Parenting

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6 Ways to Effectively Lead Young Children

Tricia Goyer

Setting the tone of leadership while your children are young prepares you to lead well throughout your child’s life in your home.

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Illustration showing two teens trying to decide a direction for their lives. A sign stands between them with directional arrows pointing in opposite directions. One direction points to college and career, the other points to work and job.

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Does College Pay Off?: The Long-Term Benefits

Jonathan McKee

Have the conversation with your high school student about the benefits of a higher education in comparison to other paths.

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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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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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What Stays? What Goes?

Barbara Winters

It's not as easy as you think. Get solid tips for merging stepfamilies.

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What an Unusual Pet Taught Us About Blending Our Family

Diane Stark

Bonding as a blended family means earning one another's trust. One family learned that the process is surprisingly similar to bonding with a tiny pet marsupial.

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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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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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