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John Fuller, John Fuller is vice president of the Audio division and co-host of the daily “Focus on the Family”

John Fuller

John Fuller is vice president of the Audio division and co-host of the daily “Focus on the Family” radio program. He speaks and writes about family, faith, media and business. John and his wife, Dena, reside in Colorado Springs, Colo., and have six children.

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Parenting Or Your Career?

Raising a child takes an extraordinary amount of time and commitment. At some point, you’ll have to give up something in order to spend time with your son or daughter. John and Danny share about how they wrestled with balancing their careers and raising kids. Featuring Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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Five Styles of Conflict

How does the word “conflict,” make you feel? Like it or not, it will be part of your marriage. The key is in how you deal with it when it comes. Greg, Erin and John discuss five styles of conflict and share which ones they identify with the most. Featuring Mrs. Debra Fileta.

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When Past Hurts Come Up

When a wife finds out her husband is struggling with pornography, many times, she feels a sense of, “I’m not good enough.” The sting of the betrayal can even trigger hurts from the past. In those situations, what do you do? Greg, Erin and John offer a dose of encouragement to marriages that’ve been hurt by pornography. Featuring David and Kirsten Samuel.

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Reasons for Your Child’s Emotions

You get home after a long and exhausting day at work. But instead of coming home to a peaceful environment, your kids are at odds with each other. Sound familiar? Danny and John offer some ideas for listening to your child’s emotions, even when you don’t feel like it. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

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Patterns of a Vacillator

Your child is demanding your attention and it seems like he won’t stop! In those situations, is it best to respond with discipline or to listen? John and Danny share how you can respond when your child is always begging for your attention. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

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Finding Healing from Sexual Brokenness

Pornography is a dangerous trap that sadly many people are caught in today. But instead of keeping it a secret, it must be brought into the light. John, Erin and Greg discuss how having trustworthy friends around you can help save your marriage from pornography. Featuring Mr. David and Mrs. Kirsten Samuel.

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Moms in the Bible

It’s amazing what lessons we can learn from characters in the Bible. Even though they lived many years ago, their examples still speak to us today. John and Danny share about some biblical who inspire them in their parenting. Featuring Rhonda Stoppe.

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How Would God Respond to Marriage Conflict?

Getting to know your spouse can feel like driving down a road with unexpected turns. On the journey, there will be situations where you bump into conflict. John, Erin and Greg explain how having a relationship with God can help you during marriage conflict. Featuring Pastor Rob and Gina Flood.

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The Adult They’ll Become

When your child is young, you dream about the man or woman they’ll become. But how do you prepare them for the future ahead? John and Danny share how you can invest in your child’s future by teaching them God’s Word. Featuring Rhonda Stoppe.

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“I Married the Wrong Person”

When you’re frustrated with your spouse, it’s easy to say hurtful things. In fact, some couples have even said things like, “I married the wrong person!” John, Erin and Greg discuss how you can turn negative emotions around in your marriage, even when you’re upset at your mate. Featuring Pastor Rob and Mrs. Gina Flood.

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The Roller Coaster of Recovery

When a marriage has been hurt by betrayal, the road of recovery takes time. It’s not an easy journey, but healing is possible with God’s help. John, Greg and Erin offer a healthy perspective for couples traveling the road to recovery. Featuring Mr. Mark and Mrs. Jill Savage.

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Grace for Your Child’s Mistakes

The Bible reminds us that God has shown us more grace than we deserve. As parents, we’re given a beautiful and unique opportunity to point our kids to His kindness and love. John and Danny discuss ways you can show your kid grace, even when he or she messes up. Featuring Crystal Paine.

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Relationship Over Reputation

We’ve all been guilty of wondering, “What do others think about my parenting?” While self-awareness is healthy, being obsessed with your reputation as a mom or dad is not good. John and Danny share promises from God’s Word you can cling to as a parent. Featuring Crystal Paine.

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Why Blaming is So Dangerous

If your spouse has hurt you, it’s easy to start playing the blame game. But doing so will only make things worse, not better. John, Erin and Greg discuss a step you can take toward healing in your marriage, even after being hurt by your spouse. Featuring Mr. Mark and Mrs. Jill Savage.

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Healthy Respect and Good Boundaries

Watching your son or daughter make choices on their own can be exciting, but also nerve-wracking. But what do you do when he or she is determined to do things without your input? Danny and John give some tips on when it might be a good time to draw boundaries with your son or daughter. Featuring Matt Jacobson.

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Finding True Peace and Prosperity

Having financial goals as a couple can greatly bless your marriage. The key is to get on the same page as a team. John and Greg share how to work together as a team and find contentment in your financial situation as a couple. Featuring Mr. Chuck and Mrs. Ann Bentley.

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Giving Consistent Encouragement

Your child longs to be affirmed. The truth is, a little bit of encouragement can go a long way in helping your son or daughter. John talks with Danny about how he’s seen encouragement make a difference in his parenting. Featuring Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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When Your Spouse Repents

There’s a temptation to think you can change your spouse’s bad habits. However, no matter how hard you try, true repentance is only possible with God’s help. John talks with Erin and Greg about how to move on when your spouse repents from a bad habit. Featuring Mr. Chuck and Mrs. Ann Bentley.

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The Season of Conflict

Conflict is part of marriage. But if you’re willing to work through it, your relationship can become stronger even after a fight. John talks with Greg and Erin about how they paint a realistic picture of marital conflict when counseling an engaged couple. Featuring Mrs. Debra Fileta.

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Patterns of a Pleaser

How do you guide a child who wants to please everyone? While wanting to be liked is a good thing, trying to make everyone happy is a dangerous path for your son or daughter to walk. John and Danny discuss how to give your child a genuine confidence when he or she struggles with people pleasing. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

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Spider Webs & Glass-Blowing Classes

When you’re engaged, it’s easy to think you know your future spouse really well. However, getting to know someone takes time. John talks with Greg and Erin about how engaged couples can develop a healthy friendship before a wedding. Featuring Mrs. Debra Fileta.

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“Let’s Talk About It”

When your son or daughter is young, he or she tends to look up to you. However, that usually changes when your child becomes a teenager. John and Danny share how admitting some of your own mistakes can help bridge a gap between you and your teen. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

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In-Laws and Staying Committed

There’s an old saying about marriage, “you don’t just marry your spouse, you marry the person’s family.” If we’re honest, sometimes learning to get along with in-laws is a big adjustment. John, Erin and Greg share about staying committed while trying to get along with your spouse’s family. Featuring Mrs. Melanie Shankle.

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Don’t Walk Away

When your child is going through something difficult, you long to help. However, there are times when your efforts are not enough. In those situations, how do you respond? John and Danny provide some encouragement for when your child is struggling. Featuring Rhonda Stoppe.

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The Influence of a Mentor

We all have blind spots in our parenting. To help see them, God might send a mentor to help coach you as a mom or dad. John and Danny share about the ways a mentor can benefit your parenting. Featuring Rhonda Stoppe.

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Choosing Love, Even When You Don’t Feel It

As you get to know your spouse, you learn so many things about him or her. While learning new things can be funny, some situations can lead to tension. John, Erin and Greg discuss why loving your spouse is still a decision, even if you don’t feel like doing it. Featuring Mrs. Melanie Shankle.

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When God Reaches Us in Our Mess

When you’ve made several mistakes in your marriage, it can seem like things could never be restored. But even when you’ve turned away from doing things God’s way, He’s still willing to forgive and welcome you back home. John, Erin and Greg offer hope to couples who feel like their marriage is too far gone. Featuring Mr. Mark and Mrs. Jill Savage.

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When Perfectionism Becomes Toxic

As a parent, how do you respond when your son or daughter does something that catches you off guard? John and Danny discuss the importance of giving yourself grace, even when your child does something that embarrasses you. Featuring Crystal Paine.

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When Mistakes Meet God’s Grace

No matter how hard you try, there are still moments you miss it as a parent. But when you do, God’s grace can empower you to do better next time. John and Danny share some encouragement for moving on, even after you mess up. Featuring Mike Berry.

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When God Showed up on Easter

We’ve all known a couple who’s thought, “Our marriage can’t make it.” If that’s you, John, Greg and Erin will share how they’ve seen God restore broken marriages, and provide some tips for preventing an affair. Featuring Mr. Mark and Mrs. Jill Savage.

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Changing Bad Money Habits

What do you do when it feels like you and your spouse can’t agree about money? John and Erin will share how to be patient when you and your mate are struggling to find financial unity. Featuring Mr. Chuck and Mrs. Ann Bentley.

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Don’t Take the Bait!

When your teenager is rude to you, it can be easy to lash out. John and Danny discuss why setting boundaries is better than responding in anger to your teen. Featuring Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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Affirming Your Daughter

As you’re raising a daughter, it’s very important to speak encouragement into her life. John and Danny will provide some practical ideas for helping your daughter find her true beauty. Featuring Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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When Your Money Habits Clash

Money. It’s one of the most common reasons couples fight. To help ease financial tension, John and Erin will share a helpful key for when you’re frustrated with your spouse’s financial choices. Featuring Mr. Chuck and Mrs. Ann Bentley.

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The Secure Connector Parent

Healthy parenting is possible with God’s help. But how do you maintain a good attitude when your child is misbehaving? John and Danny will offer some helpful thoughts for when your son or daughter acts difficult. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

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Confessing Sexual Sin to Your Family

Sexual sin grows in the dark. But when you bring it into the light by confessing it, the healing process can start. John, Greg and Erin discuss how to find a trustworthy person to confess sin to. Featuring Mr. David and Mrs. Kirsten Samuel.

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Parenting and Love Styles (Part 2 of 2)

We all have baggage from our family of origin. But what do you do when you start repeating your own parents’ mistakes? John and Danny provide a dose of hope to parents who are discouraged because of the family they came from. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich. (Part 2 of 2)

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When a Secret Sin is Uncovered

Statistics reveal that many married men are struggling with a pornography addiction, even in the church. If this has impacted your marriage, please know, you’re not alone. John, Erin and Greg discuss how to take a step toward healing, after a secret sin has been uncovered. Featuring Mr. David and Mrs. Kirsten Samuel.

