The teen years are coming, whether you’re ready or not.
The teen years are coming, whether you’re ready or not.
Try this fun idea for an evening out with your husband or wife. You may discover new, surprising things about your spouse.
On May 4, 2019, our 4D ultrasound footage will enable people in Times Square to #SeeLifeClearly and to consider the undeniable scientific evidence that a baby in the womb is fully human, fully alive and fully worthy of protection.
Trevor Hendershot has Down syndrome, along with a ready smile and boundless energy. Devoted sports fans go out of their way to say hello to him at games, and Trevor greets many stadium regulars by name. Even the team players know him, and his enthusiasm is contagious.
While trained medical professionals have become adept at recognizing features of the developing fetus in 2D, parents are better able to visualize the baby with the advent of 3D and 4D ultrasonography.
Are you looking for ways to help your kids or teens understand the value of a human life? Get kid- and teen-friendly declarations.
The sanctity of human life has long been a core tenet of Focus on the Family’s identity. We’ll have a team at the 2019 March for Life because we’re passionate about speaking up for vulnerable preborn babies and promoting a culture of life.
Personalities play a role in communication styles. A good approach is to ask your spouse about the times and situations that allow him or her to be open to healthy, honest conversation.
A statement regarding professional therapies for sexual identity concerns.
El récord mundial atlético de Bruce Jenner y la medalla de oro que ganó en los Juegos Olímpicos de 1976 en la competencia de decatlón, lo convirtieron en uno de los deportistas más famosos del mundo.
There are several reasons that attachment between children and their caregivers may be disrupted. Here, the natural and environmental risks to forming secure attachment, and the consequences, are discussed.
This article explains the difference between bonding and attachment, how attachment relates to forming healthy relationships, and what parents can do to foster secure attachment for healthy growth and development.
Explore God’s Word together with this devotion for couples. You’ll discover that Your spouse is significant because he or she was created in the image of God. This is part of his or her identity.
When a young woman faces an unintended pregnancy, one of the ways God often meets her needs – in fact, the most common way – is through His people.
Is porn beginning to control your life? Are you addicted? You can’t put it down — you keep going back for more? Perhaps you find yourself needing to see increasingly graphic pornography.
A growing number of families are motivated by recognizing the large number of kids in need of families and the realization that followers of Christ are God’s plan for children who’ve been orphaned.
From frozen embryos to foster care, no matter what type of adoption you choose, it’s important to take time as a family to really evaluate if you are able to meet the child’s needs.
Take the time to determine the adoption option that is best for you and your family.
Is your spouse the same person you married? Your spouse keeps changing in preferences and interests. To stay current, study your spouse to understand, serve and love him or her better each day.
Students are celebrating their religious freedom and reflecting God’s love by bringing their Bibles to school
From questions about age to concerns about the cost, there are unfortunately plenty of misconceptions that keep people from exploring adoption through foster care.
As many as 60 percent of those living in nursing homes do not have regular visitors. Have you ever considered building relationships with the residents at a home near you?
From a simple visit to regular volunteering your time, there are plenty of ways pro-life physicians can support local pregnancy centers in their life-saving mission.
Women aren’t alone in dealing with the guilt and grief that follows an abortion.
For almost two years, Amy and Brian loved little Logan as their foster son, with hopes of adopting him. Now, no matter what happens with Logan’s future, Amy and Brian know that God gave them a chance to take part in a healing miracle.
For Kristan Hawkins, the pro-life debate is more than just a profession. As a mother raising children with cystic fibrosis – a deadly genetic disease – the value and dignity of every human life is a deeply personal ethic that she lives with every day.
While the world was telling us all the reasons we shouldn’t adopt a child with Down syndrome, God was showing us not only a baby in need of a family, but that we were a family in need of a baby.
Explore ways to make worshiping with your spouse more meaningful. You might try serving together or reading a book related to faith. Even small steps can help you to worship more intimately as a couple.
