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Sheila Seifert

Sheila Seifert is the editorial director of parenting content for Focus on the Family magazine and

Before working at Focus on the Family, she wrote or cowrote over 20 books and had over 1,000 freelance sales. One of her scripts was produced and then aired on PBS, and many of her other scripts were compiled and published in books. Her books include women’s historical fiction, mystery novels for tweens, ebooks on writing and more. Sheila is also the author of the popular “What Will You Do?” series. Her most recent co-written book is in Focus on the Family’s “Bible Kidventures” series and is called Bible Kidventures: Stories of Danger and Courage.

For over a decade, Sheila has taught writing, literature and reading as a university instructor and is currently a conference and seminar speaker. Before working for Focus on the Family, she founded Kay’s Simple Literature, reading and literature curriculum for public, private and home-school teachers.

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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.

Age-Appropriate Chores

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.

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.

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!

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.

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?

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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.

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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.