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Growing Spiritually in Every Season

Homes need a strong foundation, and marriages need to be established on God’s love. Without it, you won’t be nearly as ready when challenges come your way. John and Erin offer some helpful ideas for being strong spiritually as a couple. Featuring Mrs. Debra Fileta.

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Raising Your Boy to Become a Man

When your son was little, he needed you all the time. But as he’s gotten older, his need for independence becomes stronger. How do you make that transition well? John and Danny provide some practical ideas for training your son to be a great man. Featuring Rhonda Stoppe.

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Overcoming Fear in the Spring Season

When you’re falling in love, it can feel like the start of the spring season. Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and romance is strong. But if we’re honest, sometimes falling in love can also reveal our deepest fears. John and Erin discuss how to know if your relationship is healthy in the early stages of romance. Featuring Mrs. Debra Fileta.

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Encouraging Your Child’s Strengths

Your child has special gifts and talents. A big key to being a good parent is recognizing and encouraging those abilities in your son or daughter. John and Danny discuss what it looks like to draw out the gifts in your child. Featuring Rhonda Stoppe.

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Three Core Parenting Principles

Good parenting can always be traced to a healthy relationship with your children. But what does that look like? John and Danny discuss an important key for keeping a relationship strong, even when your child is acting up. Featuring Mike Berry.

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Remembering What Brought You Together

Sometimes, it’s good to reflect on why you married your spouse. To help you do that, John and Erin discuss the benefits of remembering how you fell in love. Featuring Mrs. Melanie Shankle.

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Correcting a Counterfeit

“You need more things!” “You need to do more activities with your kids!” These are the lies our culture shouts at us. But believing them will do more harm to your family than good. John and Danny discuss how simplifying your schedule can bring more peace into your home. Featuring Mike Berry.

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Having Fun With Your Opposite Personalities

You married someone who’s very different from you! It’s part of God’s design. While your differences can be a lot of fun, they can also create a lot of tension. John talks to Erin about ways that a couple can have fun with their differences. Featuring Mrs. Melanie Shankle.

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The Power of a Parent’s Perspective

When your son or daughter faces something challenging, one of the greatest blessings you can give him or her is reassurance. Danny shares with John about the different ways he’s learned to encourage and connect with his son and his daughter. Featuring Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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Opening a Closed Heart

It’s one of the worst things that can happen in a marriage: when your spouse’s heart closes. If that happens, it can take a long time for the relationship to be restored. John Fuller and Erin Smalley discuss ways to speak kindly to your spouse, even when he or she doesn’t want to talk.

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Showing Healthy Affection

Sometimes, what your son or daughter needs is a hug from you. But what do you do when your child doesn’t want one? John and Danny discuss the benefits of hugging your child and offer tips for how to respond when he or she doesn’t want one. Featuring Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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Eliminating Distractions, Finding Intimacy

Let’s be honest, sometimes, it’s easy to get distracted when your spouse is trying to tell you something. If it feels like distractions are pulling you away from each other, please know you’re not alone. John talks with Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley about why it’s important for couples to eliminate distractions and connect on a spiritual level.

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Parenting and Love Styles (Part 1 of 2)

The family you came from has a huge influence on the ways you raise your own kids. In this profound conversation, John and Danny will encourage you to examine how your family of origin has impacted your parenting. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

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Purpose of the Seasons

Each season of marriage has a purpose. The key is in choosing to make the most of the one you’re in, even when it’s not easy. If you feel stuck in a winter season today, Greg, Erin and John will offer you some hope. Featuring Debra Fileta.

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The Seasons Your Marriage Goes Through

Every marriage goes through seasons. Some are wonderful, while others are difficult, but each one can help you improve your relationship. John talks with Greg and Erin about seasons in a marriage and how to know if you’ve been one for too long. Featuring Debra Fileta.

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When Your Child Cries

When your son or daughter is young, it’s common for him or her to cry a lot. But the tears are typically pointing to something deeper. John and Danny offer some helpful tips for talking to your kids about their true feelings. Featuring Josh and Christi Straub.

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Representing Jesus in Our Marriage

If there’s a lack of love in your marriage, it’s good to evaluate the strength of your relationship with God. The more you prioritize obeying God, the better job you’ll do at being a good spouse. John talks to Erin and Greg about what it means for couples to represent Jesus in their marriage. Featuring Guy Lia, Amber Lia, and Jean Daly.

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I Can’t Do This!

Raising kids is an exhausting journey. At times, you might even think to yourself, “I can’t do this!” If you feel that way today, you are not alone. John and Danny will offer ideas for staying encouraged, even when you’re exhausted as a parent. Featuring Heidi St. John.

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Seeing Yourself as a Warrior

There are many overwhelming moments in your parenting. Even when it feels challenging, one of the best gifts you can give your child is to pray he or she will follow God. John and Danny encourage you to keep being a godly influence for your kids, even when it’s hard. Featuring Heidi St. John.

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Honey, That’s Not What I Meant

You said something to your spouse, and thought your point was clear. But after a day or two, your mate is really upset. It turns out, your spouse misunderstood what you said. Sound familiar? John, Erin and Greg explain why working through misunderstandings can make your relationship stronger. Featuring Guy Lia, Amber Lia, and Jean Daly.

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When Unfaithfulness Meets God’s Grace

When your spouse has hurt you, it’s easy to hold on to unforgiveness. But doing so will only make things worse. John talks with Greg and Erin about ways couples can take steps toward healing, even if one of the spouses has been unfaithful. Featuring Mark and Jill Savage.

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Breaking Patterns of Dysfunctional Parenting

We all make mistakes as parents. But what do you do when a series of mistakes becomes an unhealthy pattern? The fact is, healing can take a long time. John and Danny describe how reconciliation is a process when you’re trying to overcome the damage done by negative patterns. Featuring guest Mike Berry.

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The Immediate Damage of an Affair

Sadly, many couples experience the sting of betrayal. When the unfaithfulness comes to light, the damage is shocking. John talks with Greg and Erin about why an affair is so devastating to a marriage, and they’ll point you to resources for starting a recovery process. Featuring Mark and Jill Savage.

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The Root of the Behavior

You ask your child to do something, but instead of hearing “yes, Mom” or “yes, Dad,” you get a negative response. Sound familiar? John and Danny explain why bad behavior is typically rooted in something much deeper that’s going on in your child. Featuring guest Mike Berry.

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Questions and Answers

You long for meaningful connection with your spouse. However, there are moments when it feels like life and responsibilities keep getting in the way. During those seasons, what do you do? John, Greg and Erin suggest some questions you can ask your spouse as a way to connect with each other.

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Truly Providing for Your Family

You want to provide for your kids’ needs, but at the end of the day, what your child really wants is quality time with you. John and Danny share how they struggled to balance work with kids, and how they learned to make time for their families. Featuring guests Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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Planets and the Sun

Raising kids with your spouse is one of life’s greatest blessings. But anyone who’s had children will tell you it’s not easy to balance them with your marriage. John talks with Greg and Erin about how to prioritize your marriage, even with the constant demands of parenting.

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Training for Adulthood

“Clean you room.” “Do the dishes.” “Don’t punch your brother!” These are basic parenting instructions. But what do you do when your child isn’t listening? John and Danny explain how big changes in your child’s behavior start by focusing on one area at a time. Featuring Cynthia Tobias.

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Planning for a Thriving Marriage

Success doesn’t happen by accident. It requires planning and making intentional decisions. The same principle is true for your marriage. Greg and Erin talk with John about how practicing simple exercises has made their marriage better. Featuring Dr. Marcus Warner and Pastor Chris Coursey.

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The Reason Behind the Emotions

An angry outburst! Sudden crying! Irrational behavior! Do these sound familiar? Many times, when your child has an outburst, there’s usually a deeper reason under the surface. John and Danny discuss how to affirm your child when he or she is struggling emotionally. Featuring Dr. Josh and Christi Straub.

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The Story You Tell Yourself

When you’re frustrated with your spouse, it’s easy to tell yourself things about him or her that aren’t true. We’ve all been guilty of that before. Greg, Erin and John explain how simple gestures of kindness can calm your emotions, even when you feel frustrated with your mate. Featuring Dr. Marcus Warner and Pastor Chris Coursey.

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A Safe Place for Feelings

When your son or daughter is feeling down, where does he or she turn to for help? As a parent, it’s good to give your child a safe place to express his or her emotions. John and Danny give some tips for helping your kids work through their feelings. Featuring Dr. Josh and Christi Straub.

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Encouraging Spiritual Growth in Your Kids

Spending time with God can be difficult when your kids require so much attention. John and Danny offer some ideas for how to spend time with the Lord amidst the busyness of parenting. Featuring guest Heidi St. John.

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Working Through Triggers With Honesty

You love your spouse so much, but we’re all still human. Part of being human is getting on each other’s nerves. John, Erin and Greg discuss what it looks like for couples to work through irritations during the early years of marriage. Featuring guests Amber Lia, Guy Lia, and Jean Daly.

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You Don’t Have to Get It All Right

As a parent, there are times when we all mess up. But the good news is that God’s grace is there to pick us back up again, even when we fall. John and Danny share how God will meet us, even in our low moments as a parent. Featuring guest Heidi St. John.

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Overcoming Tension in the Early Years

The early years of marriage are filled with bliss and lots of adjustments. With so many changes, getting on each others’ nerves is very common as you’re learning to live together. John, Greg and Erin give some encouragement to newlyweds who are stepping on each others’ toes. Featuring guests Amber Lia, Guy Lia, and Jean Daly.

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When Jesus Saved Her Marriage

When it seems hopeless, Jesus will still meet you where you are. Your marriage might be struggling today, but God can do a miracle in your relationship. John and the Smalleys share how they’ve seen God restore broken marriages. Featuring guest Vicki Rose.

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Choosing Thankfulness, Even When It’s Hard

When you have a great day, being thankful is easy. But what about when you have a bad day? John and Danny discuss how families can still be grateful, even during difficult circumstances. Featuring guest Tricia Goyer.

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Handling Crazy Situations With Joy

When your plans fall apart, it can be very overwhelming. But what if a moment gone awry with your kids actually turned into a fun and lasting memory? Danny and John offer a healthy perspective for responding well, even when your plans don’t work out. Featuring guest Tricia Goyer.

