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Danny Huerta, Vice President of the Parenting and Youth at Focus on the Family

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

As Vice President of the Parenting and Youth department, Danny oversees Focus’ initiatives that equip parents to disciple and mentor the next generation, so that they can thrive in Christ. He is a bilingual, licensed clinical social worker. For many years, he has provided families with practical parenting advice. He specializes as a counselor and spokesperson in the treatment of ADHD, conflict resolution, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, communication, media discernment, the brain, and healthy sexuality.

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Developing Family Faith Traditions

How do you make Christ the center of your home in your day-to-day routines? John and Danny offer simple steps to encourage your child’s faith. Featuring Glen and Ellen Schuknecht. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Say ‘No’ to Helicopter Parenting

You want your child to do well in school, but hovering won’t help. John and Danny offer tips for encouraging your teen’s autonomy. Featuring Dr. Kara Powell. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Wise Tech Habits for All Ages

If you’re like many parents, technology restrictions are the greatest source of conflict for you and your children. John and Danny provide a quick refresher on reasonable technology guidelines to protect your family. Featuring Pastor Bill Putman and Pastor Jim Putman. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Healing After a Family Crisis

If you’re not always sure how to apply your faith to parenting, you’re not alone. John and Danny offer help for parents who feel stuck because of a parenting challenge. Featuring Pastor Bill Putman and Pastor Jim Putman. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Helping Your Son Build Healthy Confidence

Helping your child develop confidence is a key way to prevent bullying. John and Danny discuss life skills to teach your son in middle school and beyond. Featuring Jonathan Catherman, Reed Catherman, and Cole Catherman. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Strategies for Combating Peer Pressure

Every middle school child feels pressure to fit in. John and Danny tackle how to help your child feel belonging at home; plus, how to intervene when your child’s friends are negative influences. Featuring Jonathan Catherman, Reed Catherman, and Cole Catherman. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

Qualities to Look for in a Spouse

The search for a godly spouse is a journey unlike any other. The key is in knowing what to look for. John, Erin and Greg give some helpful tips on what qualities to search for in a potential spouse. Featuring Dr. Kevin Leman.

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Adaptability — An Essential Parenting Trait

A flexible mindset, adaptability, can make a big difference in how we respond to challenges

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How Overparenting Hurts Your Kids

Every parent wants their child to succeed, but you can quickly become over-invested in your child’s achievements. John and Danny offer tips to help you avoid overparenting. Featuring Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson.

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What Is Mental Health and Why Is It Important for Your Family?

Make each day count with your kids. Every action you take can contribute to your child’s mental health.

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Should You Follow Your Heart?

The advice to “follow your heart” sounds innocuous in movies, but it can lead you astray in real life. John and Danny discuss the importance of giving your children sound life advice. Featuring Ray Vander Laan.

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Staying Grounded in High School

If your kids have made a profession of faith, it doesn’t mean your job is over! John and Danny share practical tips for discipling your children. Featuring Ray Vander Laan.

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Identifying Prodigal Children

It’s painful to watch older children stray from the Christian life. John and Danny offer encouragement to parents with prodigal children. Featuring Pastor Bill Putman and Pastor Jim Putman. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

What Your Kids Need Most to Grow Up Well (Part 2 of 2)

What Your Kids Need Most to Grow Up Well (Part 2 of 2)

Danny Huerta, Vice President of Focus on the Family’s Parenting and Youth department, offers insights from his counseling experience, research, and Biblical knowledge to outline the parenting strategies that have proven to be the most effective, including steadfast love and boundaries, respect, grace, adaptability, and more. (Part 2 of 2)

What Your Kids Need Most to Grow Up Well (Part 1 of 2)

What Your Kids Need Most to Grow Up Well (Part 1 of 2)

Danny Huerta, Vice President of Focus on the Family’s Parenting and Youth department, offers insights from his counseling experience, research, and Biblical knowledge to outline the parenting strategies that have proven to be the most effective, including steadfast love and boundaries, respect, grace, adaptability, and more. (Part 1 of 2)