From the neighborhood picnic to the family table, food has the power to bring people closer. Several writers tell how the experience of preparing and enjoying food has been important to their family.
Whether it’s parents concerned about the family’s reputation, a married man who’s having an affair or an uncommitted boyfriend, all have an interest in making the “problem‚” of an unplanned pregnancy go away.
The emotional and practical support offered by pregnancy clinic staffers can have the biggest impact on abortion-minded women and their partners.
Financial questions are often a leading concern for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, but a woman’s decision to carry her baby to term is rarely determined solely by her economic situation.
Culture is shaped by the young, and most worldviews are challenged and formed at the high school and college level. That’s why, in their mission to make abortion unthinkable, Students for Life is reaching out to America’s youth.
In announcing the winner of their annual baby photo search, Gerber has affirmed what millions of people already believe: Every child deserves to live.
How can you and your family reach out to those in nursing facilities, as well as shut-ins living in their own homes? Consider the gift of music.
Find out how kids are using their online and mobile devices, and how that participation can impact them physically, psychologically, emotionally and socially.
In a culture that values strength and normalcy, it can be difficult to accept weakness or differences – especially with our own children.
Sandra Stanley and her family volunteered to provide respite care for foster families in need. Turns out it was just the first step in what became a family ministry.
Scripture indicates that one virtue — love — has supreme value above all other virtues. But when you don’t feel particularly loving, you don’t have to try to muster romantic feelings for your spouse.
The annual March for Life is an event that brings together the entire pro-life community – all working to see a time when abortion is unthinkable.
Here is a complete list of our Frequently Asked Questions on the subject of homosexuality.
Leaving a legacy isn’t a choice. The kind of legacy you leave, though, is up to you.
Appreciating our husband’s or wife’s emotions can be difficult. But we can give our spouse a special gift by seeking to thoroughly understand him or her before reacting.
The sheer number of children waiting for a family of their own can seem overwhelming, but there are plenty of things you can do right now to make a difference for orphans.
If you want to get a realistic picture of what it’s like to be a foster parent, the best thing to do is speak with the folks who are living it.
It’s all too easy to feel as if the needs of the world are too many for any one of us to make a difference, but Charles Mully didn’t let that stop him from taking action to save lives.
A Timeline of the History of the Houston HERO Ordinance
You might think you’ve forgiven your spouse, but true forgiveness comes with a sense of peace. And the ability to forgive others — and yourself — only comes from God.
All the excitement about Valentine’s Day makes it easy for us to spend a day focusing on romantic love, but committing to act in love all year long is more difficult.
A lot of women feel hopeless about ever resolving the pain connected with their abortion. But healing is possible.
When some look at a pregnant woman, they see only one life: we see two. That’s the idea behind the social media #iSEETWO campaign.
The memory of 9/11 has had an undeniable impact on our nation and on our families. How much more profound has the impact been on the victims who survived the tragedy and on the families of those who died?
Make your child’s cultural heritage a part of your family’s story.
At Focus on the Family, we’re here to assist youby creating this discussion guide to serve as a springboard to help you enter into candid marriage-building conversations with your mentoree couple.This guide explores twelve characteristics that we’ve identified as essential ingredients in creating lasting, thriving unions.
Teach your toddler about the election process.
Sure, the doctors were right in that our daughter would face some medical issues throughout her life, but what they didn’t share with us was that we were embarking upon the greatest journey any parent could ever hope for.
Listen to valuable sermons on how to deal with specials needs within your family and marriage.
Are you curious about what the Bible says about human trafficking? Here are 20 scriptures that show that every life is valuable.
Facts and research to help you understand the terrible side effects of human trafficking.
People with Autism are a part of the disability classification that need inclusion. What does the church need to do to include these wonderful people with ASD?
Stand up for those with special needs. Here are 11 Biblical scriptures to help you.
Just like other life challenges, our churches need to be the place families can turn to for help and support, not another place to feel like an unwanted outsider.
Our model helps young families begin building a thriving, healthy life together.