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God Can Redeem Any Marriage

Many marriages go through a dark season. If you’re feeling discouraged today and wondering whether you and your spouse are going to make it, you’ve come to the right place for hope. Hear John, Erin and Greg explain how it’s never too late for God to heal your broken marriage. Featuring guests Bill and Vicki Rose.

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The Gift of a Strong-Will

Let’s be honest, there are moments when your strong-willed child is difficult to get along with. What do you do in those situations? John and Danny give some ideas for how to talk with your strong-willed son or daughter, even when it’s hard. Featuring Cynthia Tobias.

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Healthy Expectations for Busy Seasons

When we get angry at our family, there’s typically a deeper reason why. It might even be rooted in unrealistic expectations. Erin, Greg and John discuss how to have healthy expectations for busy seasons, and ways to show your spouse grace when he or she gets upset.

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Listen to the Metronome

Like music needs a metronome to sound good, your marriage needs a rhythm to help you stay connected. But is that possible when your schedule feels overloaded? John, Erin and Greg discuss ways to make time for your spouse, even with a crowded schedule.

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Respecting a Child With a Strong Will

Raising a strong-willed son or daughter is not easy. Sometimes, getting him or her to comply with your requests can feel like trying to tame a wild beast. John and Danny provide a dose of hope to parents who feel overwhelmed by their strong-willed child. Featuring Cynthia Tobias.

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Brain Magnets and Joy Buckets

Do you remember what it was like when you and your spouse first fell in love? The attraction was so strong. As time goes on, that same attraction can start to fade if you’re not careful. John, Greg and Erin provide some helpful thoughts on how to not lose curiosity in your spouse. Featuring Dr. Marcus Warner and Pastor Chris Coursey.

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Making Your Kids Feel Safe

It’s important for your kids to have a safe place to express their emotions. What better place to start than at your home? John and Danny offer some helpful tools for connecting emotionally with your kids. Featuring Josh and Christi Straub.

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It’s Not Too Late for a Miracle

Every parent faces challenges, but what do you do when a situation seems hopeless? Even if it feels dark today, please know, your story is not over. John and Danny give some encouragement to parents who feel weighed down by hard circumstances. Featuring Amber Lisa and Wendy Speake.

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Marriage is Like Maintaining a Garden

Just like a garden needs water, your marriage needs simple acts of love in order to thrive. John, Erin and Greg explain how they’ve seen little things help their marriages. They’ll also offer some encouragement to couples who are struggling to love each other. Featuring Dr. Marcus Warner and Pastor Chris Coursey.

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Fight for a Better Future

What do you see when you look back on your family history? For some, there are beautiful memories, but for others, it’s a history of brokenness. No matter what your story is, John and Danny will encourage you that God can help you live out a better future. Featuring Elizabeth Oates.

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Stop the Sarcasm!

Telling jokes can be a great way to liven up your marriage. But, a good punch line should never come at your spouse’s expense. Greg, Erin and John explain why sarcasm can be toxic for your marriage. Featuring Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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When Super-Husband Isn’t Enough

While doing things to help your spouse is wonderful, activities should never replace the joy of being together. Greg, Erin and John discuss how they’ve learned the importance of spending time with their spouses. Featuring Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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Moving on From a Difficult Past

Even if you’ve come from a difficult family situation, God can still redeem your story. The key is never trying to heal on your own. John and Danny explain why counseling can help in overcoming a painful family past. Featuring Elizabeth Oates.

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All My Expectations!

When you and your spouse were dating, what did you expect marriage to be like? The truth is, many of us go into a lifelong commitment with over-the-top expectations. John, Greg and Erin share examples from their own lives, and give tips for how to let go of unrealistic expectations as a newlywed. Featuring Bill and Vicki Rose.

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Praising God as a Family

When life is busy, it’s vitally important to remind yourself of God’s goodness. But doing so isn’t always easy in the midst of parenting. John and Danny discuss people who’ve inspired them to trust God amidst the big task of raising kids. Featuring Tricia Goyer.

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When the Pressure is Too Much!

When you get married, it’s easy to believe that marriage will solve your problems. However, such an unrealistic expectation can do great harm to your relationship. John, Greg, and Erin discuss what it means to have healthier expectations for marriage. Featuring Bill and Vicki Rose.

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The Difference Between Honesty & Complaining

Just like poison is to your body, complaining is toxic for your home environment. But if you’ll deal with it, your home can experience a new sense of peace. John and Danny offer some ideas for how to practice thankfulness in your home. Featuring Tricia Goyer.

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Catch the Little Foxes

The truth is, small things can have a very big impact on your marriage. But as the little things add up, it can be hard to make time for each other. John, Greg, and Erin provide some helpful tips to couples who feel overwhelmed by their busy schedules.

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When You Have a Strong-Willed Child

Every child has a unique, God-given personality. But what do you do when your son or daughter is always determined to get his or her way? John and Danny give some hope to parents with a strong-willed son or daughter. Featuring guest Cynthia Tobias.

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Being Present During Difficult Times

When your child is hurting, it’s easy to ask yourself, “Do I have the right words to say?” The truth is, just being there for your son or daughter can make a huge difference. John and Danny provide encouragement to parents with a hurting child. Featuring Michele Howe.

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More Than Just Roommates

When you and your spouse were dating, you probably found each others’ quirks to be funny. However, those same things you once thought of as cute can turn into little annoyances. John, Erin and Greg give some hope to couples who feel annoyed with each other.

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Regaining Passion in Your Marriage

For a lot of couples, talking about sex can feel awkward and uncomfortable. But it doesn’t have to be that way. John, Erin and Greg offer encouragement to couples who’ve lost their passion for intimacy. Featuring Pastor Levi Lusko, Jennie Lusko and Jean Daly.

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When Multitasking is Too Much

Activities with your children can be fun, but also very exhausting! What do you do when all the things you’d planned become too much to handle? John and Danny offer some ideas for lightening your schedule. Featuring Amber Lia and Wendy Speake.

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Healthy Coping for Stressful Times

Stress is part of parenting, but how do you cope with it when you’re completely overwhelmed? John and Danny share about how they’ve learned to rely on God’s strength during stressful moments. Featuring Amber Lia and Wendy Speake.

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Let’s Talk About Submission

Submission is a biblical principle that will help your marriage. But what does it look like to practice it? John talks with Greg about what submission is not, and Erin discusses the power of an encouraging wife. Featuring Pastor Levi Lusko, Jennie Lusko and Jean Daly.

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The Gift of Affection

A small note, a gentle hug, a tender kiss. These things can add so much to your marriage. But what do you do when you don’t feel like being affectionate? John Fuller and Erin Smalley remind us that we can still choose to be romantic with our mate, even when we don’t feel like it. Featuring Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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How the Gospel Heals Parental Wounds

In the Bible, God is compared to a loving father. But, if a person didn’t have a good father in the home, he or she might turn away from the Lord. John and Danny offer hope to parents who have a child who’s far from God. Featuring Elizabeth Oates.

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Small Actions That Show You Care

Sometimes, a small act of love from your spouse can go a long way to brighten your day. But if we’re honest, it’s easy to neglect showing affection to your mate when life gets busy. John Fuller and Erin Smalley remind us why we shouldn’t stop appreciating our spouse. Featuring Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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Overcoming a Parents’ Divorce

All of us have baggage from our family of origin. But with God’s help, we can overcome a painful past. John and Danny give hope to those who come from a divorced family. Featuring Elizabeth Oates.

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Allowing God to Paint Your Financial Picture

In marriage, it takes relying on God’s wisdom to make wise choices. The same can be said for the financial choices you make. Erin Smalley and John Fuller discuss how to rely on God when you need to make big decisions on money. Featuring guests Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn.

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Teaching Your Kids Not to Complain

The truth is, getting your children to be thankful is easier said than done. It doesn’t come naturally, but it’s possible. John and Danny offer some ideas for helping your kids to practice thankfulness. Featuring guest Tricia Goyer.

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Ways to Pray for Your Daughter

One of the greatest blessings as a parent with a daughter is to pray for her. But a big question is, “How do I pray?” John and Danny offer some practical ways to pray for the girl in your home. Featuring guest Teri Lynne Underwood.

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Overcoming Your Fears About Money

In a marriage, each spouse tends to have different priorities when it comes to money. In the same way, husbands and wives usually have different fears regarding finances. John Fuller and Erin Smalley offer thoughts for overcoming money fears as a couple. Featuring Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn.

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Replacing Lies With the Truth

You and your spouse are on the same team. But if you believe lies about your mate, it can feel like you’re competing against each other. John Fuller and Erin Smalley offer hope to struggling couples. Featuring Drs. Bob Paul and Greg Smalley.

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When Your Child Moves Away

Seeing your child leave home is one of the biggest and sometimes hardest transitions you’ll make as a parent. John and Danny willl provide some tips for making that transition well. Featuring guest Michele Howe.

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Listen to Your Feelings

Learning to be more honest about how you feel is a wonderful way to grow with your spouse. John Fuller and Erin Smalley discuss how to get better at sharing your feelings with your mate as you gain life experience together. Featuring Drs. Bob Paul and Greg Smalley.

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Giving Appropriate Affirmation

Encouraging your child is a wonderful thing, but how do you do it when you need to confront him or her? John and Danny offer some tips for responding well when your child disappoints you. Featuring guest Michele Howe.

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Getting Rid of Unhealthy Assumptions

False assumptions about your spouse are toxic. If left undealt with, they can lead to mistrust. Erin and John offer hope to couples struggling with resentment and false assumptions. Featuring Pastor Levi Lusko, Jennie Lusko, and Jean Daly.

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When You’re Exhausted as a Parent

Parenting is an amazing journey, but it’s also exhausting. How do you keep it together when you feel so tired? Danny and John give some encouragement to exhausted moms and dads. Featuring Amber Lea and Wendy Speake.

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Saying NO to Lesser Important Things

Life is filled with options. But, to have a good marriage, you must learn to say “No,” to some opportunities. John and Erin discuss how saying “No” to lesser important things can benefit your marriage. Featuring Pastor Levi Lusko, Jennie Lusko and Mrs. Jean Daly.

