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Schoolwork and Homework Responsibility

Get hands-on, practical tips from other parents to help you motivate your kids to study and complete their homework.

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Teaching Character to Your Kids

If you want your kids to have good character, here’s how you can help them “catch” it from you.

Over 10 Tips for Taking Care of Newborns

Find great tips about the care and well-being of newborns from moms and dads who have been in your shoes.

10 Simple Ideas for a Happier Marriage

Having a happier marriage may be easier than you think. You can do little things to add joy to your union. Here are inspiring stories written by couples on how they made their marriage happier.

Spring Activities

Spring offers fun opportunities to explore nature with little ones and to celebrate the season

How to Help Your Kids Worship God From the Heart

Little moments in your child’s routine make for great times of worship to God.

Who am I?’ — Your Child’s Identity

Help your children understand what it means to be a priceless creation of God, no matter their age or stage.

Fun Family Faith Activities

Find fun and faith-friendly activities that you can do as a family to encourage your children’s walk with Jesus.

Helping Kids Adjust to a New Baby

When a new baby arrives, an older sibling may become jealous. Here are some ideas on how to make sure you give enough attention for two and not wear yourself out.

Valentine’s Day Cards and Activities

It’s easier than ever to let your family and friends know how much you care.

How to Get Your Kids to Wear the Right Clothes for the Weather

As your children learn to dress independently, help them consider the weather when making clothing choices for the day.

Celebrate the New Year

As you and your family ring in the new year, consider these ideas for getting your year off to a great start!

Teaching Thankfulness

Encourage your children to develop grateful hearts that bless others and frame their own perspective.

Candy and Pumpkins

Get ideas for approaching October’s harvest season with mindfulness, while still keeping true to your family’s standards.

Easy Ideas for a Better Back-to-School

Searching for ways to ease your children into the school year? Try these ideas for getting them accustomed to the routine

Summer Activities

Keeping your kids cool in the heat and entertained during those long summer days can become a fun activity with a little ingenuity. Here are some ideas to get you started.

How to Help Your Parents and Kids Better Connect

Foster a strong relationship between your children and their grandparents by creating opportunities for them to interact

How to Introduce Your Kids to the Scriptures

Help your children to become familiar with God’s Word using simple activities that will also enrich your time together

Ways for Your Kids to Have the Best Playtime

Do you want to ensure a happy playtime experience for your children? Here are a number of ideas for helping your children feel comfortable when meeting new playmates, and more!

7 Easy Ways to Get Kids to Be More Polite

Learn how to teach your kids seven essential manners so they will grow in their social skills. 

Show Children How to Do Laundry

Take the time to train your children to wash and fold clothes so they can help you with this chore and learn to do their own laundry.

Responsibility Training

Uncover a number of ways to teach children responsibility! These ideas come from parents and experts like you.

Better Ways to Clean the House With Your Kids

Motivate children to complete their household chores by using creative ways to make it fun.

Getting Kids to Listen

Find little ways to encourage your children to listen and obey.

Discipline Their Words

Give kids tools that will help them discipline their tongue so they stop name-calling, gossiping, sassing and saying hurtful words.

How to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms

Get your children to clean their rooms without nagging, reminding or begging. Here’s how.

Spring Break Activities for Families

Are you and your family looking for activities to do with the children when they’re out of school for spring break? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Less Scream Time

Help young child understand how to work through their emotions instead of screaming or throwing tantrums.

Christmas Activities

Are you looking for ideas to help keep your children focused on the reason for the Christmas season?

Christmas Gift Giving

Find out how others have taught their children the importance of giving gifts or how they as parents have given gifts to their children.

Advent—A Countdown to Christmas

Advent is a fun, faith-filled way to keep the family focused on Jesus, even as you countdown to Christmas Day!

Teach Your Children How to Make Their Own Beds

Here are some ideas for helping kids learn to make their own bed.