Facts and research to help you understand special needs within your family and marriage.
“Each year more than 500,000 mothers die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications, most of which are preventable.”
6.6 million children will die this year before they reach their 5th birthday.
If your son has had a sexual relationship from which a pregnancy has resulted, remember that he will probably be experiencing many of the same emotions as his girlfriend, including fear, guilt and ambivalence. In addition, he will feel considerable conflict and confusion over the role he should play.
This Christmas, the story of Jesus’ flight to Egypt (as recorded in Matthew 2), bears new insight when viewed through the lens of our hurting region Jesus began his life in a situation similar to what Iraqi and Syrian children refugees are experiencing today. Having escaped death towards an unknown future, Jesus, Joseph, and Mary were refugees.
As you might expect, there are several common drawbacks to video game play.
Parents develop expectations for their child’s behavior based on age. However, there are factors to keep in mind.
In part two of this three part series, John Thomas answers a question regarding knowing God’s will.
John D. Martin interviews Christian scholar Dr. William Lane Craig.
Do you have a child who loves to play video games? These safeguards will help counter the possible ill effects.
Avoid these common mistakes to help protect your child from video game addiction.
1. What Does The Houston Ordinance Do? The ordinance is, among other things, a public accommodation policy that forbids discrimination in the city based on sexual orientation and gender identity. One of the points of greatest concern is that it allows …
“Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” Christmas is right around the corner and you’re making plans to bring the whole family gathered together to celebrate. Yet peace and goodwill are anything but certain. You just learned: Your brother comes home a d …
What next? The Bible uses two terms to describe what happens when people say Yes to God and join His family. This experience, which was explained earlier, is being born again. New Christians are part of God’s family just as certainly as they are part o …
Abortion is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States and one that is only performed upon women. Do women have a right to know the medical risks associated with abortion? What is a Woman’s Right to Know bill? …
Find answers to commonly asked questions related to the loss of a job.
The city council of a Midwestern town announced the date for the long-awaited and controversial meeting. The council would consider the constitutionality of beginning its sessions with prayer. When that night arrived, the chamber was packed with politi …
At age 54, Judy Pitt made her first trip to Africa to fulfill a dream to see the continent. Now she’s traveling there twice a year to help the people of Kenya.
Here are a few ideas real moms and dads have created to set an atmosphere where words of affirmation and moments of celebration can be shared.
If you’re not ready to get married, do you really think you’re ready to live together?
If you’ve tried understanding marriage through the world, there’s a better way.
Infidelity is not a simple problem and it cannot be fixed with a simple cure. This series of articles is designed to provide insight, encouragement and practical advice to anyone whose marriage has been undermined by an act of infidelity.
God has given you experiences that build wisdom if interpreted and used correctly. And that wisdom can be a tremendous benefit to others who will go through the same dark valley.
FaithLaunch isn’t the only method for introducing your child to Jesus. But it’s a good way to do it without pressuring your child, exhausting yourself or upending your family’s schedule.
Requests for visits with the child by birth families are on the rise.
We are called to be attentive to one another in marriage, to stop and listen and to learn about each other.
To assume that our ability to love another person has its source in our own hearts carries with it the potential to be embarrassing, painful, or dangerous.
To yield to one another sexually in marriage is to step into God-created intimacy.
Spiritual intimacy between a husband and wife provides a safe covering.
We so long to find or to create certainty in our lives. There is but one certainty in life, and that is the presence of our loving God.
In our well-connected world, it is more likely than ever that your child will now, or someday in the future, have contact or relationships with the people who brought him into this world.
We all have an innate need to know who we are and where we came from.
‘I know someday God will use what we’ve been through to help others.’
Appreciate the precious gift of parenthood granted to you by your child’s birth family by embracing them through the love of Jesus Christ.
The respect you show for each birth parent’s intrinsic value and humanity will boost your child’s own self-respect.
If you’re thinking about making a career change, consider using this plan to satisfy yourself personally and professionally.