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Consider it Pure Joy

As a parent it’s easy to feel tired by the constant demands of raising kids. John and Danny offer some hope and encouragement to exhausted parents. Featuring Amber Lea and Wendy Speake.

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Encouraging Healthy Learning Habits

It’s easy to celebrate your kid when he or she makes a good grade, but what about when he or she perseveres through something difficult? John and Danny offer some thoughts on how to encourage your children when they show resilience. Featuring Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson.

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Small Steps, Big Results

It’s easy to think that your marriage needs a big breakthrough when you want to reconnect with each other. But, that’s not always the case. John, Greg and Erin discuss the importance of how small actions can go a long way in your relationship. Featuring Matt and Lisa Jacobson.

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The Problem with ‘Do Your Best’

Instructing your kids is part of parenting, but teaching them takes time. John and Danny discuss how to have a healthy perspective when training your kids to learn life lessons. Featuring Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson.

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When the Distance Feels Too Big

In a marriage, it’s easy to neglect spending time with each other. When that happens, a slow and steady drift can creep in. John, Greg and Erin discuss how to reconnect with your spouse when you feel distant in your relationship. Featuring Dr. Kevin Leman and Mrs. Jean Daly.

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Working Through Different Financial Priorities

In a marriage, one spouse tends to save money while the other prefers to spend it. When that’s the case, how can you work together? John, Greg and Erin offer some ideas for how to get on the same page financially in your relationship. Featuring Mr. Jeff and Mrs. Shaunti Feldhahn.

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Bringing Your Parenting Fears to God

John and Danny offer advice to parents who are afraid of missing a hidden problem in their child’s life. Featuring author Teri Lynne Underwood.

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Why You Must Talk About Money

Financial stress is one of the most common reasons for conflict in marriages today. But, it’s also something that many couples are uncomfortable talking about. John chats with Greg and Erin about how they’ve overcome financial challenges in their relationship. Featuring guests Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn.

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Is Your Child Overscheduled?

Today, many children are overscheduled and exhausted. John and Danny describe why downtime is so important for your kids. Featuring guest Teri Lynne Underwood.

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Lies That Will Close Your Heart

Have you ever believed something untrue about your spouse? It’s an uncomfortable question, but believing lies will always prevent your heart from being open to your mate. John talks with Erin and Greg about how they’ve learned to let go of lies in their relationship. Featuring Dr. Bob Paul.

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Parents and Grandparents: Tips for Communication

Grandparents can play a significant role in their grandchild’s life by offering their unconditional love. John and Danny list topics for grandparents and parents to discuss to prevent misunderstandings. Featuring Michele Howe.

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What Your Spouse is Not

Your spouse might be amazing, but he or she cannot meet every expectation you have. In some way, he or she will fall short. John, Greg and Erin discuss how to let go of bad expectations in your marriage. Featuring Dr. Bob Paul.

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Managing Expectations for Grandparents

It can be painful if your parents aren’t involved in your kids’ lives. John and Danny offer encouragement to parents who feel like their kids are missing out. Featuring Michele Howe.

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God Has a Plan for Your Strong-Willed Child

If you’re parenting a strong-willed child, you know there are unique challenges that come with their bold opinions and emotions. John and Danny give an overview of principles for parenting strong-willed children. Featuring Wendy Speake and Amber Lia.

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The Danger of Assumptions

A lack of communication can open the door to all kinds of unhealthy assumptions about your spouse. John, Greg, and Erin give some ideas for how to deal with negative assumptions in your relationship, and explain why reading the Bible can help you become a better spouse. Featuring Dr. Ron and Mrs. Jan Welch.

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Rules for Marriage Communication

Just like a professional sport needs rules to be played well, your marriage needs boundaries for effective communication, John talks with the Smalleys about rules they have in their own marriage for communicating with each other. Featuring Dr. Ron and Mrs. Jan Welch.

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Renewing Your Mind During Parenting Challenges

John and Danny offer help for parents who are exhausted by strong-willed children. Featuring Amber Lia and Wendy Speake.

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Helping Your Child Find Freedom from Perfectionism

Many unhealthy behaviors are easy to spot. But it may be harder to tell if your child is struggling with unhealthy perfectionism. John and Danny describe perfectionist tendencies in teens and offer advice for overcoming unhealthy thought patterns. Featuring Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson.

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Moving on From Miscommunication

Every now and then, you and your spouse will encounter a miscommunication. It might be a minor thing or a big thing, but how do you move on from it? Greg and Erin talk with John about how they’ve learned to get passed misunderstandings, and why working through miscommunication is worth it. Featuring Dr. Kevin Leman and Mrs. Jean Daly.

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What’s Driving Your Teen’s Behavior?

It’s typical for teenagers to experience ups and downs. But if your child continues to be withdrawn or angry, consider what’s under the surface. John and Danny describe root fears that can cause teens to act out.

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Don’t Run From the Problem

As problems come up in your relationship, it’s essential to deal with them. But the big question is, how? John, Erin and Greg explain why you shouldn’t run from marriage issues, and discuss how praying together helps build a lasting foundation for your relationship. Featuring Dr. Kevin Leman and Mrs. Jean Daly.

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Letting God Work on Your Spouse

When your spouse has an annoying habit, it’s easy to snap at him or her. How can you show love and patience to your mate when he or she is getting on your last nerve? John, Greg and Erin give some ideas on how to deal with annoying habits in your marriage, and discuss the importance of allowing God to work on your spouse. Featuring Joshua and Raquel Rogers.

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Encouragement for Couples Facing Infertility

Infertility can be such a painful, isolating experience. John and Danny offer advice to couples who long for children. Featuring author Teri Lynne Underwood.

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Is Prayer Your Last Priority?

Corrie ten Boom once asked, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” John and Danny describe key prayers to pray for your kids. Featuring author Teri Lynne Underwood.

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How Integrity Leads to Intimacy

Integrity is for a marriage what a foundation is for a house. Without it, your relationship will fall apart. John, Greg and Erin discuss what genuine integrity looks like, and how to talk with your spouse about difficult things. Featuring Mr. Joshua and Mrs. Raquel Rogers.

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What God Says About Love

As time rolls on in your marriage, the feelings of love will come and go. Whether you feel in love with your spouse today or not, you’ve come to the right place. Greg, Erin and John explain how relying on God’s love can help you overcome feelings of apathy in your marriage. Featuring Dr. Bob Paul.

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A Short Guide to ‘The Talk’

You are the best person to teach your child important truths about God’s design for sexuality. John and Danny offer encouragement to parents who are anxious about having ‘the talk.’ Featuring Jessie Minassian.

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A Healthy Perspective on “Becoming One”

Scripture tells us that two spouses “become one,” in marriage. But what does that mean? John, Greg and Erin provide some ideas for how to live in unity with your spouse. Featuring Dr. Bob Paul.

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Sharing God’s Vision for Sexuality

John and Danny offer practical advice for teaching your child a Biblical view of sexuality. Featuring Jessie Minassian.

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Letting Go of Control in Your Marriage

All of us want to feel the freedom to be ourselves when we’re with our mate. But, if one spouse is always trying to control the other, it can weigh a marriage down with resentment. John, Greg and Erin discuss how giving your spouse freedom can strengthen your relationship. Featuring Dr. Ron and Mrs. Jan Welch.

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The Power of a Gentle Answer

It can be really difficult not to react in anger when your kids repeat frustrating behaviors. John and Danny offer a helpful perspective on whining and complaining. Featuring Amber Lia and Wendy Speake.

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The Dangers of a Controlling Spouse

As you’re getting to know your spouse, it’s easy for things to come up that you weren’t expecting. John talks with Greg and Erin about struggles they overcame in their marriage. They’ll also provide hope for those who feel stuck in a controlling relationship. Featuring Dr. Ron and Mrs. Jan Welch.

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Identifying Triggers in Parenting

John and Danny offer advice to help parents discover the root cause of their anger. Featuring Amber Lia and Wendy Speake.

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Is it Your Job to Make Your Child Happy?

Parenting is a marathon, and it’s helpful to keep the end goal in mind: you’re preparing your kids for adulthood. John and Danny discuss the dangers of believing your primary job is to make your child happy. Featuring Dr. David Clarke.

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Marriage is Not a Competition

When you and your spouse do life as a team, it’s amazing what you can accomplish together, But if you compete against each other, things will go terribly wrong. John, Greg, and Erin give you some insights on how you and your spouse can work together in spite of your differences. Featuring Dr. Kevin Leman and Mrs. Jean Daly.

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Should You Tell Kids They’re Special?

John and Danny discuss the importance of giving your kids both encouragement and honest feedback. Featuring Dr. David Clarke.

A Safe Place to Talk

When it’s been a long day, having a considerate spouse to share your feelings with is a wonderful gift. But how can you tell your mate what’s really going on when you feel upset? John, Greg and Erin provide some guidelines for expressing anger without being rude to your spouse. Featured guest Dr. Kevin Leman

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How God Wants to Use Your Imperfect Marriage

Marriage has a way of revealing some of our deepest fears. But no matter what you’re afraid of today, God can help you overcome it. Greg, Erin and John open up about some of their struggles, and explain how God uses friends to help you defeat discouragement in your marriage. Featuring guests Joshua and Raquel Rogers.

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Getting a Handle On Godly Discipline

There’s so much conflicting advice on the internet about correcting your child’s misbehavior – but what does the Bible teach about godly discipline? John and Danny offer practical, Bible-based advice. Featuring guest Dr. David Clarke.

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It’s Not Too Early to Teach Your Kids About God

If you’re a mom or a dad, you’re the best person to show your kids that following God is more than going to church on Sunday mornings. John and Danny describe how to encourage your child’s faith from an early age. Featuring guest Dr. David Clarke.

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The Difference a Helpful Friend Makes

When your marriage faces challenges, having a supportive friend to turn to can be so helpful. But how do you know if someone is a safe person to share your struggles with? Greg, Erin and John explain how you can find trustworthy friends to help your marriage in times of need. Featuring guests Joshua and Raquel Rogers.

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Bringing Up Girls with a Healthy Identity

During the teen years, girls need their parents’ affirmation more than ever. John and Danny discuss how dads can encourage their daughters and help them develop a healthy identity. Featuring guest Jessie Minassian.