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Practicing Tough Love

Sometimes you must act as a parent more than a friend. John and Danny describe situations when you should practice tough love. Featuring Ginger Hubbard. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Back to School: Why Friendship is Important for Children

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” – C.S. Lewis

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Modeling Faith to Middle-Schoolers

Many children experience a deepening of their faith in middle school. John and Danny take a crack at tough faith questions your kids may ask. Featuring Jonathan Catherman, Reed Catherman, and Cole Catherman. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Keep Connecting With Your Middle-Schooler

Is your middle-schooler pushing you away? John and Danny demystify the emotions behind your child’s behavior. Featuring Jonathan Catherman, Reed Catherman, and Cole Catherman. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Teaching Lifelong Lessons Through Chores

If you assign your kids household chores, they may not thank you now — but they will certainly be grateful down the road. John and Danny discuss the benefits of chores and describe age-appropriate tasks for kids. Featuring Courtney DeFeo. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Tips for Gospel Conversations

You don’t need to be a theologian to teach your kids about God. John and Danny share how to explain the gospel to younger children. Featuring Courtney DeFeo.

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Helping Kids Discover Their Identity in Christ

The world tells your kids they must conform in order to fit in. John and Danny discuss believers’ true identity as seen in scripture. Featuring Ray Vander Laan.

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Encouraging Children in Their Unique Calling

As your children prepare to leave high school, they’ll face big life decisions, such as where to go to college or where to work. They might be asking, “What is God’s will for my life?” John and Danny discuss how to help your kids identify their unique calling. Featuring Ray Vander Laan.

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Persevering in Parenting

If you feel like you correct the same behavior in your kids over and over, don’t give up! Your teaching will sink in if you persevere. John and Danny offer advice for teaching kids to be thankful and respectful. Featuring Ginger Hubbard.

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Teaching Young Children to Honor God

Kids are like sponges. As young as preschool, they can start to absorb Biblical truth. John and Danny discuss how to encourage your kids’ faith according to their unique temperaments. Featuring Ginger Hubbard.

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Guiding Your Teen in Faith and Dating

If you’re like many parents, you have to fight the urge to lecture your teen. You know it won’t help, but it can feel so satisfying. John and Danny discuss the influence parents gain by taking the time to connect with their teenage children. Featuring Dr. Ken Wilgus.

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Mending Your Relationship with Your Teenager

Sometimes the hardest people to forgive are those closest to you. John and Danny discuss how Christian parents can show grace when their teen has wronged them. Featuring Dr. Ken Wilgus

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Allowing Children to Make Mistakes

Your kids will make some mistakes as they grow older and gain more independence. John and Danny discuss how to pick your battles and affirm your kids’ positive behavior. Featuring Courtney DeFeo.

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Is It Time for Our Kids to Have a Cell Phone?

The purpose for having a phone contract is to make sure everyone in the family is on the same page and in agreement with cell phone expectations. The goals are to encourage relationship, conversation, and responsibility with and without devices. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” – Psalm 4:23

Breaking the Cycle of Absent Fathers

Breaking the Cycle of Absent Fathers

You don’t have to make the same choices in life that your father did. You can use your life story as a springboard to another path. You can choose how to write the next chapters in your story. Make the choice for the cycle of absent fathers to end with you.

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Bursting Negative Thought Bubbles

One of our goals as parents must be to manage our own thought bubbles so that we can be a model for our kids.

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Navigating Personality Differences at Home

Take some time to learn about the personalities of people around you. The goal is for your family to take the frustration that can come from different personalities and turn it into understanding how different personalities can benefit each other.

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Demonstrating Steadfast Love in Parenting

A solid foundation is one of the most important things a parent needs to create in a relationship with their child. Just like a tree, the roots must be set deeply in place before the trunk, branches and fruit can grow

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How Do I Help My Shy Child?

Shy children leave many thoughts bottled up—thoughts that could help him or her connect with others if only they were brought out. Imagine how many incredible thoughts are not shared because of shyness!

