Joannie DeBrito, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT

As the current Director of Parenting and Youth at Focus on the Family, Joannie DeBrito draws from over 30 years of diverse experience as a parent educator, family life educator, school social worker, administrator and licensed mental health professional.

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Staying Sane While Working From Home With Kids

These eight tips can help create a successful and less stressful environment for you and your kids while you are working from home.

Living with your family in close quarters can produce an immense amount of stress. But it's also an opportunity.

Showing Grace to Your Family in Close Quarters

Living with Your Family in Close Quarters So here you are, at home with your family in close quarters. Your children are running around wild, and you’re wondering how you’re going to get your work done and care for your kids at the same time. The techn …

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Talking With Kids About the Coronavirus

We’ve all heard healthcare providers tell us how to keep the coronavirus at bay. Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face. If you have any symptoms of the virus, consult a doctor and stay away from other people. These and other suggestions …

Holiday Stress Between Parents and Young Adults

Holiday stress between parents and young adult children may occur when both parties have different expectations about the holidays. But that stress can be relieved.

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Dads Parent Differently Than Moms

Moms: Stop, pause and observe to see how a father’s unique contributions to parenting will benefit his children.

Are You Responsible for Your Child’s Bad Behavior?

Does your child misbehave in a way that can be traced back to something you do? Is your teen’s rebellious attitude similar to yours? Your kids’ behavior isn’t your fault, but sometimes it means you have work to do.

Do You Feel Depressed After the Holidays?

Do you get the after-holiday “blahs”? Here are some ideas to help you get back to feeling like your normal self.

Truth From the Bible for Cutters: When Feelings for Self-Harm Are Strong

Self-harm is an attempt to find relief from emotional distress. Here is what the Bible offers parents to help their kids who are cutting.

Age-Appropriate Grandparenting

A refresher on kids’ ages and stages.

Helping to Care for Grandkids?

Participating in caring for grandkids is a gift and a privilege. With careful planning, it represents an unprecedented opportunity to make a lasting, positive impression in their lives.

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Parenting a Child Affected by a Traumatic Incident

I was a first responder lending mental health support to kids rescued from Columbine High School. So when I hear of the latest school shooting, I feel sickened that another community has to cope with the aftermath.

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Parenting Emerging Adults: Boundaries and Limits

Navigating a role shift when adult children move back home.

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Parenting Emerging Adults: Adaptability

Adaptability is a big part of helping older children “leave the nest” well.

When Mothers and Grandmothers Parent Children Together

Some mothers coparent their kids with their own mothers. Through cooperation, these women can encourage healthy development in their children and grandchildren.