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A Great Goal for Your Marriage

In the early stages of your relationship, it was easy to dream of the perfect marriage. But over time, as your expectations meet reality, it’s easy to let discouragement set in. Erin, Greg and John discuss how to keep growing together as a couple, even when you feel disappointed in your marriage. Featuring guest Dr. Bob Paul. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Helping Pre-Teens Understand Their Emotions

It’s normal for pre-teens to start experiencing more intense feelings or for their self-confidence to take a nosedive. John and Danny discuss how to help your teen navigate mood swings and emotional changes. Featuring guest Jessie Minassian.

Developing Spiritual Strength in Your Marriage

Marriage was created by God to reflect His character to the world. But at the same time, we do have a spiritual enemy, the Devil, who hates God’s precious design. When Satan attacks your relationship, how should you respond? John, Greg and Erin give some ideas on how to fight spiritual battles in your marriage. Featuring guest Dr. Bob Paul. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Evangelism Opportunities for Kids

If you look for them, you can find opportunities to share the gospel every day. John and Danny discuss how to pass an evangelistic mindset on to your kids.

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Dealing With the Root of Marriage Problems

John, Greg and Erin discuss how letting go of selfishness makes a big difference for when you face conflict as a couple. Featuring Dr. Ron Welch and Mrs. Jan Welch.

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Addressing a Sexual Struggle in Your Marriage

Many times, current sexual problems are related to something painful we’ve experienced. Whether it was abuse, pornography or past sexual experiences, such things can taint our perspective on intimacy. John, Greg and Erin provide hope for couples who are trying to overcome past sexual pain. Featuring guests Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

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Involving Your Kids in Church and Ministry

It can be discouraging when your child acts uninterested in Sunday worship or church activities. John and Danny offer practical advice for involving kids of all ages in church and ministry. Featuring guest Shauna Pilgreen.

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Simple, Effective Behavior Interventions

John and Danny discuss a simple method of enforcing the rules that doesn’t require repeating yourself. Featuring guests Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson.

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What Your Spouse Really Needs

We all have things we want from our spouse. But there’s an important distinction between a need and a desire. John, Greg and Erin will explain what true needs are in marriage. Featuring guests Dr. Kevin Leman and Jean Daly.

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Early Birds & Night Owls

A common difference between many husbands and wives is where one likes to wake up early and the other prefers to sleep in late. If left unaddressed, this can lead to a lot of conflict in a marriage. How do you navigate a relationship where one spouse is an early bird, and the other is a night owl? John, Greg and Erin discuss how to work through different sleeping habits as a couple. Featuring guests Dr. Kevin Leman and Jean Daly.

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Raising Independent Kids

You kids may just be more capable than you think! John and Danny discuss how parents can fight the urge to be controlling. Featuring guests Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson.

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Rebuilding Trust in a Broken Marriage

Many marriages have been hurt by the sting of broken trust. If the relationship with your spouse is clouded by distrust, where do you turn to for help? If hope seems dim in your relationship today, John, Greg and Erin will offer some encouragement. Featuring guests Ron and Jody Zappia.

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Developing Confidence On and Off the Field

Less than one percent of little league players make it to the major leagues. But even if your child doesn’t become a professional athlete, playing sports is a valuable learning opportunity. John and Danny offer tips for helping your child gain confidence. Featuring guest Dr. David Clarke.

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Pick Your Battles With Teens

On this episode of the Focus on the Family Parenting Podcast, John and Danny describe why teenage rebellion isn’t always a bad thing. Featuring guest Dr. David Clarke.

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How the Gospel Can Heal Your Broken Marriage

Nobody marries the perfect spouse. No matter how hard we try, all of us fall short from time to time. But as we rely on God’s grace, we can find redemption for our past mistakes. John, Greg and Erin talk about how spending time with God and healthy friends have helped them to overcome marital challenges. Featuring guests Ron and Jody Zappia.

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Contrasts in Communication

In marriage, it’s very common for you and your spouse to have opposite communication styles. As our differences become more evident, it’s easy for us to misunderstand each other. John and the Smalleys provide some helpful ideas for communicating verbally and nonverbally with your spouse.

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God’s Good Design for Sex

Hollywood has distorted the meaning of sex. It’s crucial to teach your kids God’s design for sexuality. John and Danny highlight important talking points for parents. Featuring guest Jessie Minassian.

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Doing Life in the Same Boat

If we’re honest, we all have annoying habits. In marriage, it’s very common for those same habits to get on our spouse’s nerves. John and the Smalleys share things they’ve learned from their own journeys and how you can work through disagreements with your spouse.

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Navigating Friendships in Middle School and Beyond

The saying goes, “If you want a good friend, be a good friend.” John and Danny offer practical advice to help teens become contributors in relationships. Featuring guest Jessie Minassian.

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Prepare Your Kids for Spiritual Battles

The Christian life is not free from hardship. John and Danny describe how to talk to your kids about difficult circumstances. Featuring guest Shauna Pilgreen.

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Love Styles & Your Sex Life

A good sex life is built on a foundation of trust. But achieving trust in your marriage requires intentional effort. John, Greg and Erin explain how patience and vulnerability can strengthen your marriage and benefit your sex life. Featuring guests Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

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Overcoming Sexual Obstacles in Your Marriage

The sexual relationship with your spouse is one of the most important parts of your marriage. But having a good sex life requires intentional and honest communication. Greg, Erin and John address working through different expectations for sex in your marriage. Featuring guests Milan & Kay Yerkovich.

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When You’re Called to Stay

God sends some to other countries to share the gospel, but he calls many to minister in their own backyard. John and Danny offer practical advice to help your family become mission-minded wherever you live. Featuring guest Shauna Pilgreen.

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Trusting God in a High-Risk Pregnancy

It’s normal to be anxious if you’re facing a high-risk pregnancy. John and Danny offer advice for coming alongside friends struggling with fear. Featuring guests Greg and Erin Smalley and Suzanne Gosselin.

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When You Misunderstand Your Mate

Every marriage faces misunderstandings. While they can be awkward in the moment, they can also be something you laugh about it in the future. John, Erin and Greg tell how they’ve learned to work through misunderstandings in their marriages and discuss how wives can better communicate with their husbands. Featuring guests Dr. Kevin Leman and Mrs. Jean Daly.

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The Spiritual Benefits of Parenting

Parenting can stretch you spiritually and cause you to rely on God. John and Danny discuss some of the hidden benefits of having children. Featuring guests Greg and Erin Smalley and Suzanne Gosselin.

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Serving Your Special Someone

Serving your spouse is a wonderful thing. But what would your marriage look like if you served your mate without expecting anything in return? John, Greg and Erin share stories from their own experience, and give some tips for husbands on how to better care for their wives. Featuring guests Dr. Kevin Leman and Mrs. Jean Daly.

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Is Virtue Caught or Taught?

Virtues like kindness and respect are often better caught than taught. John and Danny discuss how to model important virtues for your children. Featuring guest Dr. David Clarke.

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Recovering a Broken Relationship

When trust has been shattered in your marriage, the recovery process can take months or even years. Is there hope when your relationship is hanging on by a thread? If you or a couple you know is trying to rebuild trust in their relationship, you’ll be encouraged by this hopeful conversation with John, Greg and Erin. Featuring guests Ron and Jody Zappia.

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Avoiding an Affair

Most affairs can be traced back to something small. A tiny compromise, a little white lie, and before you know it, your marriage is in serious trouble. John, Greg and Erin provide some guidance on how to guard your marriage from an extramarital affair. Featuring guests Ron and Jody Zappia.

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Communicating Love at Every Age and Stage

Hearing the words “I love you” regularly can make all the difference in a child’s life. John and Danny offer practical tips for helping your child feel loved at any age. Featuring guest Dr. David Clarke.

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Speaking the Truth in Love to Teens

Your words can strengthen your long-term relationship with your teen or push them away. John and Danny offer advice on correcting teens in love. Featuring guest Jessie Minassian.

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Marriage is Like a Canoe

When your spouse gets on your nerves, it hits much closer to home than when someone else does. If left unchecked, those little annoyances can become sources of tension and conflict. John and the Smalleys explain how working through your differences can make you a stronger couple.

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Having Fun With Your Differences

It’s common for spouses with completely different personalities to find each other. The early bird marries a night owl, and an extrovert marries an introvert, With such contrasts, it’s easy to get annoyed with your spouse. But what if there was a way to have fun with your differences? John and the Smalleys give some helpful tips for couples who can’t see past their opinions.

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Helping Kids Establish Their Identity in Christ

It’s crucial for pre-teens to know their identity isn’t found in success, popularity, or looks. John and Danny offer Biblical advice for helping kids answer important questions like “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” Featuring guest Jessie Minassian.

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God’s Plan for Your Sex Life

God designed sex to be a wonderful gift for you and your spouse. Yet, many couples are trying to work through a sexual struggle. If that’s you today, we want to give you some hope. John, Greg and Erin discuss God’s design for sexuality, and offer encouragement to those with a dark sexual past. Featuring guests Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

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Finding Joy in Motherhood

If you’re a perfectionist, you may have a hard time enjoying day-to-day moments in parenting. John and Danny share advice to help you enjoy your relationship with your kids and avoid burnout. Featuring guest Sarah Parshall Perry.

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Making Space for Humor

Some of the sweetest memories with your spouse will probably involve laughing together. The truth is, appreciating each other’s sense of humor can be one of the greatest blessings in your relationship. Greg and Erin tell John about how they’ve learned to have fun and laugh together as a couple. Featuring guest Pastor Ted Cunningham.

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Overcoming Comparison in Motherhood

With social media, it’s easier than ever to compare yourself to other moms. John and Danny offer advice on overcoming comparison and discouragement. Featuring guest Sarah Parshall Perry.

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Practical Advice for New Dads

Dads play a crucial role even in the first few months of a baby’s life. John and Danny offer encouragement and advice to first-time dads. Featuring guests Suzanne Gosselin and Greg & Erin Smalley.

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Being There for Your Spouse

We all want our spouse to be there for us. No matter what happens in life, having a faithful mate through the good and bad times can be so comforting. John talks with Greg and Erin about what it looks like for husbands to treat their wives well through the ups and downs of life. Featuring guest Katharine Hill.

