Parenting

Four children with different personalities

Article

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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Happy boy with star stickers on his face riding his bicycle

Article

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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Image of an analog clock with a second hand

Article

Picking Up Their Things

various authors

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

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parents praising child

Article

Constructive Praise

John Townsend

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

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A flexible pencil is twisted into a knot.

Article

Raising Flexible Thinkers

Todd Cartmell

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

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Two brothers playing together on the floor

Article

Sibling Cooperation

various authors

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

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Portrait of multicultural family

Article

A Double Dose of Variety

Gareth Morgan and Michael Ridgeway

Raising kids in an intercultural home has many benefits.

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mother and son smiling at each other

Article

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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Child sitting on the floor.

Article

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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Two children look at a computer in shock

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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.

Article

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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An older child with her hands thrown out and looking into a golden sunrise behind golden trees

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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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