Parenting

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How Birth Order Affects Sibling Conflicts

Kevin Leman

How do you parent sibling conflicts? You may have more success by knowing one secret: how your birth order affects your kids—in their birth order?

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Helping Teens Caught in Mass Violence

Marie Isom

Consider ways to come alongside kids who have faced a life-threatening situation that stems from the misguided actions of another person.

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Building Character in Your Princess

various authors

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.

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Four children with different personalities

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One of a Kind: Your Child’s Unique Personality

Julie Lyles Carr

Coming to understand your children's unique personalities not only informs your parenting but it also speaks love 

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Help Kids Recognize Their Identity in Christ

Jennie Allen

Teach your kids that Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves: He measured up. He satisfied all that God asks of you or anyone to be in relationship with Him.

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7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment

Good parents aren’t perfect. And that’s okay. There’s no formula to follow, but there are ways you can grow every day. Focus on the Family’s 7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment gives parents an honest look at their unique strengths, plus some areas that could use a little help.

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Constructive Praise

John Townsend

Help your kids grow in confidence and resilience through healthy patterns of praise. 

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Raising Flexible Thinkers

Todd Cartmell

How your child's thoughts drive healthy emotions and positive behavior

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Healthy Sexuality: Sending the Right Message to Your Kids

Dannah Gresh

Start a healthy and ongoing conversation about your child's sexuality that will continue into the teen years.

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The Biblical Approach to Spanking

Chip Ingram

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "The Biblical Approach to Spanking." Regardless of the method, the Bible's word on discipline clearly demands that parents be responsible and diligent.

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teenage girl making the bed

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Age-Appropriate Chores

Sheila Seifert

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Age-Appropriate Chores." Do you know which chores your child can do? You may be surprised at how capable your kids are and what they can do to help out.

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When Children View Pornography

Rob Jackson

Today's children live in a culture where hard-core pornography abounds. How should you respond when they see it?

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Illustration of a mom adamantly pointing over the head of her son in a commanding style. Boy's arms are crossed in resistance.

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Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children

Cynthia Tobias

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children." It can be tough to parent a younger version of yourself. But you also have a definite advantage — you know what it’s like to be a strong-willed child. 

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Planting Seeds of Biblical Truth Devotions

Focus on the Family Magazine

A much-loved download for busy parents: Get 52 weeks of family devotions free — faith-affirming biblical principles that will help you encourage your children to build lasting, thriving faith in God.

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