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Practical Advice for New Moms

When you’re a new parent, it’s important to stay flexible and give yourself grace as you learn. John and Danny discuss what they wish they would’ve known before they had kids. Featuring guests Suzanne Gosselin and Greg & Erin Smalley.

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Adjusting With Changing Seasons

It’s been said before that as the seasons change, so do we as people. The truth is, as years come and go, you and your spouse won’t be the same people as when you first got married. John, Greg and Erin give some tips on doing marriage well through changing seasons. Featuring guest Katharine Hill.

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Loving Boundaries for Toddlers and Teens

Most parents lean toward the strict side or the more permissive side, and we can all work on moving toward the middle. John and Danny give a brief overview of the top 7 traits of effective parenting. Featuring guest Dr. David Clarke.

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Helping Your Marriage Through Little Changes

It’s fair to say you and your spouse are not the same person. When your differences become more evident, it’s easy to get into arguments over things like money, the kids, or having company over for dinner. John and the Smalleys give some helpful ideas for working through differences with your spouse. Featuring guest Arlene Pellicane.

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Dr. Clarke’s Marriage Cliff Notes

If you’re like many couples, your marriage went on autopilot after you had kids. John and Danny offer tips for reconnecting with your spouse. Featuring guest Dr. David Clarke.

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Healthy Ways for Wives to Discuss Sex

Talking to your spouse about sex can be very awkward and uncomfortable. If you are trying to work through a sexual struggle in your marriage, you’re not alone. Greg, Erin, and John discuss how couples can have honest and healthy conversations about sex. Featuring guest Arlene Pellicane.

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Picking the Right Fights

When you and your spouse run into conflict, the key to success is knowing which battles to fight and which ones to avoid. John, Greg and Erin offer some helpful ideas for working through conflict successfully with your spouse, and how to rely on God’s strength as you face challenges together. Featuring guest Leslie Vernick.

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When Should You Have ‘The Talk’?

You don’t want to overwhelm your child, but you also shouldn’t wait too long to have ‘the talk.’ John and Danny offer advice for introducing the topic of sexuality to kids age 7-9. Featuring guest Jessie Minassian.

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Choosing Forgiveness, Even When It’s Hard

When your spouse hurts you, your knee-jerk reaction might be to hold on tightly to unforgiveness. But choosing not to forgive can cause even more damage to your relationship. John, Erin and Greg weigh in on why forgiveness can set your marriage free from resentment. Featuring guest Leslie Vernick.

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Getting Ready for ‘The Talk’

If you’re like many parents, you dread having ‘the talk’ with your kids. John and Danny help parents overcome common pitfalls and describe some less obvious topics that are important to cover. Featuring guest Jessie Minassian.

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A Mom’s Eternal Impact

As a mom, your job has an eternal impact, but that’s not always easy to remember in day-to-day life. John and Danny offer encouragement to moms who feel isolated and exhausted.

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Laughing Together as a Couple

What were some things that attracted you to your spouse? Maybe, it was his or her sense of humor, or the way he or she laughed? Greg and Erin tell John about how humor brought them together, and why laughter can help you overcome a struggle in your relationship. Featuring guest Pastor Ted Cunningham.

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Coping With the Challenges of Motherhood

Parenting is rewarding, but it can also be exhausting. John and Danny encourage moms to persevere in motherhood. Featuring guest Sarah Parshall Perry.

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Finding Reasons to Laugh

A moment that goes wrong can turn into one of your funniest memories. The truth is, learning to laugh together can be one of the greatest blessings in your marriage. Greg, Erin and John share a funny story and give a few ideas for how to make humor part of your marriage. Featuring guest Ted Cunningham.

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Preparing for Transitions

As your kids grow up, changes will happen in your marriage. No matter how much you love your children, your marriage must remain a priority. Greg, Erin and John discuss transitions couples go through, and adjusting to changes with your children. Featuring guest Katherine Hill.

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Staying Positive as Expectant Parents

Sadly, many expectant moms and dads are deflated by others’ negative comments about child-rearing. John and Danny encourage expectant parents and discuss why children are a blessing. Featuring guests Dr. Greg Smalley, Erin Smalley, and Suzanne Gosselin.

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Having Couple Friends

Your spouse might be your best friend, but doing life with other couples can make your marriage even stronger. None of us are meant to go through life and marriage alone. Greg and Erin Smalley talk with John about the difference that friends have made in their marriage. Featuring guest Katherine Hill.

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Win Over Your Teen with Gentle Questions

It’s frustrating to feel like you can never get your teen to open up. John and Danny offer tips for starting meaningful conversations with your teenager. Featuring guest Dr. Kara Powell.

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How Strengthening Your Marriage Improves Your Parenting

The best thing you can do for your kids is strengthen your marriage. John Fuller and Danny Huerta offer practical tips for prioritizing your relationship with your spouse. Featuring guest Dr. David Clarke.

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Finding a Fun Activity

As your children come and grow, it’s good for you and your spouse to have fun activities you enjoy doing together. Whether they’re big or small, the ultimate goal is to connect with each other. John, Greg and Erin discuss things they enjoy doing with their spouse, and how fun activities have helped their marriages. Featuring guest Arlene Pellicane.

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Recapturing Romance in Busy Times

You come home from a busy day, and instead of looking forward to a romantic candlelit dinner with your spouse, you’re having to watch the kids for the evening. While every season brings blessings, is romance even possible on those days? John and the Smalleys discuss what a husband can do to keep romance alive in the busy times. Featuring guest Arlene Pellicane.

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It Takes a Church to Raise a Child

Parenting is one of the most difficult and demanding jobs, and you can’t do it alone. John and Danny describe the benefits of inviting trusted believers to be involved in your child’s life. Featuring guest Dr. David Clarke.

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Know Your Child Deeply

John and Danny give hope to parents who are discouraged by their child’s behavior and offer tips for knowing your child well.

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Choosing Right When Your Spouse Chooses Wrong (Part 2 of 2)

Everyone wants a good marriage, but having one takes a lot of work. Sometimes, a change in perspective is what you need to take your relationship to the next level. John, Greg and Erin discuss how having a “long-term lens” perspective can help your marriage.

Help Your Teen Value Inner Beauty

Social media adds even more pressure to teens who are already self-conscious about their appearance. John and Danny describe important conversations to have with teens about beauty and body image.

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Choosing Right When Your Spouse Chooses Wrong (Part 1 of 2)

When you and your spouse face a challenge, how you respond can mean the difference between solving the problem or letting it cause weeks of tension. Through God’s grace, you can respond to problems in a way that’s helpful for your marriage. Greg and Erin share with John about how they’ve learned to show each other grace when things aren’t perfect. (Part 1 of 2)

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Making Time for Each Other

Time is a precious gift, but in a non-stop world, finding a few minutes together is hard to do. When your schedule is full, having a deep conversation with your spouse can feel like just another checklist item. John, Greg and Erin provide some practical ideas for spending more time with your spouse.

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Discovering Your Child’s Unique Strengths

One of the most rewarding aspects of parenting is helping your child identify their calling. John and Danny offer tips for knowing your child well.

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Equipping Your Child to Succeed in College

In a recent study, only 8 percent of parents were confident their teen could schedule a doctor’s appointment on their own. John and Danny discuss practical steps to prepare your kids to leave the house. Featuring Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson.

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Learning to Resolve Conflict

In the heat of an argument, it’s easy to say something to your spouse that you’ll later regret. When you’re angry after a conflict, it’s critical to deal with it rather than stuff it away. John, Greg and Erin will give some helpful solutions for dealing with anger and conflict well.

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Spiritual Maturity in Your Marriage

Growing together spiritually in your marriage doesn’t happen by accident. Sometimes, asking your spouse questions is one of the best ways to start. John, Greg and Erin explain the connection between asking questions and spiritual growth in your relationship.

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Parenting With Grace and Truth

Dr. Kara Powell shares one of her favorite parenting principles: ‘As long as you have a relationship, you have influence.’ Plus, John and Danny offer advice for parents who are shocked and heartbroken by an adult child’s decisions.

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Facing Hard Seasons Together

Every couple faces hardship. Whether it’s a financial struggle, a strong disagreement, or problems with a child, conflict can strengthen your marriage, or drive you further apart. The Smalleys talk with John about how they’ve learned to work together in the hard seasons.

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Helping Your Children Build Healthy Relationships

It’s good for teens to know you’re there when they need guidance. John Fuller and Danny Huerta offer tips for having meaningful conversations with teenagers.

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Reconciling With a Prodigal Child

In the story of the prodigal son in the Bible, the father spotted his son in the distance and ran to meet him. Danny Huerta and John Fuller help parents prepare for the day their prodigal child returns.

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Overcoming the Bad With Good

It’s not an uncommon marriage problem: one spouse is working hard, but the other is indifferent. When this scenario happens, it can be easy for the marriage to start coasting rather than growing. John, Greg and Erin give some ideas for how to avoid coasting in your marriage.

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Caring for Your Family While Parenting a Prodigal

If you’re pouring all your energy into parenting a prodigal child, it can be difficult to be present with your other children. John and Danny offer advice for maintaining relationships during difficult parenting seasons.

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Shake Out the Selfishness

Have you ever felt like you’re doing all the work in your marriage, but your spouse isn’t giving anything back? The truth is, we’ve all been selfish at some point. Erin, Greg and John describe how they’ve worked through selfishness in their own marriages.