Teaching Kids to Pray

Find creative ways to train your children to have an active prayer life.

Reinventing Family Night

Enjoy these fun ideas for spending time together as a family!

Building Character in Your Princess

Without parental guidance, our daughters may only notice the external beauty of princesses in books and movies, and not the valuable character qualities that will make them true leaders.

Encouraging Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic Learning

What works for one child academically may not work for another. Figure out how to support your children in their learning

Tweens and Their Activities

An idea for helping kids understand that their activities are not the only thing happening in your family.

The National Day of Prayer: Praying for Our Nation

Here are activities to teach kids about praying for our nation.

The Purpose of the Family

Help children understand the importance of family and family relationships.

Radical Renewal

Help your child understand the importance of spiritual transformation.

God’s Love

Children best grasp the reality of God’s love when they experience it at home.

Freedom in Christ

Here are faith activities to teach kids about true freedom.

God Made It All

Learn how to teach kids about God’s creation and offer examples for intelligent design.

Tween Attraction

Get ideas for how to parent your kids when they find that they are attracted to someone of the opposite sex.

Shaping Toddler Behavior

Set the expectation for children so they have a greater awareness of their surroundings, and oftentimes, the needs of others.

Exercise for Young and Old

Enjoy using these creative ways to integrate exercise into your and your children’s daily routines.

Nighttime Routines

How can you make bedtime a more peaceful event? Establish nighttime routines for your kids that will help them to transition from busy days to restful nights.

Family Fitness

Find fitness solutions that seamlessly fit into everyday family life!

What Defines a Father?

Help your child embrace God as his or her heavenly Father.

Biblical Tolerance: Compassion for the Lost

Use these age-appropriate activities to help teach kids about biblical tolerance.

Putting God First

Try these faith activities to help your children grow in their faith.

Teach Us to Pray

Kids can talk to God whenever they want. To help them understand more about prayer, try using these age-appropriate activities.

Christ is Lord

Do your children understand the meaning of these words? Use these age-appropriate activities to help them better understand what “Christ is Lord” means.

The Reason for Hope

In a culture that has lost hope, use these activities to teach your kids what hope is and that they do have a hope. 

Running With Perseverance

Use these age appropriate activities to teach your children about persevering in their faith.

Sharing Toys

Encourage your children to share their belongings with others.

Baby Jesus

Help your kids celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

8 Small Resolutions That Can Change Your Family

Have you been successful in making lasting changes as a parent? Try these small tips to make a big change in your family?

Getting Them to Sleep

Consider these ideas for getting kids to go to bed and stay in bed.

What Is Hospitality?

How have you trained your children to show respect to those who are in your home, city or country? Here are some ideas for teaching hospitality.

Got Self-Control?

Once children understand the need for self-control, it’s easier to train them in this fruit of the spirit. 

Finding Goodness

Can kids be good on their own? Show them what goodness really is with these age-appropriate activities.

The Strength of Gentleness

Do your kids know how strong gentleness is? Teach them with these age-appropriate faith activities.

Reflecting God’s Faithfulness

Help children see the awesome reliability of God’s faithfulness through these age-appropriate activities.

The Power of Kindness

Kindness is one of the few things that will gentle the response of others. Teach kids how to show kindness ot others.

Practicing Patience

Help your kids understand the importance of patience through these age-appropriate activities.

Clear Expectations for Kids

Children need clear direction and consistent follow-through.

The Gift of Peace

God’s children are given access to His peace. Here’s how.

Motivating Kids to Read

In today’s culture, reading is one way to help your kids attain more academically. Here are some ideas to create a culture of reading in your home.

Critical Thinking Skills

Teaching children to think critically, whether in books or about what people say, is a skill that will benefit them their entire life.

Love One Another

Help kids learning what true, biblical love looks like with these age-appropriate activities.

Fall Adventures

Enjoy these fun activities as you help your your children celebrate autumn.

Growth and Transition

Help your toddler adjust to changing activities and transitions with personal items.

