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Karen O’Connor

Karen O’Connor is an award-winning author of more than 40 books and a speaker from Watsonville, Calif. Please visit Karen at

The Grandparent Competition

When you compete for your grandkids’ love, nobody wins

What to Consider When Considering a Cruise

If you’re looking for a vacation that offers adventure, fun and excitement with plenty of good fellowship, delicious food and interesting places to visit, consider cruising as a couple.

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Easter Surprise

I had learned that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose from the dead on Easter morn. It was part of our family’s belief system. It was in the creed we recited out loud each week at church. But the real-life event had happened so long ago, I didn’t see any connection to my life nearly two thousand years later.

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Help and Hope: Gambling Isn’t About Money After All

No lasting transformation can occur in our lives without giving God complete control. And yet no discipline has been more misused by individuals, families, schools and religious leaders.

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Seniors and Gambling

For many it is simply a day of fun and good food at the cheap buffets. But for others it is a day of temptation which leads to loss and depression. The same appears to be true for compulsive bettors when it comes to an afternoon at the racetrack, a weekend in Atlantic City or a poker parlor in Los Angeles.

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Why Seniors Gamble

Part of the Seniors and Gambling Series Seniors and Gambling A Dollar and a Dream Why Seniors Gamble Help and Hope: Gambling Isn’t About Money After All Series About: Abuse and Addiction All aboard! This bus is bound for Las Vegas. Or grab a seat on th …

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A Dollar and a Dream

Part of the Seniors and Gambling Series Seniors and Gambling A Dollar and a Dream Why Seniors Gamble Help and Hope: Gambling Isn’t About Money After All Series About: Abuse and Addiction From there thousands of retired men and women begin a slow descen …

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Taking the Stress Out of Family Get-Togethers

Do you experience stress, anxiety, even dread about some family get-togethers?

Staying Married for Life

. . .preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight (Proverbs 3:21 NIV). I kissed my husband Charles good-bye, waved as I backed down the driveway and drove off for a weekend speaking engagement. His last words rolled across …

Grandparenting Across the Miles

Grandparenting Across the Miles

If a grandparent and grandchild want to remain connected, they have to find creative ways to carry on their relationship across the miles, but it can be done successfully.

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Creative Journal Writing With Grandkids

They can make it a personal journal or one for friends or family members, jotting down experiences, adventures or notes about whatever they’re interested in.

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Four Steps to Growing Older Gracefully

Here’s sage advice on how to spice up routines and restore enthusiasm and purpose to your life.

A mother and son embrace

Parenting Adult Children

In This Series: 1. Parenting Adult Children 2. Empty Nest Syndrome 3. When Adult Children Move Back Home 4. Three Things Parents of Adult Children in the Home Should Consider 5. When Adult Children Reject the Faith 6. Communicating End-of-Life Wishes 7 …

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The Daily Citizen

The Daily Citizen from Focus on the Family exists to be your most trustworthy news source. Our team of analysts is devoted to giving you timely and relevant analysis of current events and cultural trends – all from a biblical worldview – so that you can be inspired and assured that the information you share with others comes from a reliable source.

Alive to Thrive is a biblical guide to preventing teen suicide. Anyone who interacts with teens can learn how to help prevent suicidal thinking through sound practical and clinical advice, and more importantly, biblical principles that will provide a young person with hope in Christ.

Bring Your Bible to School Day Logo Lockup with the Words Beneath

Every year on Bring Your Bible to School Day, students across the nation celebrate religious freedom and share God’s love with their friends. This event is designed to empower students to express their belief in the truth of God’s Word–and to do so in a respectful way that demonstrates the love of Christ.

Focus on the Family’s® Foster Care and Adoption program focuses on two main areas:

  • Wait No More events, which educate and empower families to help waiting kids in foster care

  • Post-placement resources for foster and adoptive families

Christian Counselors Network

Find Christian Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers and Psychiatrists near you! Search by location, name or specialty to find professionals in Focus on the Family’s Christian Counselors Network who are eager to assist you.

Boundless is a Focus on the Family community for Christian young adults who want to pursue faith, relationships and adulthood with confidence and joy.

Through reviews, articles and discussions, Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live.

Have you been looking for a way to build your child’s faith in a fun and exciting way?
Adventures in Odyssey® audio dramas will do just that. Through original audio stories brought to life by actors who make you feel like part of the experience; these fictional, character-building dramas use storytelling to teach lasting truths.

Focus on the Family’s Hope Restored all-inclusive intensives offer marriage counseling for couples who are facing an extreme crisis in their marriage, and who may even feel they are headed for divorce.