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Fan Into Flame Your Child’s Faith

You play a key role in encouraging your child’s faith. John and Danny discuss how to embolden your children to stand up for their beliefs. Featuring Lee Nienhuis. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Keys for Compromising Well

Having a great marriage sometimes requires not getting your way. Without healthy compromise, selfishness can rob your relationship of strength and joy. John and the Smalley’s explain the difference between good compromise and bad compromise in your marriage. Featuring Katherine Hill. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Showing that You Care

We all desire to be heard by our spouse. But in our technology saturated world, it can be easy to get distracted and tune your spouse out. John, Erin and Greg explain how they’ve learned to get better at listening and provide some helpful ideas for improving your listening skills. Featuring Katherine Hill. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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When You Fear for Your Child’s Safety

Does watching the news ever make you terrified for your child’s safety? John and Danny offer help for parents who frequently struggle with fear. Featuring Lee Nienhuis. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Help Your Child Develop True Confidence

John and Danny describe the most important life skills to teach your child. Featuring Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Don’t Do This in an Argument

How you handle conflict in your marriage can help or hurt your relationship. Sometimes, before you get into an argument, it’s good to have rules for how you’ll handle it. John, Erin and Greg talk about the rules they have for dealing with conflict well. Featuring Pastor D.A. and Elicia Horton. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Simple Steps to Teach Resilience

John and Danny discuss the importance of letting your child problem-solve in everyday life. Featuring Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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When Your Marriage Isn’t Pretty

Marriage is far from perfect. We’ve all faced a misunderstood comment or a tough season with our spouse. What do you do when your spouse says or does something that hurts you? John, Greg and Erin give some helpful tips for dealing with an offense in your marriage. Featuring Pastor D.A. and Elicia Horton. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Raising Spiritual Self-Starters

The most important skill you can teach your teenager is to be a student of God’s word. John and Danny share tips for encouraging your teen’s faith. Featuring Dr. Kara Powell. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Finding Real Happiness in Your Marriage

Your spouse may be trying to do a good a job, but he or she can only do so much. What do you do when your spouse isn’t meeting your expectations? John, Greg and Erin talk about letting go of unrealistic expectations and what it means to find true happiness, even when you’re facing conflict. Featuring Leslie Vernick. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Is Your Child Doubting or Deepening Their Faith?

It’s healthy for your kids to explore their doubts about Christianity. John and Danny offer tips for sharing your beliefs with teens and young adults. Featuring Dr. Kara Powell. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Handling Conflict with Kindness

What if I told you that a small act of kindness could diffuse an argument with your spouse? While it’s not a guarantee, choosing kindness in the midst of a heated conversation can go a long way for your marriage, John asks the Smalley’s about how choosing to be kind has helped their relationship. Featuring Leslie Vernick. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Rules for Confrontation

Every married couple has to have difficult conversations from time to time. In those moments, it’s important to choose your words carefully and not use them carelessly. John, Greg and Erin discuss the damage that can be done by careless words and explain how tough conversations can actually benefit your marriage. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Partnering with Your Spouse During Parenting Challenges

John and Danny offer tips to help you and your spouse develop a consistent, united parenting strategy. 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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When Your Spouse Overracts

When you or your spouse overreact to a problem, it can lead to hurt feelings and stress in your relationship. As emotions run high, diffusing the tension is critical for the health of your marriage. John, Greg and Erin will provide some help for couples who are facing unresolved conflict. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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The Root of Prodigal Behavior

John and Danny discuss how to target the deeper spiritual problem behind a prodigal child’s behavior. 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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Rekindling the Romance

When you don’t feel those warm, romantic feelings, it can be a great time to remind yourself of how you fell in love with your spouse. John, Greg and Erin give some helpful ideas for bringing romance back into your relationship. Featuring Katherine Hill. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Busy Grandparents: Maximize Time with Your Grandchild

John and Danny describe practical ways grandparents — working or retired — can bless their adult children and grandchildren. Featuring Glen and Ellen Schuknecht. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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The Importance of Laughing Together

One of the best ways to have fun with your spouse is to laugh together. John talks with Greg and Erin about how laugher has benefitted their marriage. Featuring Pastor Ted Cunningham. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Teach Your Child How to Fail

Lawn mower parenting — mowing down every obstacle in your child’s path — won’t benefit your kids in the long run. John and Danny offer tips for teaching your child resilience. Featuring Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Liberating Your Teen to Make Decisions

Micromanaging can be a difficult habit to break. John and Danny offer advice to free you from nagging your teen. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Fighting for Your Marriage

A fight with your spouse can be very uncomfortable. But after working through a conflict, your marriage can be stronger. John, Erin and Greg describe why having God at the center of your relationship can help you work through conflict with your spouse. Featuring Pastor D. A Horton and Elicia Horton. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Crucial Conversations When Adult Children Move Home

If your adult child moves back home, it’s important to communicate your expectations from the start. John and Danny discuss keys to healthy relationships with adult children. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Marriage and Your Family of Origin

It’s been said before, “you don’t just marry your spouse, you marry his or her family.” The truth is, the family you come from will influence your marriage. John and the Smalleys give some practical ways for couples to talk openly and honestly about their families. Featuring Pastor D. A and Elicia Horton. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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What Your Teen Needs Most

Many teenagers experience a lot of high-highs and low-lows — on a daily basis! John and Danny help parents respond to teenage mood swings. Plus, they outline essential steps for resolving conflict. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Getting Past Negative Emotions

When you aren’t in a good mood, it’s easy to be rude to your spouse. As negative emotions come, how do you respond? Greg and Erin talk with John about how to tell your spouse the way you feel, without being rude. Featuring Dr. Josh and Christi Straub Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Discipling Your Grandchildren

To influence your grandchild’s faith, start by establishing a strong relationship. John and Danny offer tips for relating to grandchildren of all ages. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Honey, How Are You?

Communicating your feelings to your spouse is critical for maintaining a healthy marriage. It’s especially important when raising little children together. Greg, Erin and John discuss ways they’ve learned to communicate while raising young kids. Featuring Dr. Josh and Christi Straub Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Showing Steadfast Love to Prodigal Children

It’s usually not helpful to lecture adult children, but you can model Christ’s love for them. John and Danny describe how to leave the door open for a relationship with a prodigal child. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Giving and Receiving Comfort

A comforting spouse can be a great gift as you’re going through a hard season. When you receive comfort from him or her, it’s also important to give it back. John, Greg and Erin discuss some ways they’ve learned to console their spouse during difficult times. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Finding Stability During Parenting Challenges

You might feel like you’re the only one struggling in parenting, but you’re not alone. John and Danny discuss how to find support during difficult parenting seasons. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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When Your Spouse Gets Stressed

Everyone has a reaction to stress. In stressful moments, how do you and your spouse respond? John, Greg and Erin talk about things that have brought them comfort whenever life feels overwhelming. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Choosing Your Words Carefully

The Bible describes the tongue as a small fire that can set an entire forest ablaze (James 3:5). John and Danny discuss comments that can damage your relationship with your kids. Featuring Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Having the Hard Conversations

When a hard conversation is needed, it’s critical to show your spouse a lot of grace. Greg, Erin and John talk about ways they’ve learned to make the tough conversations productive, and will provide some helpful guidelines you can apply in your marriage. Featuring Dr. David Clarke. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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When Issues Go Unaddressed

All of us have baggage. The key is to not sweep it under the rug, but to deal with it. Greg, Erin and John will help couples talk about and deal with past issues. Featuring Pastor D.A. and Elicia Horton. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Connecting With Distant Teens

If you’re like many parents, it’s hard to get your teenager to spend time with you. And, when you are together, you might not relate to your child’s hobbies or taste in music. John and Danny offer advice to help you connect with your teen. Featuring Dr. Kara Powell. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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Getting Past the Baggage

We all have things we’re not proud of, but how much of your past should you share with your past? John, Erin and Greg give some advice for how to talk about your past in a healthy and productive way. Featuring Pastor D.A. and Elicia Horton. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Grandparenting Dos and Don’ts

The key to grandparenting is partnering with your adult children. John and Danny describe crucial conversations to help parents and grandparents get on the same page. Featuring Glen and Ellen Shuknecht. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast. Or, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

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How to Avoid Growing Apart

There are times where every couple doesn’t feel as close as they desire. How do you handle those moments? John, Greg and Erin talk about their own experiences of working through the seasons of feeling disconnected. Featuring Dr. Josh and Christi Straub. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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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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Balancing Your Family and Work in Busy Seasons

Every couple faces times of feeling disconnected. That can especially be true when you’re trying to balance the demands of raising children and your career. John, Greg and Erin share things they learned and struggled with while facing the stresses of career and taking care of their kids. Featuring Dr. Josh and Christi Straub. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast 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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Making Your Marriage a Safe Place

When you feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges, having a spouse to support you is one of life’s greatest gifts. But in those tough seasons, your relationship can grow stronger than before. John and the Smalley’s give some tips for strengthening your marriage in the challenging seasons. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast 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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When Your Spouse Comes from An Abusive Home

What do you do when your spouse comes from an abusive home? The pain can last for years, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your story. Erin, Greg and John give a dose of hope to couples who are struggling with abuse from the past. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast 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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The Difference God Makes in Marriage

You can try your best, but some things in marriage are only doable with God’s help. Without His influence, your efforts to be kind to your mate will only go so far. John, Greg and Erin discuss how God’s love helps them to talk kindly to their spouse. Featuring Dr. David Clarke. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast 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.

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The Ways You and Your Spouse Communicate

News flash: you and your spouse communicate differently. With such stark contrasts, you’ll eventually run into a misunderstanding. John, Erin and Greg explain how men and women are wired, and ways they’ve learned to better communicate in marriage. Featuring Dr. David Clarke. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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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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Recovering the Weight Behind Your Words

In parenting, actions speak louder than words. John and Danny discuss how to follow through on your promises — and teach your kids you mean what you say. Featuring Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson.

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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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Getting Back on Track Spiritually

Most Christian couples at some point will feel like they’re not growing spiritually. How do you get out of those ruts? John, Greg and Erin lend some hope to couples who feel spiritually stuck, and give practical ideas for how you and your spouse can get closer to God. Featuring Pastor Craig Groeschel.

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Marriage Struggles & Your Birth-Order

Whether you’re a first-born or the baby of the family, we all have a common struggle—selfishness. How do you get rid of it? John and the Smalley’s talk about learning to recognize and let go of selfishness in their own marriages. Featuring Dr. Kevin Leman.

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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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Understanding Your Spouse’s Personality

Appreciating your spouse’s personality can prevent a lot of arguments. But what if your birth order and personality were connected? Erin, Greg and John talk about where they are in the birth-order and how it’s influenced their personalities. Featuring Dr. Kevin Leman.

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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.

