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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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What You Can Do to Help Your Child Feel Loved

Gary Chapman

Most parents love their children. However, many children don't feel loved. Perhaps parents aren't "speaking" their child's primary love language.

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dad sitting on the floor while looking at what a young daughter is confidently writing on a chalkboard

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How to Raise Strong and Confident Daughters

Dr. Meg Meeker

When your daughter recognizes that you believe in her, she begins to believe in herself, and has confidence to pursue her dreams.

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Mother Talking With Unhappy Teenage Daughter On Sofa

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How to Respond When Your Teen Is Hurting

Kevin Leman

Is your teen hurting? Instead of lecturing, try guiding your child with these three principles

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How to Trust God With Your Adult Children

Jodie Berndt

What do you do when your adult children don’t make the choices you wish they had? Get insight into how to trust God with your adult kids.

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A young man in a classroom is looking at the camera while the rest of the class is looking at the teacher.

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That Their World May Know Who God Is

Ray Vander Laan

Many kids in today's culture don't read the Bible. Give your kids the help they need to show others who God is through their actions.

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To Spank or Not to Spank?

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

It’s one of the most common parenting questions, especially for young parents. The topic charges emotions and often sparks controversy. The problem is, there’s not an easy answer.

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teenage girl making the bed

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Age-Appropriate Chores: How to Help Kids Be Responsible

Sheila Seifert

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 in your family.

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The Opioid Epidemic—Think Your Family Is Immune?

Karl Benzio

Nope. No family is immune, and sadly, teens are one of the fastest growing segments of opioid abusers.

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What Pornography Does to Our Children

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

We know viewing pornography is wrong, but do we understand just how damaging — literally — it is to our children?

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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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