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Sheila Seifert

Sheila Seifert is the editorial director of Focus on the Family magazine, the acquisition editor of the Simple Literature Book Club, and a children’s book author. Her co-authored books include Bible Kidventures: Stories of Danger and Courage, Freedom at the Falls, Terror in the Tunnel, and Rescue on the River. Her most recent “Imagination Station” books were written with Chris Brack. Poison at the Pump is an adventure that takes place during a cholera epidemic, Swept Into the Sea focuses on the apostle Paul’s shipwreck at Malta, and Refugees on the Run uncovers how one man helped thousands of Jews escape the Nazi regime.

While a college instructor, Sheila taught creative writing, composition and literature courses. Relying on her academic and commercial knowledge, she has created a number of free fiction and nonfiction writing lessons at Her hope is to help others grow as authors and take the next step in their writing journey. Before working for Focus on the Family, Sheila cowrote over 20 books and had over 1,000 freelance sales. In addition, she had a number of her animated children’s scripts produced for DVD and TV airing.

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Simple but Delightful Things to Do With Grandkids

Are you looking for things do you do with your grandkids? Try these creative ways to build memories and enjoy each other even more.

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Good Books for Kids to Read: How to Find Them

You can find good books for your kids by starting with our list of genres and then matching books to your children’s interests.

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Age-Appropriate Chores For Kids

Dirty dishes. Messy bedrooms. Toys on the living room floor. Some days, there just isn’t a good way to avoid the chore wars. But there is always tomorrow, and you can be proactive.

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Score One for the Family

How special is it for relatives to rally around your kids?

Mully’s Mission: Rescuing Orphaned Children

How a millionaire’s past led him back to the streets of Kenya.

What Motivates Your Child to Learn?

Understand what motivates each of your children and whether those motivators are formed within themselves or developed through external circumstances.

Make Service a Habit

Parents can create opportunities for their kids to serve and teach them to be aware of the people around them.

Parenting a Shy Sadie Robertson

With her parents’ help, Sadie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame moved past her fear and anxiety to walk in a confidence that comes from God.

What Is Joy?

Try these ideas to help teach your children the true nature of joy

Less Room for Comparison

Envy holds our children back. Help them realize they are neither the best nor the worst at what they do so they can better celebrate the accomplishments of others.

Encouraging Your Child’s Smarts

Learn about eight “smarts” that will help you recognize your children’s interests and abilities and help you strengthen them.

Your Child’s Spiritual Development

Do you want your children to grow closer to God, but don’t know how to encourage them in their walk? Find articles on how to lead your child to Jesus and how to teach them faith basics. 

Holding Tight Through the Loss of a Child

Steven and Mary Beth Chapman have guided their kids through grief and confusion. They’ve done this by being real and sharing openly as they’ve grappled with their own emotions and unresolved questions.

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Respect Starts Now

It’s never too early (or late) to teach kids to be respectful.

Talking to Kids About the Persecuted Church

A conversation to have with your children about those who are suffering for their faith — when your children are ready

22 Books Kids Read at School

If you don’t have time to read all the books that your kids may have to read during class, consider reading book reviews for parents about these books. After all, once kids learn to read well, a book’s reading level is less important than whether the content inside is developmentally appropriate.

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How to Find Great Books to Read to Your Kids

Learn how to find books to read to your kids and get a list to start today!

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Nurturing a Servant’s Heart in Kids

Encouraging a Christlike heart in our children starts with being authentic in our faith, modeling Christ’s love and allowing our children to experience Him. Then they can respond to what He is doing in their lives.

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Writing a Family Mission Statement

Creating a mission statement can help your family concentrate on its purpose and help you as you minister to others.

Choosing a Home-School Curriculum

Where do you start the home-schooling experience? How do you keep from being overwhelmed by it?