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Teach children how to show gratitude, especially around Thanksgiving.

Toddler- and Baby-Proofing

Are your little ones getting into everything? Here are a couple of ideas to help you safely get your toddlers through this active stage of exploration.

Teach Kids Life Is Sacred

One way to help kids understand the value life from the start is to use these practical ideas to teach them that life, in and of itself, is sacred.

Purity and Your Teen

Consider these suggestions for ways to enhance your teen’s commitment to purity.

Help Your Child Eat Healthy

Help your kids want to eat better so they’ll be prepared for a successful day.

Family Devotions On the Go

Need a quick family devotion while you’re on the go? Try these.

Peer Problems

Making friends. Losing friends. Choosing the wrong friends. Sometimes things go astray with your teen’s friendships.

Pray for Your Children

Living a life of prayer benefits you, but it also trains your children in how to pray. So find little ways to pray for your kids throughout the day.

Pray With Young Children

Read the suggestions of parents like you who have found ways to help encourage their children’s developing prayer life.

Effective Communication

Do you feel like walls are being put up between you and your teen. Try these foundation ways to better connect.

Are You Ready to Go?

Learn new ways to help your kids take responsibility for getting ready to leave the house on time and with what they need to take with them.

How to Get Your Children to Pick Up Their Things

Encouraging children to pick up their belongings and stow them away properly may be easier than you think.

Reinforcing Math Concepts

Find creative ways to teach math concepts to children throughout the day and in the midst of their routine.

Sibling Cooperation

Yes, siblings can get along. Here are some tips for training your children to support each other and treat each other well.

Beat Summer Learning Loss

Encourage your kids to actively learn and engage their brains during the summer months so they’ll be ready for the rigors of school in the fall.

5 Tips for Cellphone Use

Creating boundaries in your home for cellphone use.

Traveling With Young Kids

When traveling with young children, it’s helpful to consider their developmental needs whether you are driving or flying or just on-the-go.

How to Honor and Support Those Who Serve

Model a healthy respect for your country’s military men and women to your kids through activities, your words and actions. 

28 Things You’ll Wish You Packed for Your Cruise

Are you thinking about taking a family cruise? If so, don’t forget to pack these 28 items that aren’t always found on packing lists.

God’s Word Is True

Some people see the Bible as a great work of literature; some consider it a historical chronicle of the Jews and early Christians, while still others read it as God’s supernatural revelation to humanity. In truth, the Bible is all these things and more. 

Staycation: 7 Cabin Fever Rescues

When cabin fever strikes during your next staycation, here’s a list of ideas to keep your kids entertained, instead of restless and bored. 

Games and Activities for Road Trips

Are you looking for new games to play and activities to do on your next road trip? Look no further. We’ve compiled a number of games and activities that work well in the car. 

Holy Week and Easter Activities for the Whole Family

Simple ways to celebrate Easter with your kids


Is your toddler a climber? Here are a few ways that other parents have found to keep little climbers safe while also encouraging their curiosity. 

Meaningful Christmas Memories

Enjoy these inspirational stories and unique celebrations of Christmas from Phil Vischer, Jim Daly, Elisa Morgan, and others.

Meaningful Christmas Traditions for Couples

Married couples can stay connected by establishing traditions that celebrate their love. As you read these heartfelt stories, we hope you’ll find inspiration for your marriage this Christmas.

Updating Tired Traditions

Family traditions and understanding the symbols of Christmas can draw families closer together. But you may need to tweak what you do at Christmas so your kids will enjoy your family’s activities.

Ways to Bond With a Newborn

One of these ways of bonding might help you better bond with your newborn.

Life Happens in the Kitchen

Invite your children to do life with you in the kitchen, and you might be surprised at the communication that takes place.

5 Tips for How to Get Your Kids to Do Chores

Don’t despair. Here are a few great ideas that parents have used to motivate their kids to take responsibility for their chores:

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