Parenting

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13 Reasons Why Not

Daniel Huerta

Help your teen see that hope is always there.

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7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment

Good parents aren’t perfect. And that’s okay. There’s no formula to follow, but there are ways you can grow every day. Focus on the Family’s 7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment gives parents an honest look at their unique strengths, plus some areas that could use a little help.

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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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The 'Perfect' Mother's Day

Jill Savage

As you sort through your unmet expectations on Mother’s Day, realize that you may play a part in fueling your disappointments.

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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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Helping Kids Process News Reports of Violence

Daniel Huerta

In today's culture, families are surrounded by accounts of shootings, bombings and mass killings. Equip children with the necessary facts to process these tragic events for a larger understanding and to ease their fears.

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Forgiveness Isn't Fair, But It Is Essential

Carey Casey

Help your kids live out the principles of grace and forgiveness, understanding how conflict looks when the spirit of a relationship is regulated by humility and forgiveness. 

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Why the Easter Story Still Matters: A Perspective From the Holy Land

Callie Mitchell

Children's hearts are easily touched by the Easter story. Being intentional about refocusing on Christ's resurrection power can show your children that they can invite the Lord's peace into their circumstances.

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The Biblical Approach to Spanking

Chip Ingram

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "The Biblical Approach to Spanking." Regardless of the method, the Bible's word on discipline clearly demands that parents be responsible and diligent.

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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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Age-Appropriate Chores

Sheila Seifert

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Age-Appropriate Chores." Do you know which chores your child can do? You may be surprised at how capable your kids are and what they can do to help out.

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When Children View Pornography

Rob Jackson

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "When Children View Pornography." Today's child lives in a culture where hard-core pornography abounds.

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Illustration of a mom adamantly pointing over the head of her son in a commanding style. Boy's arms are crossed in resistance.

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Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children

Cynthia Tobias

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children." It can be tough to parent a younger version of yourself. But you also have a definite advantage — you know what it’s like to be a strong-willed child. 

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Planting Seeds of Biblical Truth Devotions

Focus on the Family Magazine

A much-loved download for busy parents: Get 52 weeks of family devotions free — faith-affirming biblical principles that will help you encourage your children to build lasting, thriving faith in God.

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