To Quit or Not to Quit

Does this scenario sound familiar?  Your daughter spends weeks begging you to sign her up for gymnastics classes.  You agree, write a check, and she goes to her first lesson with energy and enthusiasm.  And, I think you know where this is going!

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Managing Technology

The Internet is a way of life for kids.  They use it for everything from simple communication to school-related tasks.  How do we help them avoid spending too much time online?

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Giving Choices to Strong Willed Children

Strong-willed child expert, Cynthia Tobias shares that by giving your child a choice of a couple of things, they’ll choose one. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Your Child Learns Anger From You

Strong-willed child expert, Cynthia Tobias says it’s easy to let your children irritate you – but just don’t let them see it. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Parenting in the Middle School Years

By the time our children enter middle school, their march toward independence is well under way.  It can be a confusing time for parents. When a child spreads his wings, it can feel like he’s turning his back on you instead.  But that’s not really the case.

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Generation Snack

According to a new report by Health Affairs, kids today are taking in significantly more calories from snack foods than they did in the 1970s.  Statistics show that half of American children snack four times a day, and that some kids are eating almost constantly, with as many as ten snacks a day.

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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Nurturing Your Child's Intelligence (Part 2 of 2)

Dr. Kathy Koch helps parents identify and unlock eight "intelligences," or "smarts," in their children, and discusses ways to encourage their growth and understand how they connect with God. (Part 2 of 2)

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