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Dealing with Your Past

We all have something from our childhood that can negatively affect our marriage. Whether it was a painful event or an unhealthy habit, we must deal with it. Greg and Erin talk with John about how they’ve learned to deal with their pasts. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

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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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Modeling a Good Marriage for Your Children

When you treat your spouse well, you’re setting a good example for your kids. No matter what it seems like, your son or daughter is watching how you talk to each other. Greg and Erin talk about a couple they’ve seen set a good example. Featuring Milan and Kay Yerkovich. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Working Through a Miscommunication

Every wife wants a listening husband. By listening, he shows her how much he cares about her heart. Greg talks with John about how he’s learned to listen to his wife Erin. Featuring Dr. David and Sandy Clarke. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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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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Getting Your Spouse to Listen

Misunderstandings are part of marriage sometimes. How you respond to a misunderstanding can lead to weeks of tension or better conflict resolution with your spouse. Greg and Erin talk with John about how they’ve worked through tension in their own relationship. Featuring Dr. David Clarke. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Being a Godly Husband

As a husband, it’s critically important to lead your wife and children toward God. But the big question is, how? Greg and John give advice for leading your family spiritually, and Erin talks about how she’s learned to encourage her husband in his role. Featuring Pastor Craig Groeschel. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast 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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Making Intimacy a Priority

Meaningful connection with your spouse can be very special, but finding it takes intentional effort from both spouses. It can also be easy to let those moments slip away during busy seasons. Greg, Erin and John offer some helpful ideas on making time for your spouse during busy times. Featuring Pastor Craig Groeschel.

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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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The Conflict of Opposites

There’s an old saying that in marriage, opposites attract. But what do you do when those same qualities that attracted you start driving you crazy? Greg, Erin and John talk about the difference that God’s love can make in your marriage, even when your spouse falls short. Featuring Dr. Kevin Leman.

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Using Your Personality to Bless Your Marriage

Understanding your spouse’s personality can improve the quality of your relationship. Greg, Erin and John will explain how a taking a personality test can improve the communication in your marriage. Featuring Dr. Kevin Leman.

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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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Responding to Stress in Your Marriage

Unchecked stress will burn your marriage out. But having supportive, godly friends can make a huge difference in your relationship. Greg, Erin and John discuss the difference that good friends can make during difficult seasons. Featuring Milan & Kay Yerkovich.

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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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Recognizing Your Spouse’s Stress-Points

Stressful seasons can be a big test for your marriage. How do you respond when they come? John and the Smalleys explain how stress can actually serve as a benefit for your marriage. Featuring Milan & Kay Yerkovich.

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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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Making Time for Meaningful Connection

Moments of meaningful connection with your spouse don’t arrive like a free package on your doorstep. They take intentional effort and lots of understanding. Greg, Erin and John discuss how to make time for your spouse, even when one is an introvert and the other is an extrovert. Featuring Dr. David Clarke, Jean Daly & Sandy Clarke.

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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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Helpful Ways to Communicate with Your Wife

Communicating with your spouse can sometimes feel like trying to understand a new language. But by listening to each other, your relationship can get stronger. John talks with Greg and Erin Smalley about why it’s important for a husband to listen to his wife. Featuring Dr. David Clarke.

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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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Putting God First in Your Marriage

We all long for intimacy in our marriage, but how do we find it? John, Greg and Erin talk about why praying together leads to deeper intimacy with your spouse. Featuring Pastor Craig Groeschel.

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The Antidote to Bickering and Whining

Sibling conflict happens in every family. The question is, how should you respond? John and Danny consider how to deal with sibling rivalry. Featuring Courtney DeFeo.

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Making Time for a Date Night

Marriage is a lot of work, but it doesn’t always have to be serious. Having fun together is one of the best ways to liven up your relationship. John, Greg and Erin discuss why dating your spouse can benefit your marriage.

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Equipping Your Kids to Handle Money, Part 6

Teaching children the value of money is important but where to start? John and Danny talk about helping kids to seethe difference between buying something you want and just spending money because you can.

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Equipping Your Kids to Handle Money, Part 5

Teaching children the value of money is important but where to start? John and Danny talk about helping kids to seethe difference between buying something you want and just spending money because you can.

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Equipping Your Kids to Handle Money, Part 4

Teaching children the value of money is important but where to start? John and Danny talk about helping kids to seethe difference between buying something you want and just spending money because you can.

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Equipping Your Kids to Handle Money, Part 3

Teaching children the value of money is important but where to start? John and Danny talk about helping kids to seethe difference between buying something you want and just spending money because you can.

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First-Time Dads: Learning From Your Father’s Mistakes

Despite good intentions, all men make mistakes that affect their kids. It is wise to consider what we’ve learned from our dad, and how it may influence our own fathering.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

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Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

Dr. Patti Giebink is an OB-GYN who serves on the board of the Alpha Center, a well-known pregnancy center located in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also travels intermittently to work in mission hospitals in Pakistan and other countries. After completing her medical training, Dr. Giebink worked for Planned Parenthood from 1995-1997, during which she was the only abortion-provider in the state of South Dakota. She eventually experienced a radical change of heart on the issue of abortion after receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and love, and she is now a passionate advocate for the pro-life movement.

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Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

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Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

Do you love your spouse, or do you truly cherish them? Gary Thomas encourages couples to make a daily effort to go beyond the ‘duty’ of love, and combat the natural inclination to drift apart, by choosing to see the best in their spouse.

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Gary Thomas is an international speaker and best-selling, award-winning author whose books include Married SexSacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting. He has also written numerous articles for several prominent national magazines. Gary and his wife, Lisa, reside in Texas and have three children. You can learn more about Gary by visiting his website, www.garythomas.com.

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Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

“Most marriages survive by gritting teeth and holding on. But marriages can and will not only survive but thrive when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another.” Those are the powerful words of bestselling author Gary Thomas in his newest book–Cherish. And in a world desperate for marriage redemption, it is needed now more than ever. Thomas shows that although there are a countless number of marriages consisting of two people just going through the motions, there are real ways this pattern can be reversed: when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words.

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

Discover the amazing work our PRC’s Directors, Nurses, and Volunteers are making in their communities! You’ll see firsthand testimonies of a PRC in action, and that there are other options outside of abortions! You’ll also discover how your family can support your local PRC!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

Hear real life stories of parents who have made the decision to choose life even though the circumstances were overwhelming. You’ll see why “ALL” life is precious to God and why choosing life is always the right decision!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

Have you ever wondered what a baby looked like in the womb? With today’s technology, Moms and Dads can see the baby’s heartbeat, facial expressions, and movements! You’ll find out why more women choose life once they hear their baby’s heartbeat and realize it’s a real living human!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 5: It’s Going to be Amazing!

After a couple has chosen life, hear the heartwarming stories of children that culture would have cast aside, yet are making tremendous impacts in their communities. Whether the diagnosis was adverse or the circumstances were difficult, these stories will inspire you to come along side of families who have chosen life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

So, after all you’ve seen through the SeeLife ‘21 Episodic journey; what can you do now? We’ll share how you can partner with some amazing organizations that are making significant impacts in the pro-life movement! You want to Celebrate Life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

To be an effective parent, you must be a leader in your child’s life, guiding with a gentle hand and setting a solid example. Dr. Randy Schroeder provides the insight you need to be a leader-parent. As he explores the foundational Rs—relationship, routines, responsibilities, and rules—you’ll better understand the role you play in your child’s life. You’ll learn great phrases to employ such as “Either/Or/You Decide” and “When You/Then You”. While there is no perfect parent, this nuts-and-bolts material will equip you to lead your child in a loving, confident manner.

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

Dr. Randy Schroeder has spent more than four decades writing, counseling, speaking, and teaching. For nearly 25 years, he was Vice President of Student Personnel Services, Dean of Students, and a professor of pastoral counseling at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. He’s also led a successful counseling practice helping individuals, couples, and families to thrive in their lives and relationships.

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

Effective parenting is now within your grasp! With this inspiring how-to comprehensive book, achieve extraordinary results in raising a child to be self-assured, self-reliant, and responsible! You will be able to successfully lead and lovingly encourage your child toward a Godly life!

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

God designed marriage to reflect His love to the world; and because of this, the enemy wants to destroy God’s beautiful design. Based on his book, Defending Your Marriage, Dr. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff share about the reality of spiritual warfare against marriages, and how to combat the enemy’s lies with the truth of God. Couples will be encouraged that they’re not alone in the fight for a godly marriage and better equipped to be a shining example for the world around them.

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

Dr. Tim Muehlhoff is a professor of communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he teaches classes in family communication, interpersonal communication, apologetics, gender, and conflict resolution.  Tim and his wife, Noreen, are both on staff with Biola’s Center for Marriage and Relationships  where he is a co-host of The Art of Relationship podcast. 

Defending Your Marriage

Is your marriage under attack? Sometimes it can feel like the world is trying to tear your marriage apart. Internal conflicts or external pressures might make you wonder if something sinister is going on. How can you tell if you’re facing spiritual opposition? And what can you do about it? Tim Muehlhoff provides a straightforward resource for protecting your marriage from the threats of the evil one. He looks at what Scripture says about spiritual warfare and how our everyday struggles have deeper spiritual realities. And he provides practical steps for guarding our marriages with the whole armor of God.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

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Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

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Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

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Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 2

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

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Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin Thompson shows how to live out three distinct roles in marraige. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

You can confidently and lovingly share your faith—you just need to learn some new tactics to do so! In this Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, apologist Greg Koukl outlines the “Columbo” tactic of asking questions, the “self-defeating argument” tactic to find holes in your opponent’s arguments, and other specific methods for engaging in faith-building conversations with others. Greg pulls from his over 30 years of experience debating atheists and agnostics to help you share your faith with grace and truth.

Mr. Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

As a latchkey kid, Wendy Speake turned to sugar for comfort. Every Friday, she would pedal to the candy show and use her allowance to fill her bag with candy. And one day, when she was older and a mom of three young boys, she came to realize that she was still “pedaling” away from her stress and using sugar as comfort, instead of turning to Jesus. She was joyless, worn out, tired, and in need of a change. In this interview, Wendy will challenge Christians to take 40 days to focus on fasting from something they turn to instead of Jesus for comfort. She invited people to break free from a dependence on sugar and taste the goodness of God.

Author Wendy Speake smiling as she holds up her book "The 40-Day Social Media Fast"

Mrs. Wendy Speake

With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

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The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

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Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.