Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend is a clinical psychologist, a marriage and family therapist, a popular public speaker and the co-founder of Cloud-Townsend Resources. He is also the author or co-author of numerous books including God Will Make a Way, How People Grow and Who’s Pushing Your Buttons? Dr. Townsend holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Biola University. He resides in Southern California with his wife and sons. Learn how you can earn a graduate degree in Dr. Townsend’s methodology at The Townsend Institute.

Focus on Parenting Podcast

Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids, Part 9

Rebellious kids can keep parents in an on-going cycle of conflict. John and Danny discuss ways to break that cycle when a pre-teen or teenager is acting out.

Focus on Parenting Podcast

Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids, Part 8

Often, the problem is not what your child says, it’s his or her tone. John and Danny discuss ways to nip that creeping disrespect from your child in the bud.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids, Part 7

Little kids learn early on what it takes to get Mom and Dad to jump on command. John and Danny discuss ways to calm a toddler who just won’t stop screaming.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids, Part 6

John and Danny discuss how to stay in control as parents when a child is disobedient despite constant repetition, and it gets tempting to let anger boil over.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids, Part 5

There’s helicopter parenting, free range parenting, tiger parenting, and even lawnmower parenting. John and Danny discuss how “mowing down” roadblocks for our kids as lawnmower parents can cause serious damage later on.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids, Part 4

Strong-willed children must face the consequences of their actions, but John and Danny warn against breaking the will of the strong-willed child.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids, Part 3

As parents, dealing day in and day out with our children can wear us out. John and Danny challenge parents to reach out for help and resources before complete exhaustion sets in.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids, Part 2

Parents need discernment when it comes to some of the advice they’ll come across in raising their kids. John and Danny explain how the terrible advice of “never telling children no” can actually harm our kids.

Focus on Parenting Podcast

Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids, Part 1

We want our kids to be able to function well in society. That’s why we have to create boundaries for them when they’re young. John and Danny explain how to set boundaries by striking a balance of love and limits even if those boundaries are met with resistance.

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Have a Great Christmas With Your Young Adults

Celebrating the holidays with clear communication and healthy boundaries with your young adults will make your time together more memorable and enjoyable.

Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids (Part 2 of 2)

Psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend discuss the importance of parents defining appropriate boundaries and sticking with consequences in order to help kids learn to lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. (Part 2 of 2)

Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids (Part 1 of 2)

Psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend discuss the importance of parents defining appropriate boundaries and sticking with consequences in order to help kids learn to lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. (Part 1 of 2)

How to Help Your Kids Behave Better

Establishing expectations and executing them with love can help you tame a young child’s negative behavior.

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Boundaries: The Key to Freedom

Equipping your teen with inner strength and a sense of responsibility

Kids need boundaries as seen by several kids standing at the fence and not falling

Why Kids Need Boundaries

Boundaries are more important than you may realize. Here’s how to establish limits that will help your children succeed.

Establishing Healthy Boundaries in Your Marriage

Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend explain what healthy boundaries in marriage are, and offer practical advice for establishing those boundaries and re-establishing them if they’ve been broken.

Healthy Opposite-Sex Friendships in Marriage

Some couples choose not to have opposite-sex relationships because of the risks. But the couple must make sure all the “nutrients” from others in the body of Christ are present.

Choosing a College Major

How should your teen choose a college major? Use these six suggestions for guiding your child and in facilitating discussion.

Constructive Praise

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

Building Trust

A marriage stands or falls on the quality of its foundation.