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Teach Children About Online Sexual Predators

Help protect your children from online sexual predators.

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Sexual Assault and Rape: Help for Teens

Ways to help teens understand or heal from sexual assault and rape.

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When Your Kids Tune You Out

What causes kids to not listen? Distraction is a major obstacle, but inconsistent or unclear boundaries, and a lack of respect, are also big contributors.

Gratitude is Good for a Child’s Health

Gratitude rescues us from the trap of negative thinking and helps us enjoy life more. It is an essential trait for parents to develop in their children as they lead them toward a thriving faith.

Suicide is a Problem for Youth and Young Adults

Suicide is a problem in the youth and young adult population. There is hope for healing when parents and others are intentional about providing help.

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Cutting Is a Call for Help

When tweens and teens are experiencing psychological distress, they may cut themselves to cope with the emotional pain.

The Consequences of Sexting

Sometimes tweens and teens feel pressured into sending sexually explicit texts to their friends. This practice is known as sexting.

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Bullying and Cyberbullying

Bullying and cyberbullying may be prevented with intentional parenting. However if it does occur, there are some ways that parents can respond to help their kids cope.

How Fathers Help Kids Grow

When fathers are attentive to their children, they build relationships that encourage healthy child development.

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Finding Peace Through Forgiveness

Author Gil Mertz and Focus on the Family Vice President of Parenting Outreach Daniel Huerta discuss the importance of finding inner peace by forgiving others – particularly family members – for past abuse and neglect.

Preparing Your Kids for the Teen Years (Part 2 of 2)

Focus on the Family Vice President of Parenting and Youth Danny Huerta and popular author Jessie Minassian offer parents practical advice for teaching their kids about sex, puberty, and the many changes they’ll experience during their teen years. (Part 2 of 2)

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Preparing Your Kids for the Teen Years (Part 1 of 2)

Focus on the Family Vice President of Parenting and Youth Danny Huerta and popular author Jessie Minassian offer parents practical advice for teaching their kids about sex, puberty, and the many changes they’ll experience during their teen years. (Part 1 of 2)

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Stay Connected to Your Family Through Journals

Contributor journals are an easy, fun way to stay connected to your family.

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What is the Right Kind of Attention for Your Children?

Paying the right kinds of attention to your children is easier when you become more aware of each child’s personality and temperament.

Who Is Shaping Your Kids?

Recognizing three types of contributors to children’s lives.

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To Spank or Not to Spank?

It’s one of the most common parenting questions, especially for young parents. The topic charges emotions and often sparks controversy. The problem is, there’s not an easy answer.

Helicopter, Free-Range and Other Parenting Styles

New styles of parenting seem to be appearing every day. Yet claiming one style makes me laugh because kids are not one size fits all. They need time, conversation, teaching, guidance, patience and prayer. Parenting is not about perfection but instead about becoming a student of your child.

How Do You Respond to Your Child’s Suspected Porn Use?

There have been countless times I’ve had to respond to a parent’s pleas for help after they have just discovered their child has viewed pornography.

Perseverance: How Your Kids Can Overcome Hardship

Perseverance is an overlooked but essential quality that parents need to instill in their children

Why Your Kids Need Intentional Parents

Intentional parenting just means having a plan

Seven Strategies to Combat Teen Porn Use

Pornography is pervasive, but avoidable with the right skills. It can quickly become an addiction.

Use of Pornography Among Tweens and Teens

As much as we’d like think of our children as innocent, we parents need to become aware of the widespread use of pornography among tweens and teens.

How Porn Affects Your Child’s Future

Many think porn use is no big deal, but its effects reach far into the future.

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How Pornography Affects a Teen Brain

Parents need to know how pornography affects teens.

Do Your Kids Know You Value Their Character?

Do you encourage your kids to pursue achievements or to develop their character? Your parenting might be telling of which you value more

Is Spanking Biblical?

How often have you heard the adage, “Spare the rod; spoil the child?‚” What verse is that anyway?