Operating without a financial strategy may create financial disaster. Here’s how to battle the monthly budget.
As a parent, you are the best person to educate your child about sexuality.
Like movie ratings, video game ratings are helpful tools for parents who want to make informed decisions about what their children see.
Part of the Battling Drug and Alcohol Abuse Series Battling Drug and Alcohol Abuse If You Love an Alcoholic Drug-Proofing Your Home Parental Involvement Leads to a Decline in Drug Use Series About: Abuse and Addiction A new survey from the National Ins …
Is your family in financial dire straits? Learn to stop playing games with your monthly budget.
Get 10 tips for becoming a parent who is diligent on a daily basis with teens.
The most powerful words we can say to our kids (“I’m sorry”) are also the most humbling – and sometimes the most painful.
Make time to discuss the business of life as a couple, but don’t let it interfere with a romantic interlude.
What happens when parents apologize to their kids? Understanding, forgiveness, closeness and love.
How to really hear your teen and encourage your teen to open up to you
Asking for forgiveness is an admission that you’ve made a poor decision – and it can be humiliating to admit you’re wrong – but kids say they respect their parents more when they apologize.
You’ll be amazed at how easily some arguments are solved after you both feel understood and valued.
Teen girls will learn about abstinence, the difference between love and infatuation and the effects of sexual intimacy outside of marriage, as well as the perspective of several guys on the issue of chastity.
Allow your teen’s feelings to touch you, and then help him see that you truly understand his feelings.
Your job is now to pinpoint your teen’s interests and natural abilities to help your child grow in the direction that God made him or her.
Setbacks are an inevitable part of life, but how should we respond? The healthy response is to ‘learn, grow and go.’
Sensory preference has a big influence on success or failure in school and in the choice of a career.
Help your teens discover their spiritual gifts as a means for helping them gain direction in their life.
Maybe you’ve heard that a woman needs to be loved by her husband and a man needs to be respected by his wife. However, if you’re like the average man or woman, you’re thinking, “Sure, that all sounds great, but what does it mean?” Men often define love …
All teens – including yours – still long to be loved and affirmed by Mom and Dad. No one else’s praise and support means more.
Over time, the intensity of your grief will likely subside, but do not rush the grieving process.
If you have been trying to go it alone in caring for an elderly loved one, remember that burnout is a very real possibility. It is important to acknowledge the impact caregiving is having on you and to get support and good counsel about available services and resources.
Never before in America’s history have we had so many people, ages 65 to 74, caring for aging parents, and never have we had so many older people, especially as baby boomers continue to age.
Though your elder loved one may be ravaged by old age and mental difficulties, their need to actively practice their Christian faith is important.
Depression doesn’t make you a failure. Persevering through it makes you a strong Christian and a winner in God’s eyes.
Understanding the challenges of stepfamily living can help you make an informed decision about remarriage.
Although the following influences do not constitute a comprehensive list of contributing factors, they are often present in eating disorders.
Teen guys will learn about abstinence, the difference between love and infatuation and the effects of sexual intimacy outside of marriage, as well as the regrets of a guy who got involved in pornography.
Learn what causes eating disorders, what the root of the problem is, factors that could lead to the development of an eating disorder, what the Bible says about beauty and how to avoid the trap of eating disorders.
Here are more answers to questions your child may ask about God.
Read about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, what the Bible has to say about getting high, how a teen can help a friend involved in substance abuse and resources for drug abuse.
Some of the warning signs of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
Here are some proactive steps you can take to reduce your child’s chance of using drugs.
Today’s entertainment is far reaching and has slowly desensitized us to sex and violence. Learn how to make wise decisions about the movies, music and shows you take in!
Before considering how you might respond to the news that your unmarried teenager is pregnant, take a brief tour of the emotions and thought processes that are likely to be swirling through her mind and heart.
When facing an unplanned pregnancy, young women also deal with a swirl of fragile emotions and pressure from many sources.
Concerned parents want to know how to help their stressed out, overworked, too-active kids.
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