Parenting

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An Attitude of Gratitude: Going Beyond Please and Thank You

Timothy L. Sanford, MA, LPC

Are your children truly grateful for what they have? Here are ways parents can create a lasting attitude of gratitude in children.

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Fall Adventures

various authors

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

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A mom tries to comfort a young girl who is crying.

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How to Respond When Your Kids Are Bullied

Jonathan McKee

Parents can help their kids break out of the bullying cycle.

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Do Your Children Know How to Draw Closer to God Through Prayer?

Dr. David Ireland

Unanswered questions about prayer may cause kids to have misconceptions. We can help correct those misunderstandings as we teach our kids how to draw closer to God through prayer.

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A young girl pouts with her arms folded across her chest while her younger sister gets attention from her parents in the background

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Help Your Stepchildren Feel Secure in Your Love for Them

Terri Clark

Stepsibling jealousy can be subtle, volatile and destructive, but detecting it isn't difficult if you know what to look for.

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How Your Teen Thinks

Jerusha Clark

Have you ever wondered what your teen is thinking? Jerusha Clark unpacks three ways your teen’s brain is changing and what you can do to parent more effectively in the midst of the drama.

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 A young girl wholly into praying to God

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7 Ways Your Kids Can Connect With God

Christie Thomas

Many Christian parents assume that their way of connecting with God is the way their children should connect with Him. But your child may connect with God very differently than you.

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Son and father

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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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Agents of Truth

Initiative

Exploring Big Questions About God.

Whether from classmates, neighbors or the larger culture, our kids often hear difficult questions that pose a challenge to their faith.

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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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Kid looking sad

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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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Initiative

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 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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