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Building Your Discipline Toolkit From a Biblical Perspective

What is your perception of discipline? You may need to broaden your view. In doing so, you will have more tools to choose from in your discipline toolkit.

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How to Develop Media Intelligence in Your Home

With another season of “13 Reasons Why” being released, parents may need to rethink how it may be affecting their children.

Involving Grandparents in Your Kids’ Lives

Together with your kids’ grandparents, talk about how they might support your role as a parent and how they can be involved with your kids’ lives.

Lifewise: Rethinking Retirement

As we reach retirement age, the temptation is to think our time is finally our own. But what if God has something else in mind for us during this new life stage?

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How to Help Your Kids Process Tragic News

As a counselor, I’m often asked how to talk with kids about tragedies such as the latest school shooting. Here are some strategies I offer in my practice for intentional and effective conversations about tragedy.

How Much Privacy Should You Give Your Kids?

Do you allow your children to enjoy the same rights to privacy that you have as a parent and as an adult?

Lifewise Activities: Volunteer Smart

Ready to volunteer? Before you dive in, you’ll want to keep a few tips in mind to make your experience the best it can be.

Do Your Kids Know You Love Them?

Thinking of your children as masterpieces created by God doesn’t help them until you share those insights with them.

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Lifewise Faith: Avoiding Bitterness, Finding Forgiveness

It is dangerous for you when you don’t choose to forgive others.

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Guiding Your Son to Respond Well to Sexual Attraction

Has your son recently discovered that his reaction to girls is changing? Read about three ways to help your son make sense of what is happening and guide him to respond well. 

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Siblings Can Learn to Be Kind to One Another

Raise kids who treat each other with kindness

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13 Reasons Why Not

Help your teen see that hope is always there.

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Parental Boundaries and Limits

Kids need clear boundaries and limits. Find out how boundaries and limits are part of the seven essential traits of parenting.

Parental Gratitude

Gratitude rescues us from the trap of negative thinking and helps us enjoy life more. Learn how gratitude is one of the seven traits of effective parenting.

Parental Love

Children spell love T-I-M-E. Read more about how love is one of the seven essential traits of parenting.

Parental Respect

Respect is an essential component of communication and correction in the home. Read more about how respect is one of the seven essential traits of parenting.

Parenting With Intentionality

Intentionality in parenting means making a purposeful decision to spend time connecting with your kids. Read how intentionality is one of the seven traits for effective parenting.

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Grace and Forgiveness in Parenting

Grace and forgiveness are necessary for a healthy home life. Find out how grace and forgiveness are a part of the seven traits of essential parenting.

Adaptability as a Parent

The ability to adjust and respond with flexibility and optimism is a lifeline to the struggling family. Learn how adaptability is one of the seven traits of effective parenting.

What Sadie Robertson Got Right

Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson encourages teens to take five seconds before making decisions that could change their lives . . . and she got it right. Here’s why.

Helping Kids Process News Reports of Violence

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.

Are You Kind to Your Kids?

There is no need to be rude in your parenting. Instead, approach family life with a sensible and respectful tone.

Every Blended Family Needs a Little Help

Most couples in a second marriage could use some expert help right from the start. Counseling provides guidance and the kind of insight that’s often difficult to muster on your own.

When Should Your Child Get a Cellphone?

Kids want cellphones to connect with peers, build friendships and find a sense of belonging. When is the best time for them to get their first mobile device?

Sexting: Why Parents Should Care and What They Should Do About It

Recent news stories have talked about teens and sexting. It happens more than parents think.

Developing the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting

Thank you for taking the Focus on the Family 7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment. This free resource is available to help you continue to grow and develop as a parent. Once you use this outstanding tool, consider next steps for the areas where y …

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Helping Kids Conquer Their Fears

Daniel Huerta, Focus on the Family’s Vice President of Parenting and Youth, addresses the common, everyday fears of children and guides parents toward practical solutions.

Peer Relationships and Identity

Friendships and self-identity will have a profound impact on adolescents and may need guidance from parents.

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